One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America

One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America Review

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.

Title:One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America

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  • Sharon Cutler

    Very excited to read One Day. My husband and I have a book chapter devoted to our chance, accidental meeting while I was on a date with another man on Sunday, December 28, 1986. We announced our engag...

  • Paul

    It's hard to beat this premise – the history of one day in recent American history, chosen through three random draws out of a hat (month, date and year) – and it's hard to beat the way Gene Weing...

  • Danielle

    Weingarten is a journalist who came up with the idea of writing a book about a single day in America. After setting some parameters so the date was not too far in the past to find people to interview ...

  • Jim Higgins

    Tip: This spectacular work of reporting is not a true-crime book per se, but true crime readers are going to love it....

  • Corin

    What I liked best about this book was how it recreated a feel for the era. What I liked least was how it recreated a feel for the era. There are definitely aspects of society which have improved....

  • Emily

    Thank you to Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.DNF @ 28%. I really hate to say it, but I had to put this down. The ...

  • bet mercer

    Wow. I was hooked by the premise--choose a random day and find out what happened on it to try and answer whether there is such a thing as a normal day--and I was not disappointed. An intriguing depict...

  • Hank Stuever

    Well, the master of American feature-writing has done it, rising to his own challenge to prove, once and for all, that's there's no such thing as an uneventful day -- even if, by bad luck of the draw,...

  • Onceinabluemoon

    I always pick up a book cold, was stunned to find out nf, love books like this, very clever to select a day in time and expand, each story had me fully focused, I love to learn, was uncomfortable at t...

  • Paula Lyle

    This is kind of a corny telling of one day in America. There is a lot of judgement in these tellings, which sometimes felt a little heavy-handed. Still, on the whole, an interesting book....