Life's Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore

October 30, 2020
Life's Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore

What can you do when the world is pushing you over theedge? More than you think.For some of us, it's the automated voice that answers the phonewhen we'd rather talk to a real person. For others, it's the factthat Starbucks insists on calling its smallest-sized coffee "tall."Or perhaps it's those pesky subscription cards that fall out ofmagazines. Whatever it is, each of us finds some aspect of everydaylife to be particularly maddening, and we often long to lash out atthese stubborn irritants of modern life.In Life's Little Annoyances, Ian Urbina chronicles the lengthsto which some people will go when they have endured their petpeeves long enough and are not going to take it any more. It is acompendium of human inventiveness, by turns juvenile and petty, butin other ways inspired and deeply satisfying. We meet the junk-mailrecipient who sends back unwanted "business reply" envelopesweighted down with sheet metal, so the mailers will have to pay thepostage. We commiserate with the woman who was fed up with thecolleague who kept helping himself to her lunch cookies, so shereplaced them with dog biscuits that looked like biscotti. And werevel in the seemingly endless number of tactics people use to venttheir anger at telemarketers, loud cellphone talkers, spammers, andothers who impose themselves on us.A celebration of the endless variety of passive aggressivebehavior, Life's Little Annoyances will provide comfort andinspiration to everyone who has ever gritted his teeth and dreamedof sweet retribution against the slings and arrows of outrageouspeople.