2/12/16

Here Comes Trouble: Coffee Shoppe Reads (REVIEW) + Where to Invade Next

 

Ever since I first read a book by Michael Moore, I was hooked on his style. Personally, I enjoy the way in which he blends together his snarky humor and the truth. I feel like he sent an electric shock through the documentary and non-fiction worlds...showing that you can present material that is perhaps dark, upsetting, etc, without being completely dry and monotonous in your delivery. I've always been drawn to people who have a more snarky sense of humor which is perhaps why I am such a fan of Michael Moore. So after seeing and reading his work, I was very interested in reading Here Comes Trouble which presents stories from his life.

Michael Moore delivers a humorous chronicle of his life, while also retelling his accounts of some of the more pivotal moments in our recent history. The collection of short stories that makes up Here Comes Trouble provide stories of American politics, his hometown, and his ancestors among others. I think that for me, one of the reasons that I like Michael Moore is because he hails from the rust belt city of Flint, Michigan. My hometown of Buffalo, New York is also a rust belt city and has shared some of the same heartbreak that has touched Flint. I enjoyed his story The Canoe in which he re-told the story of his ancestors. I find these types of stories fascinating and often wish that I had a better understanding of my own roots. It amazes me the experiences that Moore had growing up, the examples given in Piet√†, in which he witnessed historic laws being discussed by the Senate and The House as a young child are a prime example. Another such experience that stood out to me was his story, A Holy Thursday, in which he recounts where he was when he heard that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot, and the response from those around him. 

It is clear that the experiences that Moore had as a child and throughout his life, have impacted him and shaped not only who he is, but his work as well. Throughout the book his stories are fascinating and I found myself speeding through the book much faster than I had anticipated. In a story in which he talks of a time when he challenged the status quo, he writes something about change which I particularly enjoyed. In Boys State, he writes, 

"Most important for me, I learned a valuable lesson: That change can occur, and it can occur anywhere, with even the simplest of people and craziest of intentions, and that creating change didn't always require having to devote your every waking hour to it with mass meetings and organization and protests and TV appearances with Walter Cronkite. Sometimes change can occur because all you wanted was a bag of potato chips" (p. 191). 

Here Comes Trouble is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Even if you are someone who has not read or watched any of Michael Moore's works, I would still suggest reading this book. The historical narrative that is threaded through his personal anecdotes provides for a great story. Reading Here Comes Trouble made me want to go back and re-watch all of his documentaries and re-read his books. It was an enjoyable journey through not only Moore's personal history, but our collective American history as well. 

But wait, there's more!!  


Today is the day on which Moore's latest movie, Where to Invade Next comes out! I strongly recommend that you check out the film if it is playing near you! What I love most about Michael Moore's films is that they often make you think, while also making you laugh really, really hard. If you see the film, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 






2016 Reading Goal: 5/12 completed.

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