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Areas Of My Expertise

by John Hodgman

Dutton | November 1, 2005 | Hardcover

Areas Of My Expertise is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
In the great tradition of the American almanac, "The Areas of My Expertise" is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although bestsellers such as "Poor Richard''s Almanack" and "The Book of Lists" were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman?which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up.

John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking:
-What are the mottoes of the 51 United States?
THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED
-Who were the U.S. presidents who had hooks for hands?
THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED
-What role does the Yale secret society ?Skull and Bones? play in the secret world government?
THERE IS NO SECRET WORLD GOVERNMENT
-What was the menu at the first Thanksgiving, and did it include eels?
Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both . . . LATER.
-Aside from a compendium of fake trivia, what is the best kind of book to write?
A SIMPLE TABLE OF THE 55 MOST DRAMATIC LITERARY SITUATIONS PROVIDES THE ANSWER, and John Hodgman is the author of that table.
Imagine if "The Book of Lists" had been rewritten by Peter Cook and Jorge Luis Borges under the pseudonym of ?John Hodgman? and then renamed "The Areas of My Expertise," and you will only begin to have a sense of the dizzying, uproarious, sublimely weird, and strangely wise journeythat is contained within this book (along with all the pages and words).

Perfect for anyone who thirsts for knowledge, and especially for collectors of books of fake trivia, "The Areas of My Expertise" offers through absurdity a better understanding of the world we share?and recognizes that while the truth may be stranger than fiction, it is never as strange as lies . . . or as true.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.87 in

Published: November 1, 2005

Publisher: Dutton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525949089

ISBN - 13: 9780525949084

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not very funny I saw Hodgman on The Daily Show and he was hilarious, so I thought I'd check his book out. It's basically a 'comedy/fake revisionist history text' much like Jon Stewart's America , but it falls flat. You know your friend who tries to make his dull anecdotes funnier by sporadically going back to an abstract concept that no one except him finds funny? This book is like a 6 hour train ride with that guy. Sorry Hodgman, the hobo names bit falls flat, and the chapter about the individual States is painfully long, and not very clever. The whole thing needs an edit, and some better content. You'll love it if you're a big fan of cleverly phrased essay style writing, but otherwise I wouldn't suggest it.
Date published: 2005-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take That Almanacs! Thanks to the Daily Show with John Stewart I was introduced to the comedic genius of John Hodgman. I picked up The Areas Of My Expertise on more than a whim and couldn't be more pleased. While this book isn't for everyone, or every sense of humour, those who can laugh at such portions as Jokes that have never produced laughter or Common short and long cons will love the overall read. A must check-out!
Date published: 2005-12-24

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Areas Of My Expertise

by John Hodgman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.87 in

Published: November 1, 2005

Publisher: Dutton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525949089

ISBN - 13: 9780525949084

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In the great tradition of the American almanac, "The Areas of My Expertise" is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although bestsellers such as "Poor Richard''s Almanack" and "The Book of Lists" were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman?which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up.

John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking:
-What are the mottoes of the 51 United States?
THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED
-Who were the U.S. presidents who had hooks for hands?
THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED
-What role does the Yale secret society ?Skull and Bones? play in the secret world government?
THERE IS NO SECRET WORLD GOVERNMENT
-What was the menu at the first Thanksgiving, and did it include eels?
Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both . . . LATER.
-Aside from a compendium of fake trivia, what is the best kind of book to write?
A SIMPLE TABLE OF THE 55 MOST DRAMATIC LITERARY SITUATIONS PROVIDES THE ANSWER, and John Hodgman is the author of that table.
Imagine if "The Book of Lists" had been rewritten by Peter Cook and Jorge Luis Borges under the pseudonym of ?John Hodgman? and then renamed "The Areas of My Expertise," and you will only begin to have a sense of the dizzying, uproarious, sublimely weird, and strangely wise journeythat is contained within this book (along with all the pages and words).

Perfect for anyone who thirsts for knowledge, and especially for collectors of books of fake trivia, "The Areas of My Expertise" offers through absurdity a better understanding of the world we share?and recognizes that while the truth may be stranger than fiction, it is never as strange as lies . . . or as true.

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