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The cozy comedy of Joe Pera meets the darkly playful illustrations of Joe Bennett in A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape, a funny, warm, and sincere guide to regaining calm and confidence when you're hiding in the bathroom. Joe Pera goes to the bathroom a lot. And his friend, Joe Bennett, does too. They both have small bladde The cozy comedy of Joe Pera meets the darkly playful illustrations of Joe Bennett in A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape, a funny, warm, and sincere guide to regaining calm and confidence when you're hiding in the bathroom. Joe Pera goes to the bathroom a lot. And his friend, Joe Bennett, does too. They both have small bladders but more often it's just to get a moment of quiet, a break from work, or because it's the only way they know how to politely end conversations. So they created a functional meditative guide to help people who suffer from social anxiety and deal with it in this very particular way. Although, it's a comedic book, the goal is to help these readers: 1. Relax 2. Recharge 3. Rejoin the world outside of the bathroom It's also fun entertainment for people simply hiding in the bathroom to avoid doing work. A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape will be waiting in the bathroom like a beacon for anxious readers looking to feel calm, confident, and less alone.


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The cozy comedy of Joe Pera meets the darkly playful illustrations of Joe Bennett in A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape, a funny, warm, and sincere guide to regaining calm and confidence when you're hiding in the bathroom. Joe Pera goes to the bathroom a lot. And his friend, Joe Bennett, does too. They both have small bladde The cozy comedy of Joe Pera meets the darkly playful illustrations of Joe Bennett in A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape, a funny, warm, and sincere guide to regaining calm and confidence when you're hiding in the bathroom. Joe Pera goes to the bathroom a lot. And his friend, Joe Bennett, does too. They both have small bladders but more often it's just to get a moment of quiet, a break from work, or because it's the only way they know how to politely end conversations. So they created a functional meditative guide to help people who suffer from social anxiety and deal with it in this very particular way. Although, it's a comedic book, the goal is to help these readers: 1. Relax 2. Recharge 3. Rejoin the world outside of the bathroom It's also fun entertainment for people simply hiding in the bathroom to avoid doing work. A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape will be waiting in the bathroom like a beacon for anxious readers looking to feel calm, confident, and less alone.

