Star Wars Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014

Daniel H. Wilson: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Daniel H. Wilson



Like many writers, I'm constantly haunting coffee shops with a laptop out and my headphones on. I listen to a lot of music while I write, and songs... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Robogenesis

    Daniel H. Wilson 9780385537094

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
List price: $19.95
Used Hardcover
Usually ships in 5 to 7 business days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Qty Store Section
2 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z

The Pleasure of My Company: A Novella

by

The Pleasure of My Company: A Novella Cover

ISBN13: 9780786869213
ISBN10: 0786869216
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 2 left in stock at $9.95!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the bestselling author of Shopgirl comes the tender story of a troubled man who finds love, and life, in the most unexpected place.

Daniel resides in his Santa Monica apartment, living much of his life as a bystander: He watches from his window as the world goes by, and his only relationships seem to be with people who barely know he exists. He passes the time idly filling out contest applications, counting ceiling tiles, and estimating the wattage of light bulbs.

It is through Daniel's growing attachment to Clarissa, and to Teddy, that he finally gains the courage to begin to engage the world outside, and in doing so, he discovers love, and life, in the most surprising places.

Filled with his trademark humor, tenderness, and out and out hilarious wordplay, The Pleasure of My Company is a tour de force sure to delight all of Steve Martin's fans.

Review:

"[A]n impressively economical and yet by no means limited piece of light comedy....[G]enuinely funny and surprisingly touching....As compassionate as it is funny, and never overstays its welcome." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[F]unnier than Shopgirl but put together just as smartly, if very differently....[A] delight, embodying a satisfying story arc, a jeweler's eye for detail, intelligent pacing and a clean, sturdy prose style." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[E]ven more accomplished [than Shopgirl]....Martin's trademark humor is guaranteed to have readers laughing hard, but there is also a great deal of sweetness here and a real affection for his characters." Kristine Huntley, Booklist

Review:

"Though the echo of Mr. Martin's oral comic delivery helps to animate Daniel's complaints, in fact they have little interest and grow repetitive very quickly....[T]he slack, meandering quality of this story comes as a surprise." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"For every half-dozen funny Martinesque riffs and physical-comedy sketches, there is a quiet and tender soliloquy....This time out, Martin allows himself to be stand-up, arrow-through-the-head funny..." Elinor Lipman, Book Magazine

Review:

"Steve Martin's tender morsel of a second novel....At first, The Pleasure of My Company seems unlikely to amount to more than a conglomeration of moments and observations, which, however droll or moving they may be, do not a novel make. But Martin pulls it together: The Average American contest, a death in the family and a crisis in the personal life of one of Daniel's friends propel him toward the change he both dreads and needs. This is too good a man to go to waste, but it will take the world a while to figure that out..." Laura Miller, Salon.com

Review:

"Martin's new novella feels not so much written as worded....[F]unny stuff, though a tad musty post-Sedaris....Pleasure might have benefited from a bit more chaos to raise its stakes above those of Sunday crossword solving. (Grade: B)" Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[O]ne of the funniest books of the year...Martin's writing shows enormous depth and grace. It's one of the many surprising elements that make this one of the most enjoyable books of the year." Oregonian

Review:

"[H]ard-bitten and hard-boiled readers beware: Martin's a softie at heart....[E]ssentially the same book about healing broken people that Shopgirl was, just a bit funnier and with its heart more prominently on its sleeve." David Kipen, The San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"The depth and breadth of Martin's talent is mind-boggling....[A]n unexpected gem that works on several levels. Daniel's interior monologues are sharply funny, but the story also evokes compassion." Robin Vidimos, The Denver Post

Review:

"[C]harmingly funny and touchingly wistful....[Martin] makes [Daniel] believable and sympathetic, endearing even when exasperating....As usual, it's a pleasure to be in his company." Carole Goldberg, The Hartford Courant

Synopsis:

Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38, or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And a good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced Philip, never done the impossible task of jogging around the block with Brian, never ironed his pillows, and he might never have won the Most Average American essay contest. The Pleasure of My Company is the chronicle of a modern-day neurotic yearning to break free.

