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From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book.

Demetri's first literary foray features longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists' Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), Martin's material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.

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"In this collection of essays, musings, and drawings, Comedy Central host Martin (Important Things with Demetri Martin) gently skewers contemporary social trends, conventions, and insecurities, taking on topics from social hotlines to family and relationships. With a gift for describing awkward situations, Martin challenges readers to recognize the human need for connection and recognition. The theme is seen in a panel in which a limousine displaying two flags on its hood is labeled 'important'; another displaying seven flags is 'very important.' He also answers the big questions with essays like 'Who I Am' in which he declares: 'I am bravery. I am courage. I am valor. I am daring. I am holding a thesaurus.' Throughout, Martin jokes in many guises, silly one moment, barbed the next, and he achieves a satirical brilliance that moves easily among surprising topics, like philosophy, to easy targets, like healthy lifestyles. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Katherine Stevens, August 8, 2011 (view all comments by Katherine Stevens)
Much in the same vein as Important Things with Demetri Martin, only flatter, This is a Book is a compendium of sketches, short stories, and general silliness. Anyone who likes Demetri Martin should read this book, and anyone who doesn't like Demetri Martin is wasting their time reading this review.
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emma.crippen, May 6, 2011 (view all comments by emma.crippen)
Can't wait to see him tonight! :D
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toot.ur.horn, February 19, 2011 (view all comments by toot.ur.horn)
So very excited for this book! Huge fan of Demetri Martin right here.
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ISBN:
9780446539708
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Author:
Martin, Demetri
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this collection of essays, musings, and drawings, Comedy Central host Martin (Important Things with Demetri Martin) gently skewers contemporary social trends, conventions, and insecurities, taking on topics from social hotlines to family and relationships. With a gift for describing awkward situations, Martin challenges readers to recognize the human need for connection and recognition. The theme is seen in a panel in which a limousine displaying two flags on its hood is labeled 'important'; another displaying seven flags is 'very important.' He also answers the big questions with essays like 'Who I Am' in which he declares: 'I am bravery. I am courage. I am valor. I am daring. I am holding a thesaurus.' Throughout, Martin jokes in many guises, silly one moment, barbed the next, and he achieves a satirical brilliance that moves easily among surprising topics, like philosophy, to easy targets, like healthy lifestyles. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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