Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 23, 2011 - Humor - 256 pages
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Jon Ronson’s subjects have included people who believe that goats can be killed by the power of a really hard stare, and people who believe that the world is ruled by twelve-foot lizard-men. In Out of the Ordinary, a collection of his journalism from the Guardian, he turns his attention to irrational beliefs much closer to home, investigating the ways in which we sometimes manage to convince ourselves that all manner of lunacy makes perfect sense – mainstream, domestic, ordinary insanity. Whether he finds himself promising his son that he will be at his side for ever, dressed in a Santa costume, or trying to understand why hundreds of apparently normal people would suddenly start speaking in tongues in a Scout hut in Kidderminster, he demonstrates repeatedly how we all succumb to deeply irrational beliefs that grow to inform our everyday existence. Out of the Ordinary is Jon Ronson at his inimitable best: hilarious, thought-provoking and with an unerring eye for human frailty – not least his own.

Praise for The Men Who Stare at Goats:

‘Not only a narcotic road trip through the wackier reaches of Bush’s war effort, but also an unmissable account of some of the insanity that has lately been done in our names’ Observer

Praise for Them: Adventures with Extremists:

‘A funny and compulsively readable picaresque adventure through a paranoid shadow world’ Louis Theroux, Guardian

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Review: Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness

User Review  - Angelica Raine - Goodreads

I know I am going to struggle writing a review for this as it was unlike any book I have ever read. I bought this book as it was on offer in HMV and The Psychopath Test (also by Jon Ronson) is one of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Tipper - Goodreads

This was a hugely entertaining book. In the first half Ronson lets us in on his petty, funny little thoughts, knowing his behaviour might seem odd. Having established his own oddness, in the second ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His first fictional screenplay, Frank, co-written with Peter Straughan, starred Michael Fassbender. He lives in London and New York City.

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