The Book of (Holiday) Awesome: When the Christmas Lights All Work, Successfully Regifting a Present, Drinking with Grandma

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Author: Pasricha, Neil

Number Of Pages: 192

Release Date: 17-11-2011

Details: Product Description There's nothing like the holidays. They bring out the best, and sometimes the worst, in everyone. Luckily, Neil Pasricha is here to remind us that not only are the holidays great but there's actually even more to celebrate than we realize. From Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa to such holidays as Mother's Day and Father's Day, Thanksgiving, and beyond, The Book of (Holiday) Awesome will show you why holidays are . . . AWESOME! Plugging in the Christmas lights from last year and having them all work. When the in-laws leave. Successfully regifting a present to someone who actually wants it. Drinking with Grandma. Just barely wrapping a gift with that tiny scrap of leftover wrapping paper. Knowing Kwanzaa is worth more Scrabble points than Hanukkah or Christmas. From Booklist Holidays can be awesome, but not necessarily in the ways that many of us might consider. Pasricha portrays the value of silly victories, warm moments, and lots of things that can’t be bought, such as drinking with grandma, successfully taking a nap at the in-laws, regifting a present to someone who actually appreciates it, ripping presents open with the gusto of a wild animal, and stealing smoldering cookies straight out of the oven. Even the biggest grinches can’t deny these delightfully digestible anecdotes are truly special. It’s somewhat odd that this book, which also references New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, summertime, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, starts with Christmas. No matter. It’s more about special moments such as getting served breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day or catching the ice cream truck. Pasricha does a wonderful job of reminding us that holidays and seasons can hold special delights if we lend enough attention to fully appreciate them. A great little book for getting in the mood to simply enjoy life. --Susan DeGrane Review "Neil Pasricha is a gift. This book would make even the grinchiest Grinch love the holidays again." —A. J. Jacobs "Neil Pasricha is the guru of small joys."— The Toronto Star "Neil Pasricha makes ordinary days light up with awesomeness." —Gretchen Rubin, author of #1 New York Times bestseller The  Happiness Project About the Author Neil Pasricha is terrible at wrapping gifts, can't carve a turkey, and always forgets birthdays. He's just a regular guy who loves seeing the first shipment of eggnog in the store, eating all the chocolate in the Advent calendar at once, and driving around town to see all the Christmas lights. Neil started his website 1000 Awesome Things as a small reminder-in a world of rising sea levels, global conflict, and a troubled economy-of the free and easy little joys that make life sweet. His site now has a readership of millions of people, has won three Webby Awards, was named one of PC Magazine's Top 100 Sites on the Internet, and become a place where people from around the world come to celebrate the simple pleasures of daily life. Neil's first book, The Book of Awesome, was a New York Times bestseller, a #1 international bestseller, and has been translated for dozens of countries. His follow-up The Book of (Even More) Awesome, came out earlier this year and was also a #1 international bestseller. To learn more about Neil Pasricha, please visit Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Drinking with Grandma It’s time for some intergenerational egg nogging. Get ready to light the Yule log, sail the gravy boat, and get your eighty-five pound grandmother a sloshy glass of rummy nog. Now, whatever your age, whatever your tastes, whatever your pleasures, whatever your fates, let’s all agree on one thing today: Grabbing an occasional festive drink with your mom’s mom or your son’s son bridges boundaries and crosses divides. Once upon a time, your Grandma used to boogie. Once upon a time, your Grandma threw it down. Yes, I’m saying before you danced on tables, she danced on them too. And before you learned to twist o

EAN: 9780399158599

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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