My review of Andrew Giangola’s book, The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans, isn’t really a review, review. I think it’s more of a bunch of paragraphs telling you that you really need to add this book to your NASCAR library. I’m just being honest.
I was actually miffed that during that rain delay at Martinsville FOX didn’t include Andrew’s book when they were treading water waiting for the race to start again, but whatever.
When I say that I laughed, cried and cringed, I am not kidding. This book has it all. It’s truly a book about NASCAR fans from all walks of life. It tells the history of NASCAR through the eyes of NASCAR fans, which is what I think sets this book apart from so many others. It’s great to hear the facts of what it was like to be there on the beach at Daytona when NASCAR was coming together, but it’s totally different to read a person’s memories of it. It’s a fresh perspective on the sport we all love so much.
It’s just a really fun read. Ditch that Jackie Collins novel and take this sucker with you to the beach this summer.
I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting Andrew and so I loved reading about his tales of being a newbie in the Talladega infield and his other hilarious mishaps. I cannot believe he used dry erase markers to hide holes in his pants! I LOL’d at that one. You’re brave for laying that one out there, Andrew. He’s a funny guy and knows how to tell a story. This book isn’t dry, or boring or any of those bad words.
If Andrew ever decides to do a follow-up to this book, my plan is to be in it. Hopefully I can think of something insanely cool to do that would warrant inclusion. Hmm. Maybe I’ll name my first born child NASCAR, or something. hehe.
Buy this book, you won’t regret it. It’s the embodiment of the NASCAR tagline: Yours. Mine. Our NASCAR.