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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 that 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 just might 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.

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"Everyone knew that B.J. Novak was smart and sexy, but funny, too!? Wow, screw that guy. I haven't laughed at words this hard since I read." Joshua Ferris author of The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End

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"One More Thing is a funny and inventive debut collection, infused with a deadpan absurdist wit reminiscent of Woody Allen and Ian Frazier. B.J. Novak's stories are sly and playful, but they can pack a real emotional wallop." Tom Perrotta, author of Nine Inches

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"I am so relieved that I had not read B.J.'s book before I worked with him. I would just have spent every day at his feet instead of doing my job." Emma Thompson

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"Dark and hilarious, like the fudge Grandma used to make during her 'special' period. Deliciously funny!" Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts and The Stench of Honolulu

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"B.J. blew me away. He just keeps kicking short fiction in the rear, making it run ahead clutching its ass, and then he runs up and kicks it some more, and the result is one of the most aggressively, insanely awesome debuts in a while." Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

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B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.

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gift giver, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by gift giver)
Hilarious! I had no doubt it would be funny before I began to read it, but it really exceeded my expectations. It's been months since I read it and I still find myself thinking of various stories in it. Probably one of my favorites was the roast of Nelson Mandela. It is so unexpected and hilarious.
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writermala, May 21, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
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.
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Kayla Perry, February 21, 2014 (view all comments by Kayla Perry)
I guess knowing B.J. was a writer on The Office should have already tipped me off to him being a funny guy, but this book of short stories cemented it for me. All the stories were entertaining and quite a number of them were pretty damn funny. I actually got to see him read in my hometown's bookstore (Powell's) and his delivery of the stories was excellent and actually made me want to check out the audio book (something I usually don't do).

Favorites include: "The Rematch", "Constructive Criticism", "If You Love Something", "The Market was Down", "Kindness Among Cakes", "Regret is Just Perfectionism Plus Time", and "J.C. Audetat, Translator of Don Quixote".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385351836
Subtitle:
Stories and Other Stories
Author:
Novak, B.J.
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140204
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Product details 288 pages Knopf - English 9780385351836 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Everyone knew that B.J. Novak was smart and sexy, but funny, too!? Wow, screw that guy. I haven't laughed at words this hard since I read."
"Review" by , "One More Thing is a funny and inventive debut collection, infused with a deadpan absurdist wit reminiscent of Woody Allen and Ian Frazier. B.J. Novak's stories are sly and playful, but they can pack a real emotional wallop."
"Review" by , "I am so relieved that I had not read B.J.'s book before I worked with him. I would just have spent every day at his feet instead of doing my job."
"Review" by , "Dark and hilarious, like the fudge Grandma used to make during her 'special' period. Deliciously funny!"
"Review" by , "B.J. blew me away. He just keeps kicking short fiction in the rear, making it run ahead clutching its ass, and then he runs up and kicks it some more, and the result is one of the most aggressively, insanely awesome debuts in a while."
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