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Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything | Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Her book, as if she were a marine biologist, is a deep dive...Perhaps the highest praise I can give Seinfeldia is that it made me want to buy a loaf of marbled rye and start watching again, from the beginning. Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review The hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeldthe cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didnt think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying No soup for you!, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerrys famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Meant to post this yesterday! Hope you all had a #HappyFestivus

Rachel.Rencher I forgot about Festivus this year! 😱 Happy belated Festivus! 1mo
Awk_Word_Smith @Rachel.Rencher ❤️ 1mo
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vivastory
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Thought you'd appreciate this @TrishB

CBee Omg this is GREAT - and I thought of Trish before I even saw that you tagged her 😂😂 @vivastory @TrishB 3mo
AmyG Hahahaha….do we all think of @TrishB when we see Gary Numan? 🤣❤️ (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB @AmyG @CBee Yes we do! 3mo
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vivastory @CBee @AmyG @BarbaraBB It's her brand 🤣 3mo
Ruthiella @AmyG @CBee @BarbaraBB I certainly did! 😂 3mo
TrishB @CBee @AmyG @BarbaraBB awww that‘s so cool 😎♥️ people I knew when I was11 still say the same! I have that pic of him on a 6ft canvas in my living room 😁😁 3mo
TrishB @Ruthiella @vivastory I like that brand 😁♥️ 3mo
squirrelbrain Lol @TrishB - you‘re getting a bit of a reputation! 🤣 3mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘ve always wanted one of those 😁 3mo
Bookwomble ❤️ this 😄 3mo
CarolynM I went to see Bill Bailey on Saturday night and there was a Gary Numan song on the pre show sound track and, yes, @TrishB came instantly to mind😁 3mo
vivastory @CarolynM Love Bill Bailey. I watched a couple of clips from his specials last week. Dylan Moran gets a lot of credit I think for making Black Books special, but it wouldn't have been what it was without Bailey as his foil. (edited) 3mo
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brittanybooks
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Mehso-so

The nostalgia was fun but it went on a little long. #book10of2022

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brittanybooks
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vivastory
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1) Festivus. That's it. A Festivus for the rest of us!
2) Festivus preparation involves core strengthening for feats of strength & diligently taking notes as I reflect on the year for airing of grievances. Also, if you send me $ today a donation will be made in your name to The Human Fund.
3) Karma takes her time. (ps in all seriousness, Happy Holidays!)
@MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

Centique That is a good lesson there number 3. I am looking forward to seeing some karma come home to roost for someone! 🙃🙂 2y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ⭐️🌲✨ 2y
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Amiable I‘ve got a lotta problems with you people! 2y
vivastory @Amiable I was so sad when Stiller passed. He was always one of my favorites on this show 2y
AlaMich He was such a great actor! 2y
MaureenMc This year‘s airing of grievances is going to be EPIC. 2y
vivastory @MaureenMc Right?! We're going to be here for awhile 😂 2y
MaureenMc @vivastory I‘d better start now! 😆 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 You‘re so silly ... but now I‘m pondering my list of Litsy grievances. 😉 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen I said I was sorry Leah! 😝 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 I‘ll work on forgiveness. 2y
Reggie Lolol 2y
Tanisha_A Bahahahahah! Made my day 2y
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RamsFan1963
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Pickpick

After listening to Seinfeld's new book, I felt some major nostalgia for the show, and this fit the bill perfectly, a blend of behind the scenes, trivia, gossip and a look at the impact of the show. 4 📺📺📺📺
First book finished for #OutstandingOctober (10:14:31) @Andrew65 , #Littenlisten (5:39:06) @aperfectmjk and #October20in4 (14:11:50) @Bookgoil

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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Karisa
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Just finally showed the kids this classic holiday episode about Festivus (actually, the episode is called "The Strike"). Now, my husband and son are wrestling... Taking bets on who yells first...

