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About the Author

Andrew Gall is an author and advertising copywriter who has written for Huggies, Corona, Hyatt Hotels, Microsoft, and T-Mobile. In 2010, Adams Media published Gall's first book, Everything Is Better with a Gorilla, to the acclaim of Koko the Sign Language Gorilla, the author of F.U. Penguin, and the general gorilla-loving-reading-public everywhere. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.



Matt Webb is an art director and graphic designer who has worked on design and advertising campaigns for many major companies, including AirTran Airways, Porsche, Corona, Edward Jones, Coca Cola, Hilton, and Crocs. He currently freelances for advertising agencies and designs websites, furniture, and other products. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Csm edition (October 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440536066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440536069
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Gall is the author of the disparate tomes "Everything is Better with a Gorilla", "Mommy, What's a Seattle Supersonic?" (iTunes e-book only), and "Make Your Own Bucket List: How to Design Yours Before You Kick It." By day, he's an advertising Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather in Chicago, and also writes occasionally for McSweeney's. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife Megan, and was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.

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Here's a simple book with a whimsical premise. But first: what's a "bucket list?" A bucket list is a list of things you MUST DO before you kick the bucket. Yep, it's a to-do-before-I-die list. Too often, bucket lists are prefab, handed to you as if one size can possibly fit all.

But maybe you're not like Ed Carlson, who gave up listening to anyone else's opinion, and decided to walk up and down the highway spreading happiness, as told in I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved. If you're like most people, you need some guidance in creating your list, but still don't want the answers handed to you.

This book is for the rest of us. It's a "bucket list generator." It's basically a workbook to create more than a hundred possible entries on your own personal bucket list. Each exercise asks you a few questions about a specific experience, feeling, activity, or other aspect of your life. A few more questions help to refine your understanding into a task that would be personally rewarding and fulfilling.

The final step of each exercise is a mini-essay where you describe your "bucket list item" with as much detail as can fit onto about five blank lines. There's room to go into some depth -- but the focus isn't writing about it, it's on identifying the activity so you can go out and do it.

At the back of the book is the complete checklist, where you can mark off each item in your custom-made bucket list as you complete it.

The idea is fun, and doing the exercises is uplifting. Whether or not you will actually go out and DO anything on your list is a matter of temperament. It may also be due to the somewhat whimsical, and not-to-serious approach of the book. But I wouldn't fault the author for this. The purpose of the book is to have fun, and to get some insight about yourself. In this, it succeeds in spades.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mork on May 15, 2013
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I was looking for a book that woluld give me guidance on the process of developing a bucket list. Instead it was just a bunch of bucket list items to think about. Even on the cover it said - "MAKE YOUR OW BUCKET LIST, How to desgin yours before you kick it". Note it says HOW TO!

Looks like the graphics are ths same cheesey ones in the parachute books.

Bottom line, not what I was looking for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annette on February 26, 2013
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When facing the 'mid-life" crises, this book has many fun suggestions on ways to reinvent yourself and add more zip to your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Reed on June 20, 2014
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Very disappointing. Totally lacked any organizing theme(s). Not even that funny. I would not waste my money on it, really.
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