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The Book of Awesome [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Neil Pasricha
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The author behind celebrates the good things in life- by the sheer power of their awesomeness.

Based on the award-winning blog, The Book of Awesome is a high five for humanity and a big celebration of life's little moments and the underappreciated, simple things that make us happy, from popping bubble wrap to hitting a bunch of green lights in a row, to waking up thinking it's Monday and realizing it's Saturday. With wise, witty observations from writer Neil Pasricha, this treasure trove is filled with smile-inducing musings that make readers feel like kids looking at the world for the first time: AWESOME!

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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Berkley Trade; Auflage: Reprint (1. März 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0425238903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425238905
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13 x 2,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.161 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"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

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Neil Pasricha is the author of the blog 1000 Awesome Things, which inspired The Book of Awesome. It has received more than 6 million hits in its first year and won two 2009 Webby Awards in the prestigious Best Blog category. Pasricha's writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan and New York magazines and on Yahoo! -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen eine schöne Idee zum Erinnern 20. Juni 2010
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Das Buch hatte ich damals über Postsecret entdeckt und gleich bestellt.Enttäuscht wird man definitiv nicht.Es beinhaltet viele kleine Kurzgeschichten und nicht zu selten erinnert man sich dadurch an Dinge, die vielleicht schon längst vergessen waren.Bestimmte Gerüche aus der Kindheit, oder wie sich manche Dinge anfühlen, die man früher mal ausprobiert hat.
Dieses Buch hilft wirklich sich an den kleinen Dingen des Lebens zu erfreuen und diese auch zu schätzen.Als ich das Buch las bin ich ganz anders durch die Welt gegangen.Ich habe jeden Moment bewusst ausgelebt und genossen, selbst wenn es nur etwas kleines war, wie z.B, wenn man morgens aufwacht und die Sonne scheint ins Zimmer.Ich kann das Buch wirklich nur empfehlen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen He had me at "Snow Days" 25. Februar 2010
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Daily life in the twenty-first century can be overwhelming. Issues of global warming, health care reform, a strangled economy, and the latest celebrity shenanigans fill our media outlets and our heads until they just about burst. It is all too much to bear. No wonder we seek solace in the tiny triumphs of life: in our own small successes and in the personal interactions, the soothing sights, the tempting tastes, and the sensational smells we find in the world around us.

Neil Pasricha is the author of the award-winning blog, "1000 Awesome Things." His online success translates well into the format of this book, which outlines 200 of those Awesome Things. Things like "That one really good pen that never gets lost;" "The sound of ice cubes cracking in a drink;" "Licking the batter off the beaters of a cake mixer;" "The smell and sound of a campfire;" and "That friendly nod between strangers out doing the same thing." In these pages you'll also learn the most successful strategies for trick-or-treating and for making the most of an all-you-can-eat buffet. You'll even learn exactly what functions are attached to your colon. But this is not a book of mere lists. Mr. Pasricha provides an explanation for each one, and some of those pieces are several pages in length. His observations are spot-on, and his writing style is friendly and funny. This is an entertaining and feel-good read.

I had to wait until page 342 to find my most favorite Awesome Thing: Snow days. The author breaks this phenomenon into three types: The Pre-Planned Snow Day, The High-Probability Snow Day, and The Surprise Snow Day. But Neil, there's a fourth one to consider, and that's the "We're already here. Will we get enough snow for them to send us home early?" kind. That one may be the most frustrating of all. When the crucial announcement comes, that joyful event becomes yet another (albeit, shortened) Awesome Thing. Assuming you can make it home safely in the storm.

"The Book of Awesome" is the kind of paperback that you can scan through quickly. You can catch the headlines and say "Yes!" to particular ones. Or you can take a single lovely, rainy weekend to devour this volume from cover to cover. Keep it on your bedside table or coffee table for a pick-me-up. Read passages aloud to a living room full of friends, and your group will come up with even more possibilities. You don't have to agree with all of the entries. ("Using all the different shampoos and soaps in someone else's shower" didn't resonate with me, and neither did "Neighbors with pools.") Just keep turning pages, and it won't be too long before you find several more Awesome Things that you can relate to. And you will probably find yourself smiling, nodding, and laughing out loud.

