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The Book of Awesome

Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket and Other Simple, Brilliant Things

By Neil Pasricha in April 2010 from AEB/Putnam, a division of Penguin Publishing.


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“Strangely heartwarming… perfect for rainy days.” – The New Yorker

“Little things, it turns out, are extremely important to happiness, and THE BOOK OF AWESOME will remind you of a thousand little things that will make you happier.” – Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

“Neil Pasricha is to blogging what Jerry Seinfeld is to standup.” – The Globe and Mail

“Laugh out loud funny, tinged with just enough sarcastic nostalgia…” –

“Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life’s unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to share a universal high five with humanity.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Even a cynical white person can’t deny the appeal of THE BOOK OF AWESOME.” – Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like



From neighbors with pools to ordering off the menu at fast-food restaurants to fixing electronics by smacking them, The Book of Awesome takes on life’s sweet feats with all the honest humor and winning enthusiasm that has earned Pasricha’s blog its millions of followers. But while powered along by Pasricha’s distinctive, fresh, and hilarious voice, The Book of Awesome isn’t about one man’s favorite things, but rather a catalog of the universal little pleasures we all share. With its focus on the many things that bring us together rather than the few things that split us apart, it’s a book that will appeal to people from all walks of life — housewives and college kids, children and senior citizens alike. Arising out of Pasricha’s riffs on popping bubble wrap and getting a trucker to blow his horn is an unexpected, genuine sort of inspiration, as The Book of Awesome offers up a hearty cheer for all the little things we take for granted.

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Neil Pasricha never imagined that writing about the smell of gasoline, thinking it’s Thursday when it’s really Friday, or wearing underwear just out of the dryer would amount to anything. A self-described “average guy” with a typical 9-to-5 job in the suburbs, Neil started his blog 1000 Awesome Things, as a small reminder — in a world of rising sea levels, global conflict, and a troubled economy — of the free, easy little joys that make life sweet. He certainly didn’t anticipate that his site would gain a readership of millions of people, win two Webby Awards (“the Internet’s highest honor” according to The New York Times), be named one of PC Magazine’s Top 100 Sites, or become a place where people from around the world would come to celebrate the simple pleasures of daily life.

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It’s difficult to overestimate the response that Pasricha’s countdown of awesome things has elicited amongst both critics and readers. Delivered with an irresistible mix of spirited humor and unchecked optimism, “like a snappy Jerry Seinfeld monologue by way of Maria Von Trapp” (The Vancouver Sun), Pasricha’s optimism has proved to be utterly infectious. “Life really is awesome after all,” wrote The Guardian; “Read it and you’ll feel good about being human,” said Jim Hedger (host of Webcology, Webmaster Radio). Housewives and college students, senior citizens and professionals, people from Chile and India and Bangladesh, flood Pasricha’s inbox daily with letters about what the site has meant to them. Teachers have had their students generate their own lists of awesome things. Bedridden hospital patients have written to say that the blog has shown them a new perspective; individuals struggling with depression claim the site has given them new hope; and fans from all over the world have checked in simply to say, “Keep up the awesome, man. It makes me happy.”

Now, Pasricha’s awesome things have made their way into the world of books with THE BOOK OF AWESOME (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, April 15, 2010). Combining classic entries from the website with a hefty chunk of brand-new content, and accompanied by photos throughout, The Book of Awesome is a much-needed reminder of life’s happy little moments, a hilarious and heartfelt thumbs-up for the awesomeness of everyday life.

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“THE BOOK OF AWESOME reminded me of past pleasures, like an old friend, and left me looking for new joys today.” – Frank Warren, author of PostSecret

“Neil’s writing is funny, sweet, and filled with just enough nostalgia-laced goodness to bring out your own Pollyanna. I dare you to read this book without compiling your own list of Awesome Things to add.” – Jen Yates, author of New York Times Bestseller Cake Wrecks

“Neil Pasricha is the guru of small joys.” – The Toronto Star

“THE BOOK OF AWESOME gives me 14,001 things to be happy about. Bravo for taking note of the sunny side of life!” – Barbara Ann Kipfer, author of 14,000 things to be happy about

“The awesomest part about THE BOOK OF AWESOME is the realization that if you enjoy the simple moments in your life, you will be happier.” – Ben Huh, author of #1 New York Times bestseller I Can Has Cheezburger? Barnes & Noble IndieBound Penguin Walmart


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  1. Yay, Neil!

