Perfect Rules for Imperfect LivingBook - 2015
"The Wall Street Journal's popular columnist Jason Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living. Four times a week, millions of men and women turn to Jason Gay's column in The Wall Street Journal. Why is Gay so celebrated? It starts with his amusing, fan's-eye-view of the sports world, which he loves but doesn't take too seriously. But his most celebrated features are his "Rules" columns, which provide untraditional, highly amusing but useful advice for navigating the minefields of everyday life. In this, his first book, Gay provides witty and wise advice on the Big Questions. Such as how to behave at work: "If you are excited about the company holiday party, this is likely an early-warning signal from the lighthouse to cancel, because you may fit the profile of the person who winds up kissing four co-workers, then stands on the coach at 2:00 a.m. railing against the company healthcare plan before passing out, then waking up twenty minutes later and demanding everyone take a taxi to Atlantic City for breakfast." Gay makes the case that it is not the grand accomplishments like climbing Mt. Everest (which, as he points out, is expensive and stressful) that make life sweet but conquering the small everyday challenges, like putting pants on before 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday. Little Victories is a life guide for people who hate life guides. Whether the subject is rules for raising the perfect child without infuriating all of your friends, rules for how to be cool (related: Why do you want to be cool?) or rules of thumb to tell the difference between real depression and just eating five cupcakes in a row, Gay's essays--whimsical, practical, and occasionally poignant--will make you laugh and then think, "You know, he's kind of right.""-- Provided by publisher.
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This is the book I’ve been waiting for most of my adult life. This is not a book extolling the secret habits of successful people whose power is now. This is not a book that tells me I have to eat kale, I have to love Caddyshack, or that it’s not cool to go to bed before 10 on a Friday night. This is a book that tells me I can eat that kale – if I want - covered in pesto so I can’t taste kale. That’s the kind of perfect little victory author Jason Gay embraces; getting your antioxidents without having to taste them.
Contrary to what you might think, this perfect little book comes from a moment of new-age-y mindfulness in Gay’s life. He admits he doesn’t always take everything in, or that he takes it in much later than in the moment, but he’s ok with that. In fact, his meandering words of wisdom are both hilarious and deceptively poignant, such as “If you are witnessing sports history, it should not be while picking at a salad.” Which may be interpreted as while it is good to take care of one’s nutritional health, it’s also perfectly acceptable to scarf down pizza on occasion.
His musings continue on the subjects of sports (he’s a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, after all), marriage, kids, vacations, parents, work, etiquette, technology and various combinations of all of the above. He has a right to muse – he’s travelled the globe, beat cancer, climbed back up the ladder after unemployment – and while he is never preachy about these struggles there is definitely something to learn from his words, which are at times so funny and touching you won’t know from which well your tears have sprung.
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