Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings

Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings

by Kerry Miller

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ISBN-13: 9780061630590
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 504,658
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 5.48(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kerry Miller lives in Brooklyn, New York. with three roommates. She dreams of one day being able to afford an automatic dishwasher.

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“From what I’ve seen this book is very, very funy and very charming. But you never know?”

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“Never before have the peculiarities of modern communication been laid so bare. Kerry Miller’s Passive Aggressive Notes is a deliriously funny collection.”

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Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book collects examples of messages people leave when they are afraid or embarrassed to talk to someone about something that is bothering them. The results are often hilarious, at least from the perspective of a disinterested observer. The book is an excellent way to spend a plane or bus ride, though I caution against trying to read it in class, church, or anywhere else your laughter might prove disruptive. It should also serve as an educational reminder, if you are tempted to dash off an angry email message or leave an irritating post-it note on the desk of a colleague.
Eden_Priairie_Dad More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a joke book for my teenage son and came across Passive Aggressive Notes in the humor section of B&N. I started laughing right in the store. When my son opened it on Christmas morning, the whole the whole family laughed. Great book (especially if you have some friends or family that tend toward passive aggressive behavior).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't buy this as an ereader. Most of the pages contain photos of hand written notes that can not be enlarged.
badbob More than 1 year ago
and who doesn't these days! It's cheaper than therapy and most therapists won't tell you that laughter is more effective than therapy anyway...so treat yourself to some of the funniest passive-aggressive notes ever collected. Parts of it were absolutely side-splitting pee-your-pants funny. The book transported me back to my college roommate days and reminded me just why I have my own refrigerator in my office and avoid the department "kitchen" without a surgical mask. Equal opportunity is given to the inherent humor in many aspects of human (mis)behavior. Enjoy...
Shmeagan More than 1 year ago
I would recommend PostSecret over this book. The book is paperback and at times the print is so small it's hard to read.
NateJordon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While not the typical "Ulysses" fare I peruse, sometimes "Ulysses" fare can drive one to want to repeatedly flush one's head into the toilet. And speaking of toilets, that's where books like this come in handy. No, not in the emergency situation where you may find your roommate has left you with half a square of Charmin on the roll after you've had a long night drinking Milk Stout and you can therefore use the pages of the book to aggravate that nasty case of hemorrhoids. No. A book like this comes in handy because it's light reading, it's funny, and if you've never written a "Passive-Aggressive Note" then you've probably received one. If you've experienced neither, then refer to the note you'll write to your roommate about the Charmin . . . or lack thereof.
slarsoncollins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this one would be funnier. Some were funny and others just lame.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In yet another blog-turned-book move, Passive Aggressive Notes pulls entries to the website passiveagressivenotes.com as well as never-before-seen notes submitted to website owner/author Kerry Miller. Miller explains in the introduction to the book that while on a first date, the topic of passive-aggressive notes left between roommates came up. Miller quipped that she should collect these notes -- and later decided this was a good idea. The idea quickly caught on as others began submitting passive-aggressive notes they had received or seen for inclusion on the website Miller created. The book includes a fair share of angry roommates, office co-workers, and co-tenants ranting on anything from unwashed dishes, unflushed toilets, loud noises at inappropriate hours, stolen food, opened mail, and so on. Some notes even caused reactionary notes, which add to the absurdity of the situation.While the collection is certainly humorous, there's a fair amount of the ¿this is funny because it's true, but it's also sad because it's true¿ (in quotes because this is what my dad says about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) feeling when reading this book. True, as the author says in the introduction, "the split between what is said and what is understood is what passive aggression so 'uniquely crazy-making,' and I think this contradictory quality is also what makes the written evidence of this behavior so compelling. Taken together, these notes are a revealing trip through our collective neurosis." Yes, there's a fair amount of criticism to be said about the passive-aggressive note writers who feel they cannot directly confront their offenders, but I think I'm more turned off by the ridiculous numbers of people who clearly never learned how to clean up after themselves or show a modicum of respect for other human beings. But perhaps that's just my passive-aggressiveness coming across in this review. :) To sum up, this is an amusing collection of absurd little notes written about offensive, but ultimately mundane, ticks. But if you start thinking about it too hard like me, you might find yourself shaking your head in disgusted wonder as much as laughing out loud.
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may someone please tell me how long this book is? is it worth the money?
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loriannhoffoberlin More than 1 year ago
The title intrigued me but I found the writing and examples to be mere displays of anger -- venting does NOT equal passive-aggression. I spent much time and in-depth research writing OVERCOMING PASSIVE-AGGRESSION, the one consumer book unraveling this behavior and how to appropriately respond. Sheer rudeness is aggressive, childish at times in this book. What makes something p/a is being able to cloak it w/o having to take responsibility, having a "plausible" excuse whereby you're granted a free-pass for lobbing your anger onto others because you can't express it well or at all. Many notes here merely play right back into the behavior as the writers accepted the lobbed out anger and responded back angrily. P/A people act as they do to experience SOMEONE ELSE'S anger -- vicariously -- thus they don't have to take responsibility for it. They set up situations so that you DO react. A book of negative reactions that keeps an anger cycle brewing does not seem amusing to me. It seems sad. Passive-aggression = much more than "get back" comments. Maybe a different title could adequately reflect the content. Sorry.....I just did not find any value in this product. -- Loriann Oberlin, MS, LCPC -- author OVERCOMING PASSIVE-AGRESSION