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A Theory of Everything Else By Laura Pedersen

A Theory of Everything Else by Laura Pedersen

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Take a break or recharge your batteries with these laugh-out-loud witty and wise ruminations on life by best-selling author, former New York Times columnist, and TV show host Laura Pedersen.

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A Theory of Everything Else: Essays by Laura Pedersen

That elusive Holy Grail of modern physics, A Theory of Everything (ToE), would explain the universe in a single set of equations. Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking tackled the problem during their lifetimes and the quest continues today in laboratories around the world.

Leaving string theory, galaxy clusters, and supersymmetry to the Quantum Computer and Hadron Collider crowd, Pedersen has taken up the rest-that is, A Theory of Everything Else (ToEE), based on her own groundbreaking experiences as a dog walker, camp counselor, and Bingo caller. Pedersen's essays are a series of colorful helium balloons that entertain as well as affirm and uplift. Why, she ponders in one essay, are thousands perishing as a result of assault weapons, carbon emissions, forest fires, pesticides, and processed foods-and yet how lawn darts were banned in the 1980s after two people died? In A Theory of Everything Else, Pedersen vividly demonstrates how life can appear to grind us down while it's actually polishing us up-and why everyone wants to live a long time but no one wants to grow old.

A Theory of Everything Else Reviews

"Both thoughtful and irreverent, Pedersen's writings shine an illuminating light on the complexities of human (and animal) nature." -Publishers Weekly "The prolific author and playwright parcels her stream of consciousness into wily and witty essays in Life in New York." -The New York Times "A pleasing combination of cheer, diversion, and incisiveness." -Kirkus Reviews

About Laura Pedersen

Laura Pedersen is a former New York Times columnist and the author of sixteen books and four plays. She has appeared on national shows including Oprah, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Today, Primetime, Late Show with David Letterman, and many others. Her book Life in New York won the Seven Sisters Book Award for best nonfiction. Laura writes for several well-known comedians. She currently resides in New York City, and more information can be found at

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