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This collection of short stories gave me more pleasure than anything I’ve read in a long time.
Writers often say that the short story is among the most difficult forms to master- there’s no room for any misplaced or imprecise words. An entire body of ideas not stated must be evoked from the bit that is. And there’s no quarter given in depicting a personality- the reader’s understanding must be immediate.
So when I find an entire book of short stories delightful, I get that chill up my spine that tells me I’m reading the work of a great talent.
These stories are funny, biting, introspective, and altogether intelligent.
From the tale of the hare’s obsession with a rematch against the tortoise to a lesson about why wearing a red t-shirt every day is a way to find love, the stories in One More Thing are short masterpieces.
I have a family of sapiosexuals- we are all strongly attracted to intelligence in others. Which goes a long way toward explaining why I wish BJ Novak, writer, actor, executive producer and director of The Office, stand-up comedian, and the author of these marvelous short stories was my next door neighbor. I feel as we’d be great friends.
WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES by Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson, and Rainn Wilson
B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.
A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes--only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins--turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down
Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing
has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.