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by Jessica Hagy
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Book Description

March 19, 2013

You want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. (Who doesn’t?) But sometimes it takes a nudge, a wake-up call, an intervention!—and a little help. This is where Jessica Hagy comes in. A writer and illustrator of great economy, charm, and insight, she’s created How to Be Interesting, a uniquely inspirational how-to that combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts.


Ms. Hagy started on Forbes.com, where she’s a weekly blogger, by creating a “How to Be Interesting” post that went viral, attracting 1.4 million viewers so far, with tens of thousands of them liking, linking, and tweeting the article. Now she’s deeply explored the ideas that resonated with so many readers to create this small and quirky book with a large and universal message. It’s a book about exploring: Talk to strangers. About taking chances: Expose yourself to ridicule, to risk, to wild ideas. About being childlike, not childish: Remember how amazing the world was before you learned to be cynical. About being open: Never take in the welcome mat. About breaking routine: Take daily vaca- tions . . . if only for a few minutes. About taking ownership: Whatever you’re doing, enjoy it, embrace it, master it as well as you can. And about growing a pair: If you’re not courageous, you’re going to be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the guy that actually is.


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About the Author

Jessica Hagy is known for her Webby Award–winning blog Indexed. Her cartoons regularly appear in the New York Times, and she writes an online column for Forbes. Ms. Hagy lives with her family in Seattle.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; In 10 Simple Steps edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761174702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761174707
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Better Book Than it Sounds July 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
This isn't your normal advice book.

To be honest, I went in with a mental eyebrow raised. The title itself is enough to put any skeptic off of it. Despite what I initially saw as presumptuousness, I find myself continuously returning to the book for use as a guide when I'm feeling weary about new situations.

Unlike most guides which typically consist of novel-like wordiness, the book is very minimalist in design. The intro and epilogue each consist of only a simple list. Each chapter is comprised of several objectives that relate to the main point. Before you protest ("How is that part minimalist?!"), no objective takes up more than a page spread each. For every objective, a diagram or two will further illustrate the point, along with a short, expounding description (usually consisting of a few sentences, or two paragraphs each comprised of a few sentences). If you sat with it all the way, the book could probably be finished within an hour. (Or less, if you're speedy.)

The advice itself is simple as well. A lot of it focuses on not quelling who one naturally is, and instead expressing it. It encourages one to be daring about their endeavors, and explore different options available, including options that may not have been considered before. Jessica Hagy, the author, also advises the reader to take visits outside of their comfort zone. That said, she advises against doing things you don't want to do (as in, things that you don't feel right about), and dedicates a chapter to ways of being more humble. Throughout the book, Jessica sounds more like a well-meaning, straight-talking friend than a holier-than-thou guru far up on a pedestal. This is possibly one reason why the book is easier to stay with than most guides.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth It March 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok, the content, for the most part, was insightful, thoughtful, and made me giggle a little

That said, I thought that it would be a little deeper. By the end it read as a smattering of contradicting motivational mantras that a teenage girl would post on pinterest (stand up! be heard!...sit down! listen to all that is awesome in the world!). None of the "steps" were anything groundbreaking, but maybe my expectations were off.

Also, the kindle version is HIGHLY overpriced. I can see this being a cute coffee table book, but I a lot of the luster is lost in digital format, which is unacceptable when they cost pretty much the same thing.

Order the paperback; enjoy it as a lighthearted read and not as anything deeper.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but thin August 14, 2013
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The advice found here can be summarized in a few phrases: be yourself, be open-minded, try new things. Nothing wrong with these ideas, but there's not much depth, to put it mildly. If you want to be entertained, and maybe inspired for about 30 minutes, give the book a try. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover 2 Cover March 19, 2013
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This book is amazing. I enjoyed the book so much that I read it cover to cover from the moment I opened it. I am always looking for ways to fine tune my interactions with people, and this book had a wealth of information. Its rare that I come across literature like this. I was thinking while reading; that I am going to implement one step a day and repeat for the rest of my life.

So if your lacking lifestyle, seek adventure, or just plain want to get in touch with your human side, this book is for you.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Anjarno
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I serendipitously found Jessica Hagy's publications on Forbes and was immediately captured.
I was struck by how much could be communicated by means of deceptively simple diagrams with few words.
Life made simple but by no means less interesting.
For certain a book to come back to time and again for inspiration.
This ebook should stand the wear and tear of time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring April 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
after just a few pages i was inspired and motivated. if this were an overly deep self-help book i wouldn't have made it past the first page, but thankfully it isn't. what it is, however, is a wonderfully quirky diagram to living a fun and fulfilling life. the content isn't crammed with long, boring anecdotes on how to be successful, but rather short and sweet tidbits that remind us to do the important things. the bold and often handwritten text is peppered with scribbled diagrams that made me giggle out loud and occasionally brought tears to my eyes. it's easy to get wrapped up in a daily humdrum routine, but this book reminded me that i prefer being interesting over boring and that it's a pretty easy thing to achieve. even though it was a quick read, i know i'll be coming back to "how to be interesting" again and again. and i will be buying many copies as gifts for people who need some cheerful advise on who they really want to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book July 4, 2013
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Jessica Hagy is brilliant. She loves venn diagrams and graphs, and it is evident. Do not take this book as conclusive research however. Most of the images are essentially colloquialisms visualized .. but still great for visual/mathematically oriented people
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting September 19, 2013
By D. Park
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the book on sale because it had a good title and a cool cover, but the contents struck me as not that helpful. I recommend you look inside or download a sample before buying. It might be someone's cup of tea. It wasn't mine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I love the simplicity of this book, but it packs a punch. It's fun and I will most certainly read this book more than once. Makes you feel great to be original and quirky.
Published 21 days ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's go do stuff!
This was super fun and exciting to read. Very inspiring!! More descriptive words: quick, engaging, invaluable, rereadable. This book is wonderful.
Published 28 days ago by Andrew Weilacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Love this book. Exactly what I needed! Going forward I have learned to pay attention to what other are saying even when I'm not supposed to be listing.
Published 28 days ago by Fill My Properties
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
A quick and inspiring read. I was expecting more of a book of humor featuring the author's unique comics, but it was still a fun read.
Published 1 month ago by Eric Hines
1.0 out of 5 stars The least interesting book on being interesting ever!
This book is an uninteresting waste of time. Don't be interested in this book unless you are disinteresting in retaining your money.
Published 1 month ago by Chuck Fairchild
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
It is a really funny book. It also is informational and shows diagrams. Its very well made and written. Overall best 10$
Published 1 month ago by Amazonlover
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives you some things to think about
There wasn't much that I hadn't read or heard in this book (at some point in my life from someone trying to give good advice) but the important thing was that this book brings all... Read more
Published 1 month ago by anmoats
4.0 out of 5 stars Saved My Life
Sure it explicitly shows you how to be more interesting but implicitly, it teaches you how by changing the way you approach even the smallest of things, you can have a more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Calvin Leung
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful insight
A must have for anyone who wants to love life more and get more out it. An easy read too! Could be really cool if you read one every day or week and focused on getting good at it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J
1.0 out of 5 stars I think i'll give this to my 6 year old niece
I'm really kicking myself for buying this book. It seems like an interesting read but really, i'm left wondering what's so interesting about "How to be Interesting"? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lorriane
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