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Tall Book: A Celebration of Life on High

Tall Book: A Celebration of Life on High

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by Arianne Cohen

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The Tall Book is a celebration of the tall-advantaged, which notes and explores the myriad benefits that come with living large--from the simple pleasures of being able to see over crowds at a parade, to the professional joys of earning more money, and having others perceive you as a natural leader. The Tall Book also offers well-researched


The Tall Book is a celebration of the tall-advantaged, which notes and explores the myriad benefits that come with living large--from the simple pleasures of being able to see over crowds at a parade, to the professional joys of earning more money, and having others perceive you as a natural leader. The Tall Book also offers well-researched explanations into the great unanswered questions of tallness, including: Why are people tall to begin with? How have tall people figured throughout history? Why are CEOs so tall? And how does tallness affect the dating game? Filled with illustrative graphics, charts, and piles of tall miscellanea and factoids, The Tall Book is a wonderful and much-needed exploration of life from on high.

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“Given her smarts, inquisitiveness, and warm wit, I'd follow Ms. Cohen up any learning curve. With The Tall Book her assignment is personal, and richer for it. The result is a real resource for giants of all ages (and those who love them) so that we can fully appreciate the advantages and navigate the downfalls of our standing. Not since Randy Newman's "Short People" have those of us of a certain stature had a better rallying cry.” —Brad Wieners, 6'7", Editor, Men's Journal

“This is a funny and lively book that belongs -- quite literally -- on the top shelf of American literature. One of us 'talls' will be happy to get it down for you.” —Steve Rushin, 6'5", Sports Illustrated columnist and author of Road Swing

“As a 12-year-old, told to act my age and not my shoe size, I could honestly say, 'They're the same.' Arianne Cohen has written a book for everyone, like me, who grew up (and up) to be proud of their height.” —Rebecca Lobo, 6'4", Olympic gold medalist basketball player and ESPN Commentator

Publishers Weekly
Though it may in part revere the tall, essayist Cohen proclaims, clearly "society is not built for us." Six-foot-three Cohen (Confessions of a High School Word Nerd) covers many taken-for-granted challenges facing "talls," including public toilets, exercise bikes, doorways, couches and airplanes. Especially complicated is dating; some tall women would never "date down"-that is, a man shorter than they are-while other talls (i.e. men) refuse to date anyone but the short. Being tall costs more, due to expenses like "double-price clothes," "high ceilinged homes," and "the food," but it also pays better: tall people earn approximately 2.5% more per inch. Height also helps get presidents elected; 26 out of the last 30 presidential contests went to the taller candidate. Cohen has been frustrated, ever since she was a 5'3" eight-year-old that no one has written a book about tall people ("The Dewey Decimal index didn't even assign a classification number to tall people. Surely the world kidded"). She fixes that problem handily with a guide both practical and proud, and with enough self-deprecating humor to charm readers of any height; an ideal gift for talls, their loved ones, and (perhaps) their jealous detractors.
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Inspired by her own height and a serious lack of popular material on tallness, 6'3" journalist Cohen (coeditor, Confessions of a High School Word Nerd) takes great pride in announcing that tall people have higher IQs, earn more money, and live longer than average-height folks. Cohen discusses the economic, physical, and psychological benefits and disadvantages of being a tall person in a personal and humorous tone. She arranges her book into a series of thematic essays that address the biological causes of tallness, its economic, sociological, and medical aspects, and the consequences of living daily life in an infrastructure created for shorter people. Readers come away understanding how one's height can affect everything from one's relationships, personal and professional, to national economies. VERDICT With more material available on the causes and ramifications of short stature, Cohen's book fills a gap in the popular literature, complementing Susan Cohen and Christine Cosgrove's more academic Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry's Quest To Manipulate Height. Her work includes references, graphs, and illustrations but is defined by its humor and the filter of personal experience. Recommended for good leisure reading.—Kate Farley, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, GA

—Kate Farley

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Bloomsbury USA
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First Edition
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5.74(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

A 2003 graduate of Harvard, Arianne Cohens is the author of Help, It's Broken!: A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired and the co-editor of the upcoming essay book, Confessions of a Word Nerd. Her work has appeared in a number of national publications including LIFE Magazine, Marie Claire, Real Simple, Health, New York, The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Mechanics, Time Out New York, The New York Times Magazine, and the Metro, where she is a weekly columnist. She has also contributed to National Public Radio's This American Life, and has appeared on NPR's Marketplace Money, and ABC News. She is 6'3" and lives in New York City.

