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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 8.2.2012 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704178
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Erin McHugh is a former publishing executive and author of more than twenty books of trivia, history, children’s stories, and more. She splits her time between New York City and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.


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Erin McHugh is a former publishing executive and award-winning author of more than twenty books of popular nonfiction, including trivia, gay history, children's books, and much more. She lives in New York City and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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Originally I started reading this book a day at a time.
Rochelle D. Anderson
The way she writes makes everyday special and wants you to get up and do good things everyday!
Denise Alicea
I found it funny, moving, inspiring and thought-provoking.
Diane

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Pam on December 5, 2012
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I know everyone else highly rated this book, but I'm having problems getting through it. There are some entries that I read and I have to re-read them a few times because I can't figure out what she did as a good deed. I know it's about doing little things, but sometimes I feel like she stretches what she's done as a good deed when I would consider the deed something that I would do without even thinking about it. I also feel like her opinions on things come through too strongly in the book. In describing her good deed, she sprinkles her opinions that relate to her "good deed" and this can get annoying. There is one page that bashes the Catholic church, that I didn't think was necessary. I just feel like this book could have been better written and more thought could have gone into the good deeds that she performed. I get that she was trying to be creative with her deeds, but some of them were pretty lame in my opinion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. Barry on September 8, 2012
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I had enjoyed Ms. McHugh's One Good Deed blog so looked forward to seeing the book. Great! First look? It's a great size - tuck it in your beach bag, your briefcase or a corner of the bathroom for the occasional read. This book will make a terrific gift for the new college student,or for anyone at Christmas! Second-wonderful premise. McHugh vowed to spend a year trying to do One Good Deed-taking her eyes off the street in front of her and looking about to see what she might do for others. That's a great assignment for any age! From buying a lemonade to volunteer to paint to being a good niece;simple things to complex tasks. And then the writing~top notch. Alternately funny,thoughtful,witty. And,happily,not the least bit preachy. Buy this for yourself,a friend,a student. I bought one for my child's doctor who has gone above and beyond. Really recommend "One Good Deed:365 Days of Trying to Be Just a Little Bit Better".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BBHM 220 on October 4, 2012
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I totally agree with the prior reviewer, F. Barry. Without being preachy, this book inspired me, as I expect it will other readers. Can the actions of one person make the world a better place? For sure, you'll say, after reading this book. Thank you, Erin McHugh, for writing this special book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nycsubwaygirl on October 8, 2012
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This is a feel good book with an edge. McHugh show's her humanity through her imperfections. One great inspirational day after another filled with sensitivity and common sense mixed into witty self deprecating honesty. I love her stories. Love this book, it traveled with me on a trip recently and I kept sharing it with people. Tired of me reading it out loud. I passed it around. Since the book has daily entries, I offered, "pick a date any date, why not start with your birthday."

Today I am ordering a bunch for family and friends as a perfect Holiday gift. shhhhhh don't tell so it will be a surprise. One Good Deed for today out of the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KLS on January 8, 2013
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I was so excited to read this book. I'd seen many reviews online and in magazines and actually waited for the book to be released . . . I wish I could say that I love it, because I love the idea. But something, for me, was missing in the execution. The quality of writing didn't impress me and there was no thread to carry me throughout the book. I also found many of the entries to have a negative quality to them.
Obviously others found this book to be excellent, but it just didn't do it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane VINE VOICE on November 5, 2012
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The devastation of Hurricane Sandy makes One Good Deed a most timely book. I live in NYC, and for the last week have seen not only the worst that Mother Nature can do, but also the best that human nature can be; and being a better human being is what this book is all about.

Erin McHugh chronicles her 365 day journey to be "a little kinder, a little more helpful, a little more thoughtful" by doing one good deed a day. The deeds don't have to be big, they can be as simple as bringing a friend flowers to cheer her up, buying a co-worker a soda, or purchasing the ugliest cupcake at the church holiday fair. McHugh relates a story about one good deed multiplying: she purchased several boxes of Girl Scout cookies from a persistent young lady, and then donated a few boxes back to the Girl Scouts who arranged for them to be donated to a feeding program. She received a note from the troop leader describing a homeless veteran who was so happy to receive Girl Scout cookies because it reminded him of being a kid again, and he said that "it was the first time in a long time I felt like a person again." It brought tears to my eyes.

McHugh writes with such humanity about her journey, but this book is never preachy. I found it funny, moving, inspiring and thought-provoking. Her tone is conversational, and you feel like you are reading a friend's journal. And as someone who worked in retail for many years, I related to one of her good deeds, when she didn't lose her cool with a rude customer. Been there, done that, and I applauded her self-control.

As I watch people dropping their own lives and volunteering to help feed and clothe hurricane victims and clean up the mess left behind by Hurricane Sandy, I can't help but feel that One Good Deed came around at the perfect time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By valentine03 VINE VOICE on November 5, 2012
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This book is extraordinary.

It is a memoir, a companion, a diary of a year that changed a life and can change yours too. It helps you see all the possibilities around you. So many times we say "I can't do anything", and do nothing, when what we're really saying is "I can't do anything big." You *don't have to* do big things. You have to open your eyes and see the world around you, and you will see things every day that you can do to make a difference for someone. And you know what? Somehow doing good for others (even small things) does good for you.

Be bold. Change your world view. Change your world.
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