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About the Author

Lia Romeo is an award-winning comic playwright who has worked as a P.R. account executive, a receptionist, and a sandwich artist, all of which have equipped her superbly for writing this book. Nick Romeo is a fiction writer and public intellectual of whom the public is not yet aware. His current day job has sunk him into a deep malaise, which he has little hope of ever escaping.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081098363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810983632
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.2 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason VINE VOICE on June 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Simply put, this is the pessimist's bible. Taken seriously, this book is sure to bring about at least melancholy, and at most a visit from the frowny-face Zoloft blob. Appreciatiating the humor, however, allows the true satirist a treasure-trove of knee-slappers. Jammed from cover-to-cover with OVER 11,000 quick-hit items (I didn't count to confirm), this is the type of anthology that should be revisited numerous times for a pick-me-up. It's the quintessential guide for the misanthropic, cynical, or pessimistic, and it's the definitive response to the perpetually cheery, self-help reading, Monday morning-loving people who skip and whistle obliviously through reality.

Ranging from the obvious (e.g. diseases) to the random (e.g. cats on IV drips), most of the items will cause nods of affirmation. It doesn't matter who you are, I guarantee there are several items on the list that will sway you towards schadenfreude or at least provide a few laughs. Below are several of my favorites from the first 20 pages or so:
-All the books you will never read before you die
-Flushing the toilet, which can spray particles of fecal matter up to twenty feet
-The fact that the French get six weeks of paid vacation annually
-People who speak loudly in public places
-Open-mic night at the local comedy club
-The smell of nail polish remover
-Accidentally printing a hundred-page document when you meant to print just one page
-Getting the middle seat on an airplane
-People who answer their cell phones in movie theaters
-Bad movie adaptations of good books
-The word "va-jay-jay"
-People who get tattoos of Chinese characters but don't know what they mean

And, yes, the Twilight movie is on the list.
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...if the publisher paid me to. Sine I'm not making any money on this review, I'll just add it to my personal list of things to be miserable about. Well what more is there to say about this little gem that hasn't already been said by 13 other people? If you're like me and cannot figure out what everyone is so happy about all of the time, and after almost three years in retail enjoy seeing bad things happen to random people, then this is the book for you. Forget all of those self-help and "a better you" books, this one is full of all of those little things in REAL LIFE (because whose real life is anything like those "be happy about the very few good things you may or may not have" books?) that make us head for the nearest cliff. So if you're like me and find things like love, cuddling, dog poop, and the stupidity of society in general to be almost as depressing as death, do yourself a real favor and read this book when your antidepressant wears off. You'll be glad you did. I know I was! :)/:(
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OMG ~ this book is hilarious. I'm so glad I got it. Any time I need a laugh, I know where to go. A little bit of it is serious, the rest is just too funny. I love the people the author stuck in : David Hasselhoff. Monica Lewinsky. President George W. Bush.
Then: Getting caught picking your nose. Being transferred to Tulsa. Wicked animals in Disney movies. Rural dentistry. But enough - just buy the book. Worth every penny.
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By Mac on May 22, 2013
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I agree with some notations from the author but it's mostly from one person sharing what THEY are miserable about. I can't share the misery without actually know what this person is miserable about. Still, the effort is there, so it's okay.
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Great Book, I'm sure. If the binding was stitched correctly, and pages weren't falling out by the dozen. I might have actually enjoyed this book, since what I read on the scattered pages was hilarious. If you enjoy binding books, then this isthe ppurchase for you. If you're like me, and simply wanted a book of miserable circumstances, (not a miserable circumstance, itself!) then avoid this purchase.
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Awesome book, kind of depressing at times but really funny and random with a lot of the information in it. I like how theres no perticular categories just goes from simple things like hang nails to rapters.
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By Sarah on February 7, 2009
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What a great concept for a book! Lia and Nick Romeo are hilarious. Seriously, I find those warm, fuzzy self-help books out there to be just depressing. This book, on the other hand, is just what one needs at the end of a long, miserable day. In fact, we've started up a new tradition in our office: before we close up at the end of a hard day, we read a page from "11,002 Things"! It always gets us laughing.
Buy this book for friends who need cheering up or anyone who needs a good laugh. (And, in these miserable economic times, that's everyone!)
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This comprehensive list of everything you might ever possibly be miserable about starts out with death, life, Hitler, and erectile dysfunction, and goes from there. It's laugh out loud funny and sometimes unexpectedly profound, and you'll learn depressing tidbits like: "the average father spends less than 30 minutes a week talking to his children" and "a desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet."
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