The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness


The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness Author Paula Poundstone
ISBN-10 1616204168
ISBN-13 9781616204167
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Algonquin Books
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A remarkable journey I laughed I cried I got another cat Lily Tomlin Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known Peter Sagal host of Wait Wait Dont Tell Me and author of The Book of Vice Is there a secret to happiness asks comedian Paula Poundstone I dont know how or why anyone would keep it a secret It seems rather cruel really Where could it be Is it deceptively simple Does it melt at a certain temperature Can you buy it Must you suffer for it before or after In her wildly and wisely observed book the comedy legend takes on that most inalienable of rightsthe pursuit of happiness Offering herself up as a human guinea pig in a series of thoroughly unscientific experiments Poundstone tries out a different get happy hypothesis in each chapter of her data driven search She gets in shape with taekwondo She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini She communes with nature while camping with her daughter and commits to getting her house organized twice Swing dancing Meditation Volunteering Does any of it bring her happiness You may be laughing too hard to care The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a single working mother of three children not to mention dozens of cats a dog a bearded dragon lizard a lop eared bunny and one ant left from her ant farm who is just trying to keep smiling while living a busy life The queen of the skepticism fueled rant Paula Poundstone stands alone in her talent for bursting bubbles and slaying sacred cows Like George Carlin Steve Martin and David Sedaris she is a master of her craft and her comedic brilliance is served up in abundance in this book As author and humorist Roy Blount Jr notes Paula Poundstone deserves to be happy Nobody deserves to be this funny

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