Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living

Little Victories Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living The Wall Street Journal s popular columnist Jason Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living The book you hold in your hand is a rule book There have been rule books before stacks u

  • Title: Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living
  • Author: Jason Gay
  • ISBN: 9780385539463
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Wall Street Journal s popular columnist Jason Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living The book you hold in your hand is a rule book There have been rule books before stacks upon stacks of them but this book is unlike any other rule book you have ever read It will not make you rich in twenty four hours, or even seventy two hours It will not cauThe Wall Street Journal s popular columnist Jason Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living The book you hold in your hand is a rule book There have been rule books before stacks upon stacks of them but this book is unlike any other rule book you have ever read It will not make you rich in twenty four hours, or even seventy two hours It will not cause you to lose eighty pounds in a week This book has no abdominal exercises I have been doing abdominal exercises for most of my adult life, and my abdomen looks like it s always looked It looks like flan Syrupy flan So we can just limit those expectations This book does not offer a crash diet or a plan for maximizing your best self I don t know a thing about your best self It may be embarrassing Your best self might be sprinkling peanut MM s onto rest stop pizza as we speak I cannot promise that this book is a road map to success And we should probably set aside the goal of total happiness There s no such thing I would, however, like for it to make you laugh Maybe think I believe it is possible to find, at any age, a new appreciation for what you have and what you don t have as well as for the people closest to you There s a way to experience life that does not involve a phone, a tablet, a television screen There s also a way to experience life that does not involve eating seafood at the airport, because you should really never eat seafood at the airport Like the title says, I want us all to achieve little victories I believe that happiness is derived less from a significant single accomplishment than it is from a series of successful daily maneuvers Maybe it s the way you feel when you walk out the door after drinking six cups of coffee, or surviving a family vacation, or playing the rowdy family Thanksgiving touch football game, or just learning to embrace that music at the gym Accomplishments do not have to be large to be meaningful I think little victories are the most important ones in life From the Introduction

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    1. Little Victories could be called a self-help book in the same way Caddyshack could be called a golf instruction video. Jason Gay’s light-hearted little book is nominally meant to give advice and rules of thumb for navigating the modern world, but we all know it’s just a format for making jokes. It’s not entirely airy, though. He adds ballast with topics like his bout with testicular cancer and his father’s failing health. And every once in a while we’re led to think. But for the most p [...]

    2. I love this little book. I love Jason Gay’s humor and heart. I want to buy multiple copies as gifts and I want to make it required reading for my book club so that we can all sit around taking turns reading the hilarious, as well as, the poignant bits of advice Gay provides. I’m now carrying this book in my handbag and rather than endlessly scrolling through my phone when I’m bored, I pick up this little gem and pick out any piece of advice and either laugh out loud or wistfully sigh. Beli [...]

    3. "Know this: cool is overrated. Freeing yourself from the relentless pursuit of cool can be the single biggest thing you can do to create personal happiness in your life, besides installing a zip line in your backyard or deleting Twitter from your phone."By this account, my husband and three teens are the happiest people on the entire planet. True story. Well, OK - none of them ever installed the Twitter app in the first place. But still.This is a sampling of Jason Gay awaiting you in Little Vict [...]

    4. "Little Victories is an incredible blend of humor and heart. Jason covers everything from being a new parent and the everyday challenges, to what songs you should play at your wedding and which fashion trends should die and never come back. These are rules easy enough for us all to live by and reminders that what's really important in life are the little victories we can sometimes take for granted." - Lauren W. Doubleday Marketing Department

    5. This book gave me terrible anxiety about my testicles and the prospect of ever having children.According to Mr. Gay, I should start riding a bike and eat more soup.

    6. Saw this gem on the top of a heap of Holiday books at my local Costco, and grabbed it. It has since grabbed me. I cannot stop laughing. If you're looking for the standard self-help fare, or advice on whether you should stay or split from your job/spouse/vegan diet or what have you, keep combing the shelves. This isn't that kind of book.If laughing-your-ass-off-with-every-page qualifies as self-help, however, then you'll no doubt be taking a 'little victory' lap around whatever doldrums are sucki [...]

    7. I enjoyed this book - it's basically stories from the authors own life organized in to sets of rules for life in general. I didn't detect any life affirming wisdom I hadn't read about or thought about before. But the metaphors and descriptions were witty and effective, and the book was overall amusing and satisfying. Well done.

    8. Very enjoyable audio book, read by the author. I think my 3 star rating would have been higher if I was a) male, b) a parent and/or c) into sports. Overall, I highly enjoyed Gay's humor and heart. The parts about his dad were particularly endearing.

    9. This is an advice book like I would write, only written better by someone who has had more worldly experiences. It is told with a sense of humor, mostly cheesy, with glimpses of being profound.

    10. I did not like this book as much as I thought I would from reading the introduction. Several chapters into it, I decided I felt that way because I wasn't really relating to or connecting with the author. I didn't relate to his lifestyle. I didn't like his potty mouth (I know it doesn't bother a lot of people, but it does me), nor his style of writing which was very casual and rambling. It felt like it was a bunch of what I call "random neural firings" (RNF's -- coined by Dave Berry in a book I r [...]

    11. a fun, engaging read about being present and looking for the little things that make our lives and the lives of both our loved ones and complete strangers a little bit happier and easier. i read this over several sittings in one day and even laughed aloud a few times. 😊

    12. Like a Dave Berry, but since Jason went to Wisconsin, he is even better! Loved this book. It’s funny, but tells a great story.

    13. A delightful little book. I went in expecting to have a fun, easy read with a few laughs. I did. But I also actually learned a few things. Mostly that you should just stop trying to be cool -- it's a fruitless effort.

