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Book Title: How to Make Yourself Miserable|
The author of the book: Dan Greenburg
Date of issue: February 14th 1976
ISBN 13: 9780394731681
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 25.91 MB
Edition: Random House
Read full description of the books How to Make Yourself Miserable:I just finished this after a friend read it an thought of me. It is a really funny book, but I think the well-adjusted might assume it is hyperbole. With the exception of a couple sections, this book more or less encapsulates my current world view/emotional state with only the slightest amount of over-exaggeration.
The entire process of reading this book was me reading a passage, feeling like it was a very accurate description of my reactions, thoughts and decisions in a situation and then realize with faint horror/mild embarrassment that the whole book is, in fact, written as gentle mockery meant to prod people out of stubbornly making themselves miserable. In that effort, it largely succeeds, although naturally the utility of the book will largely depend on how much you identify with the caricatures within. I would really like to say I closed the book with a hearty laugh, and went roaring out the door with a lightness in my heart and merriment in my mind. I did not do that. But it really gave me a lot to think about. I think I had never before realized how completely I let anxiety and a stubborn refusal to be happy take over my entire life.
I recommend this book if:
a) You make yourself miserable and are ready to take a little friendly prodding about it.
b) you want to understand how your anxious friends work. People really do exist this way and it's a hard thing to break out of.
c) You need a laugh. It's genuinely amusing, especially if you like mocking anxious people.
Read information about the authorDAN GREENBURG BIO
Dan's 73 books have been published in 24 countries.
His adult best-sellers include EXES, LOVE KILLS, HOW TO BE A JEWISH MOTHER, HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF MISERABLE, and HOW TO AVOID LOVE AND MARRIAGE. How to be a Jewish Mother sold several million copies. It and How to Make Yourself Miserable were in print for 30 years and were on Publishers Weekly’s list of all-time bestsellers.
Amazon will publish Dan’s third psychological thriller, FEAR ITSELF, in January 2014. They’ll also republish his first two thrillers, EXES and LOVE KILLS.
He’s written four series of children's books: THE ZACK FILES, SECRETS OF DRIPPING FANG, WEIRD PLANET, and MAXIMUM BOY. The Zack Files sold more than 2 million copies, was translated into 20 languages, and generated an Emmy-winning 52-episode TV series that ran on Showtime and Fox Family.
Dan has written extensively about his adventures:
Riding with NYPD homicide detectives for two years to research thrillers FEAR ITSELF, EXES, and LOVE KILLS.
Interviewing murderers alone in their maximum security prison cells for FEAR ITSELF.
Attending autopsies in the NYC morgue for EXES.
Learning how to discipline tigers and lions on a Texas tiger ranch.
Swimming with 80,000 lb. humpback whales in the deep ocean.
Flying upside down with a stunt pilot in an open-cockpit biplane.
Participating in dangerous voodoo rites in Haiti.
Riding with NYC firemen for four months and following them into burning buildings.
Searching for the Loch Ness Monster.
Assisting exorcists in a Connecticut house attacked by poltergeists.
Acting a major character role in a Western movie filmed in Spain.
Doing stand-up comedy at the New York Improv, and on TV talk shows.
Getting screamed at by Orson Welles on the set of Catch-22 in Mexico.
Dan’s articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Time, Life, Newsweek, Ms., Playboy, and have been reprinted in 44 humor anthologies in the U.S. and England.
MOVIES AND TV:
Dan has had six of his feature films produced, two of which are on Variety’s list of top grossing films.
Along with Jules Feiffer, John Lennon and Samuel Beckett, Dan was a contributor to Oh! Calcutta!, which ran on Broadway for 21 years. He was also a contributor to Free to be You and Me, which ran off and on Broadway for years.
Dan has appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Larry King Live, and Late Night with David Letterman. He grew up in Chicago, got his BFA from the University of Illinois, and his MFA from UCLA. He lives in Westchester, NY and British Columbia with his author wife Judith Greenburg and many cats.
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