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Out of the Ordinary True Tales of Everyday Craziness Paperback – 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330448323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330448321
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of all, I suppose, I write about mysterious worlds. I write about them in as human a way as I can. These worlds have included powerful secret societies like Bohemian Grove and The Bilderberg Group (I infiltrated them in my book Them), extremist communities - Islamic militants, politically correct Klansmen (also in Them), people who believe the world is ruled by 12-foot shape-shifting lizards (Them), and Military Intelligence chiefs who believe it possibe to pass through walls and kill goats just by staring at them (The Men Who Stare At Goats). In Goats, I also look at how these crazy ideas have mutated themselves and live on in the War on Terror.
These are funny stories about unfunny things.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John E. Vidale on November 20, 2009
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I liked the author's previous "Men who stare at goats", and so ordered it, then read it on a plane trip.

It is an unusual book, aimed to capture behavior that spins out of control, and leaves people in a ridiculous position. Often Ronson's wry humor surfaces in amusing ways.

Many of the vignettes show Ronson in his daily life, having cornered himself into indefensible positions, making proposterous statements and actions. Other sections capture people who are seriously warped - a movie director, a pedophile, a preacher.

I found the book to be low-key but perceptive and engaging, a light read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Clark on March 20, 2013
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Love Ronson's writing but was very disappointed in this purchase as much of it is the same as what's just been published as Lost at Sea. I felt really ripped off.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anita Colman on August 23, 2010
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I first heard Jon Ronson reading essays on This American Life which led me to his book. He is hysterically funny. His voice is unique and quirky. This book made me laugh out loud loudly!
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There is a small overlap with "Lost at Sea". I did not enjoy some of his personal stories. The author is at his best when he is out and about ad a part of the story."Them" is my favorite.
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By ellen foster on March 7, 2014
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Ronson has written a series of books about some of the odder members of our society and I expected to enjoy this book just as much as I did those. This book was mostly about his interactions with his son and is not as good as his other work, which I highly recommend.
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