Once you get into this mode, you may pay closer attention to those magic moments in your own life. Like sliding a key perfectly into a lock in the dark, without fumbling and without turning on the light. Watching a squirrel figure out how to invade a rodent-proof bird feeder. The smell of tea that wafts up when you unwrap a brand-new box of it. It's all good ... and Awesome. Thanks, Neil. [This review was based on seeing the pre-pub galley proof.]
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome is opening this book to any random page and getting a big grin on your face 5. März 2010
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This is a great book to open up when you're depressed or anxious or bored or just any old time. The topics of "awsomeness" are mostly simple, familiar things that you don't often stop to appreciate. Things like "Pulling off your wet bathing suit and putting on dry clothes after a long swim" or "The smell of books" or "The sound of rain from inside the tent". But not only does Neil Pasricha, the author, suggest these awesome moments in life, but he expands on them with little descriptions and stories describing them. For example, under "Remembering what movie that guy is from" he talks about seeing a character in a movie that you know you've seen somewhere before, in some other movie, but which one? Was it in Shawshank Redemption? Or Miracle on 34th Street? No! He was the knife guy in Once Upon a Time in Mexico! Awesome!

I don't think there has been one time that I've opened this book that it hasn't made me smile. And there are a lot of times when I'm bummed out about something and I don't have a lot of time to figure out why I'm bummed or read some long philosophy book about what to do about it. I can just open this book and instantly relate to at least a couple of the topic pages and it takes me to a different place, a place where I can smile in spite of myself or giggle about the fact that someone else finds the same things as I do pretty amazing and can relate.

Picking up this book when I'm unhappy and then finding myself in a not so bad mood after all? AWESOME!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Accentuating the Positive 8. März 2010
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It seems like there's a lot of discontentment going around these days. People get so caught up in their busy lives, focusing so much on what's wrong, what they don't have, that they forget to appreciate the good things. That's where "The Book of AWESOME" comes in. This wonderful little book (based on a popular website) lists the simple pleasures that we all tend to overlook, like snow days and warm underwear, then describes why they're so awesome.

Unlike a lot of other self-help books, reading "The Book of AWESOME" really can change your attitude. It doesn't ask you to change your life, just to pay attention to the good things. It's really not hard at all. It's impossible to read this book and not find at least one entry that makes you shout "YES!" in agreement. It's a great feeling when you see that other people appreciate the same little things you do. But that's not the best part. The best part is that this book gets you to start looking for the awesome things in your own life. After I finished it, I started thinking of all the things that I thought should have made the list, and it made me want to write my very own "Book of AWESOME." This is also a great book to share with friends. You'll end up sharing ideas, getting excited over the things you have in common and the things that maybe you hadn't thought of before.

I liked the writing style, too. It's fun and easy to read. This could have ended up being a really schmultzy, nicey-nice book, but thankfully, it never takes itself too seriously. This is a book that embraces its own dorkiness. It uses lots of silly rhymes, and all but one entry ends with "AWESOME!" It's like it's saying to let go and have fun, and quit worrying about how you'll look. Embrace your own inner dork! It had a very warm feeling, and I could tell that the author put a lot of himself into it.

In this cynical age, we often forget how wonderful life really is, and "The Book of AWESOME" is a much needed remedy. It doesn't try to overwhelm your emotions with sappiness, just shows you the great things you might be overlooking. Its message is that no matter how bad things seem, there are always things to enjoy in life, and it rings so true. This is something I've always believed myself, but even we optimists can use a reminder now and then. It's easy to forget to appreciate the little things, so this book is great to pull out over and over. Read a little when you're having a bad day or when you're going through a tough times. Its reminders will lift your spirits, and its personable writing will just make you smile. AWESOME!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A feel-good book 14. März 2010
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This is a tome for browsing, a pick-me-up for when you're feeling down. If puppies and cupcakes and cheerful smiles don't lift your spirits, then put on some Goth music and try another book, but the rest of us can appreciate the nearly 400 pages of brief, well-written personal reflections on subjects that make most people happy.

