The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone audiobook

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

By Paula Poundstone
Read by Paula Poundstone

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9781616204167
7.58 Hours Unabridged
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Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly scientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis. She gets in shape with taekwondo. She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She communes with nature while camping with her daughter. Swing dancing? Meditation? Volunteering? Does any of it bring her happiness? And more important, can the happiness last when she returns to the daily demands of her chaotic life? The results are irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and pointedly relevant to our times. The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a hilarious story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a working mother raising three kids. Paula is a master of her craft. Her comedic brilliance, served up in abundance in this book, has been compared to that of George Carlin, Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin, and David Sedaris.

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Summary

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A 2018 Audie Audiobook of the Year Finalist

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly scientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis. She gets in shape with taekwondo. She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She communes with nature while camping with her daughter. Swing dancing? Meditation? Volunteering? Does any of it bring her happiness? And more important, can the happiness last when she returns to the daily demands of her chaotic life?

The results are irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and pointedly relevant to our times. The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a hilarious story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a working mother raising three kids. Paula is a master of her craft. Her comedic brilliance, served up in abundance in this book, has been compared to that of George Carlin, Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin, and David Sedaris.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Comedian Paula Poundstone wanted to know if there’s a secret to happiness, so she became the test subject of her totally unscientific research. Listeners are the beneficiaries…Along with scientific-sounding evaluations and analyses comes the wisdom, laced with her canny observations and sparkling wit, and delivered in her trademark deadpan tone…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat.” Lily Tomlin, Grammy and Emmy Award–winning actress and comedian
“For readers who want a break from the current madness in the world and a good dose of Poudstone humor, this book will certainly provide.” New York Journal of Books
“A pure romp…A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn’t kill the humor—delivers more than it promises.” Kirkus Reviews
“Smart, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny balm for exceedingly stressful times.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Paula Poundstone

Author Bio: Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone is an author and popular panelist on NPR’s weekly comedy quiz program Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! She tours regularly, performing stand-up comedy throughout the country. She was the first woman ever to share the stage with the president as host at the White House correspondents’ dinner. She has had numerous HBO specials, starred in her own series on HBO and ABC, is included in Comedy Central’s list of Top 100 Comics of All Time, and has won an American Comedy Award. She is the national spokesperson for the American Library Association’s United for Libraries Volunteer Network.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 7.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English