The sequel to ``Life's Little Instruction Book' makes its debut.
This month, ``Life's Little Instruction Book: Volume II' will appear in book stores and, no doubt, on best-seller lists.
Few things are certain in this life, son, but when a book sells 5 million copies, there will be a sequel. Bank on it.In 1991, as H. Jackson Brown's only son, Adam, prepared to leave home for college, the marketing executive began jotting down advice. When he'd collected 511 nuggets of wisdom, sentiment and practical advice, Brown gathered the handwritten aphorisms into a notebook and presented them to the boy on his first day at the University of Tennessee. Soon, a little publisher named Rutledge Hill Press brought out Jackson's maxims as ``Life's Little Instruction Book.'
The advice was wise: Don't major in minor things.
And practical: Learn CPR.
Sentimental: Call your mother.
And sometimes downright doubtful: When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
Depends on who's hugging whom, don't you think?
So far, the little book with the red plaid cover has sold 5 million copies.
Father doesn't always know best, son, but when there's money to be made, you can bet he knows most. So the plaid cover's back - blue this time - along with 517 more maxims for $5.95, or about a penny for each of his thoughts.
The advice is wise: Be as friendly to the janitor as you are to the chairman of the board.
And practical: Check for toilet paper before sitting down.
Redundantly sentimental: Call your dad.
And sometimes downright wrong: Never say anything to a news reporter that you don't want to see on the front page of your local paper. Comments made ``off the record' seldom are.
This time around, perhaps it's significant to remember that the first book was one father's distillation of the lessons learned in 50 years of living. Volume II comes a mere two years on, and a little bit of padding is evident.
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