    14. I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewd it shall be.This book full of practical advice & is at times humorous. Most chapters begin with a short story & are followed with bullet points of advice & observations on the chapter's topic. A couple of chapters deviate from the format. Only A Game (But Not Really) begins as an open letter written to the author's children's future Little League team followed by related bullet points. The lett [...]

    15. I enjoyed every minute of listening to Jason Gay describe what it feels like to stumble into regular adulthood. It felt like having a long conversation with a friend who makes you laugh, not by trying to be funny, but simply by describing ordinary life in all its messiness. It made my week better. I laughed out loud on the treadmill, in the car, and while walking the dog in the snow. I enjoyed it more when I decided not to hold back the laughter for the benefit of indifferent strangers. I wouldn [...]

    16. Jason Gay’s column is worth the subscription price of the Wall St. Journal, even if you don’t read any other part of the paper. He provides a ringside seat to great sporting events. He’s enthusiastic with a true sports fan’s ardor, but he never loses sight of the fact that sports are mostly just a bunch of people getting paid huge sums of money to run around and act like school children. He doesn’t take himself too seriously either, always marveling that he actually gets paid to write [...]

    17. I'm not one to read sports columns, but after finishing "Little Victories" and learning all about Jason Gay, I might just start. I don't even actually know what a football is, but this man has a wonderful way with words and relating to an audience that would make me love sports! "Little Victories", is in my opinion, an insightful perspective on the many different avenues and chapters in our lives. It teaches you that in life, it is important to recognize and celebrate the things you may not alwa [...]

    18. "As you get older, friendship becomes a maintenance thing. You don't change the oil as much. You run the tires down. You turn to it when you need it.(You pray the friendship is a Volvo.) And then moment happen that remind you why it's so important."I picked this book up on a whim at an author's luncheon recently, and I'm so glad that I did. This book is like a conversation with a favorite pal; it's out loud funny, helpful, and though you may not agree with everything (I'm in Texas; kids' footbal [...]

    19. For some reason I'm drawn to books of what are meant to be humorous essays on everyday life that are inevitably written by liberal Manhattan journalists and, inevitably, their life-in-the-elite-bubble outlook ends up pissing me off. Kudos to Jason Gay for breaking the cycle! Gay's "rules" were generally light and often funny, but occasionally poignant and even wise. There were the typical NYC references to 5 star restaurants, designer baby clothes, and celebrity name-dropping (I thank God every [...]

    20. Collection of essays that can be read in any order. Quick, contemporary read. I laughed out loud a few times and I especially enjoyed:"Hoard Your Friends" "Music for Weddings and Babies" "Thanksgiving and the Touch Football Game" "And Here are the Kids"A few lines that stood out:p. 46 "you know you are on the other side of it (cancer) when the stupid crap you used to get mad about before you got sick gets you mad again."p. 46--"(You really learn who the potheads in your life are when a loved one [...]

    21. First of all, thank you to for sending me this book as part of the Giveaway program. I was absolutely delighted to get this book because I am a big fan of Jason Gay's column in the Wall Street Journal. I read them all and I also follow him on Twitter. His chats there have been informative and he is ALWAYS entertaining. So down to earth and as we said in the sixties:"real." I can not imagine that anyone would be disappointed in this book. You find yourself laughing with him and cheering for him, [...]

    22. Picked this book up on a fluke as it was in the new book section of the public library. Not familiar with the author I had no idea what to expect. The title says it all Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living. Like most people Jason Gay faces a lot of the same insecurities and dilemmas everyone else is quietly dealing with unlike the rest of us he creates "rules" out of his situations. While he does not take himself or life too seriously there are some serious and sad moments as he decides what rules [...]

    23. I received this as an ARC through NetGalley. I'd never read any of Jason Gay's columns (which is surprising, given how much I like to read about sports), but that changed the instant I finished the book. It's a book I'll recommend to anyone who is looking for well-written essays on life that will make you smile, pump your fist in agreement, and laugh out loud (the real kind of LOL, not the ironic kind). I never highlight passages in my Kindle, but I found myself highlighting funny snippets and l [...]

    24. "That's the thing about parenthood, there's always someone further down the path, chuckling about your impending doom" Just a sample there of funny insights, in this extremely enjoyable book. A quick, indulgent, funny read most appropriate for 30 something men, but entertaining enough for everyone. Even tossed with some poignant, deeper moments besides the easy laughs. Treat yourself to this after a deeper, long read. Read this in one day while home with sick kids. Great 200 page read!

    25. Little Victories is an incredible blend of humor and heart. Jason covers everything from being a new parent and the everyday challenges, to what songs you should play at your wedding and which fashion trends should die and never come back. These are rules easy enough for us all to live by and reminders that what's really important in life are the little victories we can sometimes take for granted.

    26. Jason Gay has written a wonderful guide to what he calls imperfect living.This is a warm hysterically funny book about living life today.he loves his family friends &enjoys spending time with them.his rules for life from taking vacations wearing cargo pants family dinners&memories of his childhood dinners around the TV.A fun read with a lot of down home truths,

    27. What an excellent read! I've been so busy that I put it down for like a month and a half, but it is a short and quick read. It made me giggle out loud a few times and tear up a few times. I would recommend this to anyone 25 years old and up, for sure.

    28. Because I read this 2016 Thurber Humor Prize nominee before reading the winner (Harrison Scott key's The World's Largest Man), I was sure this one would win. I still loved it and his hilarious rules, but it did rightfully come in second.

    29. This is a great book, beautifully written, you can literally feel all emotions that the author is going through, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it also makes you contemplate life. It is a light read.

    30. Usually these types of books turn me off I hate being told how to live I guess.But this book was a huge exception to my own little instruction book.From cover to cover- I enjoyed these tidbits.It will be on my recommendation list- to anyone who asks

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