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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: 6 x 4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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 “The best questions are the ones you can’t Google. Here is a whole book of them.”
—Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist


"In a good question is the thread of an answer. A good question is better than a brilliant answer. I personally focus on the word 'quest' in question, which is the essence of each interlocutory. Gregory Stock's book is a seductive and delightful journey about the essence of conversations which is the question.” —Richard Saul Wurman, creator of TED

“Capturing both future and present dilemmas, this deceptively simple book packs a real punch.”
—Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind and founder of Singularity University

“These questions can take you into critical examination of what you are doing in this life.”
—Robert Thurman, professor of Buddhist studies, Columbia University

“Interesting questions! Some of the most bizarre ones may be everyday issues in our near future.”
—Vernor Vinge, author of Marooned in Real Time

“Stock’s knack for wording a question in just the right way to provoke lively discussion is on full display again in this terrific new book. It’s fantastic!”
—Jeff Probst, host of Survivor and The Jeff Probst Show

“These questions will get you thinking about some of the things we can go through a lifetime avoiding; they’re deep questions, but then humans at our best and most real are deep people.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey


“Don’t know what to do this weekend? Here is the answer: Pick up this book and drive your friends, loved ones, neighbors, and strangers crazy with smart, tough, interesting questions.”
 — Juan Enriquez, TED speaker and coauthor of Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species


The Book of Questions covers an enormous range of challenging issues with wit, insight, and brio.”
—Arthur Caplan, Director of Medical Ethics Division, NYU Langone Medical Center

“In a world endlessly in search of answers, Greg Stock reminds us that what really matters are the questions.”
—Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception


“Your answers to these questions will help us decide what humans should be. Take your time.”
—Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired and author of What Technology Wants


“When the original Book of Questions was published, it provoked hours of conversation and engagement among me and my friends. The new book is even better and should provide hours and hours of entertainment and enlightenment.”
—Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World


“Provocative, surefire conversation starters. Watch out; some of them will have you questioning old and comfy assumptions.”
—David Brin, author of The Postman and The Transparent Society

From the Publisher

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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Customer Reviews

Great way to kill time on road trips.
D.lo
You learn a lot about your friends and family so only break the book out if you really want to know them better.
Willow
Questions are interesting and are great conversation starters.
Filiberto

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 57 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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33 of 36 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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33 of 37 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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kresal on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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15 of 16 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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10 of 10 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. Marshall VINE VOICE on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Gregory Stock has put together a geart book filled with insightful and thought provoking questions. This little book has so much potential between its pages.
I originally purchased this book for myself in my continuous quest to know myself better. It took some time to get through the 200 questions, some of them easy and some requiring great moments of contemplation. This book is also useful at parties, events, dinners and when meeting someone new. It would be a great exercise for relationships as well...opening up a whole new ball game I imagine. But mostly it is just fun and something interesting to think about or discuss with friends.
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