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Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeneys Book of Lists  

If you like cutesy-absurdist lists with unicorn themes (and we do), this book's for you

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McSweeney's (September), $12.95

I showed this book to a friend while riding the train home. His response: "This is the kind of book that would amuse you if you picked it up in the bookstore. But if you bought it, you'd be pretty sorry you spent money on it." But he was tired and cranky, so don't take his word for it. Take mine: It's totally funny, if you like disjointed cutesy-absurdist lists with unicorn themes, interspersed with pages from a German tourist guide from the 1920s. I happen to be obsessed with lists, so the book is right up my alley; still, it's hit-or-miss. A hit: "Play-by-Play of Classic Sports Rivalries If the Team Name Actually Represented the Combatants. And Also, Instead of Playing the Sport, They're Fighting to the Death: Cubs Vs. Cardinals, 'That bear just ate that tiny bird!'" A miss: "List of Actual Quotes Taken From the Directions or Mission Statements of Organic Products Belonging to My Vegan Roommate: 'Don't Drink Soap! Dilute! Dilute! OK!'" The unicorn thing encompasses lists such as "Places Unicorns Look Awesome or Magnificent" and "Signs Your Unicorn Is Cheating on You." The authorship of each piece is dubious, and the German tourist thing is not funny, but I still like the book. One last favorite: "Seven Habits of Highly Successful People: Skiiing, yachting, snorkeling, golf, polo, dinner parties, shopping." Note that train rides are not among them. — Hiya Swanhuyser

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