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Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings [Paperback]

Kerry Miller
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Oct. 16 2008

Part voyeuristic entertainment, part group therapy, <em>Passive Aggressive Notes</em> offers a fascinating look at the all-too-familiar frustrations of embattled office drones, apartment dwellers, parents, and pet owners everywhere.

This curated collection combines dozens of outrageous, never-before-seen notes as well as favorites from Passiveaggressivenotes.coma 2008 Webby Award Winner and the official "Best Blog" of the South by Southwest Interactive festival.


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“Never before have the peculiarities of modern communication been laid so bare. Kerry Miller’s Passive Aggressive Notes is a deliriously funny collection.” (Davy Rothbart, creator of Found magazine and author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas )

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Kerry Miller lives in Brooklyn, New York. with three roommates. She dreams of one day being able to afford an automatic dishwasher.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious & Crazy Dec 23 2008
Format:Paperback
Rating: 4.5

This book was originally inspired by [...], a popular website started by Kerry Miller, where people were asked to upload passive-aggressive notes that they have received or have found from any place imaginable. As the website states, the criteria for what constitutes a `passive-aggressive' note is taken from the New York times definition: "the classic description of the behavior captures a stubborn malcontent, someone who passively resists fulfilling routine tasks, complains of being misunderstood and underappreciated, unreasonably scorns authority and voices exaggerated complaints of personal misfortune."

In my opinion, it really means a note with sarcastic politeness and sometimes some harsh words thrown in. Many of these notes were written in response to noisy neighbors, stolen lunches, messy roommates and my favorite ones between lovers, family and friends.

I absolutely LOVE these kinds of books that reveal other people's notes and letters. I find it so interesting to read and this book is filled with some hilarious (and some just plain creepy) notes. The amount of hostility generated by such simple acts really makes me wonder about some people. Some of these notes must have been written by some seemingly crazy people because their comments to others are things I wouldn't catch myself even thinking about, let alone telling someone else. Therein lies the beauty of a book like this: lots of fun without actually ever having to encounter these people or get these types of notes addressed to me (not yet at least but should that day come, you know where you'll find them ;)

This book is a fast read and a fun one to pass around with your friends and family, who will surely get a laugh from these crazy notes.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Nov. 30 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is great the only thing better than this is the website because it is updated almost daily, but at the same time the notes published in the book for the most part are so good you can read them over and over. I loved this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Jan. 10 2011
By chl
Format:Paperback
Expected this book to be funny but found it extremely dull. My biggest complaint is that the notes are in people's original handwriting making many of the pages hard to make out. As a whole thought this book was a waste of money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet Sept. 7 2011
Format:Paperback
I wish I could leave a one word review...which would have been..."Hilarious"!! I could picture people I work with leaving some of the notes!
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