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The book of Charlie : wisdom from the remarkable American life of a 109-year-old man  Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

The book of Charlie : wisdom from the remarkable American life of a 109-year-old man / David Von Drehle.

"When a veteran Washington journalist moved to Kansas, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old. Little did he know that he was beginning a long friendship -- and a profound lesson in the meaning of life. Charlie White was no ordinary neighbor. Born before radio, Charlie lived long enough to use a smartphone. When a shocking tragedy interrupted his idyllic boyhood, Charlie mastered survival strategies that reflect thousands of years of human wisdom. Thus armored, Charlie's sense of adventure carried him on an epic journey across the continent, and later found him swinging across bandstands of the Jazz Age, racing aboard ambulances through Depression-era gangster wars, improvising techniques for early open-heart surgery, and cruising the Amazon as a guest of Peru's president. David Von Drehle came to understand that Charlie's resilience and willingness to grow made this remarkable neighbor a master in the art of thriving through times of dramatic change. As a gift to his children, he set out to tell Charlie's secrets. The Book of Charlie is a gospel of grit -- the inspiring story of one man's journey through a century of upheaval. The history that unfolds through Charlie's story reminds you that the United States has always been a divided nation, a questing nation, an inventive nation -- a nation of Charlies in the rollercoaster pursuit of a good and meaningful life."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781638087823
  • ISBN: 1638087822
  • Physical Description: 255 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
  • Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2023.

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General Note:
Regular print version previously published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Subject: White, Charlie, 1905-2014.
Centenarians > United States > Biography.
Older men > United States > Biography.
Resilience (Personality trait)
Conduct of life.
Large type books.
Genre: Biographies.
Large print books.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 305.26 (Text) 33062009754269 New Large Print Nonfiction Checked Out 10/06/2023

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