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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307277208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307277206
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School–This collection of lists takes on advertisements, unicorns, grocery items, German tourism advice, and much more in a witty and irreverent satire on our obsession with popular culture. The many lists include Rides Found at a Psychiatry-themed Amusement Park (guilt-a-whirl), Signs Your Unicorn Is Cheating on You, and Anecdotal Leads for News Stories Reporting the End of the World. Droll, ironic, and often laugh-out-loud funny, McSweeney's offers a hilarious odyssey-by-lists through books, movies, TV, politics, celebrities, and other aspects of modern life. Teens will appreciate the wide-ranging social satire and find the lists entertaining and often quotable.–Susanne Bardelson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA
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McSweeney's is a small group that sells taxidermy equipment and also produces books, a literary quarterly, and The Believer, a monthly review. Based in San Francisco, McSweeney's is also home to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit educational center for Bay Area youth.

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Customer Reviews

Well, if you enjoy his books I think you'll enjoy this entertaining book of lists.
Sherry
Remember, forewarned is forearmed, and with this list and others like it, you too can survive to live another day!
Robert I. Hedges
Also includes tips on how to relate better to your unicorn, and travel profiles of German cities.
Julie

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 4, 2010
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"Mountain Man Dance Moves" is the single volume of all my volumes that I refer to most frequently for lists of unicorn data. From the editors at McSweeney's this book of lists is supremely useful in daily life, and it should be part of every family's emergency survival kit.

The lists cover a variety of topics, and contain some surprising information. For your book evaluation convenience I have listed some of the most useful data below.

In the list "Actual English Names Chosen by our Korean ESL Students in Suzhou, China," the names chosen included Napoleon, Whiskey, Virus, and Bob Shop.

The literate list of "Least Onomatopoetic Verbs" includes Profiteer, Cavort, Hyperextend, Expectorate, and Calcify.

People concerned with personal image may find the list "Errors in Communication Between My Hairdresser and Me in the Form of What I Said and What He Heard" useful. Heed these valuable examples: "Said: Just a little off the length, and a little thinned out? Heard: Could you make me look like a clown's apprentice?"; "Said: A little shorter, thanks. Heard: I want the style that would emerge if you combined all three of Charlie's Angels."

For the music fan, the list "Comments Overheard at a Brainstorming Meeting Between Ted Nugent and the Editors of 'Gourmet' Magazine Where They Were Discussing The Upcoming Book 'Gourmet Magazine's Vegan Cooking With Ted Nugent'" will prove enlightening. One overheard comment was "That's where you're wrong, chief. Plenty of people eat badger." Insightful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise Herrick on February 16, 2008
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The lists in Mountain Man Dance Moves are like a joke that's gone off on a weird tangent and you and everyone else are dying laughing but no one can begin to explain why when a confused newcomer saunters up and asks, "What's so funny?" This is absurd, hilarious, random, inane, stealthily intelligent and often brilliant comedy writing. I'm buying a stack of these to give to friends for their birthdays.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on March 20, 2007
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This book had me laughing so hard I actually peed a little. Snot also came out of my nose.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tompkins on October 25, 2008
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Fantastically dry humor rife with bitter, sarcastic social commentary.

PEOPLE WHO WILL BE DISAPPOINTED WITH "MOUNTAIN MAN DANCE MOVES:"
1. The blind
2. Anyone who possess a phobia of unicorns
3. Anyone looking for a quality work of fiction about a break-dancing mountain man super-hero and his magical sidekick unicorn
4. Communists
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By Damon G. Labarbera on February 15, 2011
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Its difficult to explain this humor, but the book is very funny. I have given several as gifts, and I notice when I lend several books to friends, this among them, it is the one book they actually read. Highly recommended, each list is like an in-joke shared with the author.
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Tiny, bite-sized japes that satisfy in small portions, these wry little lists amuse best in three-minute servings.

Call this a bathroom book for non-constipated English majors.
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Reading it while snuggled up against your favorite unicorn

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I was forbidden to read this before bed because when I first attempted to do so, I woke my husband repeatedly with my guffawing. I am not kidding. From there on we took to reading it out loud to each other and laughing together. Remember when David Letterman was hilarious? Sometimes now John Stewart and Steven Colbert get the tone right and hit the same note. This book is preposterous and wonderful.
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