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The Book of Awesome Paperback – March 1, 2011
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The Book of Awesome presents simple pleasures for a younger, hipper generation. From the smell of gasoline to fixing electronics by smacking them to the extra time you get when the clocks roll back, The Book of Awesome reminds readers of little things that make us smile everyday.
Entries include: Old dangerous playground equipment, Wearing underwear just out of the dryer, Being the first table called up for the dinner buffet at a wedding, Watching The Price Is Right when you're home sick, When the vending machine gives you two things instead of one, The first shower you take after not showering for a really long time, When cashiers open up new checkout lanes at the grocery store, Sleeping in new bed sheets, Waiters and waitresses who bring free refills without asking, and hundreds more.
Some entries are short and others expand into wonderfully funny and astutely observant essays. As well, there are many photos from award-winning Canadian photographer Sam Javanrouh complementing the text of this "universal high five for humanity."
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In this adaptation of his blog www.1000awesomethings.com, Pasricha celebrates the simple pleasures of everyday living. Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration that skips the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: "When you push the button for the elevator and it's already there," ("Ding!"); "When the boss goes out of town" ("Who's up for a three-hour lunch?"); "Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics" ("Welcome to the world, remote control"). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life's unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to "share a universal high five with humanity." Readers looking for simple, unsentimental pick-me-ups should find this happy browsing.
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Pasricha jumps right in with an eloquent and eye-opening introduction that lightly touches on his own personal and harrowing life experiences: loneliness, a broken marriage, and a close friend who fell victim to suicide. The message is clear without being preachy or overly-optimistic: when faced with the bad news, pain, and heartbreak that many of us experience on a daily basis, we have the choice to observe and enjoy small moments in life, allowing them to improve our frames of mind - even if only for a bit, or we have the choice to continue to "swirl in gloomy darkness forever".
And that's just the introduction.
The remaining pages are not filled with any kind of typical self-help advice, philosophical reflections, or mundane clichés about how we can turn our lives around and begin to see the glass half full. Rather, readers are treated to well-written and hilarious anecdotal observations and personal stories that illustrate tiny moments of joy that each of us has no doubt experienced.
As I read my awesomely-acquired advance copy, there was a constant recurring thought: "Yes! Exactly!" Pasricha truly has a way with words that uncannily captures readers' exact emotional responses on topics ranging from:
* the kid's table at holidays
* dropping your cellphone and realizing it survived the fall
* going on a field trip in elementary school
* when someone saves you a seat: "... They're expressing your friendship to the world by deciding twenty minutes of stinkeye is worth making sure you sit together ... AWESOME!"
* fitting every last thing in the dishwasher
* taking a break from shaving
* the moment of anticipation before a first kiss
* when your roommate cleans while you're away
* going to the gym yesterday: " ... Because now you can take a break today. AWESOME!"
This book is for anyone who has ever experienced a high or low in life. Yes -- it is perfect for literally everyone. Readers old and young alike will find themselves relating to the myriad of awesome things covered in The Book of (Even More) Awesome. I speak from personal experience in that Pasricha's books are the most-appreciated and well-liked gifts I've ever given. Who doesn't love something that feels like it was written with them in mind?
If you're still not convinced, go to 1000awesomethings.com/book2 and read the first 20 pages.
For me, the blog and the books have brightened my days when they've been grey. I had some very dark days when I lost my dad this year and during those times it helped to read the silly, the sunny, and the sensitive chapters in Neil's first book. The second book, TBOEMA, is now my new go to book for tough days as well as the good days. It's not only as good as the first (an accomplishment in itself for a sequel), but I think it's even better! In fact, I'd go so far as to say, booksellers should remove all the books in their spirituality and self-help sections and simply fill the shelves with these books. I've always thought The Beatles summed up the world's needs quite succinctly with one phrase: All you need is love. Well, Neil Pasricha's book, The Book of Even More Awesome, is the tool that will lead you to it.