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Overview "I had the great fortune to be reared in a cocoon of goodness." So begins acclaimed author Jon Hassler's memoir, Good People, a nostalgic look at the virture of goodness. Based on those characters, fictional and real, who played a significant role in his life, Hassler's newest book reveals how our understanding of goodness is formed by the people who surround us. Fans of Hassler and his work will no doubt delight in these sketches of the many people who accompanied him through life and warmed his heart. The varied cast of characters includes Hassler's parents, boyhood friends, relatives, colleagues, and even the fictional characters he has created in his many years as a writer. Like his other books, Good People will be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Publishers Description Fans of Hassler and his work will no doubt delight in these sketches of the many people who accompanied him through life and warmed his heart. The varied cast of characters includes Hassler's parents, boyhood friends, relatives, colleagues, and even the fictional characters he has created in his many years as a writer. Like his other books, "Good People" will be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
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Publishers Weekly - 07/23/2001 page 67
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Jon Hassler (1933 2008) was an award-winning author of eleven novels, including Dear James and North of Hope, two story collections, and three plays. He has been described as "a writer good enough to restore your faith in fiction" by The New York Times Book Review and "one of America s most completely satisfying novelists" by The Cleveland Plain Dealer."
Jon Hassler lived in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. Jon Hassler was born in 1933 and died in 2008.
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Too Much of a Good Thing Sep 30, 2002
If this book had only included chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, it would have had a better effect. The introduction ruined the book's power by pre-summing it all up (as well as by giving me the impression Hassler only wrote this book because Loyola Press asked him to). The last chapter, titled "Summing Up," does just that without much effor. And some of the later chapters literally read like a book review. However, the five chapters on good people could stand alone. I especially enjoyed the short sketches, such as one about a Malaysian biker who relied on the kindness of others while traveling, and avoided thugs waiting further along the road when one women drove out of her way to warn him. Most of the other material in chapters 2-6 is drawn from Hassler's childhood memories, as the title of the book suggests. (This was an unglorified but disguised memoir.) His memories still make a worthwhile read. Perhaps the best parts of the book are the quotes. Two of my favorites: "Good is the product of ethical and spiritual artistry of individuals; it cannot be mass-produced," Aldous Huxley; and "Goodness is the only investment that never fails," Henry David Thoreau. "Too much of a good thing" doesn't make an appearance, but that is what I was left thinking. If you read it, skip right to Chapter 2 and return it to the library after Chapter 6.