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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chamberlain Bros. (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596092017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596092013
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Friedman and Malice give equal time to irreverent quips on race, sex, fashion, relationships and city life in this hilarious compilation of snippets from overheard conversations, showing how the people who live in New York give the Big Apple its irreverent charm. Presented in bare-bones dialog format, the book's hundreds of entries originally appeared on a popular and entertaining website of the same name, perhaps accounting for the book's "blog meets book of quotations" feel and the lack of any discernible organizational scheme; "Dude: I definitely said, 'no abortion jokes at dinner.'" and "Drunk guy: That girl's tits are huge! And it's snowing!" appear, for instance, on facing pages, but that's a small gripe for a book that packs a laugh on nearly every page. Although the book has a foreword by Marc Shaiman, the composer of Hairspray, and an introduction by bestselling author Lawrence Block (The Sins of the Fathers, The Burglar on the Prowl, All the Flowers Are Dying), it's solid enough to stand on its own. This is New York at its rawest and funniest.
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About the Author

S. Morgan Friedman is the creator of numerous websites, including Cliché Finder. He has been profiled in The Boston Globe, and featured in The New York Times and on CNN.

Michael Malice is the subject of Harvey Pekar's Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story, to be published by Ballantine Books in March 2006. He was named one of New York's "Most Eligible Bloggers" by the Daily News.

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The book is a great one to read while riding on the subway.
NStephens
The little snippets of overheard conversation are brief and easy to read, making this a potentially great bathroom book.
wahzoh
Or, at least, the days when you read it because you will be hard pressed not to laugh!
Adam Edwards

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Adam Edwards on April 3, 2006
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I can't believe no one has given out the website address yet. If you haven't read the inspiration for the book, it's at [...] And if you have read that website, then I am surprised you haven't bought the book yet. It's just what you would expect from one of the funniest sites online, and having it in book form will change your life. Or, at least, the days when you read it because you will be hard pressed not to laugh!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By NStephens on February 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of the site, because the hilarity of everyday life in New York is so real. The book is a great one to read while riding on the subway.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tracey E. Graham on March 30, 2006
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Heard about it on NPR and had to have it. It has lived up to my expectations beautifully. Reading it is great, but hearing it performed with authentic NY voices would make an excellent audio book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Carlisle on February 16, 2006
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There's nothing funnier than overhearing a snippet of conversation on the subway or the streets - it's a little window into other people's lives at times startling and shocking, but mostly hilarious. This great collection is a laugh-out-loud microcosm of the experience of living in New York. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wahzoh on December 27, 2007
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This book makes an excellent gift for that displaced New Yorker friend of yours who gets all misty-eyed and nostalgic at the thought of slogging through slush while chewing on a greasy slice of pizza.

I purchased this book for just one such dear friend. She really, really enjoyed her gift (which of course made me very happy) - enjoyed it so much, in fact, that she called me not once, but twice to read it aloud to me on the phone in her inimitable Brooklyn accent. She seemed to really feel that this book gave her a taste of home. And for that I will gladly give the book five stars.

The little snippets of overheard conversation are brief and easy to read, making this a potentially great bathroom book. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Particle409 on January 22, 2007
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This book seems to be the best from the website, which is already funny and entertaining. About two months after reading it, I can still recall the best parts. Be sure to not only read the headline and the quote, but also the location where it was overheard, as that can make it even funnier.
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