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What to Talk About

What to Talk About

On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss’s Boss


By Chris Colin, By Rob Baedeker, Illustrations by Tony Millionaire


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Learn how to talk—fluently, intelligently, charmingly—to family, friends, lovers, future lovers, bank tellers, postal carriers, and people under the age of eight. This hilarious manual tackles the fundamentals of good conversation with common sense, social wisdom, and enough humor to make us all feel better about ourselves. Written by two comedians and illustrated by legendary cartoonist Tony Millionaire, What to Talk About features an encyclopedia of tried-and-true topics, conversational “piñatas” to jump-start a dead discussion. Perfect for the graduate or introvert (or loudmouth), this handy, giftable hardcover will inspire a hearty laugh at the absurd conversational challenges we all face in our daily lives.

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Size: 5 x 7 in;
Pages: 160 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: April 2014
ISBN: 9781452114507
Chris Colin is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and McSweeney’s Quarterly. He lives in San Francisco.

Rob Baedeker is a writer, performer, and co-founder of the Kasper Hauser comedy group. He lives in Oakland, California.

Tony Millionaire is best known for the Sock Monkey series of comics and the syndicated comic strip Maakies. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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