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In "Center of the Universe," God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In "Magical Mr. Goat," a young girl's imaginary friend yearns to become "more than friends." In "Unprotected," an unused prophylactic recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy's wallet. The stories in Simon Rich's new book are bizarre, funny, and yet...relatable. Rich explores love's many complications-losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it-and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor and illustrations, and just in time for Valentine's Day, Rich takes readers for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.

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"Man, boy, and beast traverse the slippery slope of love in the latest effort from young funnyman Rich (Elliot Allagash). The collection launches with a bang of sorts, cleverly relaying the tale of an unused condom in the charming 'Unprotected.' Narratives of invisible CIA agents, sex-starved aliens, and Neanderthals follow, and each skewer the notion of modern romance in stylish, quirky prose. But over the course of 30 stories, repetitive premises and redundant punch lines lead to disappointment. A feeling of déjá vu sinks in as men and women find themselves attached to a series of wacky lovers, from sirens and trolls to Mother Teresa and Santa Claus. Also, characters, regardless of age, gender, or occupation, often speak with the same blunt, slacker quality, such as the priest who, after exorcising a man's apartment of his ex-girlfriend, says, 'That's, like, the most fucked up thing I've ever seen.' Nevertheless, the book contains gems. 'Victory,' a surreal chronicle of one man's successful bedding of a model, complete with congratulatory phone calls from both the president and the MacArthur Foundation, is genuinely funny. And 'The Present,' which concerns a time-traveling professor and is devoid of the collection's general cynicism, is both admirable and moving. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"One of the funniest books you'll read this year."--Publishers Weekly

Love can be messy, painful, and even tragic. When seen through the eyes of Simon Rich it can also be hilarious.

In thirty short, sharp, ingenious stories, Rich conjures up some unforgettable romances: An unused prophylactic describes life inside a teenage boy's wallet; God juggles the demands of his needy girlfriend with the looming deadline for earth's creation; and a lovestruck Sherlock Holmes ignores all the clues that his girlfriend's been cheating on him.

As enchanting, sweet, and absurd as love itself, these stories are Simon Rich's Valentine to readers, an irresistible collection of delights. All that's missing is the heart-shaped box.

About the Author

Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University. He has written for The New Yorker and was the youngest staff writer at Saturday Night Live. He is the author of Ant Farm, Free Range Chickens, Elliot Allagash, and What in God's Name, and he has written scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. He currently writes for Pixar.

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Jacob Eckrich, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Jacob Eckrich)
Simon Rich proves once again with ths collection that he is one of the best humorists currently writing in America. He manages to present the foibles of love, politics, and art all while retaining a playful tone. Anyone who wants a good read as well as a good laugh is well advised to check out this book.
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ISBN:
9780316219396
Subtitle:
And Other Love Stories
Author:
Rich, Simon
Publisher:
Reagan Arthur Books
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Romance - Short Stories
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Romantics; Love; Man-woman relationships; Central Intelligence Agency; Aliens; Extortion
Publication Date:
20130122
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.75 in 0.37 lb
Age Level:
Romantics; Love; Man-woman relationships; Central

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Man, boy, and beast traverse the slippery slope of love in the latest effort from young funnyman Rich (Elliot Allagash). The collection launches with a bang of sorts, cleverly relaying the tale of an unused condom in the charming 'Unprotected.' Narratives of invisible CIA agents, sex-starved aliens, and Neanderthals follow, and each skewer the notion of modern romance in stylish, quirky prose. But over the course of 30 stories, repetitive premises and redundant punch lines lead to disappointment. A feeling of déjá vu sinks in as men and women find themselves attached to a series of wacky lovers, from sirens and trolls to Mother Teresa and Santa Claus. Also, characters, regardless of age, gender, or occupation, often speak with the same blunt, slacker quality, such as the priest who, after exorcising a man's apartment of his ex-girlfriend, says, 'That's, like, the most fucked up thing I've ever seen.' Nevertheless, the book contains gems. 'Victory,' a surreal chronicle of one man's successful bedding of a model, complete with congratulatory phone calls from both the president and the MacArthur Foundation, is genuinely funny. And 'The Present,' which concerns a time-traveling professor and is devoid of the collection's general cynicism, is both admirable and moving. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , "One of the funniest books you'll read this year."--Publishers Weekly

Love can be messy, painful, and even tragic. When seen through the eyes of Simon Rich it can also be hilarious.

In thirty short, sharp, ingenious stories, Rich conjures up some unforgettable romances: An unused prophylactic describes life inside a teenage boy's wallet; God juggles the demands of his needy girlfriend with the looming deadline for earth's creation; and a lovestruck Sherlock Holmes ignores all the clues that his girlfriend's been cheating on him.

As enchanting, sweet, and absurd as love itself, these stories are Simon Rich's Valentine to readers, an irresistible collection of delights. All that's missing is the heart-shaped box.
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