Extracts from the Red NotebooksWhy I am recommending this book:
Imagine collecting different thoughts, quotes, interesting facts...for 27 years. Now imagine going through that collection and putting together a book that others might enjoy. In remembrance of his son, who lost his battle with a rare cancer at the age of 13, Mark Engel does exactly that. Enjoy his poignant, funny and provocative journey.
In 1979 when Matthew Engel started his journalism career, he began to keep a commonplace book in which he set down any quotes, jokes, or facts that made him laugh, smile, sigh, cry, or simply raise his eyebrows. Over the next 27 years, he completed 35 small red notebooks with the intention that his son, Laurie, might one day read them. But in 2006, Laurie, aged 13, died of a rare and vicious cancer after a two year battle. Seeking solace wherever he could find it, Matthew started re-reading some of the notebooks and thought other people might enjoy them. This selection is a highly engaging and eclectic mix of fascinating, thought provoking, and frequently moving excerpts. The cumulative effect of such stimulating material is to leave the reader with a genuine sense of awe at the stupidity, intelligence, imagination, and humour of humanity.