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of "Shopgirl" comes a tender novella of a troubled man who finds love, and life in the most unexpected place.

About the Author

Steve Martin is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Bringing Down the House, Father of the Bride, Parenthood, and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

writermala, April 16, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
Steve Martin shows his caliber as a witty and sensitive novelist in this work. The hero is a mild-mannered young man whose life is trapped in his neuroses. Martin manages to describe them with a sensitivity that makes us, his readers, feel for the young man while being able to laugh too. The tale that Martin weaves is an easy read yet in its own way quite compelling till the finish.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786869213
Author:
Martin, Steve
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
53
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.625 in 10.88 oz
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. The Underpants: A Play by Carl Sternheim
    Used Trade Paper $6.50
  2. I'll Let You Go Used Hardcover $9.95
  3. Still Holding: A Novel of Hollywood
    Used Trade Paper $5.95
  4. The Best Awful: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $0.95
  5. The Tale of Despereaux
    Used Book Club Paperback $3.50
  6. Steve Martin: The Magic Years Used Hardcover $9.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Pleasure of My Company: A Novella Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 176 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786869213 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n impressively economical and yet by no means limited piece of light comedy....[G]enuinely funny and surprisingly touching....As compassionate as it is funny, and never overstays its welcome."
"Review" by , "[F]unnier than Shopgirl but put together just as smartly, if very differently....[A] delight, embodying a satisfying story arc, a jeweler's eye for detail, intelligent pacing and a clean, sturdy prose style."
"Review" by , "[E]ven more accomplished [than Shopgirl]....Martin's trademark humor is guaranteed to have readers laughing hard, but there is also a great deal of sweetness here and a real affection for his characters."
"Review" by , "Though the echo of Mr. Martin's oral comic delivery helps to animate Daniel's complaints, in fact they have little interest and grow repetitive very quickly....[T]he slack, meandering quality of this story comes as a surprise."
"Review" by , "For every half-dozen funny Martinesque riffs and physical-comedy sketches, there is a quiet and tender soliloquy....This time out, Martin allows himself to be stand-up, arrow-through-the-head funny..."
"Review" by , "Steve Martin's tender morsel of a second novel....At first, The Pleasure of My Company seems unlikely to amount to more than a conglomeration of moments and observations, which, however droll or moving they may be, do not a novel make. But Martin pulls it together: The Average American contest, a death in the family and a crisis in the personal life of one of Daniel's friends propel him toward the change he both dreads and needs. This is too good a man to go to waste, but it will take the world a while to figure that out..."
"Review" by , "Martin's new novella feels not so much written as worded....[F]unny stuff, though a tad musty post-Sedaris....Pleasure might have benefited from a bit more chaos to raise its stakes above those of Sunday crossword solving. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "[O]ne of the funniest books of the year...Martin's writing shows enormous depth and grace. It's one of the many surprising elements that make this one of the most enjoyable books of the year."
"Review" by , "[H]ard-bitten and hard-boiled readers beware: Martin's a softie at heart....[E]ssentially the same book about healing broken people that Shopgirl was, just a bit funnier and with its heart more prominently on its sleeve."
"Review" by , "The depth and breadth of Martin's talent is mind-boggling....[A]n unexpected gem that works on several levels. Daniel's interior monologues are sharply funny, but the story also evokes compassion."
"Review" by , "[C]harmingly funny and touchingly wistful....[Martin] makes [Daniel] believable and sympathetic, endearing even when exasperating....As usual, it's a pleasure to be in his company."
"Synopsis" by , Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38, or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And a good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced Philip, never done the impossible task of jogging around the block with Brian, never ironed his pillows, and he might never have won the Most Average American essay contest. The Pleasure of My Company is the chronicle of a modern-day neurotic yearning to break free.
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of "Shopgirl" comes a tender novella of a troubled man who finds love, and life in the most unexpected place.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.