Life's Little Annoyances

True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore

Ian Urbina

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“A gold mine of ideas . . . to help us wage personal and quiet vengeance against those who annoy us.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 
For some of us, it’s the automated voice that answers the phone when we’d rather talk to a real person. For others, it’s the fact that Starbucks insists on calling its smallest-sized coffee “tall.” Each of us finds some aspect of everyday life to be particularly maddening, and we often long to lash out at these stubborn irritants of modern life.

In Life’s Little Annoyances, Ian Urbina chronicles the lengths to which some people will go when they have endured their pet peeves long enough and are not going to take it anymore. It is a compen-dium of human inventiveness, by turns juvenile and petty, but in other ways inspired and deeply satisfying.
A celebration of the endless variety of passive-aggressive behavior, Life’s Little Annoyances revels in the tactics people use to vent their anger at telemarketers, loud cell-phone talkers, spammers, and others against whom we feel powerless—until now.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Ian Urbina's book Life's Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore, narrated by actor Stanley Tucci. Urbina chronicles the lengths to which some people will go when they have endured their pet peeves long enough.

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Ian Urbina

Ian Urbina is a reporter for The New York Times and has degrees in
history from Georgetown and the University of Chicago. His writings, which range from domestic and foreign policy to commentary on everyday life, have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Harper’s. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, son, stepdaughter, and a nuisance of a dog.

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Life's Little Annoyances
True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore
Ian Urbina

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
May 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805083033
ISBN10: 0805083030
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 208 pages, Includes ten illustrations
$18.00

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Macmillan Audio
November 2005
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593978402
ISBN10: 1593978405
Audio Run Time: 2:30
$7.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429900973
ISBN10: 1429900970
208 pages
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