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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399158599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158599
  • ASIN: 0399158596
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

More About the Author

Neil Pasricha works an office job in the suburbs, eats frozen burritos for dinner, and needs to go to the gym more. He's just a regular guy who loves the smell of gasoline, sleeping on the cool side of the pillow, and peeling an orange in one shot.

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Great book, fun read!
Angela L. Chirnside
I like the book a lot because it is helping me figure out what to get the ones i love something they will love for Christmas!
aa52711
This book makes a terrific holiday gift!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Freddo on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank Warren on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brie P. on November 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WishIWereBritish on November 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jaguar on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Buy it if you want a fun, creative book to read every day and make a permanent part of your routine. Don't be surprised if you experience emotional health benefits; awesome is contagious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By allie3178 on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book reminds you to appreciate the small things in life, especially those that come around only during the holiday season. As a positive person it took my normal cheerfulness to a whole new level. My favorite moment was after reading the book going to the grocery store and seeing the first shipment of eggnog. I smiled to myself and bought two cartons on the spot.
I'd recommend this book as a gift to yourself or any one you want to bring a smile to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Creative and awe-inspiring. Neil Pasricha is a genius and an artist of the marvelous sort. You will actually love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aa52711 on November 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I like the book a lot because it is helping me figure out what to get the ones i love something they will love for Christmas!
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