Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Paperback The Jon Ronson Mysteries

By (author) Jon Ronson

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Paperback | 481 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 28mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1594631956
  • ISBN 13: 9781594631955
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 471,455

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"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"--now with new material--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 robots programmed with our loved ones' personalities to indigo children to the Insane Clown Posse's juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives. Among them: a pop singer whose greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, assisted-suicide practitioners, and an Alaskan town's Christmas-induced high school mass-murder plot. He explores all these tales with a sense of higher purpose and universality, yet they are stories not about the fringe of society. They are about all of us. Incisive and hilarious, poignant and maddening, revealing and disturbing--Ronson writes about our modern world, and reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, and the chaos stirring at the edge of our daily lives.

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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.

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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"