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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Edition first Printing edition (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400050332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400050338
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ADAM WASSON is a Scotch-swilling, Marlboro-smoking, relationship-sabotaging MWM. He enjoys walks on the beach, sodomitical literature, and good food. He is looking for: a small but vehement cult following.

JESSICA STAMEN is an SWF with a kind heart, questionable morals, and a history of Oprah-esque weight fluctuation. She is looking for: a man.

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Introduction

CONGRATULATIONS! In picking up this book you have already accomplished more than you may realize. For one thing, you've made a statement about yourself—you are not someone who simply follows the crowd. Let's face it, there are thousands of books on how to avoid self-destructive behavior. As far as we know, however, this is the world's first book on how to embrace self-destruction, enjoy it, and pursue it to its fullest extent. Take a moment just to congratulate yourself on being unique enough to recognize this fact, and brave enough to investigate it.

The self-hurt goal
Our goal here is simple: We want to help you not help yourself To that end, we offer advice on everything from how to stalk an ex to how to smoke with emphysema. Wondering which gateway drug is right for you? This book will help you decide. Not sure how much degradation you can take? Probably more than you think: We'll help you push your limits.

No matter what self-destructive behavior you're interested in pursuing, chances are we've got some valuable advice and encouragement for you.

Destruction Isn't Death
Self-destruction is not suicide. In fact, they are very different. Suicidal people want to end life altogether, whereas self-destructives enjoy debasing themselves, degrading others, and generally wreaking physical and emotional havoc on the world around them. There is nothing more life-affirming than total destruction, whereas death, in our opinion, is zero fun.

If you are suicidal, then you have probably lost all sense of irony and should look elsewhere for help.

If, on the other hand, you hope to mastermind and botch multiple suicide attempts in order to frighten and manipulate people who care about you, we've got some real gems for you in chapter 8.

Your self-hurt journey
We're not going to lie to you. Self-destruction can be a difficult and sometimes lonely road. That is why, if you remember only one thing as you read this book, we want you to remember this: The whole point of self-destruction is that it's fun. If you're not having fun, then you might as well be taking vitamins, "working" on your relationships, and reading self-help books.

Your goal here should be to develop and pursue your destructive tendencies to their fullest potential, and to have a good time doing it. Before you read further, we'd like you to reflect for a moment on the most self-destructive thing you've ever done. Gratifying, wasn't it?

Okay, let's get to it!

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Customer Reviews

I love this book, it's sarcastic and funny.
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A great read that will have you laughing out loud, so read it in a public place!
James N Simpson
Read it, and if you feel that it's too mean, keep reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on August 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
A lot of people can achieve success on their own but many people just need that little bit of guidance. The Self-Destruction Handbook is definitely not that guidance. What it is a humorous parody of those millions of annoying self help books and an extremely entertaining read. This book will teach you the 12 steps to a drinking problem, and all the techniques to a successful smoking habit. You'll be convinced why you should do drugs as well as learn all the inside secrets on dating and obtaining or becoming a mistress. You'll get helpful bedroom advice, learn how to release your inner child body and you'll be convinced why you should go out and get that tattoo, body piercing or other self mutilating accessory. A great read that will have you laughing out loud, so read it in a public place!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By eetempleton on June 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I laughed, I cried, I laughed so hard that I cried . . .
We live in a Self-Help Age. In fact, I dare you to find someone who hasn't snuck a peek at one of these lifestyle-bibles, whether it's Dale Carnegie, Dr. Phil, 7 Habits, or another self-improvement book. The search is futile because we live in a culture which bombards us with a million different messages saying that we aren't good enough, productive enough, thin enough, having good enough (or enough good) sex . . . the list goes on and on, and there are hundreds of books out there which proclaim to have the answers. Who could resist?
The Self-Destruction Handbook is the first time that anyone has had the nerve to stop and challenge this phenomenon. Wasson and Stamen take self-help to the edge, and then they keep right on going. . .
It's not that the S-D HB ridicules those of us who had made honest attempts at improving our lives, but rather that it takes on the self-proclaimed Self-Help Guru's who have founded empires (and made millions) on the backs of such hapless souls. In fact, I would argue that in their own perverse way, the authors have offered their own improvement strategies to readers. Through their sometimes irreverent, sometimes more biting critiques of the Self-Help Empires, they remind us that oftentimes the most effective coping strategies are a healthy sense of humor and the insistance on not taking life so damn seriously.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James William Hemphill on May 26, 2004
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This is a hilarious satire of self-help books that skewers everything from internet dating to self-mutilation and eating disorders with wit and style. The book works not only as a parody of the form but as a surprisingly insightful dissection of self-destructive behavior. Every page has material that will make the reader laugh out loud, and anyone who's ever behaved in a manner detrimental to themselves will find the writers' observations to be both painfully funny and painfully accurate. A great book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Myers on May 30, 2004
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Anyone who can't help smirking in the "Self-Help" section will find the recommendations in this book both slightly familiar and vaguely alluring. The fact that they're also shocking and disgusting is what makes it a good read. Stamen and Wasson succeed in making us laugh at things we suspect we ought to find deeply offensive, and their send-up of popular self-help plans and cliches is funny and informed. The book is gratifying not only for its hilarious "gross-out" value, but because it wittily reminds us of what we probably already knew: that the only thing more ridiculous than shopping for self-destruction in the pages of a book is shopping for self-realization there.
Next time you're snorting with laughter in the self-help aisle, buy this book instead. If you're snorting anything else in the self-help aisle, you probably already have it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Stein on November 3, 2004
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This book is a hilarious, satirical bucket o' fun for those of us who are proud to still be fighting the good fight against the moral police.

I, for one, am proud to call myself a vodka-swilling, tobacco-smoking, un-politically correct, hedonistic, debaucherous twentysomething - and thanks to this book, I'll have all the extra tips and advice a girl could ever need when navigating the cold, gloomy winters of Boston. I loved it so much, i went right out and got a canadian wax.

I love this book. Hallelujah. I'm giving one to all my friends as holiday presents.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CP on August 5, 2004
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This book is hilarious. It is sardonic, offensive and cynical, but in the GREATEST ways. Every page made me crack up out loud.
The sad part is, the ironies of this book will be lost on some people, especially those who will see this book as "un-PC".
It may seem cruel and ill-advised, but small minded people need to remember that this book is a PARODY. After reading this book, I would strongly recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor who appreciates observational, sociological hilarity. Actually, so much of the issues touched on in this book are the subjects of hundreds of stupid, useless "self-help" books, but they look at it from the opposite (and often accurate) perspective. Read it, and if you feel that it's too mean, keep reading.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A sometime reader on August 8, 2004
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Everything needs to be made fun of occasionally and self helf books have to be on the top on anyone's list. This book is not only clever in its parody of content, but also of form. I laughed out loud many times and found it a fast and very entertaining read. Topiary of the world was my favorite. First time I've seen that topic covered!
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