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Janeane Garofalo, Copyright: unknown
Janeane Garofalo
born: 09-28-1964
in: Newton, New Jersey
1999 .|. Feel this Book Excerpt from Random House .|. Bookworm's Comment
2000 .|. Jews who rock (Stiller)
Ben Stiller, Copyright: unknown
Ben Stiller
born: 11-30-1965
in: New York, New York

Feel this book
"Feel this book" (Ballantine Books, Hardcover, First Edition, 1999, read: January 2000)
"We are professionals. Though not specifically professionals in the field of 'psychology' or 'psychiatry', we are both highly paid actors and comedians, and as such know more about neuroses than you could possibly imagine ..."

For some time I couldn't decide if it was worth the time to write anything at all about this book. But then I thought that I could also warn you about bad books instead of just writing reviews on books I liked. 'Feel this book' is one big disappointment. I saw Janeane Garofalo on the 'Tonight Show' with Jay Leno when she presented this book. It sounded so extremely funny that I just had to buy it. But then I was glad that it consisted only of 214 pages in a very large typo.
It was clear that this book was a cynical parody on the whole bunch of self-help books which are out there in the market. And that the authors make fun of the reader was evident, too. But you notice quite soon that the book simply has one message: "Thanks for being so stupid to spend your money to buy this book. Tell your friends about it and don't lend it out to them so that they have to buy their own copy and we can make more money from it."
The content is funny only until page 50. Then it gets just boring and sensless. I read it to the end because I couldn't believe that someone could write so much rubbish. But it's possible. My only advice: let it stand in the shelf where it belongs.
[Dorothée Büttgen, January 00]


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