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Product details

  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439199566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439199565
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,177,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Be afraid: Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf's "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca" is deadly to the humor averse."

""Encyclopedia Paranoiaca" . . . [is] the only guide to super-paranoia that you'll ever need. . . .While the authors' tongues couldn't be more firmly in cheek from first entry to last, "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca" is written and compiled with scrupulous attention and extensive research. . . . Start worrying now."

"An amusing and cruelly accurate cultural critique, offering a "comprehensive and authoritative inventory of the perils, menaces, threats, blights, banes, and other assorted pieces of Damoclean cutlery" that hover over our collective head. . . . Beard and Cerf gleefully fan the flames of our paranoia"

"A humorous look at all of the ways, obvious and not, that humans have of doing harm to themselves. . . . The writing is witty and verbose, almost Monty Python-ish, but the science is good enough that hypochondriacs should be shielded from this book at all costs."

"The madcap brainchild of "National Lampoon" alums Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf, "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca "comprises a smartly researched, apocalyptic alphabet of exotic and everyday dangers and dreads--from bananas to fracking to sleeping on your back--that is scary, amusing, and informative."

"Perversely enjoyable."

"What we think is healthful and harmless may well be deadly, or at least harmful, say the humorists. They've compiled a long list of everyday foods (cherries, carrots), clothing (skinny jeans, flip-flops) and items (drinking straws) that we can now worry about like never before. Thanks, guys."

"As two founders of the National Lampoon, Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf are responsible for some of the sharpest satirical humor of the past forty years. Their latest opus is a tongue-through-the-cheek encyclopedia of modern neuroses -- a work that will both confirm all your fears, then dispel them with fits of laughter."

"Despite its presentation of contemporary dangers, the book is charmingly old-fashioned, with a structure and format that pay tribute to the reference books that lined the shelves of academics and nerds before the Internet reshaped the personal library. . . . Beard and Cerf write with wit in this ironic take on a world where we live in constant fear of dairy products, lemon wedges, shopping carts, and vitamins."

About the Author

Henry Beard attended Harvard University and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He went on to found the National Lampoon with Douglas Kenney and served as its editor during the magazine's heyday in the 1970s. He has written numerous bestselling humor books, including Miss Piggy's Guide to Life and (with Christopher Cerf) The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook.


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