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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061791474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061791475
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Did you wash your hands?

Set the alarm clock?

Lock the front door?

Better yet: Do you like even numbers? Do you fold all of your trash neatly into squares? Do you count steps? Do you carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you at all times? Everyone has his or her own neuroses. On a routine trip to the office bathroom, Lianna Kong discovered one of hers: "How could I possibly pee with my coworker sitting right next to me doing her business?" And, in that quiet moment of panic, iamneurotic.com was born.

i am neurotic (and so are you) is a smorgasbord of anonymous confessions that reveal people's deepest, strangest, and funniest compulsions—quirks that are triggered in the boardroom, the bedroom, and everywhere in between.

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“This hilarious and spellbinding collection of people’s quirks, tics, and superstitions provides a Presidential-level pardon—clearly, you are not alone.” (Davy Rothbart, author of Found, contributor to NPR’s This American Life)

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Definitely a book that everyone can read and enjoy.
S. Judge
The photographs are really complimentary and make the book even more entertaining to read.
P. Bergbauer
Definitely recommend picking up a copy for yourself or a friend.
J. Schneider

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Lianna Kong has compiled a great little book of idiosyncrasies which have been posted anonymously on her web site. They are funny, and there is no editorial judgement or mockery of any of these odd behaviors, although many people may be relieved that they aren't as strange as they think. The book consists of about two hundred neuroses illustrated with brilliant color photographs taken by Matthew Stacey.

The behaviors themselves range from quirky to startlingly bizarre. There are too many great entries to mention all my favorites, so I've chosen two that fascinated and amused me to provide the gist of the book:

"I have to transfer the brain of my old toothbrush to the new one. I do this by holding the heads of the toothbrushes an inch apart and making a buzzing/zapping noise. Then I wobble the new toothbrush to show that it received the old one's brain."

And my personal favorite:

"When I eat colored sweets (Skittles, Smarties, etc.) I have to arrange them by color, then pull out enough of them to create a Fibonacci triangle before I eat them (in ascending numerical order). Any excess sweets that do not fit the pattern have to be eaten in one go before I can start on the patterned sweets."

This is a funny book that is not critical of odd behaviors, but celebrates them as humorous quirks. I recommend it for anyone self-conscious of peculiar harmless behaviors, or anyone who wants a good laugh.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Schmidt on October 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to flip through for a quick laugh, whether you're sitting on the couch, lounging around on your bed, or sitting on the toilet waiting for someone else to leave so you can finally go. The fantastic photos accompanying each neurosis serve as humorous backdrops, illustrating the futility/hilarity of your everyday life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Navarro on October 4, 2010
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Denitively not what I expected. It is a "book" about small "stories", with not serious content. It is amusing but that is all.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Schneider on October 27, 2009
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Quite a unique way of looking at the quirkiness of human behavior. After going through most of the book I can honestly say that it made me feel better about some of my neurosis and 'OCD-like' behaviors. Definitely recommend picking up a copy for yourself or a friend.
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By Ennie on January 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Cute little book of photos detailing people's quirks and neuroses. I am not without quirks (which we won't go into at this time) but nothing leapt out as being "Omigod, that's me!" Turns out it's based on a blog [...]
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By Amy Isaman on November 8, 2013
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Hysterical!! I used it in my Creative Writing Classes, and my students had a blast coming up with their own neuroses.
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By Alicia on January 8, 2013
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Totally found myself relating to many different things. I felt like this is kind of along the lines of post-secret.
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My family is full of people diagnosed with mental issues, and this speaks to the crazy person inside of me. I love flipping to random pages, and my husband and I have had a good laugh over the few of our neuroses that are in the book.

... I loaned it to my mentally ill mother and she thought it was "cute". The humor was lost on her, but she was glad that she's not the only one that does some of those things.
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