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Earth (The Book) by Jon Stewart
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Oct 31, 2010

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Read in October, 2010

This was a pretty fast read, if by "pretty fast" you mean "I was home all day anyway with nothing better to do." Modeled after those kids' encyclopedias with lots of pictures and captions, as opposed to long paragraphs, Earth (The Book) is designed to be read a page or two at a time. The book delves into everything the reader -- future alien visitors to our planet, now deserted of human life -- could want to know about us, from science to culture to life cycles.

As might be expected from the host of The Daily Show, Earth (The Book) is full of wry, sarcastic humor that requires an in-depth knowledge of pop culture to understand. It's also distinctly not work-safe. There's a full page on pornography, and scattered explicit sexual images throughout the rest of the book. That said, it's quite entertaining, if not particularly informative.

Final verdict: a fun read, though not something I need to have on my shelf.

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