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4,000 Questions for Getting to Know Anyone and Everyone Paperback – August 10, 2004

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About the Author

Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer, archaeologist, and the author of more than 25 books, including The Order of Things, 14,000 Things to Be Happy About, The Wish List, and many others.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Reference; large type edition edition (August 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375720812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375720819
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Sturges on July 29, 2005
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I am not very outgoing, so I thought this book would help me start some conversations with people I don't know. Yes, there are some questions I never would have thought to ask, an some questions I had fun answering my self. However, there are so many duplicates! Just the same question rewritten 5 different ways! Not to mention, most of the questions were a little too personal to be asking someone you don't know. It is a great book to sit down with your mate on a rainy or snowy winter night,and each read a few questions. If for nothing else, you may learn a few new things about yourself!
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I bought this book as a sort of game for my fiance' and I. I figured with 4000 questions, how could it be anything but dull?

I was disappointed as I flipped through the book, to see that we had already asked each other most of these questions. I was looking for interesting, conversation sparking questions--and these were your streotypical "just getting to know you" questions. We resorted to making up our own questions.

If you want a general book with general questions, this is for you. If you're looking for a more in depth, personal book with exciting questions--this is NOT it.
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This is a wonderful book that will help you to learn more about yourself as well as those around you. I thought I knew my friend very well. After all, we had known each other for 15 years. But, after working through a few of these questions, I realized that there was a lot I didn't know. Turn off the TV, pick up this book, and get closer to those around you. You'll be glad you did. I'd write more, but I want to get back to reading. Thank you Barbara.
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After reading other reviews and disagreeing with all of them, I had to write my own. This book is a great value. The questions are good questions and they are not too personal. Go ahead and ask! What are you afraid of? We have been having a blast with this book. If you cannot have great fun with this book too, then you need to find more interesting friends!
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I've had a lot of success using this book in advanced ESL classes, whether for writing or conversation topics.

I've also enjoyed using it with my wife, we take turns picking questions for each other to answer. (We've also added a lot of our own.)

Some people might feel overwhelmed if they take the approach of trying to think about or ask someone all or even most of the questions in order.

This is a book to be brought out occasionally and savored little by little. It's added more perspective and fun to our lives than any book we've read in a long time.
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I bought this book for a long vacation with my uncle and had a blast with It. We answered questions for hours! I find that it's not just good for my uncle but also for friends that I know well as well as friends I am trying to get to know better for your file setup now 13 years and want to get to know him better,, and even for my parents that I've known for 50 years. Some of the questions are quite hilarious the questions Are quite intense and serious. This would make a great party game to get to know friends better or casual business meeting opener. I would definitely buy this book again if I lost this one, and have given it to several friends already, one of which is an engaged to be married coiuple and I think it will be good for them to get to know each other better before they maKe a lifetime commitment to each other.
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I have purchased 10 of these books and given them as engagement gifts, Christmas gifts and just because. I've had friends say they break it out at dinner with their friends and everyone loves it. Not sure about how to approach a subject with someone your dating? Break out this book. It's a perfect way to get to know not only them, but friends and family too!
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Many, many of these questions are just no good for getting to know people. Some examples -- "what do you do to decrease your taxes?," "under what circumstances, if any, is it ok to hit a child?," and "is interracial marriage ok or not ok?" I mean, really?

I tried to ask some of the questions in this book and just got a lot of blank stares.

Going in the return pile.
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