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Your Mother Doesn't Work Here: Painfully polite and hilariously hostile notes [Hardcover]

Kerry Miller
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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6 Oct 2008

passive-aggressive Definition: of or relating to a personality that harbours aggressive emotions while behaving in a calm or detached manner.

Have you ever felt angry about something a colleague, flatmate or even a total stranger has done?

Has your pent up anger ever unleashed itself as a written note?

Have you ever been the recipient of a nagging reminder to do the dishes or turn down the music, imbued with a faux friendliness and stuck on a Post-It for all to see? Welcome to the hilarious and compelling world of the passive-aggressive.

Part voyeuristic entertainment, part group therapy provides an amusing glimpse into the private lives of strangers as well as a revealing insight into our collective neuroses.

Your Mother Doesn’t Work Here collects all of the most popular notes that have been submitted to the website – some passive and almost polite in tone, many overtly aggressive – but all sharing a common sense of frustration channelled into a ‘helpful’ note.

Notes from the disgruntled and dissatisfied, Post-Its for food thieves, warnings to the irresponsible and untidy, notices from neighbours and landlords and messages from fed up flatmates who have reached the end of their tether all feature in this compendium of textual passive-aggression.

Entries include the shaming, 'Your mum does not work here (& would be embarrassed by your behaviour if she did)' to the irritable, 'We wish people who are turning off the hall lights would get a life.'

Laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the bizarre and nod your head in recognition at those notes that strike a chord - after all, there's a little bit of passive-aggressive in all of us.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007284659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007284658
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We dare you not to laugh at loud at these funny, snarky notes."
-- Redbook magazine, November, 2008

From the Author

It all began with a first date...and not a particularly good date, either. Apparently, things between this guy and his roommate had gotten so bad that they now communicated almost exclusively via Post-it note. Ah, yes, I said, I know those notes well--my current apartment (where I lived with three other flatmates) had seen its share, most of them about the presence of unwashed dishes in the sink. They were usually signed with love; they were never addressed directly. I should start collecting them, I joked--put them on the Internet or something. Now that would be passive-aggressive.

Later that night--after it became clear that our relationship wasn't going to progress beyond standard small talk--I decided to do just that. And unlike my apartment's approach to dish-washing, the response to was enthusiastic, immediate, and overwhelming. Within weeks of the site's launch, thousands of notes poured in from shared bathrooms, kitchens, cubicles, and parking lots. (Wrote one reader: "Instead of a single note, can I submit an entire person? Like my mother?") This book represents the funniest and most outrageous of those submissions.

--Kerry Miller

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok 9 Feb 2009
I saw excerpts of this in a magazine and the tears were tripping me but when I got the book I kinda discovered that those were the funnies ones in the book, it was ok but not as good as I thought it would be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The book is pretty much as other reviewers have summed it up: extremely funny in places, less so in others and certainly worth a read if you want a quick giggle.

However, anyone looking at the 'buy all three...' suggestion above should probably be aware that one of the suggested books in that trio: "Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings." is not, as this tacitly implies, another similar book - it's the same book, just with its American title and cover.

It may be worth buying but probably not twice!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee table book 16 Mar 2009
By J. Lush
Being a fan of the PAN blog this great little book offers more of the same amusing (and sometimes slightly terrifying) notes; it's a fun coffee table book and has had many of my friends in stitches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Side splitting 31 Aug 2009
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For those who have shared accommodation at some point in your life then you know there has been a time when you wanted to do this but hadn't the balls so check out the jottings of those who did! Doesn't take long to get through and is hilarious in parts. Some are jottings of the intolerant OCD's and others are from those who have put up with a mother load of selfishness before exploding over the frigde white board or post-it pad armed with a Sharpie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The ideal bathroom book 12 Feb 2014
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I bought this book hoping a little reference to passive aggressive domestic humour might quietly influence some of the visitors to my home.

I have a teenage daughter and one of her pals likes to pick his nose and wipe it on my bathroom wall each time he goes in there...

This gross act seems to have ceased so I will credit the book accordingly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it love it love it 19 Sep 2013
By Bruce
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Well it simple, this book rocks. nice bit of dry humour to make those bad days go bye bye. Highly recommend as a gift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh! 31 Aug 2012
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I got this as I love this genre having been bought "I Lick My Cheese" so I thought it would make a great present for a friend that has the same sense of humour.

Some of these are really laugh-out-loud while others don't quite hit the spot. However, for a bit of silliness and fun, it is always interesting to get tips on how to complain in future.
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