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Part voyeuristic entertainment, part group therapy, Passive Aggressive Notes offers a fascinating look at the all-too-familiar frustrations of embattled office drones, apartment dwellers, parents, and pet owners everywhere.

This curated collection combines dozens of outrageous, never-before-seen notes as well as favorites from Passiveaggressivenotes.com a 2008 Webby Award Winner and the official "Best Blog" of the South by Southwest Interactive festival.

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It all began with a first date...and not a particularly good date, either. Apparently, things between this guy and his roommate had gotten so bad that they now communicated almost exclusively via Post-it note. Ah, yes, I said, I know those notes well--my current apartment (where I lived with three other roommates) had seen its share, most of them about the presence of unwashed dishes in the sink. They were usually signed with love; they were never addressed directly. I should start collecting them, I joked--put them on the Internet or something. Now that would be passive-aggressive.

Later that night--after it became clear that our relationship wasn't going to progress beyond standard small talk--I decided to do just that. And unlike my roommates' approach to dish-washing, the response to passiveaggressivenotes.com was enthusiastic, immediate, and overwhelming. Within weeks of the site's launch, thousands of notes poured in from shared bathrooms, kitchens, cubicles, and parking lots. (Wrote one reader: "Instead of a single note, can I submit an entire person? Like my mother?") This book represents the funniest and most outrageous of those submissions.

Despite the book's title, some of these notes are really more aggressive in tone, and some of them are more passive--polite, even. What they all share a common sense of frustration that's been channeled into written form rather than a direct confrontation. It's barbed criticism disguised as something else--helpful advice, friendly concern, light-hearted humor. But as Dr. Scott Wetzler, a clinical psychologist and author of Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man, observed: "A joke can be the most skillful passive-aggressive act there is."

--Kerry Miller

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“Never before have the peculiarities of modern communication been laid so bare. Kerry Miller’s Passive Aggressive Notes is a deliriously funny collection.” (Davy Rothbart, creator of Found magazine and author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas)

“From what I’ve seen this book is very, very funy and very charming. But you never know?” (Eugene Mirman, comedian)

“We dare you not to laugh out loud.” (Redbook Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061630594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061630590
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read Passive Aggressive Notes on the train home after a long day and went from tired and stressed out to laughing so hard that I shed a tear or two. It's a collection of real notes and photos of the outrageous things people can't find a way to say directly to their roommates and coworkers. Anyone who works in an office, shares an apartment, or dislikes confrontation will so love that this book exists.
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I'm a big fan of the passive-aggressive notes website, and I'm excited to now share these hilarious notes with friends away from the computer, too! As someone who has lived with lots of different roommates and works in an office that witnesses its fair share of passive-aggressive notes, I can definitely relate to a number of the notes in this book. I also bought a copy for my coworker because I knew she'd appreciate it given all of the notes we've seen around our office.
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I always LOL at the PAN site, so I was thrilled to check out notes that didn't make it to the web. This book didn't disappoint. Somehow, the new stuff in the book is even more hilarious than what I've seen on the site. I'm just in awe of all the crazy people out there that write these notes! I've already passed the book to one of my co-workers who shares my distaste for people who'd rather write a note than make a verbal request. This is the perfect gift for your roommate or cube-mate (but read it yourself, first!).
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It's the beginning of November and I already have my office Secret Santa gift taken care of--might be perfect for a few former roommates as well!!!
This is a great collection of notes ranging from the creative to the ridiculous that will have you laughing with each turn of the page(I personally love the flow-chart for office coffee mug cleaning and the pad-locked microwave). I would strongly recommend this for anyone with a sense of humor, or as a gift for anyone you think might have one!
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bought this book for someone for christmas, to use as a pick me up whenever he was feeling down. we sat together that night on christmas after he opened all his gifts, and he read them out loud to me, and so many times he had to stop because he was laughing too much to continue. book totally served its purpose
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I have been a fan of passiveaggressivenotes.com since it started and its nice to have a print version! Having lived with some passive aggressive note-writers in my own life, I certainly can appreciate this collection. I think its a fabulous gift idea because its witty and fun. It is good for the people in your life with a great sense of humor and even better for those who need to do a little self reflection about their own passive-aggressive nature. This book is a must-have for any coffee table!!!
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Terrible book that starts out saying the author was unable to find a good definition of the term passive aggressive. This didn't stop her from collecting a bunch of notes written by people who were angry about something -- and not ONE of them was an example of passive aggression. I have to say some of the notes were hilarious, but the book overall was more irritating and wrongheaded than anything else.
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i had seen this book i think at a friends house. and thought it was pretty funny. so i went out and got it. i love it, each page has something new to laugh about. i highly recommend this for a subtle humorous time.
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