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The Book of (Holiday) Awesome: When the Christmas Lights All Work, Successfully Regifting a Present, Drinking with Grandma Hardcover – November 17, 2011

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Holidays can be awesome, but not necessarily in the ways that many of us might consider. Pasricha portrays the value of silly victories, warm moments, and lots of things that can’t be bought, such as drinking with grandma, successfully taking a nap at the in-laws, regifting a present to someone who actually appreciates it, ripping presents open with the gusto of a wild animal, and stealing smoldering cookies straight out of the oven. Even the biggest grinches can’t deny these delightfully digestible anecdotes are truly special. It’s somewhat odd that this book, which also references New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, summertime, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, starts with Christmas. No matter. It’s more about special moments such as getting served breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day or catching the ice cream truck. Pasricha does a wonderful job of reminding us that holidays and seasons can hold special delights if we lend enough attention to fully appreciate them. A great little book for getting in the mood to simply enjoy life. --Susan DeGrane

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"Neil Pasricha is a gift. This book would make even the grinchiest Grinch love the holidays again." —A. J. Jacobs

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

"Neil Pasricha makes ordinary days light up with awesomeness." —Gretchen Rubin, author of #1 New York Times bestseller The  Happiness Project
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Adult HC/TR (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158599
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Neil Pasricha is 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. Neil is a Harvard MBA, one of the most popular TED speakers of all time, and Director of the Institute for Global Happiness. He has dedicated over ten years of his life to developing leaders and speaking about happiness to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He lives in Toronto with his family.

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Hello again - Amazon.com Customer,

You may remember me from such reviews as The Book of Even More Awesome. Well, having been following Neil Pasricha's awesome movement for some time now, you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that he had a third book coming out - The Book of (Holiday) AWESOME!

Obviously, having got hooked on the feel-good nature of Neil's books in the past (and having set a dangerous precedent of using these books as my "go to gifts" for friends), I knew that I had to pre-order a bunch of copies as soon as it was released. Thanks to the wonders of Amazon's release date delivery, I had a chance to come home from work today to a box of Holiday Awesome - and I'm glad to report that, just like Santa Claus, this book totally delivers!

The book is filled with the wonderful little moments in life that these books are so good at reminding us to celebrate and not take for granted. And they're made just that much sweeter by being focused on some of the most special times of the year. From the wonder you experienced as a childhood of staring into a fire on a cold winter's night, to fake wrapping a present to fool that special someone, to the memories that rush back when you unpack all of your favorite ornaments from years past. Flipping through the entries in this book is like a concentrated rush of holiday cheer, reminding you of all the special moments that this time of year brings with it (that have nothing to do with whether or not you've got a Wii under the christmas tree or not).

Plus, the book isn't just relegated to the cold snowy months.
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Just when you think there is no more Awesome in the world. Neil proves us wrong.

The web and the world need more awesome!

-Frank Warren
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I am a huge fan of everything awesome (The Book of Awesome, The Book of even more Awesome, The Holiday Book of Awesome, 1000awesomethings.com, the iPhone App of Awesome, The Calendar of Awesome!!) so this review may be a little bias! The day I got my hands on a copy of the original book I was instantly hooked.

There can never be too much Awesome in your life. Each and every time I read an "Awesome thing" my day gets a lighter brighter and my smile gets a little wider - there is even an occasional giggle and other instances when I find myself laughing so hard I can barely catch my breath (Please refer to Awesome thing #137 Laughing when you're at home by yourself and #538 Laughing so hard you start to cry).

I highly recommend this book (and all the other "Awesome Things" created by Neil) to anyone who wants to brighten their life a little bit each and every day! I have no doubt in my mind that the person receiving my Secret Santa gift this year will greatly enjoy their Book of Holiday Awesome this Christmas ;)
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This is one of those books that should literally be on everyone's shelf. In Pasricha's original book, "The Book of Awesome", he introduced us to all of the small things in life that are incredible but often overlooked. The Book of Holiday Awesome follows along the same suit, but with Neil's hilarious writing offers all the great details of the holiday season with a comic styling. I wasn't sure if The Book of Holiday Awesome would live up to the bar that was set with the original Book of Awesome, but surprisingly it has actually set the bar higher.
Pasricha's books do two things (which are awesome in themselves): they make you smile, and they make you laugh. The world could use a lot more smiling and laughing and The Book of Holiday Awesome is certainly a step in the right direction. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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This book would make the Grinch's heart grow two times larger in size. Neil's writings are hilarious and heartfelt which isn't always easy to pull off. They make you appreciate the good and little things in life that usually we forget about. The book makes a perfect gift for anybody regardless of your relationship. Give a gift of Holiday Awesomeness this year because it's sure to garner plenty of smiles and laughter from your loved ones. The Book of Holiday Awesome is a must read, I promise it'll provide laughter and you'll catch yourself saying "that really is awesome!"
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Neil does it again with this fantastic version of little awesome holiday things. I can't tell you how many years we go to plug in the lights for the first time and have a "yay" moment when they all light up! This book will make you laugh, and it'll bring back all the great holiday moments that show you're connected to so many others who think it's awesome...just like you. Particularly enjoy "wrapping a gift with the scrap of leftover wrapping paper." Anyone who sucks at wrapping gifts like me, will appreciate it!
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If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. I think everyone should read the Awesome collection because it's good for the soul, and the Holiday Awesome book is wonderful, especially this time of year. The holidays are a time for cheer, but also difficult due to financial stress and wanting to celebrate the holidays with everyone you love. This book reminds us what the holidays are all about. I cannot wait to learn what the next book in the collection will be. Happy holidays!
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