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How to Pass as Human Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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About the Author
Kelman was born to an American father and British mother and was raised in both nations. Kelman attended The Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Science and Minored in Film and Media Studies. Although he was part of the Class of 1994, he graduated early in 1993. He then attended Brown University where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Fiction. Kelman's first novel, girls, was a San Francisco Chronicle and New York Journal News Best Book of the Year when it was published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company in 2003. In 2011, Kelman's first screenplay, "Genneris," was purchased by Steven Spielberg at Dreamworks Studios. Since then, Kelman has also written original screenplays for other major studios and directors including Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, and Roland Emmerich. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA..
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Less has been said about the book as a pseudo-psychological and philosophical look at the human condition, boiling it down to its core essence of optimizing our ability to survive and reproduce, only oversimplifying at times to keep it fun. The text is full of humorous but cutting observations of everything from work, office politics, and technology, to gender differences, reproductive habits, and love. The section on “Breaking Rules” emphasizes that to appear human one should break rules whenever possible. For those interested in more than the great narrative and entertaining field guide, there is plenty of compelling, deep stuff here.
This reader particularly enjoyed the Venn diagrams and flow charts – “How to Choose a Religion” and “How to Understand the Basics of Human Mating Communication” are especially fun.
This is a book I couldn't put down and I cannot stop recommending to people. Described as a "science-fiction/humor novel", it is a scientifically based, humorous story told through fictitious lenses. But much deeper than that is a tale of us all; regardless if the book is told by android or human, read by robot or mammal, one thing can certainly be gleaned in the pages of How To Pass as Human: We are all learners, we all have an infinite number of questions, and the journey to understanding and our ability to interpret ourselves is only half of the fun, but potentially our only justifiable purpose. 5 stars.