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The Jerk with the Cell Phone: A Survival Guide for the Rest of Usby Barbara Pachter
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Who hasn't overheard a twit on a cell phone, talking loudly about one inanity or another? Or just missed getting sideswiped by someone gabbing on a phone while driving? Or found someone chatting away in the restroom at work? We've all complained enough about the jerks whose cell phones ring during a movie, at concerts, and even in church. Now it's time to take action—and communications and etiquette expert Barbara Pachter offers just what we all need: A Survival Guide for the Rest of Us. Pachter offers the smartest—and funniest—ways to deal with all the jerks out there without becoming one yourself. Included are the world's most unbelievable but true cell phone horror stories, hilarious revenge stories, ways to jerk-proof your own cell phone use, and cartoons highlighting just how brainless we've all become about the technology we love to hate. This very funny and very useful guide will help to channel the rage we all feel toward the jerk on the cell phone—and show the rest of us how to stop the madness and reclaim some peace and quiet.
"Cell phones, those ubiquitous pieces of pocket technology, are unquestionably useful-but they can also be undeniably annoying. Who hasn't, after all, seen a diner ignoring her date for her cell phone chat, suffered through a ringing phone during a movie or otherwise witnessed an act of bad cell phone etiquette? The titular cell phone jerks may not be 'multiplying faster than a rabbit on Viagra,' as the authors of this little volume would suggest, but there are plenty of them. And Pachter and Magee, who previously teamed up on communication guides When the Little Things Count and The Power of Positive Confrontation, try to sock it to 'em, gathering relevant one-panel comics ('Ma'am, you have to let go,' urges the cell phone repairman to his reluctant customer), cell phone anecdotes for a Hall of Shame (the boss who called an employee's cell phone to fire him) and plenty of other tidbits (like a recent article in a medical journal that suggests addiction to cigarettes is being replaced by addiction to cell phones). Their book is slightly entertaining, but it also has moments of utter inanity, such as 'A Philosophical Discussion on Why People Shout Into Cell Phones' (Descartes: 'I have a cell phone, therefore I am. If I shout into my cell phone, therefore I am even more'; the Dalai Lama: 'When the loud speaker is ready to speak properly into a cell phone, his volume button will appear')." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Who hasn't overheard the twits whose cell phones ring during a movie, at concerts, and even in church? Now a communications and etiquette expert offers a humorous survival guide with the smartest--and funniest--ways to deal with this aggravation and annoyance.
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