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The Book of Questions Paperback – January 3, 1987

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Also available by the same author: The Kids' Book of Questions, a bestselling collection specially designed to challenge, provoke, and entertain young readers; The Book Of Questions: Business, Politics, and Ethics, a compendium of 300 primary and follow-up questions that focus on commerce and politics; and The Book of Questions: Love & Sex, posing over 250 questions that allow you to explore the mysteries of love and sex-without dispelling the magic.

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Ask your friends. Ask your parents. Ask someone you hardly know. The Book of Questions gives you permission to ask those things that are too bold, too embarrassing, or just too difficult to ask by yourself. You will find questions of integrity; of sex; of what you would do for money; even things too personal to talk about out loud.

Whether you use it as a tool for self discovery, or as a provocative way to stimulate conversation, this book constantly challenges attitudes, morals, beliefs-and it challenges you.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Reissue edition (January 3, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894803204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894803208
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.4 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Eric Raines on June 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's up to you what you take with you from this book as you aren't likely to get much if you're not honest with yourself. This book will require you at times to be insightful, introspective, self-doubting, and questioning.
Do you really know as much about yourself (or others) as you think you do? Chances are that you don't, and this book is just the piece you need to help you discover that.
This book is great to go through by yourself, but I prefer to read through it either with my significant other or a group of friends. The questions are random so you can go straight through, or have someone pick a number and read the according question. Either way you're going to get a wide variety of questions.
This book is great for creating conversations where there might typically not be one. My girlfriend and I always had a hard time communicating, and I bought this book as a way for us to talk. The questions would branch off into so many other questions. What I got out of it in this instance was well worth the price paid.
I would highly suggest anyone who can read to purchase this book.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm in my forties and several months ago I met a great man who introduced this book early on in our relationship. We have committed time to reading and answering questions with each other so we have been able to get to know each other much faster and deeper than many people in relationships. And when you're in your forties, you don't have the luxury of time to do this! I've given the book to all my friends- single and married. Try it! And actively use the one on Love and Sex. It's well worth the price!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David J. Loftus on May 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's a little odd to try to rate a book that doesn't really have any content per se; it is simply filled with questions for YOU. How interesting you find the book, then, depends on how deeply you want to delve into yourself.
The questions deal with everything from personal tastes and desires (such as whether you would prefer the free, unlimited services of an extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, masseuse, or personal secretary for five years), to personal behavior (when was the last time you sang to yourself, and to someone else? do you tend to listen or talk more in conversations?), to fascinating and challenging hypotheticals (what you would do if you could successfully wish people dead without getting caught, or whether you would leave the country forever for a million dollars -- although that was worth a bit more when this book first appeared, 13 years ago).
The questions are nicely arranged in no particular order, so each turn of the page brings a surprise and a shift, from mere daydreams to extreme tests of personal values. It might make a great conversation starter -- I seem to recall discussing some of the questions and answers with my girlfriend at the time -- but some questions may be a little uncomfortable among relative strangers.
If you keep a journal (or perhaps if you've had difficulty doing so), this book is an excellent spur to writing and thereby learning a little more about yourself. I answered most of these questions in my journal when I first got this book in about 1988, and I think perhaps now might be a good time to answer them all again (before reading what I wrote so long ago) and see how my answers compare. I recommend this activity to anyone....
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kresal on May 2, 2000
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If you could wake up tomorrow having acquired any skill or trait, what would it be?
Would you like to know the precise date of your death?
Questions like this ........................ make this book worth owning. I have 3 copies. I use it for long road trips by myself or with friends. (I have a first-run 10 year old copy in the glove box) Also acts as a great way to steer those lunchtime co-worker conversations from company politics to something more interesting.
The companion Book of Questions About Love and Sex is a must-have. The Kids Book of Questions is not worth the ... price tag.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I teach high school special ed and my kids love when I ask them questions from this book. It gives them an opportunity to discuss issues that may otherwise not come up. As a teacher, it can give you great insight into your kids and allows a higher order of thinking. It creates a relaxing atmosphere and no one is wrong! CAUTION: Use discretion. I censor many of the questions or substitute to make it age-appropriate.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on April 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been a writer for 20 years and this book has openned many doors and friendships. It also has made me think and ponder ideas and isssues I never thought before. I have had three copies over the years and still go back to this book for thoughts to ponder. I suggest any writer get a copy and keep it for ideas.

I enjoy sharing these questions with friends & family. I have gotten to know many people better just by openning this book

So a question for you, Are you going to buy this book or not?

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MISTER SJEM on May 20, 2001
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First off, this book is great fun but only if the people you do this with are willing to think and be open. I tried this with my older brother and his wife several years back but they were too close minded and guarded to be honest.
Stock's book challenges the mind and makes any literate person take a look at their own life, as well as the lives around them.
Even better, if you want to get to know someone really well . .. I'm talking about their values, morals and beliefs; not their favorite rock group or favorite food . .. this is a great book. Just be careful of what you ask; you may not always like the answers.
Some top questions . .. (1) If you could get honest answers to any questions you asked, what would be your top three and why?; (2) If you caught your father holding hands with another woman and he asked you not to tell your mother, what would you do? What if your mother confided it was eating her alive b/c she felt your father was cheating on her?; (3) would you like to know the precise date of your death?; and (4) If 100 people were chosen at random, how many more do you feel would be leading a more satisfying life than you?
There are lots of others but you'll have to do some reading and buy the book. :)
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