The last few years have seen a number of “Non-fiction Stunt Books” hit the bestseller lists. The most recent gaining news is Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year Without Sex by Hephzibah Anderson. Before that, a guy named A.J. Jacobs spent a “year of living biblically,” Gretchen Rubin took on a project about Happiness, Charla Muller gave her husband sex every night for a whole year (okay, not quite every night), and, oh yeah, there was that woman named Julie who blogged about cooking Julia Child’s recipes, then published a book which was then made into a movie…I hear a musical based on the movie is in the works (just kidding).
Anyway, I want to cash in on this self-involved action. So here are a few ideas I’m considering for my own Non-fiction Stunt Book,
No Fibs, No Lies: How Telling the Truth to Everyone All the Time for One Year Improved My Life, Honest!
Washing Out My Potty Mouth: A Year Without Swearing or Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain
I’ll Be Tweeting You!: One Year Spent Corresponding With People Only Through Twitter
365 Navels: My Belly-Button Photographed Every Day for One Year, Annotated and With Commentary
Little House in the Suburbs: How I Built a 400 Square Foot Eco-Friendly Home, Then Lived and Loved in It
I Can’t Get No Self-Satisfaction: The Frustrating Story of My Year Without Masturbating
I think one of those can be my ticket to fame, fortune, movie deals, and product endorsements. (There is a whole section of World Market devoted to selling Eat, Pray, Love products. Seriously.)
P.S. In case you’re interested, here’s a dude who’s spending a year reading nothing but Stunt Books. Hope he has a bottle of Tums handy or maybe a heavy bag on which to work out his stress.