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Tall Book: A Celebration of Life on High 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I confess, I haven't read this; I only read sections. I bought it as a gift as the reviews I read said it was funny. The few sections I read didn't seem very funny at all to me; they actually seemed crude. For a more fair review, check out someone who read the whole book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jkinphilly More than 1 year ago
I am not a tall person, but was intrigued by the title, and certainly was not disappointed. Ms Cohen skillfully puts the reader into her and other tall people's experience and thoughts. The book was a lot of fun to read; plenty of examples from science and anecdotes sad and funny, with plenty of wryly delivered opinions, and even a little naughtiness. No dry social history, this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is tall, male or female, should read this book. And anyone who loves a tall should read this book, too. If you're a parent of a tall child, you should DEFINITELY read The Tall Book. It's well-researched, and the writing is engaging. One of the best non-fiction books I've read!
lildos More than 1 year ago
The book is a collection of facts and interesting stats about tall people combined with humorous (or sad, depending on where you stand) stories about the author and other tall people. Arianne Cohen does a superb job at finding out many unknown or under reported facts about tall people and combine it with her own experience of growing up and being tall. The author's writing style makes the book a fun reading experience and it makes the "digestion" of statistics easier. I am sure that some chapters of this book will affect people more than others, and the chapter on Tall Psychology is one that I feel can impact parents of tall kids in a very positive way. Understanding what it means growing up tall can be hard for anyone, and Ms. Cohen does a great job at explaining some strategies that can help parents and kids alike. This was one of the best books I have ever read mainly because this is the first book that hits close to home in the height department. I am 6'9" and have long dealt with the issues that come with being tall. Seeing that there are many more people like me out there was great, and Ms. Cohen smart and funny writing style helped making this reading a great experience.
onetallcanuck More than 1 year ago
The Tall Book is a wonderfully entertaining and incredibly insightful look into tall culture. Cohen digs deep into worldwide research to bring out the truth behind tall salaries, tall history, and tall love. Spirited by her own experiences as a vertical dynamo, Cohen's words describe the not-so-secret life of sizeable society. From awkward adolescence to literal long-gevity, The Tall Book draws on the personal experience of professional athletes, endocrinologists, and economists to explain all that is tall. A must-have for all those of amazing altitudes, Cohen's whimsical wit offers a fascinating read for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has done for my 18 year old, 6'2'' daughter, what I was not able to give her as a mother. Make her proud and comfortable with her height. And to give her an identity as one of a group and not a single outstanding "taller than the rest" girl. As a parent this is an extraordinary experience. To observe that she suddenly wears high heels when going out because "my legs look better that way, Mom - can't you see that?". And she is not partying with the tall people, she is out with her old friends. But with a new attitude. I wish that this book had been available for me to read when she was younger. Skip all the other books about how to raise children, and read this one. This is all you need to give your own kid, what it takes to be a proud and self confident woman that stands tall. She is beautiful with her new found identity. She is glowing. Thank you Arianne.
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GraceEA More than 1 year ago
The Tall Book is such a great collection of anecdotes, facts, and spot-on references to the sometimes awkward but always glorious life of tall people. I don't think Arianne was trying to place tall people in a "holier-than-thou" position but rather allow people a glimpse into the life of the seldom-studied existence of a tall individual. I have found that height is one of the few physical characteristics that complete strangers feel justified in commenting on and that is just part of the quirky existence that tall people live that Arianne accurately portrays. This is such a refreshing read and the research is fascinating and has been the source for many of my dinner table conversations over the last few weeks. It would be an amazing gift for any tall person in your life, especially young girls who find that they're growing faster than the boys around them. It's a great read and I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book after hearing about it on Arianne's blog, and I am so glad I did. Being a tall myself, the book really made me feel more empowered than I had before. I never thought about some of the things she discussed, and when it was pointed out to me it really made me hold my head even higher. I highly suggest it!
KarenS More than 1 year ago
Arianne Cohen (6'3") does a wonderful job of communicating the hazzards and joys of being tall. If you are tall, you should read this book! If you know someone who is tall, you should buy it for them.
SurferBill More than 1 year ago
The author did a nice job of working personal experiences with statistical/medical facts. Her writing style is refreshing and made reading the book a pleasure. The book was full of new information for me. Height is always on people's mind when they meet. This book shows and tells the tall story and it's fun. You will like this book too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost every ad and summary for this begins with the words "Smarter" "Richer" "Better" "More Successful" "Makes More Money" "CEOs!" "Oscar Winners!" There is so much "We are the superior race" stuff put forth that it's a little creepy. I am sure that being unusually tall comes with a fair amount of awkwardness and discomfort and ridicule in childhood, HOWEVER, the STATISTICS (and statistics are what Cohen is clearly obsessed with here) point to the fact that it is unusally SHORT of SMALL people who suffer more in a society. Try being a "little person" or, if you want to use the rougher word, "midget" for a week, Miss Cohen, and then come back with a new work. The emotional distress suffered by markedly small people is much greater. So, get used to being scrunched into an airport seat. I'm sure that most of those brilliant CEOs and athletes and people "who make more money" can BUY their own plane to solve this terrible, terrible problem. Think about how it feels when you can't reach a doorknob. And beyond extremely small people, societies in general put more emotional strain on the label of "small" and "short." Even the word "short" is seen as a nasty word, while "tall" is seen as affirming. I don't know what the book is trying to do. Is Cohen trying to convince us that "tall people are better than you"? Don't worry. Advertising has already been doing that for years. If tall women weren't already given a priority in society's eyes, you would have 5 foot tall models. This book was a really sick book in a lot of ways, and I'm surprised that the publisher was idiotic enough to push the "tall people are smarter and make more money than you" weird propoganda. And as to the writing-- like a child's book.