The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary CitizenThe Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation’s Most Ordinary Citizen by Kevin O’Keefe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The average American takes a 10.4 minute shower… 86% of those pee in the shower and 67% do not sing in the shower…”

A great little conversation starter for my next party.

It is nice to see some ‘myths’ exploded and I appreciated the insight into how the media and marketing businesses twist statistics around to suit their own narrow agendas… “you mean JIF really ISN’T the number one peanut butter in America?”

I think where Kevin has stumbled a bit is in trying to make this some kind of spiritual quest. Stick to the task at hand… find the Average American.

I am pleased, although not in the least surprised to find that I am not an ‘average American’. For starters… my showers run more than 10 minutes… I don’t pee in the shower, although I… but, I digress…

All in all… an interesting read; one which shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but with the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ spirit in which it should be.

After all… is there really an ‘average’ American… or any other nationality, for that matter?  Like snowflakes, we humans are ‘no two alike’… unique and special in our own ways.

We are not average or ordinary!

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About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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