Review: Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant

Title: Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things

Author: Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant with Nils Parker

Published: 24th November 2020, Hachette Australia

Status: Read December 2020 courtesy Hachette Australia

++++++

My Thoughts:

Like most inveterate readers, from childhood I read whatever I could lay my hands on. Not just fiction, I also read the back of cereal boxes, entire encyclopaedia volumes, trivia pursuit game cards, brochures, and my grandparents stash of Reader’s Digest magazines, among other things. This habit exposed me to a rather random selection of nonfiction topics, some of which piqued my interest more than others, and occasionally sent me ‘down a rabbit hole’, an indulgence that was considerably more difficult in the decades before the Internet (yes, I’m old). All of this preamble goes some way to explain my interest in Stuff You Should Know.

Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things originates from the popular podcast of the same name founded by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant in 2008. Admired for their enthusiasm and their sense of humour, the duo indulge their sense of curiosity delving into the weird, fascinating, delightful, or unexpected pieces of any given subject. The book contains new content, though there are often links to previous podcast episodes, so old fans and new readers alike should be satisfied.

It’s fair to say that not everyone will feel they need to know, or care, how Murphy Beds came to be, where the Scotland Yard Crime Museum is, or why Cyanide Pills are so popular among spies, but I found almost all of the random topics explored in Stuff You Should Know to be interesting (I couldn’t care less about Income Tax). Josh and Chuck explore a mix of history, psychology, cultural relevance and trivia germane to each specific subject, complemented with charts, graphs, illustrations and additional asides in a concise yet playful manner.

Whether you are a trivia buff, in need of new conversational topics, a game show hopeful (especially for The Price is Right), or just insatiably curious, Stuff You Should Know will both inform and entertain.

++++++

Available from Hachette Australia

Or from your preferred retailer via Booko I Book Depository I Indiebound

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tracybham
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 08:51:07

    I wonder if my son knows about this book. He loves this kind of book. I will tell him about it.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  2. Carol
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 09:19:28

    I’m a curious reader, too! This sounds delightful!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  3. divabooknerd
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 10:38:32

    I seen them being interviewed on The Project or the ABC a few weeks ago about their podcast and I absolutely love random, often useless facts that you wouldn’t normally come across yourself. Everyone loves a bit of trivia and what a brilliant stocking stuffer this Christmas. Looking forward to grabbing a copy!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  4. sandysbookaday
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 16:08:59

    Excellent review Shelleyrae! Another book to add to my teenage grandson’s Christmas parcel! Thanks for the inspiration. ❤📚

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  5. MarthaE
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 17:17:46

    I can see myself enjoying this book. I am glad to know another person who read the encyclopedia (and dictionary too?) as a young person. There were a few years we didn’t have TV and I remember when I was about 14, lying on the floor reading the encyclopedia. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Like

    Reply

  6. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 21:44:49

    I just know that I would love this book 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  7. whatsnonfiction
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 23:58:30

    This sounds like a lot of fun.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  8. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Dec 09, 2020 @ 03:22:53

    This sounds great! I think a few people in my family would have lots of fun with this (and so would I.)

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  9. yvonne473
    Dec 09, 2020 @ 09:20:44

    This sounds really good.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 09, 2020 @ 12:36:57

    A fun idea for a book.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  11. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Dec 09, 2020 @ 22:06:56

    This sounds like such a fun read!

    Like

    Reply

  12. Mystica
    Dec 10, 2020 @ 13:04:53

    I like information so this is for me too.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  13. Trackback: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? | book'd out
  14. Izabel Brekilien
    Dec 17, 2020 @ 18:35:55

    Maybe it’s not the kind of book I would buy, but if I found it at the library, I would certainly take a look – I love learning about random stuff 🙂

    Like

    Reply

  15. Trackback: In 2020…My Life in Books | book'd out

I want to know what you think! Your comments are appreciated.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s