One More Thing

One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

Book - 2014 | First edition
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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 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, 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 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.
"Across a range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, Novak'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. In One More Thing, 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, One More Thing 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 in this collection 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385351836
0385351836
9780385351843
0385351844
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: x, 276 pages ; 22 cm

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“It is an inside joke of history that all its most exciting adventures inevitably end their careers as homework. Beheadings, rebellions, thousand-year wars, incest on the royal throne, electricity, art, opera, dogs in outer space.” -B.J. Novak


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brittbrew_
Feb 27, 2017

I really wanted to like this book. I like BJ Novak, I find him hilarious, but I just could not get into his book. I tried to read a few different short story chapters, but they were just too weird. And, *spoiler alert*, once I read the chapter where the man goes to heaven and goes to see his grandma and she's giving a celebrity a blow job in heaven, I was done. I'm not a prude or anything, but I just didn't like his style of writing at all.

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DoctorVine
Oct 16, 2016

Fairly predictable and sophomoric. It is hard to recommend any of these short stories.

Cynthia_N Jun 13, 2016

Neat collection of stories! Novak has a unique view of the world and it comes out in his stories!

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

I am nearly always disappointed with fictional "short story" books, but this was the exception to the rule. This book made me laugh in the most unexpected of places. There were little subtleties that made it fun -- you could connect some of the stories if you paid attention. Also, having just finished my first watch of The Office, I can see where the show got some of its off-kilter, "who thinks of these things" humor. I'll most-likely read this again, which I don't say about most books.

0Charlie Sep 19, 2015

This was a very enjoyable read. I have never finished an entire book of short works before. I found myself staying up late to read just one more story! Great quirkiness and humour. I could see some of the stories making good short films. Highly recommended!

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SuperMichelleT
Sep 02, 2015

This book starts out slightly familiar and maybe a bit contrived, like a lighter and tamer version of David Sedaris' "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk." But then the stories take one unexpected turn after another. This book inspires one to follow through on the wayward "what if" thoughts most of us don't dare to think about.

Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Aug 11, 2015

I enjoyed this collection by writer/actor Novak. These inventive short stories contain clever satire, are whimsical, and somehow sweet. Many of the stories play out like modern fables- for this reason, I recommend it to fans of David Sedaris' Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. I think fans of Sedaris will appreciate Novak's humor.

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tabui
Jul 21, 2015

This book was okay. A few stories were great and poignant, but as another reviewer said others just fell flat and made me lose interest pretty quickly.

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emmilee
Jul 03, 2015

A witty collection filled with short stories of varying length -- some being only a few sentences, others taking up multiple pages. Each story is clearly lovingly crafted and is filled with charm. I suspect the type of humor would appeal to a younger audience, however, likely under the age of 40.

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vv10
Jun 28, 2015

This book will amuse just about everyone, but for the comedy or pop culture nerd, this eBook is a treat. Narrators that include Ellie Kemper, MIndy Kailing, Rainn Wilson, and many others add to the already witty stories Novak has created. I found myself audibly laughing at most of the stories and surprisingly contemplative at a handful of others.

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Jul 03, 2015

emmilee thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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KCLSRecommends Apr 30, 2014

"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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