Friday, January 15, 2010
Book Review: i am neurotic (and so are you) by Lianna Kong
Did you wash your hands?
Set the alarm clock?
Lock the front door?
Better yet: Do you like even numbers? Do you fold all of your trash neatly into squares? Do you count steps? Do you carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you at all times? Everyone has his or her own neuroses. On a routine trip to the office bathroom, Lianna Kong discovered one of hers: "How could I possibly pee with my coworker sitting right next to me doing her business?" And, in that quiet moment of panic, iamneurotic.com was born.
i am neurotic (and so are you) is a smorgasbord of anonymous confessions that reveal people's deepest, strangest, and funniest compulsions - quirks that are triggered in the boardroom, the bedroom, and everywhere in between.
Another HarperStudio book, i am neurotic (and so are you) is a light compilation of different "neurosis" depicted in clever photographs. Lianna Kong uses the term neurosis loosely and for effect. i am neurotic (and so are you) didn't appeal to me as much as I'd expected, some of the quirks seemed a bit contrived to me and I may have fixated on the loose use of the term neurosis. I expect that the book will be better appreciated by other readers, the book is a fast read and quirky with artful photographs.
Publisher: HarperStudio; Original edition (October 13, 2009), 240 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.
About the Author:
Lianna Kong graduated from Wellsely College with a degree in Economics and French. She prints T-shirts and bakes pies in her spare time. She feels very secure in her neuroses. Learn more on Lianna Kong's website at www.iamneurotic.com