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Editors' pick: Reading Is This Anything? is like reading the gags and bits of a famous comedian. Actually, that’s exactly what it is. But it’s also a view into the mind of a comic developing his craft. And perhaps most interestingly, the decades of jokes stack up to tell the history of Jerry Seinfeld and the world we live in."—Chris Schluep, Amazon Editor

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“Jerry Seinfeld’s new book, Is This Anything?… I enjoy opening it, pretending I’m Jerry and making my wife laugh with Jerry’s material. It’s like an artist being a copyist at a museum; you learn by emulating the strokes of others.”—Steve Martin in the New York Times Book Review 

“It almost looks like a book of poetry…It made me realize a joke is a precision instrument, every word is a beat.”—Susan Morrison, The New Yorker

“This book is incredible…It’s like the best joke book you can buy.”—Jimmy Fallon

"[A] trove of laugh-out-loud one-liners but also a timeline, beginning with a kid commuting from his parents' home on Long Island to New York City to try to make strangers laugh. It continues through a career during which Seinfeld became arguably the greatest stand-up comic of his era and the pivotal figure of the funniest TV sitcom of its time.”—Associated Press

Seinfeld proudly proclaimed to be a show about nothing. Is This Anything?, Jerry Seinfeld’s first book in almost three decades, is about everything....Bit by bit, we chart his growth as a master joke craftsman. Decade by decade, we follow his life journey, viewing the world through his perspective of what he found to be funny.... Is It Anything? captures the output of one of our great comic minds.”Washington Post 

“Fans of Seinfeld will eat this up, and aspiring comics will want to study how he shapes his seemingly effortless humor.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Comedian Seinfeld reflects on the absurdities of life in a laugh-out-loud volume that gathers jokes he’s written over the course of his 45-year career along with reminiscences on the lifestyle and craft of stand-up…This sharply observed, life-in-gags treasure trove offers essential reading for comedy fans, from a master of the form.”—Publishers Weekly,

“Admirers of Seinfeld's stream-of-consciousness observations about the minutiae of daily life will find much to enjoy here, and readers will also appreciate the window onto his evolution as a comic as he changes from a single guy in a messy apartment to the cocreator and star of a hit sitcom to a husband and father who watches (and critiques) Star Wars with his kids...a welcome treasure trove of laughs.”—Booklist

"Seinfeld’s jokes on the page makes his comedy come to life with new meaning. As you consider Seinfeld’s career, which has spanned nearly five decades, you realize that even though he claims his comedy is about nothing, you could just as easily say it’s about everything."—BookPage

"The book is consistently funny and it’s impressive that someone could have had a lifetime of so many insightful observations about seemingly mundane things... It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen..."Paul Leslie Hour

"[H]is autobiographical intro to Is This Anything? is so perceptive and engaging, as are subsequent interstitial glimpses of his offstage life..."Air Mail

"Jerry Seinfeld's new book, Is This Anything? proves that passion leads to career success."Inc. Magazine 

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  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1982112697
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1982112691
  • Item Weight : 1.66 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.4 x 9.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 3,068 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars And You Want To Be My Latex Salesman?
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4.0 out of 5 stars This ain't exactly a memoir, but it was fun reading and listening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This ain't exactly a memoir, but it was fun reading and listening.
Reviewed in Canada on October 9, 2020
Jerry Seinfeld's new book, "Is This Anything?" is literally the closest thing I can relate to a, "what if books had expansion packs?" If you've read "SeinLanguage" it is that book with added jokes. Still funny, still thought provoking, and still iconic. It does have autobiography aspect, but it's in the jokes themselves, so if you're expecting a memoir similar to Billy Crystal's Still Foolin' You, then this isn't that at all. The one thing I will say is that I did follow along with the audio book, and I gotta say it's like Jerry is telling you every joke in this book. I think if you want to hear Jerry tell you a few jokes then I suggest the audio book over reading it as I feel our imagination of how we interept how he'll tell his stories does not compare to listening to him. It's those little details that makes jokes funny.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is primarily just a script of his stand up routines.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reading jokes isn't the same than see it performed
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