30 review for A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape

  1. 4 out of 5

    emma

    Merry Christmas! My gift to all of you is the following: - holiday spirit year round - the ability to gently smile anytime you want - the greatest television show ever to air - an inescapable affinity for the Buffalo Bills. All you have to do is google Joe Pera. Or read this book. A lot has already been made of the wonder of Joe Pera's comedy, in New York Times profiles and on countless podcasts and in a bajillion tweets with between 1 and 4 likes, but not enough, if you ask me, has been written on th Merry Christmas! My gift to all of you is the following: - holiday spirit year round - the ability to gently smile anytime you want - the greatest television show ever to air - an inescapable affinity for the Buffalo Bills. All you have to do is google Joe Pera. Or read this book. A lot has already been made of the wonder of Joe Pera's comedy, in New York Times profiles and on countless podcasts and in a bajillion tweets with between 1 and 4 likes, but not enough, if you ask me, has been written on this hellsite. And this hellsite is my specialty. Joe Pera has a quiet, kind sense of humor that almost escapes you before you laugh just in time. His show is nonsensical and perfect, made for soft-spoken people and introverts and weirdos, without having the horrible cringey pat-yourself-on-the-back style of most content in that niche. I kind of can't even describe it to you, really. If you like people, and long for the simplicity of a bygone era, and are sometimes (or all the time) shy, and bean arches are something you could spend between 10 minutes and a year's worth of time on, interest wise, you're in the right place. But basically, to everyone - welcome! And read this book. Bottom line: It's taking everything in me to give up on the idea of gatekeeping Joe Pera. ----------------- pre-review i love joe pera and i love this book. review to come / 4.5 stars ----------------- currently-reading updates i think being at an event so uncomfortable that you have to hide in the bathroom qualifies as "spooky" clear ur shit prompt 9: a spooky book follow my progress here ----------------- tbr review there is nothing i love in this life more than the comedic stylings of Joe Pera. except for books. finally, they are one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I've listened to this three times and basically consider it a guided meditation at this point. I've listened to this three times and basically consider it a guided meditation at this point.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Please look past the title and READ THIS BOOK. Specifically, LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK. If you’re not familiar with Joe Pera’s work, he’s what would happen if Mr. Rogers had gone into comedy instead of children’s television. This book surprised laughter out of me a few times, and its through-line of sincere positivity and thoughtful observations is classic Pera. Also, the audiobook only takes fifteen minutes to listen to including credits. Thanks to Libro.fm for the free review copy!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Heh-heh, guess who won a partial ARC of this beloved new book coming soon? That's right, folks. Finally, we can get a book discussing the bathroom situation! Sigh, for anyone who has social anxiety or social problems, we've all been there. If you've had something scary and stressful going on, you've probably gone straight to the bathroom. I remember back in elementary we were forced to do these presentations in my class. I just raised my hand and got to the bathroom. There I occupied myself in a Heh-heh, guess who won a partial ARC of this beloved new book coming soon? That's right, folks. Finally, we can get a book discussing the bathroom situation! Sigh, for anyone who has social anxiety or social problems, we've all been there. If you've had something scary and stressful going on, you've probably gone straight to the bathroom. I remember back in elementary we were forced to do these presentations in my class. I just raised my hand and got to the bathroom. There I occupied myself in a stall for eternity (and awkwardly) as I hoped the period would pass by quickly. Alas, my teacher found me and took me back to class. Where, thankfully, I didn't have to present in the end. Life is a struggle. And even more, if you're not good with the whole socializing thing. It's scary as fuck, to go out there and face your fears. I think this book is especially needed for us, the people who face these issues, in our day-to-day lives. It can show us that even though we're hiding in the bathroom, it's that single moment that counts. And whether you decide to get out of the bathroom or stay in, you're safe in this bathroom. You don't have to worry. Life will still be life. All in all, I rate this book five stars. I think we all, social problems or not, seriously need a book like this, right now in our lives. The pandemic has ruined things for us, that's for sure. We barely socialize anymore. Some of us are staying in our houses. Some of us are doing online school. Some of us have lost loved ones. Whatever happens next, it's the single moment that counts. Make it count however you'd like :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessa Franco

    Excellent audio

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Not only was this an easy way to pad my number of books read this year… it was also possibly my favorite reference to Jane Goodall.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Keith Kavanagh

    Solid for when you're dropping a solid Solid for when you're dropping a solid

  8. 5 out of 5

    Riley Parker

    stop this was cute and funny aw

  9. 4 out of 5

    MarytheBookLover

    Cute, quick read for your escape of life in the bathroom. Funny drawings. I liked it very much.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carey

    Thank you to libro.fm for the audio ARC of the best book of 2021. It was a 15 minute listen, but damn right I'm going to count all 128 pages in my competition with Rhiannon. Thank you to libro.fm for the audio ARC of the best book of 2021. It was a 15 minute listen, but damn right I'm going to count all 128 pages in my competition with Rhiannon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Joe Pera is a treasure.

