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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307589447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307589446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hilarious, and exquisitely thorough, rebuttal for every time your parents bring up 'The G-Word.'" --Rob Kutner, writer, “The Daily Show,” “The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,” author, Apocalypse How"
 
 
“The academic world is so full of humorless wonks and pedants, that Ruben arrives like a crazed party-crasher. It's as if a tweedy committee coma has been interrupted by someone from the roller derby. This very funny book also slings many sly arrows into an overstuffed and moribund culture that needs repair and reconfiguration.” -- Compound Calico, Moderator, RateYourStudents.blogspot.com
 
 
"Adam Ruben's book is funnier than even the funniest dissertation, thesis, lab report, or legal brief.  I wish my law school casebooks had been 10% as enjoyable to read." - Jeremy Blachman, author of Anonymous Lawyer
 
 
“Indispensable for any prospective grad student who wants to get a jump on his or her anxiety requirements. This book proves that years of obscure, excruciating academic toil can, in fact, make a meaningful contribution to society as a source of comedy.” -- Jay Katsir, writer for “The Colbert Report”
 
 
“Why waste a few years in grad school when you can waste a few bucks on this hilarious and insightful book instead?  You'll end up with the same career prospects (zero), but have had a lot more fun."  -- Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating
 
 
"Hilarious!  Adam Ruben has nailed the graduate student experience, and has done it with a great sense of humor....this is a true survival guide for anyone foolish, er, ambitious enough to embark on an advanced degree."-- Dexter Holland, Grad School Sufferer and Sympathizer (Lead Singer, The Offspring)
 

About the Author

ADAM RUBEN spent seven years at Johns Hopkins University earning his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. While there, he parlayed his healthy disdain for academia into a stand-up comedy act, which he has performed at clubs, colleges, and private functions from Boston to San Diego, recently opening for Dane Cook's Tourgasm at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. and earning second place in the Funniest Jewish Comic Contest at the Laugh Factory in Times Square.  For five years, Adam has taught an undergraduate stand-up comedy class that has quickly become one of the most popular January "Intersession" courses at Johns Hopkins University and culminates in a final show open to all students. He's written humor pieces for The National Lampoon and appears weekly on Food Detectives with Ted Allen.

More About the Author

Adam Ruben spent seven years at Johns Hopkins University earning his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. While there, he parlayed his healthy disdain for academia into a stand-up comedy act, which he has performed across the country, recently opening for Dane Cook's Tourgasm at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. and earning second place in the Funniest Jewish Comic Contest at the Laugh Factory in Times Square. For six years, Adam has taught an undergraduate stand-up comedy class that has quickly become one of the most popular January "Intersession" courses at Johns Hopkins University. He has written humor pieces for The National Lampoon and appeared weekly on the Food Network's "Food Detectives" with Ted Allen.

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I read this book over 2 days and laughed-out-loud while flipping every page!
J. Allison
I gave it 2 stars because it didn't outright offend me or my delicate sensibilities, but it still isn't worth the time or money.
well_now
This is a laugh out loud book and I can imagine for those in the sciences, it would be even more hysterical.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte B. on July 22, 2010
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I got my Ph.D. 8 years ago at a very reputable program in my field, and this book left me helpless with laughter. Spot-on humor that's so funny it hurts. I LOVE that another reviewer said this was shelved in the Grad School section rather than in the humor section, that is PERFECT!
Seriously people, don't go to grad school thinking that it will be a fun or fulfilling experience. Really.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Misty Riddle on August 27, 2010
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This book had me laughing! I read it on the bus to the university ever morning (yes, I am a grad student and cannot afford a car, or a parking pass for that matter). I would recommend it to any science grad student.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2010
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Even those of us who have loved the grad school experience can relate to the hilarious and ironic circumstances that Dr. Ruben describes. Most people question their life choices at some point, but this book reminds a person to smile. It might be a good idea to read this BEFORE grad school, just to make sure you have the sense of humor to survive it. =) Dr. Ruben did a great job on this and he ends on a high note.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By EO on December 10, 2010
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I got this book for free when the author was doing a talk at my school (free food AND free book!), but I have no qualms recommending it. If you like PhD comics, you will like it too. Just don't expect serious self-help advise! That said there are a few things there that I wish I knew when I was a first-year.

The only place I think this book falls short is that despite all the horrors of grad. student life (greatly exaggerated), it fails to mention that "regular jobs" in an office are often much more soul-crushing, probably due to the author's own lack of experience with "regular jobs".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fumiyuki Ito on March 12, 2012
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I purchased this e-book a little while ago, and have not finished reading it yet (half-done). But it would be allowed to write down my interim impression on this book: it is fun to read this! I do not recommend you to read this in public transportation (like trains, buses and subways), because you can burst into laugh from time to time. It can give you a quick guidance on how graduate school would be and what grad-students are doing there. I wish I have had such a book when I was an under-graduate almost 25 years ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on August 7, 2013
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This is a great book. If you're looking for some humor after a long rough day from class this will lift your spirit for sure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jared on June 3, 2013
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Fantastic observations of the obsurdness that is grad school. It is a must read for anyone that has been to grad school!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric B. Wolf on February 18, 2012
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I've been a fan of Jorge Cham's PhD Comics for several years. I even use a caricature he made of me as my profile picture most places online. But PhD Comics gets a little tedious at times and seems to miss dealing with the real dark humor that is the PhD student experience. Adam Ruben's book does a good job of filling this void.

Of course, you probably didn't realize there was a void to be filled until about chapter three of your dissertation. Then you start realizing voids all throughout your life cause by your Stupid, Stupid Decision to go to Grad School.

No, not caused by the book, silly! The voids are caused by your own choice!

Get the book. Read it. Leave it in the grad lounge in your department.
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