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PRAISE FOR THE DICTIONARY OF OBSCURE SORROWS AND JOHN KOENIG

"Creates beautiful new words that we need but do not yet have."
—John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“These aren’t real words, but if crysalism and ellipsism don’t perfectly sound like their meanings, I don’t know what other words would.”
—George Takei

“BRILLIANT”
New York Magazine

“Beautiful...amazing.”
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“Its existence feels almost otherworldly, like spells from the mind of J.K. Rowling.”
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“Perfect.” 
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“Expressed beautifully.”
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“If you’ve been waiting for your daily dose of beautiful,
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is going to do the trick for you. The site is a collection of madeup words that perfectly describe some of the most profound feelings human beings are capable of experiencing; words that for whatever reason have not yet been defined by any one term. You may find yourself nodding your head in a meditative state of quiet relation and subtle reverence the longer you scroll down the page. In short, this man’s mind is beautiful.” Bustle

“Words have the power to transform and make us see the world through a different lens. YouTube host Koenig connects the seemingly unconnectable feelings we as humans experience on a daily basis and puts words to them. Koenig brilliantly finds a way to show, in his new words and their definitions, how we connect to ourselves and one another through feelings and emotions.” 
—BoDean Warnock, Booklist

"A beautiful little book…Whatever the half-baked, unfinished, yet-to-be-articulated emotion tumbling around in your brain, this book will find a way to name it. Koenig has a cunning ability to parse out emotions in a very specific way and pin them down into actual articulation, both in the word he creates itself and its poetic definition and etymology. There is joy to be found in every nook and cranny of this book.”
—Michigan Daily Review

About the Author

John Koenig is a video maker, voice actor, graphic designer, and writer. Born in Idaho and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, he created The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows in 2009, first as a blog at DictionaryofObscureSorrows.com before expanding the project to YouTube. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster (18 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1501153641
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1501153648
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 2.29 x 17.78 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 🥰
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 🥰
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I was first introduced to John Koenig from his YouTube channel
" dictionary of obscure sorrows", the videos are short and powerful and leave a lasting impression for sure. When I was aware he was bringing a book out I knew I would have to have it. Well after many months waiting it arrived today, just goes to show good things do come to those who wait, it's a beautiful little book filled with delicious new words and all of my favourite ones from the videos, thank you John, your book is a sheer delight and one I will cherish 🙏🏻❤️
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