  12. 4 out of 5

    3rian 7acob

    I know, the title. Forget the "p" words (which are in extra-small print on the cover, anyway). This short audiobook is for anyone that can relate to feeling anxious and needing a time-out to regroup. I'm a big fan of Joe's gentle comedy and his brilliantly comforting "Joe Pera Talks With You" television series. If you haven't seen it, it's an odd, funny, and relentlessly sweet spiritual successor to the shows that Fred Rogers and Carl Sagan created. Calm and meditative (if a bit quirky), directl I know, the title. Forget the "p" words (which are in extra-small print on the cover, anyway). This short audiobook is for anyone that can relate to feeling anxious and needing a time-out to regroup. I'm a big fan of Joe's gentle comedy and his brilliantly comforting "Joe Pera Talks With You" television series. If you haven't seen it, it's an odd, funny, and relentlessly sweet spiritual successor to the shows that Fred Rogers and Carl Sagan created. Calm and meditative (if a bit quirky), directly addressing you while celebrating life's everyday joys with sincere appreciation and wonder, even throwing in the occasional history lesson for good measure. The music and sound design essentially make this a bonus episode of the show. The audiobook is only fifteen minutes long but they're all surreal, warm, and weirdly reassuring.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    Love Joe Pera, and a bathroom companion authored by him sounds like the perfect idea. But I found this short book that can easily be read in one “sitting” somewhat hit or miss.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hobart

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S A BATHROOM BOOK... ABOUT? I don't know how to describe this book, so I'm going to lift this from the publisher: Joe Pera goes to the bathroom a lot. And his friend, Joe Bennett, does too. They both have small bladders but more often it’s just to get a moment of quiet, a break from work, or because it’s the only way they know how to politely end conversations. So they created a functional meditative guide to help people who suffer from This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S A BATHROOM BOOK... ABOUT? I don't know how to describe this book, so I'm going to lift this from the publisher: Joe Pera goes to the bathroom a lot. And his friend, Joe Bennett, does too. They both have small bladders but more often it’s just to get a moment of quiet, a break from work, or because it’s the only way they know how to politely end conversations. So they created a functional meditative guide to help people who suffer from social anxiety and deal with it in this very particular way. Although, it’s a comedic book, the goal is to help these readers: 1. Relax 2. Recharge 3. Rejoin the world outside of the bathroom It’s also fun entertainment for people simply hiding in the bathroom to avoid doing work. A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape will be waiting in the bathroom like a beacon for anxious readers looking to feel calm, confident, and less alone. THE ILLUSTRATIONS I'm not sure how to describe it. A few adjectives jump to mind: quirky, offbeat, unusual. But they fit the tone of the book really well. When the illustration is of an object (or a few of them), it's very realistic—cartoonish, but realistic. There's very little realism to the people depicted, however. They're very cartoonish, with nods to realism. It's an interesting way to go with that. I should stress that cartoonish isn't a criticism, it's just the best word I can come up with to describe these. Bennett has a style all his own—oddly compelling and fairly eccentric. Along these lines, whoever did the page layout and typesetting deserves a slap on the back and maybe a raise. SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT A BATHROOM BOOK...? Frankly, I had to buy this just because of the title. How do you walk away from it? I knew nothing about Joe Pera until this—now I'm curious about him. Some years back, as I understand, there were a variety of books labeled "Bathroom Humor" or something like that—vaguely risqué (maybe some weren't that vague), full of jokes and perhaps cartoons. I remember my grandfather had a book like that equipped with a chain so you could hang it on the towel rack or something like that. This is not that kind of book. This is a gentler humor—the purpose of it is to help you relax and regroup, maybe to take a beat and prepare to leave the bathroom to face whatever social pressure (or similar hurdle) lies outside the bathroom. We've all been there at least once—some of us are there on a regular basis—using the bathroom not just for a biological need, but to take a breather from life for just a couple of minutes. This is short enough that it can fit the bill (or, if you read slowly, it's easy to dip in and out for a quick trip). You're not going to laugh out loud (probably—except maybe for the Jane Goodall jokes). But you just might smile—even a half-smile—because it reminds you of human oddities. And maybe because it'll remind you that you're not alone in needing this oasis from reality. I enjoyed this, I think it'll hold up to repeated readings. It's an odd source of affirmation and encouragement—but I like it, and will take the affirmation and encouragement where I can find it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape is a graphic novel written by Joe Pera and illustrated by Joe Bennett. It is a delightful and introspective look into social anxiety and the safe haven of escape that the space of a bathroom provides. Comedian Pera and illustrator Bennett has the tendency to seek refuge in the bathroom – mostly to get a moment of respite from work and just have a few moments of quietness – or to politely end conversations. So, th A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape is a graphic novel written by Joe Pera and illustrated by Joe Bennett. It is a delightful and introspective look into social anxiety and the safe haven of escape that the space of a bathroom provides. Comedian Pera and illustrator Bennett has the tendency to seek refuge in the bathroom – mostly to get a moment of respite from work and just have a few moments of quietness – or to politely end conversations. So, they decided to create a functional meditative guide to help people who suffer from social anxiety in a comedic style. A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape is written and constructed rather well. Pera and Bennett have created a graphic novel that is compact, entertaining, and could be read in one sitting (preferably on a toilet). It is a carefully constructed meditation on life, anxiety, and the necessity of temporarily walling ourselves off from the chaos of the outside world. All in all, A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape is a wonderful graphic novel dealing with social anxiety and to help readers feel calm, confident, and less alone.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Browning

