- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (March 1 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425238903
- ISBN-13: 978-0425238905
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Book of Awesome Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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"Neil Pasricha is the guru of small joys." --The Toronto Star^"Strangely heartwarming... perfect for rainy days." --The New Yorker^"Neil Pasricha tops the list of awesome." --The Globe and Mail^"Laugh-out-loud funny tinged with just enough sarcastic nostalgia." --WIRED^"Sunny without being saccharine, it's a countdown of life's little joys that reads like a snappy Jerry Seinfeld monologue by way of Maria Von Trapp." --The Vancouver Sun^"Little things, it turns out, are extremely important to happiness, and The Book of Awesome will remind you of a thousand little things that will make you happier."
-Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"1000 Awesome Things is the #1 awesome website."
-Frank Warren, PostSecret
"The Book of Awesome gives me 14,001 things to be happy about. Bravo for taking note of the sunny side of life!"
-Barbara Ann Kipfer, author of 14,000 Things to Be Happy About
"Even a cynical white person can't deny the appeal of The Book of Awesome."
-Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like
"The awesomest part about The Book of Awesome is the realization that if you enjoy the simple moments in your life, you will be happier."
-Ben Huh, author of I Can Has Cheezburger? and How to Take Over Teh Wurld
"Funny, sweet, and filled with just enough nostalgia-laced goodness to bring out your own inner Pollyanna. I dare you to read this book without compiling your own list of awesome things to add."
-Jen Yates, author of Cake Wrecks
About the Author
Neil Pasricha is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and the Book of Awesome series, which has been published in ten countries, spent more than five years on bestsellers lists, and sold more than a million copies. Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, one of the most popular TED speakers of all time, and founder of the Institute for Global Happiness. He has dedicated the past fifteen years of his life to developing leaders—creating global programs inside the world’s largest companies and speaking to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.
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I mean honestly do we need 4 pages explaining why having a whole row to yourself on an airplane is awesome (that really is awesome) but I don't need a breakdown about being able to pee when I want, having elbow room, able to lie down or having the choice of aisle or window. I get it. The same goes for popping bubble wrap. Yup that's fun, maybe even awesome but after reading 3-4 pages about its invention and the different ways to pop it, not so awesome anymore.
When someone lands on your hotel in Monopoly super awesome but then when we get a detailed description of Monopoly you've now lost my attention and I'm moving on to bakery air, snow days and the other side of the pillow and I've stopped reading the essays on the whys.
This is a feel good book that will make you smile and is fun to read out loud with friends because everyone can relate but at 400 pages (!) the long winded explanations and filler killed the awesomeness for me.
Entries include: Old dangerous playground equipment, Wearing underwear just out of the dryer, Being the first table called up for the dinner buffet at a wedding, Watching The Price Is Right when you're home sick, When the vending machine gives you two things instead of one, The first shower you take after not showering for a really long time, When cashiers open up new checkout lanes at the grocery store, Sleeping in new bed sheets, Waiters and waitresses who bring free refills without asking, Finding an old mixed tape, The moment at a concert after the lights go out and before the band comes on stage, Fixing electronics by smacking them, The smell of rain on a hot sidewalk, and hundreds more.
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