Other People's Rejection Letters

Other People's Rejection Letters

Relationship Enders, Career Killers, and 150 Other Letters You'll Be Glad You Didn't Receive

Book - 2010
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Welcome to the rejection-letter hall of fame, where the hopes and dreams of celebrities (Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, among others) are crushed alongside the aspirations of the rest of us. You'll find handwritten notes from former lovers, nasty e-mails from would-be bosses, heated texts, crayon scrawlings, and surprising dismissals from Playboy, Disney, even the pope. To unearth this collection, Bill Shapiro searched America's desk drawers, hard drives, and government files. But what at first seems to be a voyeuristic jaunt through other people's flops is ultimately a testimony to everyone who has at least tried. And while rejection's sting is painful, it is not lethal; here, you'll see that one of the great universals is not only people's desire for acceptance but also their ability to persevere.
BILL SHAPIRO is the editor in chief of LIFE.com and the former editor of LIFE magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307459640
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Shapiro, Bill
Call Number: 816.008 OTH


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librarylizzard Mar 26, 2015

Overall this was a fun read! I laughed out loud more than once (usually at the ones written by kids). However, I found that about 25% of the content was plain and unremarkable (an eviction notice with no interesting subtext, and other such items). Still worth a peruse, especially if you are looking for some quick entertainment.

ser_library May 24, 2013

good to skim and enjoy for 30 minutes

May 06, 2013

The sense of schadenfreude is inescapable, despite what the author/curator claims in the introduction. It would be more interesting/useful to have the context notes contingent to the letters, rather than tucked away at the end (e.g. the letter of resignation from the DAR and the rebuke letter from father to daughter take on greater significance and interest when you know the authors and the events to which they are referring).

Veepea Dec 23, 2012

Some of the letters are funny, as the other reviewers mentioned, but a lot of letters are full of pain and it made me feel a bit self-conscious, like I was looking into a private world I had no right to see.

May 01, 2012

It was very funny and a great read. If you want something that will make you laugh with every page turn, you will like this book!

Dec 16, 2010

This was an entertaining read! I enjoyed the personal letters, as well as those sent to, and by, prominent figures, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Andy Warhol, Jackie Robinson, Jimi Hendrix, etc. My favourite two letters were featured on opposite pages:
(1) goes something like, "Dear mom, I tried to change my attitude by I can't. P.S. I know you hate me."; and (2) on the opposite page, a letter from a councilman in some city in the US to a local drug dealing trouble-maker. It's hilarious in its inappropriateness!

I also liked reading the stories behind some of the rejection letters, located at the back of the book.

loonylovesgood Oct 22, 2010

This was a fun book to read. Neat to see some real letters that were sent to famous people (i.e. Andy Warhol) and also hear some of the stories behind the letters at the end of the book. Would like to see more of these!


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