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    Description"The New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Psychopath Test," Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. "Lost at Sea "reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the strange things we're willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones' personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posse's juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose life's greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the stories--in a tour de force piece, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons (Happy, Paul, and Titch, among others) to get to the bottom of credit card companies' predatory tactics and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, Alaska's Christmas-induced high school mass-murder plot: Ronson explores all these tales with a sense of higher purpose and universality, and suddenly, mid-read, they are stories not about the fringe of society or about people far removed from our own experience, but about all of us. Incisive and hilarious, poignant and maddening, revealing and disturbing--Ronson writes about our modern world, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives.


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    Title
    Lost at Sea
    Subtitle
    The Jon Ronson Mysteries
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon Ronson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594631375
    ISBN 10: 1594631379
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: DNF, JHMC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA
    B&T General Subject: 750
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Libri: I-PR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    DC22: 306.1
    DC21: 306.1
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LCO010000
    B&T Approval Code: A31225000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A25404000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 306/.1
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HM646 .R66 2012
    Ingram Theme: INDS/POPCUL
    Thema V1.0: JBCC1, JHMC, DNL
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Riverhead Books
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books
    Publication date
    30 October 2012
    Author Information
    Jon Ronson's books include the "New York Times "bestseller "The Psychopath Test," and "Them: Adventures with Extremists "and "The Men Who Stare at Goats"--both international bestsellers. "The Men Who Stare at Goats "was adapted as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London and New York City.
    Review quote
    Praise for The "Psychopath Test" "A rollicking, page-turner of a book . . . no ordinary piece of investigative journalism . . . Ronson's storytelling skills are strong enough to enliven even the necessary reflections that would be one yawn after another if entrusted to a lesser writer."--"San Francisco Chronicle ""Engagingly irreverent."--"The New York Times" "Because of Ronson's relentless self-deprecation and goofy, British humor, it's easy to tag along without fully realizing the rigor of his reporting, which is itself frenzied with compulsive questioning and obsessive research."--"The Boston Globe" "[A] fascinating and humane book."--"The Washington Post Book World" "Both terrifying and hilarious."--"O: The Oprah Magazine"