Book Review – One More Thing

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

Reviewed by Theresa Wagner One-More-Thing-Cover1_custom-4f2bf1af5182e2e7894d244687389362907a7e69-s6-c30

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to listen B. J. Novak tell funny stories at a party? His first collection of short fictional stories is the next best thing. Novak compiles some of the most witty and amusing stories in his first foray into fiction writing. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is short fiction for the distracted reader. It’s a series of quick anecdotes and self-contained plots that don’t really have anything to do with each other.

Many who enjoyed B. J. Novak’s writing on The Office will love laughing out loud at the jokes in this book, especially if you choose to listen to the audio version. The audiobook is read by Novak with special guests including Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson, and Lena Dunham. It is amusing to hear these stories delivered by such a great cast of actors. One of my personal favorites is a story about the prolific author John Grisham. In it, Grisham accidentally discovers that his publisher has released his latest book under the title The Something. He calls his publisher to protest this oversight, claiming that he clearly meant to add a title but forgot and sent in the manuscript. The people at the publisher claim they didn’t want to bother him with this little detail.

Many of the stories are quick quips and others are longer tales. Those who enjoy funny writing and maybe have a short attention span will definitely want to check this book out. It’s available at your library or for download from OverDrive.

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