What are the best books which inspired the show This American Life?

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    #1The Battle for Christmas

    The Battle for Christmas

    The Battle for Christmas is a standalone non-fiction book written by Stephen Nissenbaum wherein he explains the origin of Christmas and how it was transformed during the 19th century. 

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    Kyle Ellis
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Battle for Christmas is a true story of the social history and origins of the modern Christmas holiday that we know today. It shows how Christmas was transformed into a holiday of consumerism in the 19th century. I found it to be enlightening to go back and understand the simple origins and compare it to the massive holiday we have now."
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    #2Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

    Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

    Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is a fiction novel written by Wells Tower which includes a short story collection of Wells Tower as families fall apart and messily try to reassemble themselves.

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    Raymond Peters
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This collection of short stories is a mixed bag. There were a couple that I really liked, and I few that I really didn't. Some of the stories were too graphic, and the collection consistently focused on negativity."
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    #3Naked

    Naked

    Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview-a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic companion; a family gathers for a wedding in the face of imminent death. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without doubt one of the freshest in American writing.

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    Jennifer Wong
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I needed the best books which inspired the show This American Life. I found Naked during my search, a funny and strange world created by David Sedaris. It has a great story and plenty of humor throughout the book."
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    #4The Girl on the Fridge

    The Girl on the Fridge

    The Girl on the Fridge is a fiction novel written by Etgar Keret which includes a collection of short stories he wrote that made him a household name in Israel. 

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    Aditya Rodrigues
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "As far as I know this book didn't inspire the show This American Life. However it is a good read despite that. "
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    #5Drown

    Drown

    Drown is a coming-of-age novel for young adults written by renowned award-winning author Junot Diaz. It was originally released in 1996. It is the debut publication for the Pulitzer-winning author. 

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    Jacqueline Jones
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book I found to be very inspiring. The way he develops his characters you almost feel the same thing they feel when they immigrate to the US. The struggles they go through and the hardships that they continue to face each day. I think this is a great book that really helped to inspire the show This American Life. "
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    #6A Bad Idea I'm About to Do

    A Bad Idea I'm About to Do
    A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure is a humorous autobiographical memoir written by Chris Gethard. Published in 2012 by Da Capo Press.
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    Jack Patel
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "It's rare to read a book that actually makes you laugh. That's exactly what A Bad Idea I'm About to Do an autobiographical memoir written by Chris Gethard made me do. This is a cleverly written book, that keeps the reader engaged. I finished this book within three days. This is a great book."
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    #7The Psychopath Test

    The Psychopath Test

    The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry is a psychological book written by writer and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson published in 2011 by Riverhead Books. 

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    Edgar Guillén
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "So I needed to find the best books which inspired the show This American Life as my mother loves that show and i wanted to get her the book that inspired it! I bought her The Psychopath Test and she loved the book."
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    #8Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

    Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

    Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a fictional essay book written by David Sedaris and illustrated by Ian Falconer. This book was originally published in September 2010 by the Little, Brown and Company.

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    Carl Carpenter
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "David Sedaris isn't for everyone, but he is for me. He has a quirky reflective writing style which I find fascinating. The story is written in the same manner as most of his other book with lovely essays and personal stories that highlight his life and the world around him. "
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    #9Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Me Talk Pretty One Day is comedian and author David Sedaris' book containing snippets from his life, particularly his move to Paris and his experience of learning French from a teacher who did not like their sessions.
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    Albert Scott
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I do not think this book inspired the show "This American Life". They do not seem related at all. The books seems like it would be an okay read, but really does not fit the provided topic."
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    #10The Burn Journals

    The Burn Journals

    The Burn Journals is a book about teenage despair and recovery written by Brent Runyon sharing the accounts of his life after he attempted to commit suicide by dousing and lighting himself with gasoline. 

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    Shirley Rogers
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Burn Journals is a great addition to a growing genre of teenage despair and isolation. I found it moving and an important read. I first heard about this book from This American Life and was immediately intrigued when I learned that show was the inspiration. Read this book!"

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Best What are the best books which inspired the show This American Life
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Battle for ChristmasBooks 32 Paid
2Everything Ravaged, Everything BurnedBooks 29 Paid
3NakedBooks 27 Paid
4The Girl on the FridgeBooks 27 Paid
5DrownBooks 26 Paid
6A Bad Idea I'm About to DoBooks 18 Paid
7The Psychopath TestBooks 10 Paid
8Squirrel Seeks ChipmunkBooks 5 Paid
9Me Talk Pretty One DayBooks 3 Paid
10The Burn JournalsBooks 1 Paid
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