One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Kobo ebook | February 4, 2014

byB.J. Novak

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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 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.


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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 ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385351844

ISBN - 13:9780385351843

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many great stories A great, funny and well written collection of stories. It is a bit like an expanded universe of R-showerthoughts and I know that I am going to re read several of my favorites many times. It is the perfect bedside book for someone like me who likes to read before sleep but can frequently only muster energy for a few pages.
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky and original A truly original collection of stories. Some witty, some groan-worthy, some beautiful, some just plain weird ... But all-in-all a very entertaining read!
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I've always adored B.J. Novak but after reading this I fell in love. He is such a great writer and it's amazing how his mind works in order to create these short story plots. They're all so creative and you wish that the story would never end but then the next story begins and you fall in love all over again. Most writers need a novel to make the reader connect to the character, but Novak is able to make you connect to a character within a few pages. True talent!
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Brilliant, original, and beautifully written. The stories have a sweet, smart sensibility and the depth of feeling can take you by surprise. Never too sickeningly sweet, though, Novak always brings it back to the funny ... without ever underestimating the reader.
Date published: 2014-08-18