    I’ll get 5 books at least. Have you thought about doing a 365 day calendar? Or specialty napkins? How about T-shirts with your top five favorite awesome things? Maybe a big glossy coffee table book with the top 100. Oh, man, there’s no end to what you could do with this amazing list of awesome things! Sincere congratulations on offering something that makes people feel good.

  2. The final title totally rocks! “…and other simple, brilliant things” is …uh..simple and brilliant! OMG. That just blew my mind. ha ha.

    Sincerely, I wish you heaps and heaps of success and will be purchasing many copies when it comes out. Congratulations! From the first time I read your writing, I knew you would be a humour writer “for real” some day. I love it when I’m proved right.

  3. wow neil! this site is amazing!
    i read it everyday and i everything is so relatable!
    you have made the small things in life feel so AWESOME!

  4. Hey Neil,

    I’ve only been following the website for, hmm, about 2 days but I’ve read EVERY single post and I love it!! I especially loved #829, I read it to everyone I know and teared up every single time! (cried the first time) It made me remember to appreciate those around me (even more, if that’s possible) that I love, thanks for that! By the way, I love the way you write! AWESOME. hehe. I will definitely buy this book because I think it’s completely worth it.

    Thanks for the awesomeness… :-)

  5. I am so TOTALLY excited for this. I’ve always thought that the smell of a really, really, really old book/bookstore was an awesome thing, so think about it…

  6. Feeling quite proud of you Neil. I am pre-ordering today. Can’t wait to have it. You are one amazing and awesome man . Did you include yourself?

  7. – when your old favorite band/groups is touring again and going to the concert takes you back to those times (spice girls) and you scream like a little girl when they come on stage
    – getting a back scratch and falling asleep before you have to return the favor

  8. I am so happy that you are publishing your awesomeness . . . the world needs more of it! Thank you for making me feel a little bit of simple happiness every day. I’ll be getting at least 5 of your books . . . can’t wait. May 2010 be the most awesome year ever.

  9. I will definitely get this book. I agree with everything I have read on this site. I think one awesome thing is being the first person to leave your shoe prints in a fresh blanket of snow.

  10. I don’t think I’ve ever added something to my Christmas list that didn’t come out till April! I just ordered it with a gift card, that I got for Christmas! It will never leave my coffee table at home, I hope to see smiles on all my guest’s faces!

  11. I love this site so much, and I’m so looking forward to the book. Thank you so much for inspiring me to look around at all of the AWESOME things in my life. I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.

  12. I can’t wait to read this book. This book will make the perfect birthday presents for friends and family. I’m even thinking about getting one to keep here in the office for everyone to read. Congrats, Neil and good luck in the future.

  13. Hi, I really love your blog, it’s been an especially difficult year for me and every little bit of sunshine and reminders to remember the good things helps.

    I would like to order the book in the UK, are there any plans to distribute through


  14. think the book will be available on any UK sites? Cause there’s killer delivery fees over here if you’re ordering from the US.
    First thing on my birthday list anyway, wherever it’s out.
    Can’t wait.

    1. Just saw the comment a couple above and feel slightly embarrassed for asking the same question.

      The reply was very helpful though, so it’s all good.

      I mean, it’s all awesome.

  15. So excited for this book! I look at this site every other day (at the least). It always makes me smile/laugh and appreciate the simple things in life.

    Cannot wait.

  16. When you have the house to yourself and you get to have a marathon of your favorite TV show without anyone making fun/bothering of you.

  17. Hi,
    I’m (one of many) HUGE fans and was wondering how I can get a copy of the book in Australia? Will it be in bookstores or will I have to order it online?
    Thanks :-)

    1. Yeah, I’m a expat Torontonian in Perth, Western Oz @ the moment and would love to get my hands on this book over here. Is it only avail. online? Would love to share this with others, such a simple and brilliant message to everyone to appreciate the beauty in the little moments :-)
      Congrats and much love to you, glad to see you’ve chosen to invite the happiness into your life.


      1. Dymocks seem to be the only Aus book shop chain stocking THE BOOK OF AWESOME so far (I’m sure following some inevitable growth in its popularity others will follow). They have been very helpful to me and are willing to send copies from their stores to pretty much anywhere. Not sure how many there are in Perth but I thought this might help :-)

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