Stories from My Life
Grand Central Publishing
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Featuring: Michael Moore
Hardcover / e-Book
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"I had an unusually large-sized head, though this was not
uncommon for a baby in the Midwest. The craniums in our part
of the country were designed to leave a little extra room
for the brain to grow in case one day we found ourselves
exposed to something we didn't understand, like a foreign
language, or a salad."
filmmaker, bestselling author, and the nation's official
provocateur laureate-is back, this time taking on an
entirely new role, that of his own meta-Forrest Gump.
Smashing the autobiographical mold, he presents
twenty-four far-ranging, irreverent, and
stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his own early life. One
moment he's an eleven-year-old boy lost in the U.S. Senate
and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the
Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. At
the age of seventeen, he goes to get a snack one day and
ends up on the national news-creating a firestorm that helps
eliminate racial discrimination at private establishments
across America. He begins his first underground newspaper in
fourth grade; sixteen years later, the police are raiding
the printing office of his latest publication-and the U.S.
Congress steps in and takes up his fight. On top of all
that, he becomes one of the youngest elected
officials in the country at age eighteen-but not before
planning a hilarious "dry-run" escape to Canada with his
stoner friends just in case they get drafted to go to
Vietnam. Fast-forwarding to 2003, he stuns the world from
the Oscar stage by uttering the words "We live in fictitious
times . . . with a fictitious president" in place of the
usual "I'd like to thank the Academy."
And none of
that even comes close to the night the friendly priest at
the seminary decides to show him how to perform his own
All of this is the stuff of great
fiction-but every one of these stories is real. Before
Michael Moore became the Oscar-winning filmmaker and
all-around rabble-rouser and thorn-in-the-side of corporate
and right-wing America, there was the guy who had an uncanny
knack for just showing up where history was being made. You
will be stunned and surprised to meet the Michael Moore you
Capturing the zeitgeist of the past fifty
years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, HERE
COMES TROUBLE takes readers on an unforgettable,
take-no-prisoners ride through the life and times of Michael
Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's the
book he has been writing-and living-his entire life.
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