Geared toward the graduate and others about to embark on new adventures, this upbeat, practical guide is based on the classic Hasbro game, invented in 1959. Thoughts, questions, advice, axioms, and anecdotes draw from the board game's spaces, such as Rent Apartment, Pay Day, and Mid-Life. (Pay Day advice: The trick is to treat your pay day not as a barometer of your success. Lao-Tzu said, 'When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.' Just don't let that contentedness keep you from asking for a raise when the time comes.) Author Lou Harry also expores the rich history of The Game of Life, now part of the Smithsonian's permanent collections, and its impact on pop culture.
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Lou Harry, a journalist and stand-up comic, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.From Publishers Weekly:
Harry, who has written several other novelty books (Voodoo Lou's Office Voodoo Kit), offers a potpourri of suggestions for getting ahead and living fully. The book's title is based on a board game developed by Hasbro in 1960; the author uses each square to address issues, large and small, that come up in most people's lives. For example, the square "Rent Apartment Pay $5,000" raises questions like how to arrange the living space, how to deal with a roommate or, if living alone, how to use all that privacy. The square "Night School 2 Pay $20,000" elicits the comment that it is wise to develop educational pursuits for both intellectual and social benefits. Alternating between different editions of the board, Harry discusses serious life decisions such as when to marry, begin a family or retire. More frivolous subjects include whether one should invest in a Broadway play (not a smart idea) or when to take tennis lessons (it's a good workout). Harry's brief comments for each square are strictly his own opinions, based on what he has learned during his own life journey. The writing is breezy, occasionally witty and, though fairly superficial, still goes down easy. Throughout the text are scattered some areas of interest that display the author's social conscience. He believes in recycling and sending donations to organizations that help the homeless or wildlife.
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Book Description Running Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110762418265