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Out of the Ordinary True Tales of Everyday Craziness Paperback – 2006

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330448323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330448321
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love Ronson's writing but was very disappointed in this purchase as much of it is the same as what's just been published as Lost at Sea. I felt really ripped off.
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I liked the author's previous "Men who stare at goats", and so ordered it, then read it on a plane trip.

It is an unusual book, aimed to capture behavior that spins out of control, and leaves people in a ridiculous position. Often Ronson's wry humor surfaces in amusing ways.

Many of the vignettes show Ronson in his daily life, having cornered himself into indefensible positions, making proposterous statements and actions. Other sections capture people who are seriously warped - a movie director, a pedophile, a preacher.

I found the book to be low-key but perceptive and engaging, a light read.
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Ronson has written a series of books about some of the odder members of our society and I expected to enjoy this book just as much as I did those. This book was mostly about his interactions with his son and is not as good as his other work, which I highly recommend.
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I first heard Jon Ronson reading essays on This American Life which led me to his book. He is hysterically funny. His voice is unique and quirky. This book made me laugh out loud loudly!
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There is a small overlap with "Lost at Sea". I did not enjoy some of his personal stories. The author is at his best when he is out and about ad a part of the story."Them" is my favorite.
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I heard Jon Ronson interviewed on Brisbane, Australia radio and knew I had to get his book. The book and interview centred around his "The Psychopath Test" and once at the (fabulous) Amazon site, noticed his other books and bought all of them too.

Great Investment!

They are all filled with life moments that everyone has felt, cried or cringed over. Ronson then adds those luminaries that we ordinary people would never come across, nor would want to, mostly. His ability to describe famous and non-famous personages' bubbles of life, that we find incomprehensible and they find so fulfilling, describing their idiocy and/or nuttiness in such clear language is an absolute treat.

Glad I'm one of the ordinary ones who can chortle, laugh and choke over my coffee at the antics of all those other people.
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