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Author Mann, Mary, author.

Title Yawn : adventures in boredom / Mary Mann.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    152.4 MAN    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 164 pages ; 20 cm
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Summary "Deftly wrought from interviews, research, and personal experience, Yawn follows Mary Mann's search through history for the truth about boredom, spanning the globe and introducing a varied cast of characters. We meet the Desert Fathers, fourth-century Christian monks who made their homes far from civilization and who offer the first recorded accounts of lethargy; Thomas Cook, grandfather of the tourism industry, who provided escape from the mundane for England's working class; modern couples who are disenchanted by monogamous sex; deployed soldiers who seek entertainment and connection in porn; and prisoners held in solitary confinement, for whom boredom is a punishment."--Back cover.
Contents In a cubicle with the desert fathers -- Spicing it up -- Bored in Baghdad -- Thomas Cook and the stack pirates -- Drunk with Harold Higgins -- A.J. Liebling in a nap pod -- Reading the phone book in an infinitely expanding inflationary sea -- Epilogue.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-162).
Subject Boredom.
Boredom -- History.
Boredom -- Social aspects.
Meaning (Psychology)
Added Title Adventures in boredom
ISBN 9780374535841 paperback
0374535841 paperback
9780374714420 electronic book
0374714428 electronic book

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