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From one of the Wall Street Journal’s most popular columnists comes a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living.

Four times a week, millions of people—men and women—turn to Jason Gay’s column in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal has made him the face of their television marketing campaign, and he is the most tweeted writer to the paper’s 4.32 million Twitter followers.

Why is Gay so celebrated? It starts with his witty, fan’s-eye-view of the sports world, which he loves but doesn’t take too seriously. But his most celebrated features are his “Rules” columns, which provide nontraditional, highly amusing but useful advice for maneuvering through the minefields of everyday life. Rules for the office—“Your job is your job and, yes, people are talking behind your back.” Rules for managing money—“Or, at least that $45 you owe me. C’mon, you had three California rolls and two beers, with tip that’s $45.” Rules for family gatherings—“And other happy things that should maybe make you run for your life.”

In Little Victories, his first book, Gay presents his case that happiness is not a matter of grand accomplishments like climbing Mt. Everest (which, as he points out, is expensive and stressful) but conquering the small everyday challenges, like putting pants on before 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday.

Little Victories is a life guide for people who hate life guides. Whether the subject is rules for raising the perfect child without infuriating all of your friends, rules for how to be cool (related: Why do you want to be cool?), or rules of how to tell the difference between real depression or just eating five cupcakes in a row, Gay’s whimsical essays will make you laugh and then think, “You know, he’s kind of right.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are a lot of books out there on how to stop and smell the roses. This is a crowning addition to that genre, making us laugh at our ridiculous human self-importance and showing us how to savor the everyday little victories.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A hilarious, heartwarming set of essays covering such mundane topics as parenthood, exercise…Readers will alternately feel the urge to laugh and cry at Gay’s irreverent, witty writing. His insights on each topic are spot-on.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A title for everyone, not just sports fans, and all will root for Gay and his ‘little victories’ and feel inspired, too.”


  • “If you find the very idea of reading a life guide preposterous (or even offensive), Gay’s pithy, memorable, and often hilarious collection is just the life guide for you.”


  • “Balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook…[A] rollicking good read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A November 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookPage Top Pick for November 2015
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for November 2015
  • A 2016 Finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor
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