Book Talks: Mr. Hockey and The Art of Asking

mr hockeyMr. Hockey: my story by Gordie Howe

Ask Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretzky who was the best ever, and they will tell you it was Gordie Howe. Big, skilled, mean, and nearly indestructible, Howe dominated the game and the record books for decades.  No one has come close to matching his incredible 20 consecutive seasons among the top five scorers in the NHL or come close to scoring 100 points after the age of 40.

Despite his unyielding fierceness on the ice, when fans and players alike talk about Gordie Howe, it’s not so much the player they worship, as Gordie Howe the decent, generous, honest man.

In Mr. Hockey: my story Howe goes back to his Depression-era roots, through his Hall of Fame career, his enduring marriage to Colleen, his extraordinary relationship with his children, and into the present. In a press release regarding his book, Howe, who turned 86 in March 2014, said “I have been lucky. I got to do something I loved for more than my fair share of years. But no accomplishment is about just one person – no championship, no statistic, and certainly not a whole career. It’s a pleasure to tell my story with this book, and especially to include the people who have meant so much to me along the way.”

Mr. Hockey: my story can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library.


the art of askingThe Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

Singer, songwriter, rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and artist, Amanda Palmer will tell you that she couldn’t have done it all without help. Whether busking as a statue and asking through imploring eyes for dollars, going on tour and being both literally and figuratively supported by her audience as she crowd surfed and couch surfed, or breaking from her record label, and crowdfunding a successful album accompanied by numerous ground-breaking art and performance pieces, the lesson that Amanda Palmer wants to bring to the world in The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help  is that by asking for help, we can do wonderful things.

Part manifesto, part self-revelation, in The Art of Asking Palmer explores not only how asking for help has led to her own success, but also examines her own difficulty in asking for help in many important ways – as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She also discusses how she isn’t alone in this, and how many, through a reluctance to ask for help, find themselves paralyzed in their lives and relationships.

The Art of Asking is a meditation on the the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of asking others for help, and how it can change how you look at your own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love. The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, November 16th – November 29th, 2014.


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