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Publisher's Summary

A boy wins $100,000 in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover that claiming the winnings may unravel his family. An acclaimed ambulance driver seeks the courage to follow his heart and throw it all away to be a singer-songwriter. A school principal unveils a bold plan to permanently abolish arithmetic. A new arrival in heaven, overwhelmed by infinite options, procrastinates over his long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet a vengeance-minded hare. We learn why wearing a red T-shirt 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, from the deeply familiar to the intoxicatingly imaginative, One More Thing finds its heart in the most human of phenomena: love, fear, family, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might make a person complete. The stories in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humour, deep heart, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the listener.
Read by the author, with special appearances by Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson, and Rainn Wilson.
©2014 B. J. Novak (P)2014 Random House LLC
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Critic Reviews

" 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 Perotta, 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)
"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)
"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)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Andre Wightman on 05-12-17


great wonderful time in the deepest canyon or even simply to smell a flower delivery to the top

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4 out of 5 stars
By fernando antonio hadba on 08-22-14

An ideal format for listen.

Would you consider the audio edition of One More Thing to be better than the print version?


What was one of the most memorable moments of One More Thing?

The shortiest stories and the first story

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

the change of tones necessary to keep your attention

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


Any additional comments?

Short Stories is ideal to listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-18-17

A good read

A good read, not quite as amazingly laugh-out-loud funny as described but narrated with feeling and passion.
Well worth a try.
Just one gripe: the word is normality, not normalcy.
Normalcy is a made up word that has slipped into existence aided by people too lazy to open a dictionary.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mayme Shaheem on 06-16-17

why do white people love saying the N-word?

I liked Sophia, I was offended by the ghost of Mark Twain (and the one about the inflatable woman). Mostly average, but good performances.

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5 out of 5 stars
By emily on 04-23-15

amazing stories

Novak is an incredible writer. his stories are amazing, incredibly addictive. i could listen to this book over and over again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ellie on 03-02-17


I COULD NOT stop listening to this!! These are a collection of UTTERLY unique and quirky stories!
Some of them are heartfelt and touching. Some were uncomfortable and thought provoking.
Some made me gasp. Some made me laugh out loud while I was grocery shopping. Most of all, though, BJ Novak writes about life, love and the human experience with such precision it will have you screaming, “YAAAAAS!! MEEEE!! YAAS QUEEN YAS!!!” and then getting out a pen and paper to write down your favourite parts so you don't forget. To paraphrase Dr John Dorian, “If my heart could write stories they’d sound like these.” This book was “like poetry”! I ADORED it and am going to recommend it to all my friends. Please read this!

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