Apr 19, 2010

The Book of Awesome

The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, & Other Simple, Brilliant Things"
Neil Pasricha
AEB Putnam
I can't review this book because I haven't read it yet, but I'm going to.
"999: That last, crumby triangle in a bag of potato chips." Check it out. Mr. Pasricha values that last little crumb as much as I. Here's my method of getting that last crumb and here's the author's method. I think mine is better, but mine is not mine mine, it's Ruth's, my helpful hint columnist. So, Ruth, we rock. But back to the book . . .
Screeeeech. Wait a minute. Ruth, why didn't we write the Book of Awesome? I'm always a day late and a dollar short. {slaps head} stupid, stupid, stupid.
Back to the book. seriously. First came love, then came marriage, then came the baby in the...... First came the website: 1,000 Awesome Things.
  • "The moment on a roller coaster after you get to the top of the first hill and before you go down it."
  • "The smell of play-doh."
  • "Realizing you're in the background of someone else's picture and smiling at the last second."
  • "Popping bubble wrap."
  • "When you meet up with a group of friends and they stop talking to celebrate your arrival."
  • "The smell of an old hardware store." (jinx!)
  • "The night before a really big day."
  • "Getting a truck driver to blow his horn."
  • "The Broccoflower: The bizarre misfit child from two of nature’s most hideous vegetables."
The website's down to about #529 or something. Now the book is out and we can skip to the end, read the ending first & then come back to the website and plod on with a new one each day. Awesome. See?
Maybe #1,000 is "When you publish a book and everyone gets a warm, fuzzy feeling while reading it."
Thanks to Chris Guillebeau "The Art of Non-Conformity" for bringing this book to my attention.


Anonymous said...

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driftwood said...

I like Ruths method of getting the last crumb out of the potatoe chip bag better also. I also wish you and Ruth wrote the book and it was a big hit then I could have retired earlier.