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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (January 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312357583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312357580
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,706,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rather than put together a list of exciting things you'll never get around to doing, author Harris (When Good People Write Bad Sentences) presents a guide to navigating everyday choices that routinely lead either to "gratification or frustration." Beginning on a festive note, with "Don't watch the colorized version of It's a Wonderful Life," this slim gift book sticks a toe in every area of life, offering simple, sensible advice ranging from obvious ("Don't lock yourself out") to obscure ("Don't think of Paul Winchell as just a ventriloquist"-he's also "the original patent owner for the artificial heart"). Though jokes abound ("Don't confuse Randy Quaid with Dennis Quaid"), Harris proves a keen observer of modern man's most useless pursuits, including "Don't push an elevator button more than once," "Don't read War and Peace," and, naturally, "Don't make a list of 101 unusual things to do before you die." Obviously, some of Harris's suggestions are based on his personal tastes ("Don't make tuna salad with mayonnaise" suggests substituting Thousand Island dressing) and pet peeves ("Don't become a wine expert"), but the particularities of his list serve as great conversation starters, as much for what Harris includes as for what he misses.
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A witty, subversive guide that turns conventional wisdom" upside down!

Too many books tell us what to do to achieve happiness&mdash-unfortunately, often at great risk, expense, or effort. 101 Things NOT to Do Before You Die is not one of those books. It’s a book for the rest of us.
Robert W. Harris says it’s what we don’t do that determines our happiness quotient. Using the exciting principle of selective inaction, the author helps us adjust our thinking so we can make more satisfying decisions in everyday situations.
For example, do you think you’ll feel complete if you try to run with the bulls? Don’t do it! Do you feel compelled to drive around searching for the best parking spot? Don’t do it! Are you sometimes tempted to confuse Randy Quaid with Dennis Quaid? Just don’t do it!
Do you think that you should watch the colorized version of It’s a Wonderful Life? Or ponder the lyrics to Louie, Louie? Or read War and Peace? Or push an elevator button more than twice? Think again! In many cases, you’ll be better off not doing what they say you should do. Let 101 Things NOT to Do Before You Die be your guide to getting more out of life&mdash-simply by doing less.

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This was well written and fun to read.
Deborah Reed
What a relief to know that you can live a good life without reading "War and Peace" or running with the bulls (more like running with the fools!)
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I got the book from my daughter as a reward for helping her move and I read it on the airplane on the way home.
Simon Burrow

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Burrow VINE VOICE on June 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
The title of this quite funny book by Robert Harris is a knock-off of the varying successful: "101 things to do _____" series. I got the book from my daughter as a reward for helping her move and I read it on the airplane on the way home.

"101 Things NOT to Do Before You Die" is a list book with each idea standing alone on one or two pages. Harris's ideas are creative and his writing is very good. It is at various points clever, funny and thought provoking. In fact it is the kind of book I would write if I could write.

Exerpt: #93 Don't let the pessimists get you down: "History shows that things get better not worse over time." This could be the Maxim of the Week on my blog.

As a previous reviewer said this book will make a perfect gift. Buy it but read it first before you give it away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lots of Kindle freebie humor books are pretty light on the humor despite the authors' obvious good intentions. Or more likely, they're just variations on the same old stuff. Every now and then, though, you find someone with a light touch, a nice way with words, and a dry sense of humor that entertains. That's what I found here.

Each chapter is about the length of a newspaper humor column. The topics generally revolve around the day's little trials. Each item on the 101 items list is a chapter title. A chapter will start out with a sly, deadpan explanation of the activity to be avoided. Here's the good part - the explanation is followed by a couple of pertinent and amusing quotes and observations, and then by a few interesting bits of trivia related to the chapter topic. I didn't really expect this bit of light humor to reflect quite so much care and research, but that's what's fun about surfing Kindle goodies.

This book is listed under: "Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Personal Growth & Inspiration", which just cracks me up. I'm glad I got it just so I can say I got my annual "Personal Growth & Inspiration" book.

So, more fun than a barrel of monkeys, unless it was a really big barrel or the monkeys were especially fun. Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suellen G. Zimet on March 8, 2007
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Good casual read, no need to concentrate - just some useful information on things "not to do" we may never have given much thought to. Makes a wonderful gift!
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Format: Paperback
With scads of books telling us what to do with our lives, this book fills the void in telling us what NOT to do. As a member of a society driven by schedules, to-do lists, instantaneous electronic communication through cell phones, texting, and e-mail, it comes as a relief to me to ponder that there are some things that I should not, and need not, do.

The list runs the gamut from common sense to whimsical, but will inspire thought about what is really important to you. Harris's writing is direct and to the point, sometimes sometimes reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously, sometimes reminding us that "common sense" is not so common.

The format of the book -- each chapter is 1 or 2 pages, and stands alone -- does not require front-to-back reading, which allows you to flip to any page and enjoy it.
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More About the Author

Robert Harris is a writer, inventor, and puzzle constructor. He is the author of more than 25 books, including: Murders by the Book; Claude Monet, Private Eye; Acronymonics; and 101 Things NOT to Do Before You Die. In his spare time, he plays with Cody the dog. His website is www.rwhstudio.com.