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Every Day is an Atheist Holiday

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,170 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
The larger, louder half of legendary magic act Penn & Teller, and New York Times bestselling author of GOD, NO!, is back with a new collection of spiritual rants and hilarious ravings -- the perfect year-round gift, when you consider that EVERY DAY IS AN ATHEIST HOLIDAY.
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published November 2012 by Blue Rider Press
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Jessica Fure
Jan 19, 2013 Jessica Fure rated it did not like it
Before I get burned for this, I need to say two things:

1) I am a near-militant agnostic.
2) I really love(d) Jillette's fiction and stage act. I'm not sure what the new ones are like, hence the qualifier there.

So, why did I give it one star? Simply put, as it says, I "didn't like it." Is it an intrinsically bad book? No. But I didn't like it.

There are a few reasons, but the two most important - and confusingly contradictory - are that it's too much like his old stuff and not enough like the olde
Mary Frances
Mar 16, 2013 Mary Frances rated it really liked it
Ok, I admit Penn Jillette is not for everyone. In fact, he may be writing for only a narrow swath of the reading public. But his books are genuinely funny, if you can tolerate the language and are not offended by someone who not only does not believe what you believe, but who expresses those beliefs in outrageous language. Yet...under the profane language, sexual references, etc., this is a man who, while deeply odd, is loving, loyal and kind. And that come through when he talks about his wife a ...more
Allen Adams

Following the titular conceit, “Every Day is an Atheist Holiday” features chapters named for holidays…but not the ones you might think. Sure some classics such as Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July make appearances, but other chapters are headed by things like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Groundhog Day and April Fool’s Day. Jillette uses (occasionally tenuous) connective through threads to wed these holidays to anecdotes from his own life – anecdotes that
David Robins
Jan 22, 2013 David Robins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look into Penn's life and art; some great stories. In one about being in The Celebrity Apprentice, where he got his friends in Blue Man Group to come along and bring money in an unconventional manner (in a balloon), and Clay Aiken was being a git to him as usual, I remember trying to remember if Penn's group won that challenge or not. But it was a silly question. Either way, Penn won - he was able to delight in his friends' art; Trump's games and approval meant nothing to him. He is, quite sim ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Aubrey rated it it was amazing
Here's the thing, Penn is the real deal. If you want someone to sugar coat things, to "play it safe," to give you what you want to hear then don't ever listen to Penn. Listening to Penn, reading his words, makes me feel human again. It makes me proud to be human, to be me and to not fall under the majority. On top of that this book is so much about love than anything else and that is why I connected with it. I'm a very vocal person and strongly feel that if we are to make positive change in this ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, galley
This review comes from a friend who read this book, but doesn't have his own Goodreads account, so I offered to put it up for him.

With his tell-it-like-it-is style many people will find Penn Jillette's newest book "Every Day Is An Atheist Holiday: More Magical Tales" to be a seamless sequel to his previous book "God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist And Other Magical Tales." Once again Penn lays his personal stories out in the open with no shame to whom may care. I like this style as it l
Nikki Boisture
Jan 07, 2013 Nikki Boisture rated it it was amazing
I'm sitting here wondering if I'm really giving a book by Penn Jillette five stars. And the answer is, yes I most definitely am. I can hardly believe it myself. My expectations for this book were low. Even though I'm an atheist like Jillette, I sometimes find him annoying and abrasive on his show Penn and Teller's Bullshit!

But I defy any person of any religion to open their religious books and find any that contain as much joy, love, and appreciation for life that Jillette shows in this book.

Dec 24, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it
Penn Jillette comes off as loud and arrogant when he speaks, but his books show how humble and self-depreciating he is. I love his logic, and he is the best at summing up an idea in a beautiful phrase or short story. He can explain atheism better than Christopher Hitchens or Richard Dawkins. And he can explain it in such a beautiful way that it will have you crying with joy.

The book is mostly Jillette recalling his life in a series of short stories. They have nothing to do with atheism, but he h
Jeff Raymond
Penn Jillette, after how successful God, No! was, gets a second book, this time with the conceit of using holidays as a backdrop for his stories and advocacy.