Some of these essays are only a few words long (one, entitled "When you push the button for the elevator and realize it's already there" consists of just two words: "Ding! AWESOME!") and some are several pages long (such as "Mastering the art of the all-you-can-eat buffet," or "Smiling and thinking of good friends who are gone"). They're sure to start discussions -- and perhaps even arguments (if you enjoy that sort of thing).

For me, Pasricha's topics seem to fall into four categories. The majority are quite quotidian: popping bubble wrap, hitting green lights, finding prime seats, free refills, free samples, untangling knots, locating your keys, friendly nods, getting a bargain, sharing umbrellas, fireworks, salt, breakfast in bed, campires, perfectly popped popcorn, Saturday mornings, sweatpants, the smell of books, fast food, exact change, silence, your pillow, showers, long hugs, freshly mown grass, remembering names.

A few of the topics seem like rather vain attempts at making unpleasant things pleasant: dangerous playground equipment, dropping food on the floor, cleaning the lint trap, really old Tupperware, a stranger's fart, the smell of gasoline, your colon, gym pain, putting potato chips on a sandwich, grass stains, crying, rain hair, locking people out of the car and pretending to drive away.

The most interesting disquisitions deal with odd situations that give one a delicious frisson of recognition. A number of them are youthful memories: when you get the milk-to-cereal ratio just right, when someone lands on the hotel you just built in Monopoly, the sound of scissors cutting construction paper, when you're really tired and about to fall asleep and someone throws a blanket on you, the first scoop out of a jar of peanut butter, blowing out all the candles on your first try, wearing underwear just out of the dryer, that one square in the waffle that's most loaded with butter and syrup, getting a trucker to blow his horn, pushing those little buttons on the soft drink cup lid, dangling your feet in water, the last day of school.

There are also many adult experiences but, like the childhood variety, most are sudden sense memories with long titles: when the socks from the dryer all match up perfectly, when the vending machine gives you two things instead of one, finding a mix tape given to you by an old boyfriend or girlfriend, when you arrive at your destination just as a great song ends on the radio, when you nudge the person snoring next to you and it makes them stop, when the guy at the border doesn't ask any questions, finally clipping your fingernails after you've been meaning to do it all week, when your suitcase tumbles down the luggage chute first after a long flight, when you're driving late at night on an empty gas tank and a gas station appears on the horizon.

The book ends with the longest essay of the collection. Entitled "Remembering how lucky we are to be here right now," it's a wry reflection on the amazing, improbable fact of our own existence and an exhortation to feel gratitude and joy for it.

Because it is so personal, what The Book of Awesome doesn't address could fill many other volumes, so it's safe to assume that the first of several sequels is already in the works (snow angels, anyone?), and you, dear reader, could well be its author. Better get cracking!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Marvel at the Simple Things in Life 22. April 2010
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The word "awesome" recently has been much overused and its precise and important meaning brought down to the immanent and finite. Yet with today's generational employment of the term one can find great delight in the alluring book: "The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things" by Neil Pasricha. Aspects of this volume are essential in one living a life of gratitude and joy. If you find yourself not appreciating life and all the things therein, grab this book and dig in with a cup or tea or coffee; it will assist you in finding the charm, thrill, delight, and enchantment in life we all too often take for granted.

Subjects brought to light include the routine and the inspiring, such as:

- Driving through green lights
- Beauty in small things
- Popcorn
- Tripping without a witness
- Power and uplifting emotions from your miscellaneous relationships
- Silence
- Campfires
- The scent of new books
- Opening new electronic devises
- Pillows
- Showers.

If you habitually fail to savor the small seemingly unimportant portions of life perhaps you should read "The Book of Awesome." Pasricha writes: "Maybe we all love snowy days, peeling an orange ... and popping bubble wrap" and we just need to be reminded about all the fascinating simple joys in life.
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