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Oh, the Things I Know!

by Al Franken

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In Oh, the Things I Know!"Al Franken, PhD (Hon.) offers a mock - serious guide to life that is laugh- out – loud funny. The tone is unpretentious and facetious, and the humor self- effacing (for "Dr" Franken never takes himself too seriously) – and the advice is actually pretty good too! Franken’s title is itself a parody of the Dr. Seuss’ book Oh, the Places You'll Go! Like the latter work, this book would be very suitable as a gift to students graduating from high school or college.

The book contains 29 chapters, arranged chronologically to guide the reader from cradle to grave. Early chapters are entitled “Oh, the Mistakes You’ll Keep Repeating!,” “Oh, the Advice You Should Ignore!” and “Oh, Are You Going to Hate Your First Job!” Later ones include “Oh, the Weight that You’ll Gain!,” “Oh, the Books You’ll Read!,” “Oh, the Bad Investments You’ll Make!,” and “Oh, the People You’ll Sue” and then to the final (and mercifully kind one) “Oh, the Nursing Home You’ll Wind Up In!” Although each chapter is only 3-5 pages, each is followed by a humorous summary that may or may not relate to its chapter.

Oh, the advice that he gives! Drawing on the experience of his own marriage, Franken offers a secret for smoothing over the inevitable rough patches in a relationship: “It’s very simple but effective. We don’t go to bed angry. We stay up and fight!” For raising children: “While it may be ok to lie to your spouse from time to time, it is emphatically not ok to lie to your kids about anything but your past drug use.” Along the way, Franken ranks the world’s religions in order of quality, suggests places to hide from armed, disgruntled employees, presents a list of international telephone calling codes, and takes a few jabs at his favorite pretentious gasbag, the pompous political commentator Rush Limbaugh.

While presented as a book of gentle humor, Oh, the Things I Know! is suffused with humanity, warmth and affection, and a certain amount of practical wisdom. This is surely one of the most unusual books ever written by a US Senator; it certainly is among the funniest. The US political scene is the richer for Al Franken's presence. ( )
5 vote danielx | Apr 30, 2011 |
Franken addresses a number of topics in three-to-five-page humorous essays. I'm afraid I just didn't find this to be nearly as funny as a lot of other humor books I've read. ( )
  Jim53 | Oct 5, 2008 |
A short, sweet and succinct mock-serious guide to life. This book is divided into chapters averaging about a page so it made for a quick read. The best thing was Franken's left-leaning, dry, friendly humor. One example - his chapters had a short summary at the end, funny because they were already quite short. Franken offers advice on a variety of subjects, although he mentions that sometimes he's deliberately lying. A good suggestion - if you have a boss who likes to insult you, just pretend not to get it and make them explain the insult, tends to take all the fun out of it. ( )
  DieFledermaus | Sep 1, 2007 |
Funny, but not as good as later works imo. Got a little long. ( )
  MurphyJesus | Apr 28, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452284503, Paperback)

Al Franken, or Dr. Al Franken as he prefers to be called, has written the first truly indispensable book of the new millennium. Filled with wisdom, observations, and practical tips you can put to work right away, Oh, the Things I Know! is a cradle-to-grave guide to living, an easy-to-follow user's manual for human existence.

What does a megasuccess like Al Franken—bestselling author, Emmy-award winning television star, and honorary Ph.D.—have to say to ordinary people like you? Well, as Dr. Al himself says, "There's no point in getting advice from hopeless failures."

Join Mr. Franken—sorry, Dr. Franken—on a journey that will take you from your first job ("Oh, Are You Going to Hate Your First Job!"), through the perils and pitfalls of your twenties and thirties ("Oh, the Person of Your Dreams vs. the Person You Can Actually Attract!"), into the joys of marriage and parenthood ("Oh, Just Looking at Your Spouse Will Make Your Skin Crawl!"), all the way to the golden years of senior citizenship ("Oh, the Nursing Home You'll Wind Up In!"). Don't travel life's lonesome highway by yourself. Take Al Franken along, if not as an infallible guide, then at least as a friend who will make you laugh.

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The ultimate cradle-to-grave guide to living by comedian Al Franken, honorary Ph.D. Includes hating your first job, perils of your twenties and thirties, all the way to the nursing home you'll wind up at.

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