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You Are What You Drive: What Your Car Says About You Paperback – November 14, 2008

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Do you drive a 1988 Volvo 240DL Wagon covered in “save the planet” bumper stickers? You might suffer from Volvicative Autorighteousness. Perhaps you drive a 1990 Range Rover SE with a pass-key to your gated community dangling from the visor and a bent titanium putter in the back seat. You may be afflicted with Dramaqueenia Nervosa. Did you know that Reaganomimic Iacoccatosis is an auto delusional syndrome similar to Giant SUV Fixation? Or that Rockfordian transamnesia is a delusional state marked by the belief that you’re driving a muscle car, despite being frequently dusted by minivans?

You Are What You Drive: What Your Car Says About You is Jay Lamm’s take on the peculiarities of the car-driving public. A well-known automotive journalist, humorist, racer, and collector of best-forgotten Italian cars, Lamm diagnoses the telltale signs and symptoms of automotive dementia and suggests treatments for the afflicted. Discover how the contents of a glove box reveal your true personality and how the CD changer (or cassette player, or 8-track) can provide a window into the soul.

With hilarious cartoons by well-known auto illustrator Hector Cademartori, Jay Lamm provides a sharp and witty take on the idea that while owners may transform their cars, sometimes it goes the other way, too.

 

About the Author

Jay Lamm is the editor of Sports Car International and Corvette Magazine and has edited Vintage Motorsport, Miata Magazine, and Cruiser Quarterly Magazine. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Automobile, AutoWeek, Car & Driver, MPH, Road & Track, Popular Mechanics, and Spy. He lives in Emeryville, California.Jay Lamm is the editor of Sports Car International and Corvette Magazine and has edited Vintage Motorsport, Miata Magazine, and Cruiser Quarterly Magazine. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Automobile, AutoWeek, Car & Driver, MPH, Road & Track, Popular Mechanics, and Spy. He lives in Emeryville, California.

Jay Lamm is the editor of Sports Car International and Corvette Magazine and has edited Vintage Motorsport, Miata Magazine, and Cruiser Quarterly Magazine. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Automobile, AutoWeek, Car & Driver, MPH, Road & Track, Popular Mechanics, and Spy. He lives in Emeryville, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (November 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760332630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760332634
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean D. Eaton on January 18, 2009
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I bought this book on the recommendation that it would make for a funny coffee table or bath room book. Being offered by Motorbooks I viewed as a good sign, as I have several MB titles in my library. Sadly, this is not one of the better ones.

The general gist of the book is to make fun of the stereotypes often associated to a particular type of car. This is done via an illustration of the car with the stereotypical owner beside it, a quick-reference type chart that points out the most common traits, and a few paragraphs about the information contained in the pictures and chart. Each entry is done as if the owner were being examined by a shrink.

Sound like a great concept? It is. Too bad the execution and content isn't.

The illustrations are fantastic, and in most cases replace the other two sections of each entry, making them redundant. The quick-reference sections contain nothing more than the usual tired stereotypes laid out in a format intended to make them more fresh. The paragraphs rarely add anything to the topic, and often are just a longhand presentation of the material covered in the chart and the illustration. Wrapping worn stereotypes in fancy wording and creating clinical terms for the 'afflicition' each owner is suffering does not make this enjoyable to read or add anything to the book.

I opened this book expecting to find something that was both funny and (in some ways)informative. What I got out of it was a lighter wallet and some great illustrations. I'm not saying this is a poorly written book (it is not) or that a great deal of effort wasn't put in to it (it would appear that it was). I simply did not find it to be funny or of any use to this car guy.
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By Drewster on February 18, 2014
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This one is too politically correct and not enough ridiculing, plus the cars are to specific. Also the demography that is talked about is also too specific. Need to make fun of more bread and butter cars.
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By R. S. Baskerville on March 17, 2013
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Silly and occasionally funny. If you're looking for SERIOUS psychological facts about car ownership you probably want to pass on this one.
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By Forrest Elliott on June 23, 2015
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Good stuff, hilarious and spot on.
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