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Product Details

  • Series: Worst Case Scenario
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st Printing edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811835995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811835992
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The unstoppable Piven and Borgenicht are at it again, producing another in the seemingly endless series of "Worst-Case Scenario" books. This time, the authors turn their attention to the potentially disastrous holiday season, and the result is more or less the same-an entertaining quick read in the bookstore aisle. To be fair, though, this volume does contain some interesting information: for instance, it's good to know how to extinguish a burning turkey, put out a grease fire, drive in a blizzard, handle a canceled flight, "repurpose" a fruitcake, and resize a Christmas tree. Some readers will welcome this addition to the Worst-Case family, as the books make reliable all-purpose gifts and their oddball advice (how to dodge an angry reindeer, how to "thwart gift snoopers") is always good for a few chuckles. Those who've reached their saturation point with the genre, though, may very well wonder when someone will release a book explaining how to repurpose one of Piven and Borgenicht's ubiquitous guides.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Joshua Piven, writer, editor, and fixture on the holiday party circuit, is co-author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series. He lives in Philadelphia.

David Borgenicht is a writer, editor, husband, and father who has survived dozens of holiday traumas. Co-author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, he lives in Philadelphia.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
In their successful 1999 publication, "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook", the authors Piven & Borgenicht gave us useful advice for surviving everything from a shark attack, to how to take a punch in the face with the minimum of injury. Now, as we swiftly approach the holiday season, they give us their latest work which focuses on holiday survival.
While you won't find information on how to safely jump out of a 2 story window into a trash dumpster, you WILL find information on how to gain control of a one-horse open sleigh, how to defend yourself against a charging reindeer and how to extricate yourself or someone else who is stranded in a chimney.
For the "rest of us" who aren't likely to find ourselves descending chimneys or dodging rutting male reindeer, there are LOTS of very helpful bits of advice for those things you're very LIKELY to encounter during this holiday season, including How To Wear Tight-Fitting Clothing that you've "outgrown" due to holiday eating, how to guess at what's inside a present (and how to PREVENT people who snoop on their presents!), as well as how to avoid kisses under the mistletoe and how to prevent yourself from being swept away by a marauding crowd of holiday shoppers.
Some survival tips are pure fun, like How To Repurpose A Fruitcake (doorstop, object d'art and tire block for your car are just a few), while others may actually be quite helpful in an actual situation: How To Prevent A Turkey From Exploding; How To Extinguish A Burning Turkey; and How To Treat Mistletoe (and food) Poisoning In Both People And Pets (you DID know that the berries of mistletoe are poisonous, didn't you?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on October 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Being a big fan of the holidays, the snow, lights, decorations, etc. I decided to pick-up the newest addition to "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook" series. And I am pleased to add, that this was definitely worth the money. The scenarios in this book are so stupid, yet so funny. They remind you of an MTV show entitled "Jack---" From tips on how to fend off a charging reindeer to how to treat a tongue stuck to a pole, you won't be disappointed.
The humor of "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Guide: Holidays" goes on an on. You'll even find yourself rolling on the floor laughing out loud. This is a must read for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Vegan on November 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
While you won't find information on how to safely jump out of a 2 story window into a trash dumpster, you WILL find information on how to gain control of a one-horse open sleigh, how to defend yourself against a charging reindeer and how to extricate yourself or someone else who is stranded in a chimney.

Some survival tips are pure fun, like How To Repurpose A Fruitcake (doorstop, object d'art and tire block for your car are just a few), while others may actually be quite helpful in an actual situation: How To Prevent A Turkey From Exploding; How To Extinguish A Burning Turkey; and How To Treat Mistletoe (and food) Poisoning In Both People And Pets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LG Burnett on December 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
As stated in other reviews, this covers many situations with a mix of humor and practical advice. However, be forewarned that the final entry is how to handle a child asking the dread question that crosses them over from Christmas innocent to member of the vast conspiracy we adults participate in. While the answer is very well written it can cause upset and upheaval if you have a reader who hasn't caught on yet. It's a bright, shiny holiday book and the silliness attracts kids like a magnet. Beware. On the other hand, if you've been looking to broach the subject, their approach is wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By big mike on December 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Thank goodness this was available through my local digital library. I would have been a total waste of money otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on December 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I haven't read any of the other "Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks," so I'm not writing with some sort of comparison to other versions. On its own footing, this book was certainly tolerable, if less than spectacular.

My primary complaint is that it was hard to decipher the intended purpose for this book. After reading some more practical suggestions, it felt like it was supposed to be a genuine help for folks who have problems during the holidays. But after reading some of the more outlandish suggestions, it seemed as if the primary purpose for the book was just to be funny. I just didn't like being yanked back and forth from these two divergent approaches.

If a book is supposed to be practical, then make it all practical. But if, as I suspect, this book was supposed to be funny, then plant that tongue firmly in cheek and make it funny. And that would include cutting out the various entries that were just plain boring. The schizophrenic nature of this book left me disappointed.

Nonetheless, there was enough humor throughout to make it enjoyable. I'm not going to buy copies for all of my friends, but we'll keep our copy in the bathroom during each Christmas season, knowing that some folks will enjoy spending a few minutes perusing these clever and often funny recommendations for surviving the holidays!!
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