The Book of Awesome (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/3/1
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Based on the award-winning 10-million-plus-hit blog 1000awesomethings.com, The Book of Awesome is an international bestselling high five for humanity and a big celebration of life's little moments.
Sometimes it's easy to forget the things that make us smile. With a 24/7 news cycle reporting that the polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes are swirling in the seas, wars are heating up around the world, and the job market is in a deep freeze, it’s tempting to feel that the world is falling apart. But awesome things are all around us, like:
• Popping Bubble Wrap
• Wearing underwear just out of the dryer
• Fixing electronics by smacking them
• Getting called up to the dinner buffet first at a wedding
• Watching The Price Is Right when you’re home sick
• Hitting a bunch of green lights in a row
• Waking up and realizing it's Saturday
The Book of Awesome reminds us that the best things in life are free (yes, your grandma was right). With laugh-out-loud observations from award-winning comedy writer Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome is filled with smile-inducing moments on every page that make you feel like a kid looking at the world for the first time. Read it and you’ll remember all the things there are to feel good about.
A New York Times Bestseller • USA Today Bestseller • Globe and Mail Bestseller • Toronto Star Bestseller • Vancouver Sun Bestseller • Macleans Bestseller • Winner of the Forest of Reading Award
Praise for The Book of Awesome
“Little things, it turns out, are extremely important to happiness, and The Book of Awesome will remind you of a thousand little things that will make you happier.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“1000 Awesome Things is the #1 awesome website.”—Frank Warren, PostSecret
“The Book of Awesome gives me 14,001 things to be happy about. Bravo for taking note of the sunny side of life!”—Barbara Ann Kipfer, author of 14,000 Things to Be Happy About
“Even a cynical white person can't deny the appeal of The Book of Awesome.”—Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like
“The awesomest part about The Book of Awesome is the realization that if you enjoy the simple moments in your life, you will be happier.”—Ben Huh, author of I Can Has Cheezburger? and How to Take Over Teh Wurld
“Funny, sweet, and filled with just enough nostalgia-laced goodness to bring out your own inner Pollyanna. I dare you to read this book without compiling your own list of awesome things to add.”—Jen Yates, author of Cake Wrecks
too many of us forget to enjoy the simple, sweet things we experience every day.
For me, the blog and the books have brightened my days when they've been grey. I had some very dark days when I lost my dad this year and during those times it helped to read the silly, the sunny, and the sensitive chapters in Neil's first book. The second book, TBOEMA, is now my new go to book for tough days as well as the good days. It's not only as good as the first (an accomplishment in itself for a sequel), but I think it's even better! In fact, I'd go so far as to say, booksellers should remove all the books in their spirituality and self-help sections and simply fill the shelves with these books. I've always thought The Beatles summed up the world's needs quite succinctly with one phrase: All you need is love. Well, Neil Pasricha's book, The Book of Even More Awesome, is the tool that will lead you to it.
What's delightful about the blog, and now this book, is that Neil gives us a chance to hit pause, and look back on our experiences, celebrating them, albeit belatedly. His writing is celebratory, engaging, funny, and inspiring. What's more, you don't have to read too many of his entries before you start paying attention to perfectly toasted toast, the last crumbly triangle in the bag of potato chips, or the smell of books, and smiling when you experience them. You also begin recognizing new awesome things yourself. Somehow, when you start paying attention to how the little, seemingly inconsequential things can brighten your day, the genuinely bad stuff doesn't seem so consuming. The world seems a little bit friendlier. A little bit smaller. A little more wonderful.
Now that I've said that, I think it's really important to tell you that this is NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK (despite how I've seen it promoted recently). It's not a psychology book. It's not an instruction manual. It's a catalog of short, joyous essays about awesome things. I promise that you will walk away from this book having mastered no new concepts. However, I also promise that you will find yourself smiling and nodding in appreciation while you read -- a silent toast to awesome things you never took the time to recognize.
I had high expectations for this book, which were well-exceeded. In fact, I liked it so much that I bought copies for my parents and my sister, who have enjoyed it as well.