If you know Penn Jillette, you know what you're getting - unfiltered opinion, some humor, some heart, and some pretty crazy stories. This book, of course, is no different. He runs the gamut from bizarre early adulthood stories to a few pieces on his Celebrity Apprentice experiences, touches plenty on both the business of magic and atheism,
Jan 02, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Penn Jillette is very smart, a very good storyteller, very irreverent and very funny.
I don't know why I don't read more of him, or watch more of him or have more of him in my life.

The chapter on the Shaft theme alone made me laugh out loud in an empty library and a crowded Subway shop within an hour of each other.

Now I'm wishing I would have went and saw his show in Las Vegas.

What a schmuck I am! (you'd get that if you read the book)
Dec 30, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it
Penn is an insightful dude. Great story about the EPCOT brick!
Richard Cosgrove
Oct 02, 2012 Richard Cosgrove rated it really liked it
Every Day Is An Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette

Give or take a year or two, it’s been a quarter of a century since I first came across a television show featuring a pair of magicians who stopped me in my metaphorical tracks by performing a series of jaw dropping tricks, then showing the audience exactly how they were done, and then doing them again, but in such a way that even having been shown the old man behind the curtain I still sat there, slack mouthed, exclaiming “How do they do that?”

A la
Jan 06, 2013 j_ay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
I may have been a little harder on Penn's first collection of essays if I'd known better. With the title of _god, No_ and the subtitle, I thought he was mostly focusing atheism. But now with a follow-up book it seems clear that Penn is just writing random essays (maybe blog posts) and peppering in atheism.
Penn is wildly entertaining, although I highly disagree with him that Johnny Carson was ever funny, Lou Reed is any kind of credible musician and, more importantly, Martin Luther King was 'hol
Apr 30, 2013 Marsha rated it it was amazing
I knew this book would be funny and profane. I also knew Jillette would spent a fair amount of time discussing religion (or lack thereof) and magic. But I was surprised to find so much tenderness in these pages, too. Occasionally Jillette's brashness takes a back seat to sincere and touching discussions of his affection for Teller, for his wife and (especially) his kids, for his parents, and even for people you'd think he wouldn't like.

I don't agree with everything Jillette says. But I can at le
Apr 06, 2016 Tim rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this personal biography narrated by Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame. While its not for everyone, it is for me. 8 of 10 stars
Well, well, well... I still absolutely adore the great artist, cynic and atheist that is Penn Jillette. This book was very "him"ish and i sometimes even could hear his very distinct, raspy, pleasant bigmannish voice telling the annecdotes about his life and the hilarious things that have happened to him throughout it... In that aspect there's nothing wrong with this book. It's pure Penn and does breathe his style, his mannerisms, his showmanship.

But that's sadly not the only thing that makes thi
James Howald
Jul 29, 2016 James Howald rated it liked it
I've listened to Penn's podcasts in various forms for years and always thought he was honest, even if not always correct. But that's what I always appreciated bout him. He's true to what he believes, spends time exploring what that means, and seems to be honest when he finds those beliefs should be challenged and/or changed. This is the first time I've read his writings, but it seemed true to those principals as well. I didn't agree with everything and he rambles at times and he retells many sto ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Shiloh rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Penn Jillette shares (and sometimes overshares) about his life, marriage, children, work, and other random things in this collection of short stories and/or musings. The collection centers on the idea of holidays, sometimes examining memories from specific holidays, sometimes asking why we even have that holiday, and sometimes completely ignoring the holiday and doing something else entirely.

I'm not sure what I expected going into this, because I've never read any of Jillette's other wo
Jefferson F
May 04, 2014 Jefferson F rated it really liked it
My Muslim girlfriend got this for me at Christmas, we were spending Christmas with my Christian family, did I mention my father is a pastor..... Best girlfriend ever.

I have come to really love Penn Jillettes books, though his titles are kind of intended to jump off the shelf and grab you by the tits, and you would expect his work to be super duper in your face preachy, cramming Atheism down your throat it couldn't be further from the truth.

Yes Penn is a staunch Atheist and he comments on this
Mar 10, 2013 cat rated it liked it
Penn recycles a lot of his material throughout his various franchises. If you've been listening to his podcast or radio show or tv stuff you've probably heard most of what's in this book already. But I find tend to find his anecdotes pretty entertaining and of course if you're an atheist you likely feel some instant kinship with the guy. Occasionally I laughed out loud, he's a good storyteller and leads a life that provides some good stories.

