Book Review: One More Thing
From an actor, writer, and director of the hit TV comedy The Office (US version): a story collection that was “workshopped” at comedy clubs and bookstores on both coasts. B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut collection that signals the arrival of a welcome new voice in American fiction. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, Novak’s assured prose and expansive imagination introduce readers to people, places, and premises that are hilarious, insightful, provocative, and moving-often at the same time.
ashley | With One More Thing, B.J. Novak could have very easily written a series of essays full of comedy bits he has come up with based on his life experiences. He’s already shown that he’s a talented writer, his work on The Office being some of the best. He’s already shown he’s a talented actor, stripping away his character from The Office and stepping into roles in movies like Inglorious Basterds. He could have written a book about his life and funny experiences in the biz it would have easily been on the bestseller list just because his name is behind it, but he didn’t.
No, Novak once again steps outside of his natural comedic comfort zone and takes this book a step further, really exploring his creativity and imagination. It’s refreshing to read a piece of fiction from someone in the spotlight, an edgy piece of fiction at that.
One More Thing is a collection of short stories, anecdotes transformed into a couple pages of exaggerated fairy tales and stand alone situations that Novak explores and describes in a very normal, realistic but original way.
It really felt that the inspiration for these stories were those little daydreams we find ourselves having about a situation. You know, when you think of what the world would be like without math, or you have imaginary conversations with yourself about what you wish you said to someone, but couldn’t because it wouldn’t necessarily be socially appropriate. Each story takes these innocent daydreams and makes them reality, which I loved. It makes for a collection of surprisingly sweet and familiar stories.
The beautiful thing about short stories is that they’re short. I quickly made my way through the entire collection, chipping away at it a few pages at a time. If you’re looking for a light, unique read, this one is for you.