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Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction Paperback – April 4, 2000

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"We are professionals. Though not specifically professionals in the field of 'psychology' or 'psychiatry,' we are both highly paid actors and comedians, and as such know more about neuroses than you could possibly imagine. . . ."

If you're tired of following the rules, dating people from Mars and Venus, gorging on chicken soup for your soul, or getting lost on a road less traveled, then it's time you listened to Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo, two people who actually sweat the small stuff . . . because, let's face it, if your body doesn't sweat, it dies--much like Ben and Janeane's train wreck of a relationship many years ago. From that experience came wisdom and self-reproachment. Now, in Feel This Book, they tackle the tough questions:

- Is love necessary?
- How can I make money off my spouse?
- Compassion--is it overrated?
- Why can't I sleep around and still love you?
- How many times have you told your significant other that you would pick up something for dinner on your way home from the office, and next thing you knew you're at an all-night eatery with some hermaphrodite you found on the strip, having eggs and bacon at three in the morning?

Through helpful tips, completely fabricated case studies, the six laws of spiritual success, the fourteen by-laws of spiritual awakening, and the twenty-three addendums and sub-laws regarding anything spiritual and successful, Stiller and Garofalo teach such valuable lessons as:

- When it comes to family, grasp onto the blame and don't let go
- Make the connection . . . between Deepak and Tupac
- Your mother lied; looks are everything, and the sooner you submit and stop denying the inevitable, the happier you will be
- And much more!

Feel This Book. Let it be your path, your compass, your sensible shoes, your Frappuccino®. It's what self-help was meant to be.


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About the Author

Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo are currently touring the world, bringing their unique message of enlightenment and hope to seekers everywhere.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (April 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345412931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345412935
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
After a whole school year of reading classical literature, I bought this book to loosen up and get a laugh. A lot of stuff in this book is funny, other parts are simply clever. I'll admit that I found JG's essays a little redundant and she writes a little harshly, while Ben's additions (building yourself a "linen" cave, Mama Whitefeather's ring toss antics, and his hilarious lumberjack experience) were a lot funnier than Janeane's "inner warrior." The low points are that JG and BS don't really compliment each other and there is no real THEME to the book. This is no classic and I think that Ben's constant rantings about how he wants to make money off the book are not funny, but scary. Also, some of the references will become dated within a few years. Another downside of this book is that it's only funny the first time you read it; I read over a few of Ben's chapters a couple of months later and I didn't even laugh once. Still, if you want a quick laugh, pick up this book, and then read some Virginia Woolf so you can feel intellectual again. 3 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. A D. Veer on July 28, 2002
I'm some-what of a fan of both Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo, so I was curious about this book. It's very well done, and funny... Most of Ben Stillers chapteres were a bit on the [weak] side, but Janeane was able to pick up after him. Their dark cynicism of themselves and eachother is hysterical, not to mention very true to post-breakup feelings. However, insted of drowning is some vapid N*SYNC lyrics about loosing their girl, they get deep into the problems of their relationship. It's a very funny, and surprisingly meaningful book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on August 12, 2000
There should be a warning on the cover of this book: FASTEN YOUR SEAT-BELTS, IT'S GOING TO BE A BUMPY RIDE, because I guarantee that by the time you're deep into "Feel This Book," you're head is going to be swiveling around on your neck till you feel like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist." Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo take it upon themselves to lead you down a path few have traveled, with this self-styled "essential guide to empowerment" and other stuff. What you get will include a lot of cryptic, mysterious, sometimes amazing and often unbelievable passages that will leave you a) laughing. (A lot); b) scratching you head (A whole lot); c) looking at yourself in the mirror (frequently); d) wondering about the true nature of the entire Universe as we know it (and even the parts we don't have a clue about); e) see "a;" and f) asking yourself, "Who are these people, really?" In alternating chapters, beginning with a "He said, she said" brutally honest (?) account of their own relationship, they tell stories, share observations and generally do a stand-up job of entertaining the reader. Stiller gives new definition to the term "deadpan" with as wry a delivery as anything this side of a pastrami on, well, you know. Garofalo on the other hand fires up her acerbic wit to deliver such scathing commentary that no-one on the planet will be able to escape unimpaired. She caustically shares her (extremely low) opinions of just about everybody and everything (apparently including herself), and leaves you wondering just who her target audience is, since her barrage levels everyone in her path (as well as any and all innocent bystanders). However (and call this contradictory if you will), as you're going down, you'll be going down laughing. Really. It's that kind of book.Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Positive Guy on November 21, 2001
The one thing you can count on with some "celebrities" is that they are going to think they are so verrrry much cuter than they really are. Almost everything they say is tongue-in-cheek satire and you begin to feel that they are having a great big private joke at your expense.
With so many books out there truly worth reading and owning, it is a shame to throw your money away on this. But if you truly have to have it, wait a while...You will find it at some garage sale for 50 cents. Much ado about nothing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grigory's Girl on July 6, 2007
I paged through this thing while hanging out at a Borders, and it was pretty awful. It seemed like it was written in a day or two, and as some have said, it was probably done just to make some extra cash. Janeane had said in an interview that she didn't really want to do it (there has been tension between her and Stiller for years, recently saying in another interview he tried to get her fired off of Reality Bites), and that her and Ben didn't actually write it together. They wrote their pieces seperately, and sent it to the editors, who tried to make sense out of it. It is a haphazard, lazy outing, and you're better off not reading this tripe at all. Considering Janeane is very articulate and well read, I thought she would be a good writer. She probably is, but working with Stiller probably dumbed her writing down. Stiller may be good at playing neurotic, nerdy characters that make fools of themselves, but he's a rather smug person (a typical Gen X type), and here he shows that's he's a terrible writer. I was never a huge fan of his, and here he just confirms my dislike. If you really want to read something from Janeane, google her numerous interviews (she's done TONS of them, probably the most of any minor celebrity ever). They're better than this "book". The fact that this book is selling used for a penny shows that people aren't as dumb as Ben and Janeane thought they were (or the publishers) when they tried to pass off this crap.
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