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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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The New York Times–bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances.

Ronson investigates the strange things we’re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones’ personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posse’s juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose life’s greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the stories — in a tour de force piece, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons (Happy, Paul, and Titch, among others) to get to the bottom of credit card companies’ predatory tactics and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, Alaska’s Christmas-induced high school mass-murder plot: Ronson explores all these tales with a sense of higher purpose and universality, and suddenly, mid-read, they are stories not about the fringe of society or about people far removed from our own experience, but about all of us.

Incisive and hilarious, poignant and maddening, revealing and disturbing — Ronson writes about our modern world, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives.

About the Author

Jon Ronson’s books include the New York Times bestseller The Psychopath Test, and Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats — both international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare at Goats was adapted as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London and New York City.

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airindigo, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by airindigo)
As expected, Jon's informative and interesting style led me to read this book in an evening. It contains many different unrelated stories, so it's now fun just to open it and read a random piece in my free time. Bought it for the father-in-law as well. A fun and addicting read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594631375
Subtitle:
The Jon Ronson Mysteries
Author:
Ronson, Jon
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20121030
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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