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Your Mother Doesn't Work Here: Painfully polite and hilariously hostile notes Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007284659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007284658
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,859 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 passiveaggressivenotes.com 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. Maughn on 12 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookworms on 9 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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Have you ever vented your pent-up irritation through the time-honoured medium of The Note? Perhaps you've been on the receiving end of one yourself? Yeah, well, so have these guys. With the book's banner reading 'Warning: Contains sugarcoated anger' it basically does what it says on the tin. This is a glossy collection of notes, alternately begging and angry, threatening and sugary, but all out to make a point. There are some from the workplace, some from student flats, and some from shared apartment buildings. Some are hilariously clever, some are downright venomous.

Aside from the brilliant ketchup note and possessive sandwich fiend on the cover, here are a few of my favourites:

> "This party would be way better if this music DIDN'T F**KING SUCK. xox"

> "Is there some Great-God of unwashed plates? Whom we must appease by building statues in his honour every day? Just a thought."

> (on vending machine) "This machine is like a box of chocolates! You never know what you'll get! (For Diet Pepsi, push Mountain Dew. For Brisk Tea push Mountain Dew.) Still haven't found the Mountain Dew."

> "STOP eating my soup! I know who you are. I'm watching you. I mixed a little Oxy Powder in my soup today. Care to find out what that is?? Try a bite..."

I think Dylan Moran summed it up pretty well in his Dylan Moran - Monster Live [DVD] stand-up show , talking about a particularly anal note-leaver in his student digs: "I used to leave a few notes for Tina myself. 'Dear Tina, eeeeeeverybody hates you.'" This would make a great novelty gift or toilet book - read it and cringe, people, read it and cringe!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lush on 16 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David E. Black on 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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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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By hula-girl12 on 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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