Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday

Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday

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by Penn Jillette
     
 

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Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don't believe it? Well, consider this: For non-believers, every day you're alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn&Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist…  See more details below

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Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don't believe it? Well, consider this: For non-believers, every day you're alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn&Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike. Whether he's contemplating the possibility of life after death, deconstructing popular Christmas carols, or just calling bullsh*t on Donald Trump's apprentice training, Jillette does not fail to shock and delight his readers. And as ever, underneath these rollicking rants lie a deeply personal philosophy and a generous spirit, which find joy and meaning in family, and peace in the simple beauty of the everyday. Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! is a hysterical affirmation of life's magic from one of the most distinctly perceptive and provocative humorists writing today.

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Editorial Reviews

You might consider this book the most jovial "oh humbug" ever delivered. Penn Jillette, the author of God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist & Other Magical Tales, now returns with another unholy tract to keep us rumbling with laughter. Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! delivers witty observations on topics including the hidden horrors of Christmas carols; celebrating birthdays; the Fourth of July, Halloween, and other celebrations; and strange spiritual gatherings; and compulsory joyfulness. Ungodly funny.

Publishers Weekly
Jillette (God, No!), renowned stage magic curmudgeon, bares all with a new collection of essays, mixing memoir and cultural observation, in what is mostly a light read, but an undeniably fun one. Those who are primarily fans of Jillette's magic and comedy act will be thrilled by the insight into the origin of his unorthodox and enduring working relationship with his stage partner, Teller, as well as memorable anecdotes of his own early days as a street performer. Even more entertaining are the recollections of his life apart from show business. A reader who might initially find the author a depraved crank may end up rooting for his success and identifying with his unusual morality as he displays a remarkably positive attitude toward the violation of his turkey by a Thanksgiving guest. On balance, the author emerges as a likeable family man, and a soft touch. But that does not diminish the quality of observational pieces like his atheistic analysis of the "I Have a Dream" speech. With all the ground covered, it would be difficult not to find something enjoyable here. B&w photos.
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From the Publisher
“[Jillette’s] words are funny, dignified and make perfect sense. An outspoken wordsmith offers more intelligent, humorous and against-the-grain perspectives.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Jillette, the taller and more verbose half of Penn & Teller follows up 2011’s God No! with this further exploration of his own atheism....allowing his intelligence and razor-sharp wit to shine through....will surely appeal not only to Penn & Teller fans, but also to readers who welcome the opportunity to examine their own deeply held beliefs from a new angle.”

—David Pitt, Booklist

“Undeniably fun….fans of Jillette’s magic and comedy will be thrilled….entertaining….it would be difficult to not find something fun here.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Penn Jillette is a twenty-first-century Lord of Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible—and unique. There isn’t—couldn’t be—better not be—anybody like him.”—Richard Dawkins

“Giddily blasphemous…Jillette the author sounds like Jillette the performer—sharp and subversive…There is a forceful intelligence at work here.”—The Washington Post Book World

 

“Thoughtful and provocative…The man can really tell a story: he is wonderful at finding the right vivid image, the right hilarious detail.”—NPR.org

“His books are where we get the unfiltered Penn….Who wouldn’t want advice about April Fools’ Day from America’s trickster laureate?....The best parts [of the book] are random, profane but delicious insider stories that few others can deliver.”—Wall Street Journal
 
“Readers will enjoy extremely funny stories from a man who loves his family and doesn’t let his celebrity go to his head.”—Associated Press 

Library Journal
Half of Penn & Teller, the world-famous magic act whose long-running Showtime series was nominated for 13 Emmys, Jillette has also flown solo. His latest book gleefully stomps on Christmas carols, Halloween, children's over-the-top birthday parties, and more while recalling the finer moments in life. Wildly funny, but not for the honk-if-you-love-Jesus folks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101600740
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
173,700
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“[Jillette’s] words are funny, dignified and make perfect sense. An outspoken wordsmith offers more intelligent, humorous and against-the-grain perspectives.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Jillette, the taller and more verbose half of Penn & Teller follows up 2011’s God No! with this further exploration of his own atheism....allowing his intelligence and razor-sharp wit to shine through....will surely appeal not only to Penn & Teller fans, but also to readers who welcome the opportunity to examine their own deeply held beliefs from a new angle.”
David Pitt, Booklist


“His books are where we get the unfiltered Penn….Who wouldn’t want advice about April Fools’ Day from America’s trickster laureate?....The best parts [of the book] are random, profane but delicious insider stories that few others can deliver.”—Wall Street Journal

“Readers will enjoy extremely funny stories from a man who loves his family and doesn’t let his celebrity go to his head.”—Associated Press

“Penn Jillette is a twenty-first-century Lord of Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible—and unique. There isn’t—couldn’t be—better not be—anybody like him.”—Richard Dawkins

“Giddily blasphemous…Jillette the author sounds like Jillette the performer—sharp and subversive…There is a forceful intelligence at work here.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Thoughtful and provocative…The man can really tell a story: he is wonderful at finding the right vivid image, the right hilarious detail.”—NPR.org

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Meet the Author

Penn Jillette has been one half of the Emmy Award–winning, world-famous magic duo Penn&Teller for more than thirty-five years. He is the author of God, No! and the novel Sock, as well as several books cowritten with Teller. Jillette lives with his family in Las Vegas.

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