But there's not much new in this book. Like most of us
Laura Brown
Jul 01, 2014 Laura Brown rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried, I thought (a lot), I disagreed, I nodded with enthusiasm. I loved this book - Penn Jillette is an underrated genius. I enjoyed this book more than his BullSh*t! series on Showtime, though that has entertainment value, for sure. I like Penn Jillette the human being more than Penn Jillette the performer, and this book was a great look into a celebrity's opinion on family, celebrity, Hollywood, Vegas, and all the good/bad shit that goes along with it.

While this book was obvious
Nov 21, 2013 JDK1962 rated it really liked it
Not perfect (Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens are all better on deflating religion), but really, the book isn't *that* much about atheism. It's really just a collection of essays, some of which have very little, if anything, to do with atheism. Like all essay collections, there's some unevenness, but some are really excellent (yeah, "Happy Birthday," I'm looking at you). And how can you go wrong with the essay title "Easter Is A Hollow Waxy Chocolate Rabbit Who Suffers In An Unsatisfying Way for Yo ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Harold rated it really liked it
Despite the title, this book is not just a Christopher Hitchens style argument against the existence of God. Yes, the subject of religion does come up a number of times, with Penn proclaiming his atheism loudly and proudly. Hitchens himself even makes an appearance towards the end. But the common thread running throughout this collection of rants and anecdotes is a lot more general. Jillette uses his considerable gifts as a storyteller to advocate a variety of personal viewpoints and philosophie ...more
Vincent Ferrari
Feb 13, 2015 Vincent Ferrari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll just say up front that if you know me, you know that I am greatly biased toward Penn Jillette. Along with Ayn Rand and James Randi, I consider him a personal hero so it should come as no surprise that I loved this book.

I recently read God No, Jillette's first book, and was left a little flat, but for everything I didn't love about it, this one rang the bell for me. Jillette was at his best interweaving philosophical discussion and real life stories. Even if you're not an atheist, you stand
Feb 22, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Another great book by Penn. I don't know if I liked this a much as God No! but it was another fun read. From his everyday views of atheism, his days as a street performer, memories of friends, fawning over his children, skewing of the appropriately reviled 'gospel' magicians, and his time on Celebrity Apprentice ("Trump's hair looks like cotton candy made of piss"), Penn holds nothing back. And I love him for it!
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I've been trying to read it for a month and a half, and it's just not working for me. There are things about Jillette that are vastly appealing: he loves his family, he's practical, he's worked hard, etc., but those are overbalanced by the dick jokes, and the random, disconnected flow of the book.

review copy via NetGalley
Jul 31, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it
I always find Penn Jillete entertaining, insightful, and intelligent, but this book had a lot of heart and that was what kept me coming back. It was heartwarming and funny and it only took me three flights to read the whole thing. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece but it is worth the read.
I enjoyed this book, some if a repeat of "God, No" however this book had many great essays. One I really enjoyed was the TED conference with Arno Penzias. That really made me laugh. There are other stories, some funny, some very sad but each one reminding us to embrace and celebrate each day.
Jan 13, 2017 Tiff rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was far more tender and loving than I ever expected from Penn Jillette. I will definitely find and read more of his books.
Jun 28, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read authored by magician Penn Jillette. I wanted to find out more about Penn because I became a Penn fan after watching his two seasons on Celebrity Apprentice. I always thought of him as loud and crass, but on Apprentice, I found him to be surprisingly compassionate and quite brilliant. I was disheartened to find he is athiest, and I figured reading this book would help me figured out why he chose athiesm. Net/net, I still don't know exactly why he chose athiesm, bu ...more
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Penn Fraser Jillette is an American comedian, illusionist, juggler and writer known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team Penn & Teller.
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“The word “holiday” comes from “holy day” and holy means “exalted and worthy of complete devotion.” By that definition, all days are holy. Life is holy. Atheists have joy every day of the year, every holy day. We have the wonder and glory of life. We have joy in the world before the lord is come. We’re not going for the promise of life after death; we’re celebrating life before death. The smiles of children. The screaming, the bitching, the horrific whining of one’s own children. The glory of giving or receiving a blow job. Sunsets, rock and roll, bebop, Jell-O, stinky cheese, and offensive jokes.
For atheists, everything in the world is enough and every day is holy. Every day is an atheist holiday. It’s a day that we’re alive.”
“Life speeds by and no matter how much joy there is, there is sadness.” 4 likes
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