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 6pts!! 12-20 3y
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Cinfhen
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#SeptemberSins A book about #TheShow about nothing. One of the greatest sitcoms ever written and produced. Yet another book on my virtual TBR 🙄

Cathythoughts My all time favorite 3y
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏👏❤️ 3y
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MrBook
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Two replacements for my #LeftHanders Display! 😁 Don‘t forget that our holiday is tomorrow, fellow Lefties! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻

Have you read either of these books?!

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

AmyRebecca It's like Festivus for the rest of us Lefties! 3y
BookHoarder32 Lol Seinfeld for the win 3y
JenReadsAlot Yay us!! 3y
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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

I'm a huge Seinfeld fan, so when I stumbled upon this audiobook I couldn't help myself. There wasn't much in this that I didn't know, but it was still a fun trip down memory lane. The photo is from my favorite episode where George pretends to be a marine biologist.

This one also takes care of New York for my #ReadingUSA2019 @Librarybelle

Sleepswithbooks This is extra funny to me... especially since I‘ve been walking around at work all night saying, “These pretzels are making me THIRSTY!” In my head I sound like Jerry but to everyone else, I‘m probably more like Smurfette. 4y
Librarybelle Seinfeld! ❤️ 4y
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ChrisBohjalian
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How am I only discovering this now?

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Coleen
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Pickpick

The ending was a little drier and drawn out, but the rest of the book had me right back there in the 90‘s with Jerry and the gang. With characters & catch phrases such as the Soup Nazi, Festivus, the Junior Mint, the Contest, and so much more, you cannot read this and then NOT immediately run to your TV to go watch old streamed episodes.

AmyG My most favorite show. Genius. 5y
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vivastory
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1) Not at the moment.
2) Mr Bookman. J/K No, I'm not crazy about my name, but I've made peace with it.
3) Anything by Courtney Barnett. I can't wait for her new album.
#trivialthursday
@GarthRanzz

readordierachel Courtney Barnett 💙 I could listen to History Eraser on repeat. 5y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel She's playing here in July. I can't wait! Have you heard her collaboration with Kurt Vile? 5y
readordierachel @vivastory I have! Good stuff. That's awesome, I hope you have a blast! 5y
CarolynM I'm really from Adelaide 5y
GarthRanzz Thanks for participating Scott! 😊 5y
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tomes4gnomes
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1. Paperbacks
2. 6.5
3. Potato chips and tzatziki.
4. Seinfeld, Golden Girls, X-Files, 30 Rock, Spaced.
5. Hmm, I feel like a stalker when I tag the same people repeatedly, but with a stranger I worry I‘m forcing their participation (like calling on a student who didn‘t raise their hand). This answer is an example of my unbridled neuroses. And an invitation to awkward, overthinking introverts everywhere!

#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks

KrystleTheBookSlayer I relate so much to #5 😂 #IntrovertProblems 5y
Bry That‘s why I‘ve hesitated to participate in these, too! I don‘t know who to tag and then I think about how it would be weird if I just randomly tagged someone. 😬 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage #5 best answer ever! 😘 5y
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CouronneDhiver I just “picked” my two most recent followers... 😊 5y
Ingerella That's so me!! 5y
SilversReviews I am an introvert. :) 5y
MallenNC I picked recent followers too. I usually pick one of the people I know IRL but one of them tagged me this time. 5y
tomes4gnomes Well hey there, fellow awkward introverts! 🙋🏻‍♀️I guess now we have a list of like-minded people to tag for this kind of thing 😉. @Krystle1 @Bry @Ingerella @SilversReviews 5y
tomes4gnomes @CouronneDhiver @MallenNC Ahh, recent followers, why didn‘t I think of that? I‘ll go with that the next time I‘m stuck. 5y
tomes4gnomes @BarbaraTheBibliophage Haha, I‘m giving radical honesty a try! 😁❤️ 5y
SilversReviews @tomes4gnomes @Krystle1 @Bry @Ingerella 😍😍😍 Hello fellow introverts!! 5y
KrystleTheBookSlayer Hello to my fellow introverts! @tomes4gnomes @SilversReviews @Bry @Ingerella by the way, it is completely cool if you tag me! I won't think of you are creepy or stalkerish...I just think that of myself when tagging! 😂 5y
tomes4gnomes @Krystle1 I‘m gonna take you up on that! And same here, you can tag me all you want and I won‘t make it weird 😋. 5y
KrystleTheBookSlayer @tomes4gnomes Whew! I finally have someone to tag on here! Lol 5y
Ingerella @tomes4gnomes @Krystle1 @Bry @SilversReviews Feel free to tag me as well! It will be a relief to have someone to tag without the stress! 5y
SilversReviews @Ingerella I don‘t mind being tagged. 5y
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WellReadCatLady
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Happy Festivus!

