Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Armchair Book Review: I've Never Met an Idiot on the River

I've Never Met an Idiot on the River 
Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography
by Henry Winkler
Hardcover, 144 pages

There's something about the stars we grew up with, that makes them seem almost like friends. Maybe even a little more so in this case, as my husband bears some resemblance to the (recent) Henry Winkler. Indeed there is a certain Asian cashier in Home Depot who is convinced they are one and the same. 

But, beyond the Fonz, Winkler has had an interesting and varied career. Acting, producing and directing, of course, but did you know that he also has a long series of children's books? His novels' hero has learning disabilities, something he suffered with as well- before they identified such barriers in schools. 

I've Never Met an Idiot on the River gives intimate glimpses into Henry Winkler the husband, father, celebrity, fly-fisher and, most importantly, human being. Personal anecdotes and heartfelt confessions, wisdom that he has picked up along the way, and even his own photography, grace the pages of this book. 

I'd say it is a perfect gift for a special dad or husband, but really there is something for everyone.