will tell you how to survive interactions with sharks, bears, mountain lions, and alligators, as well as how to jump from a moving car and how to jump from a moving motorcycle into a moving car. However, learning where to cower during an earthquake or how to survive getting stranded is good information to have. In true Worst-case Scenario Survival Handbook style, this book is both funny and informative.
Topics include (but are not limited to) how to spot fakes (breasts, toupees), how to fake an orgasm (not recommended–by me or the book), what to do if you can’t remember the name of the person you wake up next to, how to ditch your date, what to do if don’t have enough money to pay the bill, and how to successfully have an affair. James Grace teamed up with Joshua Piven for 2002’s Reading the book did not help improve my golf game because I don’t have a golf game. Funny: advice on how to “How to Thwart a Cheat.” Informative: “How to Play Out of a Water Trap.” Funny and Informative: “How to Survive Being Hit in the Goolies.” (Yes, “goolies” are just what you think they are.) Also funny: “How to Disarm an Irate Golfer,” “How to Control Your Golf Rage,” and “How to Cure a Golf Addiction.” The line-drawing illustrations are wonderfully humorous too.
About how much of life’s pleasant surprises you can plan for, and how much is fate, a fluke.
The book, As Luck Would Have It, has a chapter on the inventor of the 1970s superfad the Pet Rock; one about winning a 0-million lottery; and Josh’s favorite, the story of the 1980s one-hit-wonder-band Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny.”He might also have included a chapter on his own storyas the co-author of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, the little humor book that could.
Please, please, please, the next time a breeder in your life tells you they are expecting a bundle of joy(? And if I have to clean up on aisle 7, will I really have time to read the appropriate entry before heading to the spill? But it’s good to know the resource is out there if I ever need it.
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Students will get scores of helpful tips, skills and techniques to cope with the stress of college, including: • Communication tools for the classroom and the residence hall • Breathing techniques to reduce stress and lower heart rate • Calming mantras and meditation skills to adopt for college and for life • Responses to stick in your back pocket for challenging social situations The program—thoroughly customized to the needs and requests of each school—incorporates an interactive dialogue as Jennifer gets members of the audience to share their own stress scenarios and situations, from blanking on an important exam to being pressured with drugs, alcohol, or sex.
College students will find their stress levels ebbing as they learn coping tools and hear about all the things that chap Jen’s hide on a daily basis.
Actually, it’s about how luck worksabout fantastic success stories and how they came to be. Pretty much everything and everyone annoyed her or triggered tears. Gutted by a string of unfortunate events—including a breakup, the death of a pet, the cancellation of a huge book project, and surgery—she was on her last nerve.The first handbook has sold more than 2 million copies since it was published in November of 1999, and the series that followed has been equally popular.Five years and more than four million copies later, it’s a bona fide cultural phenomenon.“It was an amazing experience, and it still is,” says Josh’s co-author, Dave Borgenicht C’90, with some wonderment.As he talks about the book in November, just before the holiday selling season kicks into high gear, it seems luck is on his mind, too.“Having been in publishing, and having seen what it takes to succeed even at a minor level, I was very mindful of the fact that it was extremely unusual.I imagine that you’re probably as likely to have a New York Times bestseller as you are to be struck by lightning,” Dave says.I don’t know if it’s standard English, but I will be using it from now on. I like the idea of telling a kid that if s/he is going to play with an imaginary friend, “they both need to be on good behavior and are both responsible for any broken vases, stolen cookies, or messes.” Also fantastic is the idea of creating “activities to keep the imaginary friend out of trouble,” such as sending him/her to “(imaginary) music lessons,” “(imaginary) summer camp,” or “(imaginary) boarding school.” I laughed so hard when I read all of that. The drawings that go along with how not to use a stroller (“as a shopping cart, as a sidecar, as a scooter/skateboard, when running with the bulls in Pamplona) were fantastic.Also great are the pictures showing how to break up fights between parents at Saturday soccer. I’m not going to try to get a job as a forklift operator or a brain surgeon, so I don’t really need to know how to fake my way through a job interview for one of those positions.The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work — Work is bad enough, but what if things go really wrong?The Worst-Case Scenario authors come to the rescue with expert advice for surviving dozens of nightmare on-the-job scenarios, whether in the office or on the loading dock.With an appendix of useful interview phrases, a career-path decoder, instructions for playing Jargon Bingo, and more, this is the one desk reference you can’t live without.Joshua Piven , a writer and former cubicle dweller, enjoys working in his pajamas until noon.I gave the book away pretty soon after I finished it, but it was worth the hour or so I spent reading it.