When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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Hall of Fame philosopher Yogi Berra's When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! is another volume of musings and malaprops, and the advice implicit in the title is sound indeed. Just listen: "Throughout life you come to serious forks in the road--decisions," Yogi tells us. "Which path do you choose? Sometimes it's tough. People are always afraid of making the wrong choice." Not Yogi, who explains that tragedy lies in paralysis, not bad choices or regrets, and offers personal examples from on and off the field to prop up his profundity.
Like its predecessor, The Yogi Book, Fork is essentially a collection of Yogi's well-traveled observations from out of left field, but it's much more than just déjà vu all over again. Instead of explaining, as he has before, what prompted a particular Yogi-ism or what he was really trying to say, Yogi does his best to go deep. The charm is that Yogi's so guileless, he makes it work--there's sagacity in his simplicity. Each Yogi-ism gets its own short chapter in which Yogi riffs off the phrase to dispense a bit of homespun wisdom and inspiration. "It gets late early out there"--we get old before we're ready, but here's how to cope with it. "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him"--we all need to be true to ourselves. With Yogi's latest career as a successful author, not only ain't it over for him, there's happily no end in sight. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Upping the ante of such bestselling titles as It Ain't Over and The Yogi Book, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes collects more anecdotes and bon mots from the Yankees' Hall of Fame sage, Yogi Berra. A collaboration by Berra and Dave Kaplan, who is executive director of the nonprofit Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, a sports education facility at Montclair State University (close to Berra's home in Montclair, N.J.), the book pairs 40 classic Berra aphorisms "It's déjà vu all over again" and "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded" among them with Berra's glosses and expansive colloquial commentary to help readers in their own decision making. Along the way, we learn the secrets to his 50-year marriage with "Carm" (they "talk over everything") and to his three-time MVP career as a player and pennant-winning seasons as a manager.
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I also enjoyed learning a little more about Yogi's personal life - heck, I didn't even know how he got the name Yogi before I read this book. Here's a kid born in St.Read more ›
Without going into the many "Yogi-isms" found in this book, let me suffice to say that you'll get a better perspective on life after reading it. Yogi does a great job giving advice and sharing his worldly experiences with the reader in his own inimitable way. This would be an outstanding graduation gift to share with young people ready to embark on their own life journey. I think it would especially appeal to young athletes who may already be somewhat familar with the Berra legacy.
Older readers will certainly enjoy the "Yogi-isms" that are used as the chapter titles and the numerous pictures from Yogi's photo archive. Yogi is a lovable baseball figure who has furthered his appeal factor by putting his thoughts down in words. Here's hoping that each reader will take something a little different from the experience!
The extent to which many of Yogi's malaprops have become ingrained in the American lexicon ("it ain't over til it's over," and "it's deja vu all over again") is testament to just how clearly and simply Yogi sees life. This book expands on that view with short 2-3 page chapters, each of which is titled by one of his famous sayings. Each chapter discusses how that particular malaprop can be applied to life in general. For example, in the chapter entitled, "It Gets Late Early Out Here," Yogi discusses how growing old happens to most people before they're ready for it and how so much can still be gained from life, even as the body begins to slow down.
The humor in the book is not limited to the 30+ Yogi-isms that title the chapters. Real zingers are buried in the text throughout and make for a thoroughly enjoyable way to "learn all his experience."
Even non-baseball fans or those with lifelong allegiance to a Yankee rival will find this book to be a wonderful, simple, humorous look at life.
The Yogi-isms are ones you will find yourself repeating many times over in a variety of situations. Some are quite humourous, others rather thought provoking. Yogi has a way of making us see the importance of remembering who we are and where we came from; clearly, he has not forgotten. One does not need to be a die-hard baseball fan to enjoy this book or understand the wisdom contained among the pages. Yogi certainly hit a home-run with this one!
Most recent customer reviews
This collection of short snippets of wisdom from Yogi Berra is an enjoyable and ,yes, profitable read. Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by R. J. Marsella
Yogi is still a lovable character to read. His words aren't just silly misquotes he's said throughout the years. Read morePublished on June 17 2002 by M. D. Thomas
Even if you are not a yogi fan or a Yankees fan..this is a book that you will enjoy. Down home, no BS plain and simple lessons in life
A book you can read in small or large... Read more
For a man who only reached eighth grade, Yogi truly is an genuis. Applying a lot of common sense philosophies and ideas, he has put together at times a funny, inspirational, and... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2001 by Todd Hawley
As only Yogi can do, he brings many tough life issues down to the ground level. This book is a collection of 2-3 page "truths" according to Mr. Berra. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2001 by Dana P. Nickell
every young person should have to read this book. It relays the message that if you want to do something, you CAN do it. A lot of common sense here and should motivate people. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2001 by Roberta L Casey
I bought this book for several reasons...#1 .. I had the pleasure of meeting Yogi Berra when he played a doctor on "General Hospital" where I worked as Casting... Read morePublished on June 17 2001 by Nancy E. Barr
Yogi Berra is our modern day version of Will Rogers. He talks about life and what he sees, and captures a fundamental truth and humor that tickle our fancy and our sense of what's... Read morePublished on June 14 2001 by Donald Mitchell
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