Sunday, May 24, 2009
The Official Rules At Home by Paul Dickson
What a hilariously funny book to have read. It's an A to Z of household rules that have been coined by people from all walks of life about how no matter what happens or what you do to in your life surrounding the household, you will once in a while find that not everything will go according to what you plan. Even the smallest things like a shoelace are there to ruin your day and make sure you miss the bus or train when you need to catch them on the most important days.
I got this one out of a Bookcrossing Surprise Bookbaggie put on by a fellow Bookcrosser. Once I looked at it and read a few of the things inside, I knew it was going to find a good home here; and it took me about a fortnight to read it.
Born in Yonkers, NY, Paul Dickson graduated from Wesleyan University in 1961 and was honoured as a Distinguished Alumnae of that institution in 2001. After graduating, he served in the US Navy and later worked for the McGraw-Hill Publications as a reporter. Since 1968, he has been a freelance writer contributing articles to the Smithsonian, Esquire, The Nation, Town & Country, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post and writing numerous books on a wide range of subjects.
Dickson is the founding member and former president of the Washington Independant Writers and a member of the National Press Club. He is a contributing editor at Washingtonian magazine and a consulting editor at Mirriam-Webster, Inc. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland, with his wife Nancy who works with him as his first line editor and financial manager.