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Neil Pasricha is back with a great reminder of more free and easy little joys that make life sweet.

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The first couple hours of the road trip: Full boxes of granola bars, fresh mix tapes, and the heady thrill of anticipation get your body ready for a nice long ride. Gas tank's full, washer fluid's topped up, and your tiny thimble bladder doesn't have a drop in it. We're flying now. AWESOME! Rubbing someone's newly shaved head: Feel the buzz and rub that fuzz. AWESOME!

Stomping dry crunchy leaves on the sidewalk: Baby buds pop out in the spring, healthy leaves fly high all summer, and then they crumble and tumble down to the sidewalk. Yes, the sun rose, the sun set, months went by, and the earth actually tilted on its axis before this moment could appear before you. Now enjoy the crispy crunch that comes when your sneakers smash a brittle little leaf into smithereens. AWESOME! Realizing you still remembered your childhood friend's phone number: Realizing you still remember old phone numbers gives a great smile-and-sunshine vibe. Lips curl, eyes twinkle, and memory reels start whirring on the rusty projector as you remember dialing those digits, day after day, day after, day after day. Making plans for the park, grumbling about teachers, whispering about cute classmates late at night, you just suddenly remember those times, those moments, and those old friends. AWESOME!

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"Neil Pasricha is the guru of small joys." --The Toronto Star

"Strangely heartwarming... perfect for rainy days." -- The New Yorker

"Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life's unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to share a universal high-five with humanity." --Publisher's Weekly

"It's nice to remind yourself of life's sweeter side and the pleasures from the small things -- like peeling the thin plastic film off new electronics or sneaking snacks into the cinemas. Life really is awesome after all." --The Guardian

"Sunny without being saccharine, it's a countdown of life's little joys that reads like a snappy Jerry Seinfeld monologue by way of Maria Von Trapp." --The Vancouver Sun

"Laugh-out-loud funny tinged with just enough sarcastic nostalgia." --WIRED --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245552
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My name is Neil Pasricha and I'm the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series which has spent over five years on bestseller lists and sold over a million copies. I'm also the author of The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything, which started as a letter to my unborn child on how to live a happy life, after my wife told me she was pregnant on the flight home from our honeymoon! The Happiness Equation comes out March 8, 2016.

Today I serve as Director of The Institute for Global Happiness after spending the last decade of my life as a Director of Leadership Development at Walmart, writing an award-winning blog called 1000 Awesome Things, and somehow giving one of the 'most inspiring' TED Talks of all time. (Their words, not mine.)

But if you're reading this, you probably don't care just about my resume. It's the things that aren't on the resume that matter to me most.

I'm a husband, father, son, and brother. My wife, son, parents, and sister are the most important things to me. My parents did all the hard work immigrating to Toronto in their early 20s without any family or friends around. I feel like they helped my sister and I have so many opportunities and I'm lucky I get to spend time now writing and speaking about happiness and positivity.

If you'd like to drop me a line, I'd love to chat. (Ask anyone who knows me.)

I'm at neil@globalhappiness.org

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I know we don't know each other very well, and you're thinking: "Who does this guy think he is to tell me what books to buy?". And I really don't mean to be presumptuous, but I'd like to kick-off our relationship by doing you a tremendous favor and recommending to you a book you will not forget - The Book of (Even More) AWESOME.

You see, I've been following along with the AWESOME movement for some time now, when I first discovered the award winning blog over at 1000awesomethings.com. This is where Neil Pasricha kicked things off, posting an awesome thing every weekday. It wasn't long before I found myself checking in every day to have a big smile spread across my face while I read about the pleasures of sleeping in new bed sheets, getting a prime seat at the movie theatre or hitting a bunch of green lights in a row when you're late for work. I must not have been the only one enjoying reading about life's little pleasures because before long, the site was winning awards, increasing in popularity and releasing a book - the best-selling "The Book of AWESOME" - that is filled with more of Neil's beautiful writing, keen eye for life's happy little moments and tremendous sense of humor.

So, you can imagine the smile I had on my face when I got home from work today to my pre-ordered copy of this new book - another fantastic collection of moments in life guaranteed to make you smile.

Now that we're starting to get to know each other better, let me share an embarrassing fact with you.. I've been stuck at this point in the review for the last 20 minutes.
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The Book of (Even More) Awesome, the follow-up book to Neil Pasricha's original literary masterpiece that has rightfully claimed a spot on bestseller lists for 50+ weeks (The Book of Awesome), is certainly the must-have volume two for anyone who owns the first book. After winning an online contest and receiving a galley copy of The Book of (Even More) Awesome in the mail about a month ago, I have been thinking of what I would say in this review in order to do the book justice.

Pasricha jumps right in with an eloquent and eye-opening introduction that lightly touches on his own personal and harrowing life experiences: loneliness, a broken marriage, and a close friend who fell victim to suicide. The message is clear without being preachy or overly-optimistic: when faced with the bad news, pain, and heartbreak that many of us experience on a daily basis, we have the choice to observe and enjoy small moments in life, allowing them to improve our frames of mind - even if only for a bit, or we have the choice to continue to "swirl in gloomy darkness forever".

And that's just the introduction.

The remaining pages are not filled with any kind of typical self-help advice, philosophical reflections, or mundane clichés about how we can turn our lives around and begin to see the glass half full. Rather, readers are treated to well-written and hilarious anecdotal observations and personal stories that illustrate tiny moments of joy that each of us has no doubt experienced.

As I read my awesomely-acquired advance copy, there was a constant recurring thought: "Yes! Exactly!
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I've been following Neil Pasricha's Awesome Things since before the first book (the books arose from his blog) and as poor an attention span as I have, it has not gotten stale on me through hundreds of awesome things. This second book isn't fundamentally different from the previous one but it feels like it would be dismissive to describe it as "more of the same." The author has found a consistent, unpretentious way to celebrate in-the-moment gratitude, which wise people know really is the only happiness that can be found -- the specific, the present, the concrete. Life unfolds only in moments, hard as it is to believe. The language is lighthearted, but doesn't stray into "wacky".

Comparisons have been made to Seinfeld, which is appropriate I guess, but Pasricha has not lost sight (the way Seinfeld quickly did) of the simple, brilliant recognition that this kind of unembellished detail *is* life, and that nearly all our joys will be these kinds of naked details, rather than years-long arcs, poetic climaxes, flaming achievements and all the grandiose stuff typical of mainstream film and TV.

These "Awesome" moments are always underwhelming when you describe them to someone who has not experienced them, but the author has an amazing knack for nailing the familiar and specific with his entries. I feel a kinship with other people when I revisit the awesome things in the book. Most of them used to seem like private little joys that pertained only to me (like that second and a half gap in the rain noise when you pass under a bridge) until I read them as written by Mr Pasricha and realized that I've been enjoying these things in parallel with other people, not even knowing it.
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