Oh, the Humanity!: A Gentle Guide to Social Interaction for the Feeble Young Introvert

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Writer's Digest Books, Oct 8, 2007 - Humor - 176 pages
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Are you uncomfortable engaging in conversation? Do you have trouble making friends? Have you longed to have your deeply rooted social anxiety eliminated by a slender paperback you can read cover-to-cover over several lunch breaks? If your answer is yes - or if you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for that special nervous someone - the book you've been waiting for has arrived.

Oh, the Humanity! will see you through all your interpersonal struggles:

  • "How can I boost my self-confidence? I've already tried crying all day and avoiding my horrible reflection in the mirror. Is there something else that might work?"
  • "I'm not very good at small talk. How can I get the least out of every word I use?"
  • "What exactly is 'body language'? My arrest record suggests I need some clarification."
  • "My hobbies include scrapbooking, swimming with dolphins, and taking chain letters seriously. How can I find people with similar interests?"
  • "I recently decided to become a hipster schmuck. How can I rid myself of current friends incompatible with my new, ill-advised persona?"
  • Plus, somewhat more!
Life is a precious gift that could be hit by a bus tomorrow. Isn't it time you lived it the way some total stranger who wrote a book thinks you should? Oh, the Humanity! is all you'll ever need to jump-start your social skills!

You'll also need a promotional Frisbee if we get some of those made.

 

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I picked this book up because I found Mr. Roeder's column in Writer's Digest to be entertaining. The tongue in cheek approach of a self-help book was entertaining at first, but after a bit it starts ... Read full review

Contents

Essential Qualities You Lack
7
Conversation for People Whod Rather Be Home
65
Making Friends That Last a Lifetime
131
A Moment of SelfDefense
166
Infi nite Gratitude
167
Credits
168
About the Author
169
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About the author (2007)

Jason Roeder had contributed humor pieces to The New Yorker, Salon, Cracked magazine, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency as well as the books Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category and The Future Dictionary of America. His fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Cimarron Review, Sycamore Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review, which nominated him for a 2006 Pushcart Prize.

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