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Part voyeuristic entertainment, part group therapy, Passive Aggressive Notes offers a fascinating look at the all-too-familiar frustrations of embattled office drones, apartment dwellers, parents, and pet owners everywhere.

This curated collection combines dozens of outrageous, never-before-seen notes as well as favorites from Passiveaggressivenotes.com a 2008 Webby Award Winner and the official "Best Blog" of the South by Southwest Interactive festival.

A Note from the Author

It all began with a first date...and not a particularly good date, either. Apparently, things between this guy and his roommate had gotten so bad that they now communicated almost exclusively via Post-it note. Ah, yes, I said, I know those notes well--my current apartment (where I lived with three other roommates) had seen its share, most of them about the presence of unwashed dishes in the sink. They were usually signed with love; they were never addressed directly. I should start collecting them, I joked--put them on the Internet or something. Now that would be passive-aggressive.

Later that night--after it became clear that our relationship wasn't going to progress beyond standard small talk--I decided to do just that. And unlike my roommates' approach to dish-washing, the response to passiveaggressivenotes.com was enthusiastic, immediate, and overwhelming. Within weeks of the site's launch, thousands of notes poured in from shared bathrooms, kitchens, cubicles, and parking lots. (Wrote one reader: "Instead of a single note, can I submit an entire person? Like my mother?") This book represents the funniest and most outrageous of those submissions.

Despite the book's title, some of these notes are really more aggressive in tone, and some of them are more passive--polite, even. What they all share a common sense of frustration that's been channeled into written form rather than a direct confrontation. It's barbed criticism disguised as something else--helpful advice, friendly concern, light-hearted humor. But as Dr. Scott Wetzler, a clinical psychologist and author of Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man, observed: "A joke can be the most skillful passive-aggressive act there is."

--Kerry Miller

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“Never before have the peculiarities of modern communication been laid so bare. Kerry Miller’s Passive Aggressive Notes is a deliriously funny collection.” (Davy Rothbart, creator of Found magazine and author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas)

“From what I’ve seen this book is very, very funy and very charming. But you never know?” (Eugene Mirman, comedian)

“We dare you not to laugh out loud.” (Redbook Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061630594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061630590
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kerry Miller lives in Brooklyn, New York, with three roommates. She dreams of one day being able to afford an automatic dishwasher.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By BALK on November 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read Passive Aggressive Notes on the train home after a long day and went from tired and stressed out to laughing so hard that I shed a tear or two. It's a collection of real notes and photos of the outrageous things people can't find a way to say directly to their roommates and coworkers. Anyone who works in an office, shares an apartment, or dislikes confrontation will so love that this book exists.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jess on November 16, 2008
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I'm a big fan of the passive-aggressive notes website, and I'm excited to now share these hilarious notes with friends away from the computer, too! As someone who has lived with lots of different roommates and works in an office that witnesses its fair share of passive-aggressive notes, I can definitely relate to a number of the notes in this book. I also bought a copy for my coworker because I knew she'd appreciate it given all of the notes we've seen around our office.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CP on November 5, 2008
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I always LOL at the PAN site, so I was thrilled to check out notes that didn't make it to the web. This book didn't disappoint. Somehow, the new stuff in the book is even more hilarious than what I've seen on the site. I'm just in awe of all the crazy people out there that write these notes! I've already passed the book to one of my co-workers who shares my distaste for people who'd rather write a note than make a verbal request. This is the perfect gift for your roommate or cube-mate (but read it yourself, first!).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heartbreaker on November 4, 2008
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It's the beginning of November and I already have my office Secret Santa gift taken care of--might be perfect for a few former roommates as well!!!
This is a great collection of notes ranging from the creative to the ridiculous that will have you laughing with each turn of the page(I personally love the flow-chart for office coffee mug cleaning and the pad-locked microwave). I would strongly recommend this for anyone with a sense of humor, or as a gift for anyone you think might have one!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sara on November 5, 2008
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I have been a fan of passiveaggressivenotes.com since it started and its nice to have a print version! Having lived with some passive aggressive note-writers in my own life, I certainly can appreciate this collection. I think its a fabulous gift idea because its witty and fun. It is good for the people in your life with a great sense of humor and even better for those who need to do a little self reflection about their own passive-aggressive nature. This book is a must-have for any coffee table!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By StewMan on January 13, 2009
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I'd give it a C+ for originality, just not enough meat, too much potatoes. This book can be "read" in 15 minutes. Some of the Notes could have been "staged" and intermingled within the originals. Some of which are very funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan S on July 3, 2010
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I wanted to like this book, I really did. I love reading notes that have actual notes passed from one person to another - or, in this case, left for another person. Some of the notes in this book are hilarious and I actually did laugh out loud. Others made me wince, because I could imagine the person receiving the note wasn't going to be too happy.

I honestly was expecting this book to contain a bit more... substance. It was a quick read, there weren't too many notes that made me laugh or wince or feel anything at all. I would recommend it to you, but I'd suggest that you borrow it from a friend before buying it... if you even buy it at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric A. Mejia on March 28, 2009
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This is a great compilation of those little notes you receive when someone has something to say, but does not want to get up in your face about it. Most of this book shows, unedited, the notes people leave. At times, it makes you wonder if it is fake, because some of them are outrageous! Not that they're unbelievable, but just makes you think, "There are people who would say THAT?!" We live in a crazy world; this book chronicles many facets of it! The only downside is that it's a bit short, but you get what you pay for! I recommend this to everyone who could use a laugh!
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