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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Gay Narrator: Jason Gay Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9780553550825
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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

  • [H]ilarious.... [A] tasty collection of advice about, for instance, mastering the office Christmas party or how to dress a slightly exhausted hipster dad. People 
  • Gay makes his debut with a hilarious, heartwarming set of essays covering such mundane topics as parenthood, exercise, office life, travel, and the holidays. He presents the book as a riff on his popular Wall Street Journal sports column, organizing the entries around his rules for life (which include 'don’t serve soup at a dinner party,' 'spend a little more money on flowers,' and 'you really should listen to more Stevie Wonder'). He frames these rules with two key events: the birth of his children, Jessie and Josie, via in vitro fertilization, and the shockingly swift death of his father from pancreatic cancer. Along the way, readers will alternately feel the urge to laugh and cry at Gay’s irreverent, witty writing. His insights on each topic are spot-on yet gentle. Any readers who pick up this book will finish it convinced that following Gay’s rules will make their lives more enjoyable, and perhaps even make them better people. Publishers Weekly 
  • A title for everyone, not just sports fans, and all will root for Gay and his “little victories” and feel inspired, too. Booklist
  • Gay...balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook....no small feat given the difficulty in providing guidance that is at once relevant--neither too specific nor too vauge--and also genuinely funny.... [A] rollicking good read. Kirkus Reviews
  • I loved this book. Jason Gay's Little Victories is funny, wise, direct, deceptively straight-forward and incredibly moving. As soon as I was finished reading it, I put it in the mail to my father, along with a reminder of my love. Such reminders, after all, are what we are here for, as this story—well—reminds us. Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • “Jason Gay’s rules for living will make you laugh out loud, and also make a whole lot of sense.  This is an advice book that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all the more valuable for it.
    Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit
  • “The thought of leaning in makes my neck ache, and taking seven steps to accomplish things only makes me want to lie down. Thankfully, Jason Gay has written a life guide for people like me—and you. He can't get the hang of grilling corn—and he's okay with that. He's faced cancer, unemployment, the death of a loved one, and fathered two kids after many setbacks—I think pretty much all at the same time—and has written a unique, heartfelt book about what he's learned from it all. Thanks to Jason, I've crossed trekking to the South Pole off my to-do list.  Instead I'll focus on something that'll really make me happy: eating brownies while listening to some pre-1978 Stevie Wonder. See? You can do this! We all can! Diane Muldrow, bestselling author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book
  • Little Victories manages to be hilarious, helpful, and profound, in one unpredictable mix. It made me happy. Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
  • “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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About the Author
Jason Gay is a sports columnist at The Wall Street Journal and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIX*. He has written for publications including VogueGQRolling Stone and The New York Observer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family and a passive-aggressive cat.