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One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

Auteur: B. J. Novak
Uitgever: Vintage
  • Engelstalig
  • 288 pagina's
  • 9780804169783
  • februari 2015
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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.


A funny writer with a great ear, but also a genuine storyteller with an observant eye and finely tuned emotional radar -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times * Dark and hilarious, like the fudge Grandma used to make during her 'special' period. Deliciously funny! -- Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts and The Stench of Honolulu ONE MORE THING is a funny and inventive debut collection, infused with a deadpan absurdist wit reminiscent of Woody Allen and Ian Frazier. B.J. Novak's stories are sly and playful, but they can pack a real emotional wallop -- Tom Perrotta, author of Nine Inches Everyone knew that B.J. Novak was smart and sexy, but funny, too!? Wow, screw that guy. I haven't laughed at words this hard since I read -- Joshua Ferris author of The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End Brilliant surreal stories, full of unexpected twists and turns * The List * Remarkably good. There's a wildly eclectic range on display, from personal meditations to flights of absurdist whimsy * Guardian * One More Thing is very funny . . . Novak adds emotional depth to some well-crafted, often explosive pay-offs * Financial Times * Lively, sweet-natured . . . Novak is best when he reaches beyond a punchline.... My favourite piece, 'Dark Matter'. . . feels profound * Sunday Telegraph * A teller of funny, skew-whiff tales . . . Novak has, like, totally been compared to David Sedaris and Woody Allen, which is insane but also kinda true * New Statesman * Playful and inventive . . . One More Thing is a special read * Shortlist *

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    "One More Thing" is een boek vol kortverhalen, sommige zijn slechts een pagina lang, anderen gaan dan weer twintig pagina's door. De verhalen in "One More Thing" zijn niet persé grappig, maar zitten heel goed in elkaar. Novak laat op een heel slimme wijze zelfs elementen uit het ene verhaal terug komen in een ander verhaal. Kortom kan ik er niet veel slechts over zeggen, ik vind het zeker een aanrader!

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B. J. Novak
22x203x133 mm
272,00 gram
februari 2015

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