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Oh, the things I know! : a guide to success, or, failing that, happiness
Franken, Al.
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New York : Dutton, [2002]

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xvi, 159 pages ; 20 cm
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From Al Franken -- author of the New York Times bestseller Why Not Me? and the #1 blockbuster phenomenon Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot -- the ultimate graduation gift for the Class of 2002...and beyond.Inspired, inspiring, and laugh-out-loud funny, here is a beacon to guide graduates across the uncertain seas of post-academic life. More advanced than Robert Fulghum, more fit than Maria Shriver's husband, longer than Anna Quindlen's A Short Guide to a Happy Life, and with fewer illustrations than Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!, Al Franken is at last ready to share the wisdom that only he can. With a gift that is perfectly sized and priced for gift-giving, Al Franken has created a new modern classic.

Author Notes

Al Franken was born in 1951 and grew up in Minnesota. He got his start in show business in high school, when he began performing stand-up comedy. He attended Harvard University, but his comic talent went unrecognized by the school's famous Harvard Lampoon, which rejected him. Undaunted, Franken continued to do stand-up with a friend from high school, Tom Davis.

Franken and Davis became celebrities when Lorne Michaels discovered their act and hired them for his new show, Saturday Night Live. In addition to doing the stand-up, Franken wrote many funny skits, including Chevy Chase's famous Gerald Ford bits, and created memorable characters like Stuart Smalley.

Franken's ability to write comedy translated into a best-selling success with his political satire, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot. The book has sold almost one million copies. His other books include The Truth (with jokes), and Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.

Franken was elected to the U. S. Senate representing Minnesota in 2009.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

With a nod to Dr. Seuss and his popular tome for graduates of all ages, Franken offers his own advice guide, which covers pretty much anything anyone wants to understand about life. The aptly named chapters include «Oh, the Mistakes You'll Keep Repeating,» «Oh, the Weight You Will Gain,» and «Oh, the Orgasms You'll Fake (For the Ladies).» Franken tries to be nurturing, yet he can't avoid being blunt: «Someone once said it is just as easy to fall in love with a rich person as with a poor one. Actually that's not true. It's easier to fall in love with a rich person. But to get them to love you back, that's harder.» And when remarking on Babe Paley's comment, «You can't be too thin or too rich,» Franken adds, «Nobody loves a fat, poor person.» Nor does he shy away from debunking myths. What doesn't kill you will make you stronger? Franken had a friend who went in for back surgery, which made him stronger for a while, until the blood clot that formed in his leg during surgery collapsed his lung, making him weaker. This laugh-aloud take on advice books--it is dedicated simply «For Oprah»--is Stuart Smiley with an edge. Reviewer's advice: don't read it while sitting alone on a bus. Ilene Cooper.

Library Journal Review

Fans of Franken's brilliant political satire (Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot) will be disappointed with his latest book. Oh, the Things I Know, while humorous in places, does not live up to the biting acerbity of Franken's political wit. It also pales in comparison with his earlier "self-help" persona, Stuart Smalley of Saturday Night Live fame. In this audio the author offers guidance, of a sort, through many of life's travails. Throughout, Franken appears to put aside what he is best at, humor, and tries to turn out a chapter or two of what Oprah is best at, concern and helpful advice for daily living. Those of us who have laughed out loud while reading his earlier books will be dissatisfied with this slim attempt at humor. Most libraries would be better served with any of Franken's other works.-Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.