Synopses & Reviews
Tall people: Smart. Wealthy. Successful. U.S. Presidents, Oscar Winners, NBA players, CEOs.
Scrunched into airplane seats. Unable to find good clothes. Why?
In this, the first book of its kind, Arianne Cohen—all 63" of her—takes us on a tour of the tall world, traveling from endocrinologists offices to the annual European Tall Club Convention to unlock the mysteries at the center of talldom: why do tall people succeed professionally, financially and intellectually far more than others? Why are tall men the most successful dating and mating group on earth, while tall women have low birth rates? And who the hell is behind those airplane seats?
Part investigation and part personal story, The Tall Book follows Arianne as she circles the globe, meeting the tallest people in the world, questioning them on how to raise a well-adjusted tall kid, and yes, becoming one half of Americas tallest couple.
Lively, witty, and erudite, The Tall Book is a must-read for the tall, the not-so-tall—or anyone searching for the secrets of living the high life.
"Though it may in part revere the tall, essayist Cohen proclaims, clearly 'society is not built for us.' Six-foot-three Cohen (Confessions of a High School Word Nerd) covers many taken-for-granted challenges facing 'talls,' including public toilets, exercise bikes, doorways, couches and airplanes. Especially complicated is dating; some tall women would never 'date down'-that is, a man shorter than they are-while other talls (i.e. men) refuse to date anyone but the short. Being tall costs more, due to expenses like 'double-price clothes,' 'high ceilinged homes,' and 'the food,' but it also pays better: tall people earn approximately 2.5% more per inch. Height also helps get presidents elected; 26 out of the last 30 presidential contests went to the taller candidate. Cohen has been frustrated, ever since she was a 5'3' eight-year-old that no one has written a book about tall people ('The Dewey Decimal index didn't even assign a classification number to tall people. Surely the world kidded'). She fixes that problem handily with a guide both practical and proud, and with enough self-deprecating humor to charm readers of any height; an ideal gift for talls, their loved ones, and (perhaps) their jealous detractors." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Given her smarts, inquisitiveness, and warm wit, I'd follow Ms. Cohen up any learning curve. With The Tall Book her assignment is personal, and richer for it. The result is a real resource for giants of all ages (and those who love them) so that we can fully appreciate the advantages and navigate the downfalls of our standing. Not since Randy Newman's "Short People" have those of us of a certain stature had a better rallying cry.”—Brad Wieners, 6'7", Editor, Men's Journal
“This is a funny and lively book that belongs -- quite literally -- on the top shelf of American literature. One of us 'talls' will be happy to get it down for you.”--Steve Rushin, 6'5", Sports Illustrated columnist and author of Road Swing
“As a 12-year-old, told to act my age and not my shoe size, I could honestly say, 'They're the same.' Arianne Cohen has written a book for everyone, like me, who grew up (and up) to be proud of their height.”--Rebecca Lobo, 6'4", Olympic gold medalist basketball player and ESPN Commentator
A fascinating and informative look into the world of tall people; the first book of its kind to explain why tall people have an advantage over everyone else.
Did you know that tall people earn $789 more per inch per year than their normal-size counterparts? Or that talls are 8 percent smarter than the rest of us? And five times more likely to become CEOs?
In The Tall Book, six-foot-three-inch Arianne Cohen searches high and higher to write the definitive book on the perk-filled tall life, explaining the Tall Advantage of more money, brains, leadership, and power. Why are tall people tall in the first place? And how are talls, the most powerful people in the world, still searching for clothes and crunched into airplane seats? Filled with humor, illustrative graphics, and piles of tall miscellanea, The Tall Book is the must-have book for tall people, parents, partners, and anyone who wants to know their place in the pecking order. Come celebrate the worlds best trait.
"The Tall Book "is a celebration of the tall-advantaged, which notes and explores the myriad benefits that come with living large--from the simple pleasures of being able to see over crowds at a parade, to the professional joys of earning more money, and having others perceive you as a natural leader. "The Tall Book "also offers well-researched explanations into the great unanswered questions of tallness, including: Why are people tall to begin with? How have tall people figured throughout history? Why are CEOs so tall? And how does tallness affect the dating game? Filled with illustrative graphics, charts, and piles of tall miscellanea and factoids, "The Tall Book "is a wonderful and much-needed exploration of life from on high.
In this fascinating and informative look into the world of tall people, six-foot-three-inch Cohen seeks to write the definitive book on the perk-filled tall life, explaining the Tall Advantage of more money, brains, leadership, and power.
About the Author
Arianne Cohen is a writer for New York and Marie Claire magazines. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, O, Real Simple, Redbook, Health, Nerve.com, and the New York Times Magazine. A 2003 graduate of Harvard University, she is also the author of Help, Its Broken!: A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired and the coeditor of the essay book Confessions of a Word Nerd. She previously used her 6'3" frame as a nationallevel swimmer, and now lives the tall life in New York City with her 7'2" partner, whom she met researching this book. They are perhaps the countrys tallest couple