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Stephykitten
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Tonight was Seinfeld Night at my local baseball ⚾️ stadium where I got to meet J. Peterman himself, John O'Hurley. Good times 😁for sure!

MrBook Whooaaa! 😳😱😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
BooksForYears "Kudos, Elaine, on a job...done". I love Mr. Peterman ? 5y
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vivastory
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#thesatanicversesbuddyread
@LeahBergen post of Far Side reminded me of the Seinfeld episode. Kramer is convinced he met Rushdie after meeting Sal Bass, a writer, while they are in a sauna.

LeahBergen Haha!! Why don't I remember this one? 😮 6y
vivastory I find myself citing Seinfeld more frequently than any other show. At least two or three times a week I see or hear something that reminds me of a Seinfeld episode. @LeahBergen 6y
saresmoore @vivastory 👏 It's the Seinfeld effect! It's a show about nothing and everything. You'll never think of Salman Rushdie, Junior Mints, or the name Dolores the same way again! 6y
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vivastory @saresmoore So true! Also, soup 😂 6y
saresmoore Hahahaha! 6y
Billypar 'Salbass- he just substituted one fish for another!' It's weird that both this episode and the Farside cartoon were my first introductions to Salman Rushdie. 6y
vivastory @Billypar Haha, really? That's great! 6y
ValerieAndBooks Loved Seinfeld; I think I remember this one 😂. 6y
vivastory @ValerieAndBooks Seinfeld is classic! 6y
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Mimi28
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The episode with Jerry and the library cop is on TBS right now!! 📚📚❤️❤️

Nonaroo 😂 One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes! 6y
manifestsanity Lieutenant Bookman! 6y
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tholmz
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Pickpick

Such rad insight into one of the best shows of all-time. I wish I could read a book like this about every sitcom I grew up with.

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CaitlinByTheBook
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Panpan

I love Seinfeld, but I cannot say the same for this book. The author didn't connect with me in her writing style. The whole "seinfeldia" idea felt really cheesy and she repeated herself quite a bit. A super fan should have written this book and I can tell she is not one. If you like Seinfeld you will enjoy some of the memories in this book, but you'd get the same enjoyment from watching the series again and the DVD extras.

Suet624 Yup. Agree with you. 5y
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CaitlinByTheBook
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Tonight's reading. So excited! 🤗

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rekahlee
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Pickpick

The dangerous thing about this book is that all you want to do is watch each and every episode referenced. Good thing it's on Hulu now! Fascinatingly insightful for original fans of the show and newcomers alike, this book dives deep into the origins of our favorite episodes and shows us the creative process that pushed the boundaries of sitcoms in the 90s. Explores the way society grew to love and appreciate the culture of Seinfeldia.

