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In the mood for a good laugh after last month’s read? Phew! Us too. So, in honor of April (the month of foolish pranks) we’re reading One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak; “the wonderfully cockeyed, consistently hilarious debut.” You probably recognize the name B.J. Novak. He’s a writer and actor widely known for his work on the acclaimed comedy series “The Office” as an actor, writer, and executive producer. Now, Novak is expanding his scope beyond the walls of Dunder Mifflin. In One More Thing he takes on a range of human experience in this quirky new story collection.
“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.”
Published in 2014, Novak’s One More Thing joins a growing list of celebrated books published by comedic actors/writers (Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, etc.). Although unlike others who have written autobiographical humor, Novak’s book is a series of fictional short stories born from his creative imagination. Just a few of the short stories include: 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 can’t wait to dig into this one, and we hope you’ll join us! Here’s a preview of what’s to come:
New York Times Sunday Book Review of One More Thing
NPR’s exclusive first read of One More Thing
Washington Post review of One More Thing
And in case you’ve already read this month’s book, here are some other good humor book recommendations:
And one more thing, here’s a fun playlist to listen to while enjoying our April read…