One More Thing

One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

Book - 2014
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A debut collection by a writer for the television series "The Office" includes the title story, in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780385351836
0385351836
Branch Call Number: FIC Nova
Characteristics: x, 276 pages ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Aug 11, 2015

I enjoyed this collection by writer/actor Novak. These inventive short stories contain clever satire, are whimsical, and somehow sweet. Many of the stories play out like modern fables- for this reason, I recommend it to fans of David Sedaris' Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. I think fans of Sedaris w... Read More »


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Vero_biblio Nov 17, 2017

I just finished reading One More Thing : stories and other stories / by B.J. Novak. I had a lot of fun reading it -- it's cheeky, and in this it reminded me of David Sedaris, whom I absolutely looooove. Not all stories in Novak's book are good, but many of them are really worth it. He also wrote a really funny picture book for children (The Book with No Pictures).

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brittbrew_
Feb 27, 2017

I really wanted to like this book. I like BJ Novak, I find him hilarious, but I just could not get into his book. I tried to read a few different short story chapters, but they were just too weird. And, *spoiler alert*, once I read the chapter where the man goes to heaven and goes to see his grandma and she's giving a celebrity a blow job in heaven, I was done. I'm not a prude or anything, but I just didn't like his style of writing at all.

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DoctorVine
Oct 16, 2016

Fairly predictable and sophomoric. It is hard to recommend any of these short stories.

Cynthia_N Jun 13, 2016

Neat collection of stories! Novak has a unique view of the world and it comes out in his stories!

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

I am nearly always disappointed with fictional "short story" books, but this was the exception to the rule. This book made me laugh in the most unexpected of places. There were little subtleties that made it fun -- you could connect some of the stories if you paid attention. Also, having just finished my first watch of The Office, I can see where the show got some of its off-kilter, "who thinks of these things" humor. I'll most-likely read this again, which I don't say about most books.

0Charlie Sep 19, 2015

This was a very enjoyable read. I have never finished an entire book of short works before. I found myself staying up late to read just one more story! Great quirkiness and humour. I could see some of the stories making good short films. Highly recommended!

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SuperMichelleT
Sep 02, 2015

This book starts out slightly familiar and maybe a bit contrived, like a lighter and tamer version of David Sedaris' "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk." But then the stories take one unexpected turn after another. This book inspires one to follow through on the wayward "what if" thoughts most of us don't dare to think about.

Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Aug 11, 2015

I enjoyed this collection by writer/actor Novak. These inventive short stories contain clever satire, are whimsical, and somehow sweet. Many of the stories play out like modern fables- for this reason, I recommend it to fans of David Sedaris' Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. I think fans of Sedaris will appreciate Novak's humor.

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tabui
Jul 21, 2015

This book was okay. A few stories were great and poignant, but as another reviewer said others just fell flat and made me lose interest pretty quickly.

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emmilee
Jul 03, 2015

A witty collection filled with short stories of varying length -- some being only a few sentences, others taking up multiple pages. Each story is clearly lovingly crafted and is filled with charm. I suspect the type of humor would appeal to a younger audience, however, likely under the age of 40.

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emmilee
Jul 03, 2015

emmilee thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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KCLSRecommends Apr 30, 2014

"If you love something, let it go.
If you don’t love something, definitely let it go.
Basically, just drop everything, who cares."
- complete text of story "If you love something"..(!)

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