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One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories
Novak, B. J. (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Across a range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the author's assured prose and expansive imagination introduce readers to people, places, and premises that are hilarious, insightful, provocative, and moving, often at the same time. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes, only to discover that claiming the winnings may unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins ,turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A school principal unveils a bold plan to permanently abolish arithmetic. An acclaimed ambulance driver seeks the courage to follow his heart and throw it all away to be a singer-songwriter. Author John Grisham contemplates a monumental typo. A new arrival in heaven, overwhelmed by infinite options, procrastinates over his long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who debate how to stage an intervention in the era of Facebook. 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, from the deeply familiar to the intoxicatingly imaginative, this collection finds its heart in the most human of phenomena: love, fear, family, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might make a person complete. The stories are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader. -- Provided by publisher. This collection 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, the collection 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. -- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Novak, B. J., 1979-
Uniform Title: Short stories. Selections
Title: One more thing
stories and other stories
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2014.
Characteristics: x, 276 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The rematch
Dark matter
No one goes to heaven to see Dan Fogelberg
Romance, chapter one
Julie and the warlord
The Something by John Grisham
The girl who gave great advice
All you have to do
'Rithmetic
The ambulance driver
Walking on eggshells (or: when I loved Tony Robbins)
The impatient billionaire and the mirror for Earth
Missed connection: grocery spill at 21st and 6th 2:30 pm on Wednesday
I never want to walk on the moon
Sophia
The Comedy Central roast of Nelson Mandela
They kept driving faster and outran the rain
The man who invented the calendar
The ghost of Mark Twain
The beautiful girl in the bookstore
MONSTER: the roller coaster
Kellogg's (or: the last wholesome fantasy of the middle-school boy)
The man who posted pictures of everything he ate
Closure
Kindness among cakes
Quantum nonlocality and the death of Elvis Presley
If I had a nickel
A good problem to have
Johnny Depp, fate, and the double-decker Hollywood tour bus
Being young was her thing
Angel Echeverria, comediante superpopular
The market was down
The vague restaurant critic
One of these days, we have to do something about Willie
Wikipedia Brown and the case of the missing bicycle
Regret is just perfectionism plus time
Chris Hansen at the Justin Bieber concert
Great writers steal
Confucius at home
War
If you love something
Just an idea
Heyyyyy, rabbits
The best thing in the world awards
Bingo
Marie's stupid boyfriend
Pick a lane
"Everyone was singing the same song": the Duke of Earl recalls his trip to America in June of 1962
The pleasure of being right
Strange news
Never fall in love
The world's biggest rip-off
The walk to school on the day after Labor Day
Kate Moss
Welcome to Camp Fantastic for gifted teens
There is a fine line between why and why not
The man who told us about inflatable women
A new Hitler
Constructive criticism
The bravest thing I ever did
Rome
The literalist's love poem
J. C. Audetat, translator of Don Quixote.
Summary: Across a range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the author's assured prose and expansive imagination introduce readers to people, places, and premises that are hilarious, insightful, provocative, and moving, often at the same time. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes, only to discover that claiming the winnings may unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins ,turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A school principal unveils a bold plan to permanently abolish arithmetic. An acclaimed ambulance driver seeks the courage to follow his heart and throw it all away to be a singer-songwriter. Author John Grisham contemplates a monumental typo. A new arrival in heaven, overwhelmed by infinite options, procrastinates over his long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who debate how to stage an intervention in the era of Facebook. 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, from the deeply familiar to the intoxicatingly imaginative, this collection finds its heart in the most human of phenomena: love, fear, family, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might make a person complete. The stories are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader. -- Provided by publisher.
This collection 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, the collection 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. -- Provided by publisher.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 29 35 37 53 56 57 60 61 64 67 68 73 76 79 80 81 97 109 112 118 127 133 138 148 151 152 159 160 167 172 175 182 188 210 211 216 222 224 226 228 231 242 245 250 264 268 274 276 278
ISBN: 9780385351843
0385351844
0385351836
9780385351836
Statement of Responsibility: B.J. Novak
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Headings: Humorous stories.
Genre/Form: Humorous stories.
Topical Term: Humorous stories.
LCCN: 2013044121
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Jul 08, 2014
  • bdemian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Worth it for the few brilliant stories, but a surprisingly number fall flat. The brilliants ones, though, are truly brilliant.

Jul 05, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Some stories were funny but not on the par of a Dave Barry......

Jul 02, 2014
  • FrancescaSherman rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

It takes a lot for me to stop reading a book once I've started it, but that is what happened with this book. I did not find it amusing in the slightest.

May 31, 2014
  • jennrose rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A HOOT AND A HOLLER AND WORTH EVERY DOLLAR!!!!!!!!!! The most clever, hilarious book i've read in ages! Sedaris fans will be absolutely delighted. Who knew the shallow twerp Ryan from "the Office" (played by BJ Novak) was secretly a literary genius and Harvard grad? I was blown away, and I basically loathe what passes for literature these days. I think my absolute favorite piece in the book has to be "the comedy central roast of Nelson Mandela". Pure brilliance.

May 21, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is hilarious - for the most part; and I'm willing to forgive the author's occasional use of obscene language. Novak shows the ability to make the ridiculously inane things incredibly funny. For example his "No one goes to Heaven to see Dan Fogelberg," is a brilliant satire.

Apr 30, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mostly very short and quite droll short stories by this actor best known for his role on the tv show, "The Office." Tone could be called pretty cynical and world weary if it weren't so funny. Also, amusingly, several characters reappear surreptitiously in more than one story.

Mar 26, 2014
  • nsteeves rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I haven't been able to get this book out of my mind. Certainly anyone who enjoys the writing of comedians like Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling should try it out, but the insight, humor, and empathy on display this collection of short stories make it a must-read for lovers of literary fiction, too. Just a wonderful, surprising book.

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Apr 30, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"If you love something, let it go.
If you don’t love something, definitely let it go.
Basically, just drop everything, who cares."
- complete text of story "If you love something"..(!)

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