One day : the extraordinary story of an ordinary 24 hours in America / Gene Weingarten.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Gene Weingarten explores the events of a random day in U.S. history, offering a diorama of American life that illuminates all that has changed--and all that hasn't--in the past three decades. On New Year's Day 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day--chosen completely at random--turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a most ordinary day. Weingarten spent the next six years proving that there is no such thing. That Sunday between Christmas and New Year's turned out to be filled with comedy, tragedy, implausible irony, cosmic comeuppances, kindness, cruelty, heroism, cowardice, genius, idiocy, prejudice, selflessness, coincidence, and startling moments of human connection, along with evocative foreshadowing of momentous events yet to come. Lives were lost. Lives were saved. Lives were altered in overwhelming ways. Many of these events never made it into the news; they were private dramas in the lives of private people. They were utterly compelling. One Day asks and answers the question of whether there is even such a thing as "ordinary" when we are talking about how we all lurch and stumble our way through the daily, daunting challenge of being human"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Summary: "The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Includes bibliographical references.
    • ISBN:
      9780399166662
      0399166661
    • Accession Number:
      2019001936
    • Accession Number:
      on1099539300
      1099539300
    • Accession Number:
      fay.671384
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      WEINGARTEN, G. One day : the extraordinary story of an ordinary 24 hours in America. [s. l.]: Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019. ISBN 9780399166662. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671384. Acesso em: 20 jan. 2020.
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      Weingarten G. One Day : The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671384. Accessed January 20, 2020.
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      Weingarten, G. (2019). One day : the extraordinary story of an ordinary 24 hours in America. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671384
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      Weingarten, Gene. 2019. One Day : The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671384.
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      Weingarten, G. (2019) One day : the extraordinary story of an ordinary 24 hours in America. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671384 (Accessed: 20 January 2020).
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      Weingarten, G 2019, One day : the extraordinary story of an ordinary 24 hours in America, Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, viewed 20 January 2020, .
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      Weingarten, Gene. One Day : The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671384.
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      Weingarten, Gene. One Day : The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671384.
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      Weingarten G. One day : the extraordinary story of an ordinary 24 hours in America [Internet]. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671384

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1

*Starred Review* Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist Weingarten had strangers pick a date out of a hat so that he could chronicle the news events of an ordinary day in America: December 28, 1986. As these series of episodic accounts show, there's no such thing as an ordinary day—especially when a persistent reporter digs behind the headlines to uncover detailed backstories and follows through to update accounts of individuals whose lives were changed that day. Weingarten relied on original articles, subsequent reporting, ensuing investigations, court transcripts, and, whenever possible, current interviews with principal characters. The engaging recaps range between 10 and 40 pages, and are arranged chronologically, based on the approximate time the action started (12:01 a.m. through 11:55 p.m.). Topics include crime, disaster, romance, heartbreak, medicine, politics, music, and sports. While some luminaries make appearances (Ed Koch, Jerry Garcia), most of the people Weingarten covers were private citizens before some newsworthy happening launched their names onto the front page of a newspaper. Everybody loves a good story, especially when it's told by a master storyteller. This collection should have wide appeal, whether read straight through, cover to cover, or dipped into for an occasional article. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 September

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Weingarten (The Fiddler in the Subway) probes a day in the life of America, chosen at random, to illustrate that there is no such thing as "an ordinary day." He settles on Sunday, December 28, 1986, which he at first deemed inauspicious, since Sundays, and the period between Christmas and New Year's, typically yields little in the way of news. Walking through the events that transpired on that day, in chronological order starting at 12 a.m., Weingarten discovers fires, murders, medical breakthroughs, racial strife, and AIDS. The author mined newspaper and TV accounts and substantiated the stories by interviewing the primary individuals still alive to flesh out their headlines, as well as others affected by the events. All happenstances continued to reverberate in surprising and often pivotal ways. The technological and scientific gains accomplished in the space of a few decades are also made plain, and the mid-1980s are evoked with just a twinge of nostalgia. VERDICT The results of this fascinating, well-researched narrative are conveyed with immediacy, insight, and humor. A solid choice for all readers.—Barrie Olmstead, Lewiston P.L., ID

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 July #1

A nondescript day in the 1980s yields unsung but riveting stories in this fascinating journalistic fishing expedition. Washington Post columnist Weingarten (The Fiddler in the Subway) picked a random day to investigate, winding up with Dec. 28, 1986: a slow-news Sunday that still yielded plenty of mayhem, oddball happenstances, and sociological watersheds. Among the events: a murder enabled a medical miracle; a rash of weather vane thefts entwined with a campus social justice crusade; a married man started down the path to womanhood; a maimed child began a long struggle to fit in; NewYork's mayor Ed Koch weathered racial turbulence; and the Cold War fizzled out for a group of Soviet refugees returning home. Drawing on present-day interviews with principals, Weingarten's reportage gives these incidents and their legacies immediacy and freshness, conveyed with punchy, evocative prose ("David was short, slight, and coarse-featured, with a feral, hunted look and an almost imperceptible hitch in his walk owing to a pin in one leg from a motorcycle accident," he writes of a protagonist in an Indiana noir saga who told detectives he was "about 90 percent sure" he did not commit a grisly double murder). The result is a trove of compelling human-interest pieces with long reverberations. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.