    they let anyone write the little vanity novelty books these days and i will buy them and give them to my dad for christmas because sometimes you don’t know what to get so you get something they might like and really that’s the whole thing isn’t it. that you thought they might like it. that you thought about them. so anyway. hope my dad’s not reading this because spoilers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This is pure perfection. I loved everything about this audiobook and will listen to it repeatedly.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joey Lewandowski

    an absolute joy and delight

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annie Lee Phillips

    This book knows me. <3

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne Zeumer

    Even more insightful, relaxing, and gently inspiring than I expected. Thank you, Joe.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric Nagurney

    A triumph.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dave Walsh

    When you read it, imagine Joe's voice in your head and it all makes sense. When you read it, imagine Joe's voice in your head and it all makes sense.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Duh, I love it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    jade mark capiñanes

    As a big Joe Pera fan I couldn’t hide my excitement when I found out that he’d released a book. As usual we have here Joe’s calming and wholesome thoughts, peppered with lowkey jokes and random facts, and this time accompanied by charming illustrations. This isn’t the kind of book I usually include in my yearly reads, but this is a book that I (and maybe you) need.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Lowered my blood pressure, made me smile and helped me feel better about the impending dooms of the world. All the usual good hallmarks of Joe Pera's comedy... And I didn't leave the cooking gas on. Lowered my blood pressure, made me smile and helped me feel better about the impending dooms of the world. All the usual good hallmarks of Joe Pera's comedy... And I didn't leave the cooking gas on.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael Murphy

    Great illustrations but a little short on content. I was hoping for more humor. Perhaps the content comes off better in the audiobook--which seems to be true when you consult the reviews of the audio version.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    Nice

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A perfect bathroom book. I liked the mix of "you can do this" and comedy. A perfect bathroom book. I liked the mix of "you can do this" and comedy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Put a Bible in front of me and I will swear that this is the best audio adaptation of a graphic work I’ve heard ever. Keep going and I will add that it’s quite possibly the quirkiest, truest, and most honest look at social anxiety with practical advice given with a sly, sweet humor. As an individual who has anxiety, amongst other mental health disorders, and works with high school students who are more bombarded than ever with social anxiety due to Covid and breaks in their routines, the bathroom Put a Bible in front of me and I will swear that this is the best audio adaptation of a graphic work I’ve heard ever. Keep going and I will add that it’s quite possibly the quirkiest, truest, and most honest look at social anxiety with practical advice given with a sly, sweet humor. As an individual who has anxiety, amongst other mental health disorders, and works with high school students who are more bombarded than ever with social anxiety due to Covid and breaks in their routines, the bathroom is definitely the sanctuary place - followed by the library. Beautifully composed music accompanies the author as he speaks directly to the listener, pointing out how “this is where you’d see this picture,” guiding us out of the bathroom with excellent techniques. Highly recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    adele

    stop because was this written for me?

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