I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey

I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey

by Paul Rudnick

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Overview

$$$rom his classic plays and screenplays to his sidesplitting pieces for The New Yorker and Premiere, Paul Rudnick is one of our most adored humor writers. Now, in this long overdue collection, he casts his gleefully wicked eye on the world as he sees it: a landscape of stylish dowagers, irascible producers, and full-tilt eccentrics.

From living in a series of increasingly bizarre, altogether fabulous New York City apartments to cavorting with a cast of colorful artists and endearingly perplexing show business personalities who have to be read to be believed, to handling the finer points of putting up with his wonderfully outlandish but lovable family, Rudnick triumphs with I Shudder-a raucously funny collection from one of America's true comedic treasures.

Playwright, screenwriter, and novelist $$$ 's celebrated works include the plays I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey, and the screenplays In & Out and Addams Family Values. He also writes regularly for The New Yorker. Born in Piscataway, New Jersey, he now lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061780196
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 818,718
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Paul Rudnick's celebrated works include the plays I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey, and the screenplays In & Out and Addams Family Values. He also writes regularly for The New Yorker. Born in Piscataway, New Jersey, he now lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

The Sisters 1

Lordy 31

I Shudder: Hallie Tesler 49

Hewen and Schifty 61

Sixty Seconds 79

I Shudder: Yumbies 91

Good Enough to Eat 101

Enter Trembling 111

I Shudder: Intimacy-Why? 133

In Pieces 157

I Hit Hamlet 171

I Shudder: Good and Evil 187

Life and Death and New Jersey 211

I Shudder: Mr. Christmas 245

At the Chelsea Hotel 279

What People are Saying About This

David Sedaris

“Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril. There’s no book wiser or half as funny as I Shudder.”

Steve Martin

“I Shudder is filled with deeply funny musings and adventures that elevate Paul Rudnick to the highest level of American comedy writing.It should be noted that I would be at the highest level of American comedy writing if I had had Paul’s early advantages.”

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I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BrokenSpines on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very funny, packed with zingers (which I forget ten seconds after reading). The first few chapter about his family is the weakest. Odd that he would put it first. Fortunately, I kept reading.
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He grins slightly and he plays with your tounge with his
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles. And slides her tounge in ur mouth.