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The Areas of My Expertise

by John Hodgman

Riverhead | September 5, 2006 | Trade Paperback

The Areas of My Expertise is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Hot on the heels of the #1 bestsellers The Onion''s Our Dumb Century and Jon Stewart''s America comes The Areas of My Expertise, the brilliant and uproarious #15 bestseller (i.e., a runaway phenomenon in its own right-no, seriously) - a lavish compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom - all of it completely unresearched, completely undocumented and (presumably) completely untrue, fabricated by the illuminating, prodigious imagination of John Hodgman, certifiable genius.

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.58 × 0.6 in

Published: September 5, 2006

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594482225

ISBN - 13: 9781594482229

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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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The Areas of My Expertise

by John Hodgman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.58 × 0.6 in

Published: September 5, 2006

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594482225

ISBN - 13: 9781594482229

From the Publisher

Hot on the heels of the #1 bestsellers The Onion''s Our Dumb Century and Jon Stewart''s America comes The Areas of My Expertise, the brilliant and uproarious #15 bestseller (i.e., a runaway phenomenon in its own right-no, seriously) - a lavish compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom - all of it completely unresearched, completely undocumented and (presumably) completely untrue, fabricated by the illuminating, prodigious imagination of John Hodgman, certifiable genius.

Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.

About the Author

John Hodgman lives in New York City, where he curates and hosts “The Little Gray Book Lectures,” a monthly colloquium of readings, songs, and dubious scholarship. He is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and a frequent voice on public radio’s This American Life. Further fiction, nonfiction, and genres in between have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, One-Story, and The Believer. He has performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as well as on the great stages of Chicago, Philadelphia, and London’s Barbican.

Editorial Reviews

"Wonderfully absurd." - New York Times
"Hilarious...Nabokov''s Pale Fire as directed by Wes Anderson." - Time Out New York
"If Borges and Ben Franklin got drunk and decided to write a book together, the result might have been something a lot like this freaky ''almanac''." - Tom Perrotta
"Even if you buy this book for the 700 hobo names alone, you will have gotten more than your money''s worth." - Dave Eggers
"A book of absurd tall tales, tables and charts spun from the warped brain of John Hodgman...Impressively eclectic." - Los Angeles Times
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