Picks and Pans Review: Maybe (Maybe Not): Second Thoughts from a Secret Life

updated 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Robert Fulghum

Have you ever considered this: "If at first you don't succeed, redefine success." Or this: "A wallet is a life preserver—found, as usual, under the seat." Robert Fulghum has, and now the high priest of homespun homilies is back with another grab bag of curious observations on the human condition. In this volume, the best-selling author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten turns a light on his own inner thoughts.

It appears that no topic is too mundane for Fulghum's chatty ruminations, from giving gifts to ironing shirts. But underlying all of his essays is his borderline bumper-sticker philosophy: Anything is possible if you have the courage to try to make it happen. With his gentle humor and universal message, Fulghum may even inspire readers who don't usually go looking for inspiration. (Villard, $19)

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