The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things

Neil Pasricha, Author
Neil Pasricha, Author Amy Einhorn Books $22.95 (393p) ISBN 978-0-399-15651-9
Reviewed on: 04/12/2010
Release date: 04/01/2010
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-0-425-23890-5
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In this adaptation of his blog www.1000awesomethings.com, Pasricha celebrates the simple pleasures of everyday living. 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."" Readers looking for simple, unsentimental pick-me-ups should find this happy browsing.
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