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The Book Of Awesome von Neil Pasricha
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The Book Of Awesome (Original 2010; 2010. Auflage)

von Neil Pasricha

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Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration that skips the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: "When you push the button for the elevator and it's already there," ("Ding!"); "When the boss goes out of town" ("Who's up for a three-hour lunch?"); "Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics" ("Welcome to the world, remote control"). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life's unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to "share a universal high five with humanity."… (mehr)
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Titel:The Book Of Awesome
Autoren:Neil Pasricha
Info:GP Putnam And Sons (2010), Edition: Third Impression, Hardcover, 400 pages
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The Book of Awesome von Neil Pasricha (2010)

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    Alles, was Du wirklich wissen mußt, hast Du schon als Kind gelernt. von Robert Fulghum (amarie)
    amarie: There is a similar love of the best things/people/places/experiences in life that may be overlooked sometimes.
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Nope. Couldn't do it. I get why people dig this book, but it just ain't for me. The stuff that he finds awesome is fine, but the manner in which it's presented is rather banal.

DNF. Not awesome.
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Actually, this book is more a two-and-a-half stars book, but I was feeling generous. Basically, it is one of those books that was written off a blog. The awesome items listed are pretty good overall. The prose narrative that accompanies those items does vary quite a bit in quality from pretty good to not so good. A cute idea, but this is a book to borrow rather than buy. Or you can just read the blog. Also, the book does lend itself to skimming, so you can just find your favorites. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Neil Pasricha has written a book of short essays about little things in our lives that make our days just a little more awesome when we encounter them.

I needed this book in my life right now. I don’t even know how to follow that up without hijacking this review into my own political soapbox, so for future reference, I’ll just note that we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and may George Floyd rest in peace. I pray for justice and meaningful societal changes for him and so many countless others.

Anyway…

A reminder of small, awesome things is a welcome break from the daily hourly onslaught of bad news at the moment. The topics are so great that just reading the contents brings a smile to my face. “The smell of freshly cut grass.” One of my favorite smells in the world. “Watching The Price is Right when you’re at home sick.” That one brings back memories of staying home sick with my grandfather, who passed away two years ago. I don’t remember watching The Price is Right with him, but I remember Chuck Woolery hosting Scrabble. And that brings back memories of Papaw watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy literally every night that it was on. Another one that I haven’t experienced but I sure would like to: “When your suitcase tumbles down the luggage chute first after a long flight.” If that ever happens to me, I’m going right out and buying my PowerBall ticket. I think the lottery odds are better than the first-luggage odds!

I mostly read this before bed, because that’s when I like to read my nonfiction books, so over breakfast in the morning, I would read the chapter titles to my husband. That sparked some good conversations about whether we thought each topic was awesome or not (He thinks sleeping with one leg under the covers and one leg out is awesome, but I’m generally for being completely covered, even if it’s only a sheet). We’d also discuss any other memories the topics sparked, like my stories about my grandfather and game shows.

The book got just a bit too long for me. I looked back at the last several chapters, and I do mostly agree that they’re awesome, so I must have just run out of attention. But it also felt like, instead of a quick page or two, the essays got a bit longer. Whatever happened, I personally just wish the book had been maybe 25 pages shorter.

If you need a pick-me-up like I did, please give this book a try. You’ll walk away with a renewed appreciation for all the awesome little things that make up your day if you just have the eyes to see them. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Aug 11, 2020 |
The last book I read before this one was all about Murphy's Law and how the world is (hysterically) broken and amusingly unjust. This book, on the other hand, is all about the good things in life, most of which are never spoken because we take them for granted.

The Book of Awesome is a beautiful reminder that life can be essentially good if we stop and actually spend five minutes looking for awesome things. None of the items in this list are esoteric or vaguely abstract, which will likely prompt the reader into looking for their own awesome items. This in turn should lead anyone to a better life through happiness in the small, often forgotten roses.

For those who might be on the fence about this one, read the website that inspired the book. You won't regret it. ( )
  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
This is one of my favorite books that i pick up and read sometimes. This book had many very small chapters each devoted to finding the AWESOME in everyday things. such as, the smell of rain on a hot sidewalk to hanging your hand out the car window. I love reading this book with students because you can start and stop anywhere in the book so i often just flip to a random page and we talk about why or why not we think that chapter is indeed an awesome thing. It is a great conversation starter and a great way to keep a positive attitude. The big idea in this book is to remember that there are awesome things in even the most insignificant seeming things. ( )
  mlundi1 | Oct 17, 2018 |
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Completely swallowing and devouring up every tiny last word of the entire book, including all the copyright, printing, and Library of Congress information that nobody usually reads. AWESOME!
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Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration that skips the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: "When you push the button for the elevator and it's already there," ("Ding!"); "When the boss goes out of town" ("Who's up for a three-hour lunch?"); "Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics" ("Welcome to the world, remote control"). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life's unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to "share a universal high five with humanity."

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