DebinHawaii I really enjoyed this one too & it definitely made me go back and rewatch episodes! 👍📚😀 6y
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Mimi28
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#2016booksyoumissedouton All of these are library books and all are copyrighted 2016. I'm already behind for 2017, lol. I've at least started about 5 of them, lol 📚📚👍👍⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen That is a REALLY LOVELY pile of books 🌟🌟🌟 6y
Reviewsbylola Dark Matter!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 6y
RealBooks4ever FABULOUS stack of books!! 😺👍🏼 6y
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JewishBookCouncil
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Although she wasn't MOT, Mary Tyler Moore introduced some of the best Jewish moments in American television. Remembering her today with a piece from The #ProsenPeople archives by 'Seinfeldia' author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong: http://bit.ly/29xt3ro #JewLit

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DebinHawaii
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Pickpick

I recommended this earlier in the week when I was midway through & finishing it this morning, it's still a pick for me but I will say that your level of enjoyment of it will be directly related to your fandom of the show & love for trivia/behind-the-scenes info. I especially liked hearing where some of my favorite episodes originated but things can get a little repetitive & some chapters are stronger than others. I feel a binge watch coming on!😆

CogsOfEncouragement We named our dog Art Vandelay. 6y
Zelma @CogsOfEncouragement that is fantastic! 😂 6y
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Kat.Kao
Pickpick

Really fun and easy read. I love behind-the-scenes stuff, so I enjoyed it.

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Kat.Kao
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Me, always.

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DebinHawaii
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#recommendsday OK, I should probably get more than halfway through this book before recommending it, but if you are a pop culture & Seinfeld geek like I am, I'm pretty sure you are going to enjoy this behind the scenes look at the show. And if not, well then, No soup for you! 🍲😆

Mimi28 That library cop was scary!! 6y
saresmoore I have a deeply connected love/hate relationship with Seinfeld that some would characterize as codependency. Sounds like a must-read! 6y
KarenUK 😂😂... I'm in... stacked! Soup for me! 6y
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DebinHawaii @Mimi28 One of my favorite episodes! 👍 @saresmoore It sounds like a dark & wonderfully complex relationship! 😆 @KarenUK Yes! Soup for you! 🍲👍 6y
ElizaTodd I MUST read this! 6y
Ncostell Just bought this for my brother after seeing your post as we are celebrating Christmas late this year this coming weekend. He'll love it! 6y
LivinginaLibrary I have this coming up in audio and can't wait! Glad to see you're liking it! 6y
BethFishReads I keep forgetting to see if my library has this 6y
DebinHawaii @ElizaTodd @Ncostell @LivinginaLibrary @BethFishReads Some things I had heard/read before but it is a fun and interesting look at the show's background, the writing & creative process and all the geeky details. 👍😀 6y
BethFishReads Kind of why I don't want to buy it. I'll check the library tomorrow. 6y
Cortg Fun! My 15 YO just binge watched the whole 10 seasons or so in about 4 months, he loved it. Maybe I can get him to (hahum) read this book. 6y
Coleen I have this bookmarked on Hoopla but hadn't known anyone who'd read it, until now. Up the stack it goes! 😉 6y
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alanacristin
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Pickpick

Whew, that's a lot of Seinfeld facts! Lots of info on how specific, fan-favorite episodes and characters came into being, plus a look into how the obsession has continued since the series ended. Now I want to rewatch the series. Good thing I brought the DVDs to Japan 📀✌☕ #mommyreads #audiobook #tv #popculture #nonfiction

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alanacristin
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the author has already defined CD-ROM and Geocities, and I'm officially a relic 💻💿👵💀

Megabooks I had a hilarious Geocities page! I think all I did was complain about things like slow drivers in the left lane!! 😂😂😂 6y
alanacristin @Ebooksandcooks glad i wasn't the only one typing ridiculous rants into the void! 😜 now I'm wondering who's reading this that wasn't around for the early web. Does Seinfeld appeal to kids these days?? 😕 in planning to rewatch them after reading this 😀 6y
Megabooks @alanacristin Friends is really big, but I don't know about Seinfeld. 6y
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Reita325
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I never can get enough Seinfeld trivia!

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manifestsanity
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"Let me tell you something, funny boy. You know that little stamp? The one that says New York Public Library? Well, that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I've seen your type before. Flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Why's this guy making such a big stink about old library books?" - Lt. Bookman

#seasonsreadings2016 #setinalibrary

Sweettartlaura 😂😂😂 6y
DebinHawaii One of my very favorite episodes! ❤️😀 6y
LeahBergen Yes! 😂😂 6y
OriginalCyn620 Bookman is hilarious! 😂😂😂 6y
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GinEyre22
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When the rest of your family is watching The Perfect Storm...

