Synopses & Reviews
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.
“...revelatory in its demonstration of just how many purposes a book might have.” Los Angeles Times, Jacket Copy Blog
“Bruce McCall, whose satire in The New Yorker is always entertaining, has outdone himself.” Boston Globe
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.