ARC for Grabs: B. J. Novak’s One More Thing
February 19, 2014
If you’re a fan of The Office, B. J. Novak needs no introduction as an actor, but as an author he is debuting at the number 4 spot on the New York Times hardcover fiction list for Sunday February 23. His new book One More Thing, a quite long series of quite short essays and vignettes, is full of quirky “insight” into his world. It seems a perfect standby for bus stops and waiting rooms. I have a pristine ARC for the first to comment.
“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 how 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 also 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 that might just 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”– Provided by publisher.