One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

by B. J. Novak
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Overview

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak

New York Times Bestseller

A startlingly original debut from the actor, writer, director, and executive producer hailed as “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter” (The Washington Post).

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385351843
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 77,520
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

B.J. Novak is perhaps best known for his work as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. He is the author of The Book With No Pictures, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and his stories have been published in The New Yorker and featured on This American Life. 

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Star and major contributor of The Office. Expect witty, comedic,! and sometimes tender stories. A good, fun collection of short stories filled with simple life lessons that everyone should heed, but few ever do. You're the man, BJ
CliffWhoReads More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully humorous collection of thoughts and stories, most of which involve unusual twists and viewpoints.  For that reason, it is difficult to provide a descriptive review without including spoilers.  It would be like reviewing O’Henry without revealing his surprise endings.  One cannot do justice to the work with that approach. Now, this is not O’Henry.  The stories are somewhat less serious and the characters are less empathetic.  But that is not necessarily bad.  These stories and characters are from our present age.  The people are social networkers who have a more holistic worldview, and they can laugh about themselves with the author and reader alike. And I laughed.  For this is a very funny and enjoyable book to read.  Even the lesser stories, and some can be no more than a few well written lines, are thought provoking in a light hearted way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was familiar with BJ Novak's work as a TV writer and expected more from him. Some stories, Missed Connections and Heaven, were entertaining but the majority fell flat.
Raschelle Sevilla More than 1 year ago
We should be allowed to give zeroes. This book is right along with Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl - trying too hard to either be funny or insightful... and failing incredibly at both. All the stories are just like side notes of his thoughts - random and incomplete stories. i hope you didn't waste your money on this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hated it! Did the audio version. B.J. Novak is trying to "act" like he is an intellectual and it does not work. Too much profanity just for the sake of it and he was trying to be super creative and it came off as boring and ridiculous. I think he was trying for shock value maybe? Just one person's opinion. I had such high hopes. Also, his voice really gets on your nerves after 9 hours. He should have hired a professional to do the reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this so quickly! So many of the stories take a turn you don't expect. BJ's such a talented writer, and it's engaging and interesting to hear his various voices and points of views. DEFINITELY recommend!
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Ashleysue_91 More than 1 year ago
Must read you won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Random, funny, memorable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't remind me of any other books I have read.  It is also hilarious and clever. 
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ScottBell More than 1 year ago
Self-consciously clever, with little substance.
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I thought this book was fabulous! It was funny, witty, thought provoking and a little dark. The only thing that kept me from giving a five star rating was that I just didn't enjoy a handful of the stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible! Could not even finish it.....It was a waste of money! Market scam, do not buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's difficult to review books (and movies, for that matter) because everybody likes different things. But I was familiar with this author because of his work on "The Office." Personally I found it very funny. In fact, laugh-out-loud funny in places. I had read this after getting it from the library & ordered one from B&N and had it sent to my son. He, also enjoyed it very much. We both have a slightly skewed sense of humor, which probably also contributed to our enjoy- ment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and bought a second copy to share with a friend. Highly recommend.
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Surprisingly charming read!
MrsFlippy More than 1 year ago
I love this book... clever, touching, original. Really funny in an unusual sort of way.