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30. “The Know-it-all,” AJ Jacobs

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Subtitle is: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
Page count: 371
Page total: 9,876

20. “Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me,” edited by Ben Karlin

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

My sister read this book and I thought the title was funny so I got it from the BPL. It took two trips, as they seem to be desperately short-staffed right now and every table is stacked high with a truly frightening number of books. I went twice in a week and I swear I saw the same books still out. If you have noticed that I am still talking about the state the BPL is in, it’s because this book was pretty forgettable and rather problematic.

There were some truly funny parts that had me snickering on the train, and with each story clocking in at about three pages, it was a very quick read, which I appreciate more and more these days. But all of the authors took a similar approach where they would admit their short-comings and end up (half-jokingly, but still consistantly) relating a story about that bitch who dared not date them. It’s just disquieting for the theme of most of these pieces to be “women so crazy/bitchy/heartless/stupid and interchangable” (a few authors change the names of the same woman more than once within a piece).

Also, my partner did not appreciate the title.

Page count: 221
Page total: 4,794

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