Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 271 p. Audience: General/trade.
From the Publisher
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
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 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 just that 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.