The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe
Simon & Schuster: 10/15/19
eBook review copy; 272 pages
The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe is a very highly recommended collection of 35 of his favorite episodes followed by his personal stories.
As Rowe explains,"Like The Rest of the Story, the mysteries in this book tell some true
stories you probably don’t know, about some famous people you probably
do. Your job is to figure out who or what I’m talking about before I get
to the end. Inside, you’ll find thirty-five mysteries pulled from my
podcast. Think of them as tiles in a mosaic. Each of these mysteries is
followed by a personal recollection. Think of those as the grout that
holds the tiles together. Like the flap copy says: Mystery and Memoir
for the Curious Mind with a Short Attention Span."
The Way I Heard It is a wildly entertaining collection of
Rowe's favorite podcast episodes combined with a memoir. His personal
anecdotes, stories, and memories, or the grout, is just as entertaining
and delightful as the stories. Rowe has a personable, charming,
down-to-earth manner which makes reading this a pleasure. Don't let the
self-deprecating humor deceive you, the stories are all compelling and
enticing, while the personal recollections are humorous, interesting,
and diverting, as well as imparting some wisdom along the way.
Once I started The Way I Heard It, I looked forward to reading
more, saying "just-one-more-chapter" and thus it ended way-too-soon. It
was a pleasure from start to finish. The writing is excellent. The Rest
of the Story segments are interesting, and Rowe's stories are varied,
interesting, and entertaining. This is one of the best nonfiction books
of the year, especially if I base my choices on sheer pleasure while
reading. All I can say is read this book. The Way I Heard It would be a great gift.
My review copy was courtesy of Simon & Schuster.