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50 Things to Do with a Book: (Now That Reading Is Dead)

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Reading may be dead, but books are alive and well

What good are books, you may be wondering, if we're not going to read them? What are we even doing in this bookstore? Not to worry! It turns out that there are literally thousands of things to do with these chunky stacks of bound tree pulp. Fun, exciting, adventurous, creative things. In fact, this familiar rectangular object suddenly offers enough dazzling new interactive possibilities to, yes, fill a book. This book. From re-creating world wonders to settling marital disputes, entertaining dinner guests to channeling your inner secret agent, here are fifty wonderfully zany things to do with all your favorite books.

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In a world where reading is reportedly dead, renowned humorist, illustrator, and New Yorker contributor Bruce McCall offers 50 inventive, outlandish, and wickedly entertaining things to do with all those excess books in 50 Things to Do with a Book. From starting a band, building a stairway to paradise, and saving your town from a flood to improving your marriage, entertaining guests, or killing a mockingbird, the options presented in 50 Things to Do with a Book are brilliant, visionary, ironic, and absurd.

About the Author

Bruce McCall's written and illustrated satire is a familiar part of the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other major publications, and he has published two books of collected humor, Zany Afternoons and All Meat Looks like South America, as well as a memoir of growing up Canadian, Thin Ice. McCall has also just published his first children's book, Marveltown. He lives in New York City.

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Elizabeth Lenaghan, November 24, 2009 (view all comments by Elizabeth Lenaghan)
This tongue-in-cheek book was amusing without being at all provocative. McCall, as he states in his prologue, begins with the premise that books are dead (he recognizes the irony he is printing this belief within a book). He goes on to provide 50 illustrated recommendations for how books might be used (for something other than reading). The recommendations range from the ridiculous (stilts) to the impossible (use books about Egypt to build a full-sized replica of a pyramid). For the most part, McCall relates the content of books (which would presumably be of little importance to the people who were looking to dispose of them) to their act of destruction (one of my personal favorite recommendations, also depicted on the book's cover, is that copies of To Kill a Mockingbird be pitched at actual mockingbirds to, presumably, kill them). Of course, in so explicitly relating the "dead" books' contents to their destruction, McCall manages to prevent the books from being treated as merely objects. And, more tellingly, he presumably has to read these books at least enough to relate their newfound purposes to their previously valued content. But none of this is to imply his book fails at doing what he sets out to accomplish. He's written a comical picture book, with annotations. It took me a half-hour to read. You may as well do the same if you see it on a shelf of your local book shop, if only to prove that reading isn't dead after all.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061703669
Subtitle:
(Now That Reading Is Dead)
Author:
Mccall, Bruce
Author:
Lippman, Laura
Author:
McCall, Bruce
Publisher:
It Books
Subject:
Books
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20091027
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.44x5.26x.57 in. .39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In a world where reading is reportedly dead, renowned humorist, illustrator, and New Yorker contributor Bruce McCall offers 50 inventive, outlandish, and wickedly entertaining things to do with all those excess books in 50 Things to Do with a Book. From starting a band, building a stairway to paradise, and saving your town from a flood to improving your marriage, entertaining guests, or killing a mockingbird, the options presented in 50 Things to Do with a Book are brilliant, visionary, ironic, and absurd.
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