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Dineen73
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It's a non-fiction kind of week. #libraryhaul

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Readingrobin
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Pickpick

This book can only be appreciated by true fans. It caused to start watching repeats which isn't good because it took me away from reading! Ack. Seriously this is a thorough look at the show and caused me to laugh out loud often.

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bookriot
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Pickpick

A must-read if you're like me and still watch Seinfeld at least three times a week. Tons of cool trivia. Quick, enjoyable read! - @GregZimmerman

BooksForYears "The Dewey Decimal System...what a scam that was!" 6y
todd This was written for you, @chuck 6y
HeatherBookNerd Still my favorite sow ever. 6y
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8little_paws I bet this would be great on audio!! 6y
Coleen I have this earmarked on Hoopla (audio), but this is the first review I've seen. Need to move it up the list now! 6y
broomperson I have the show more or less memorized. I need this book in my life. 6y
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GregZimmerman
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Pickpick

A must-read if you're like me and still watch Seinfeld at least three times a week. Tons of cool trivia. Quick, enjoyable read!

kbuggle Waiting on this at the library; can't wait to get into this! 6y
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LadyElaine
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Mehso-so

This book was not quite what I expected... not that there's anything wrong with that. But is it spongeworthy? I wanted a bit more critical analysis of the show and its impact, but got a timeline of Seinfeld history told through old interviews with writers. Fun for the superfan. 3 out of 5 tainted wedding invites ✉️✉️✉️

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LadyElaine
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Cheers to the freakin' weekend! Especially when all your library holds come in!

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Misanthropester
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"No hugging, no learning."

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Misanthropester
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Always nice to open mail & discover a book!

Heather_Fowler You are reading all the time! :-) 6y
Misanthropester Yeah, that's true @Heather_Fowler. I think on average I read about 200-300 pages a day amongst 3-5 books 6y
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ej0728
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Pickpick

I am a die hard Seinfeld fan so this book fed my addiction. It offered behind the scenes glimpses and gave voices to those that made the show what it was. This isn't for casual fans as it makes generous use of the phrases and moments that are Seinfeld lexicon. Well written and engaging, I thought it was a great homage to the show that changed everything.

MrBook 😁👍🏻 7y
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ej0728
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Just started and already loving. Hopefully a funny book about a show that blazed trails for comedy. #24in48

MrBook Ohhh, you've got to tell us what you think when finished. 7y
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bookchickdi
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Pickpick

I had a meta experience today. I got on the treadmill at the gym and turned on the TV and Seinfeld was on , the Junior Mint episode. I opened my Kindle to my book, Seinfeldia, and it was the chapter about the Junior Mint episode.

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bookchickdi
Pickpick

I had a meta experience today. I got on the treadmill and turned on the TV and Seinfeld was on. It was the Junior Mint episode. I opened up my Kindle to where I left off reading Seinfeldia and it was the chapter about the Junior Mint episode.

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bookchickdi
Pickpick

I had a meta experience today. I got on the treadmill and turned on the TV and Seinfeld was on. It was the Junior Mint episode. I opened up my Kindle to where I left off reading Seinfeldia and it was the chapter about the Junior Mint episode.

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bookchickdi
Pickpick

I had a meta experience today. I got on the treadmill and turned on the TV and Seinfeld was on. It was the Junior Mint episode. I opened up my Kindle to where I left off reading Seinfeldia and it was the chapter about the Junior Mint episode.

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ej0728
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My reading coach making sure I get through the reading weekend #24in48 #readathon

Varshitha He looks serious, you better get reading😆😻 7y
M12345 @ej0728 how does your reading coach do with the leather sofa? We just got a kitten and I am a little nervous. 7y
ej0728 @Marissalewis85 She's declawed so she's fine with the leather. We have blankets all over the couch so she barely allows us to sit on it 🙀 7y
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