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(Review) How to Be Perfectly Unhappy

What's so great about being happy, anyway?

Anyone who has ever asked that question will enjoy Matthew Inman's new book, How to Be Perfectly Unhappy, which comes out on October 31.    (Click on the link to pre-order the book.)  Inman is loved by many as the creator of the popular site,  The Oatmeal.  He might be known for sarcastic comics involving cats and dogs, but  he uses his unique humor and insight to address the personal question buried underneath this unusual title.

What Inman lays out is a thoughtful, funny, and crisp argument that being "happy" is too superficial a goal.  He discusses our collective definition of happiness and what's wrong with it, namely that it's too simplistic and isn't real.  He then mentions what drives him instead, things that make him feel engaged with the world.  The colorful illustrations are both entertaining and thought-provoking.  (The vomiting plant is a personal favorite.) 

How to Be Perfectly Unhappy is a short read at only 48 pages, but Inman makes the most of that space with a moving and clear argument about such a deep question.  This is a fun book that's worth re-reading. 

How to Be Perfectly Unhappy Cover

The Oatmeal tackles a question about the value of life in this new book.  (pic via Andrews McMeel Publishing)


  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449433537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449433536




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