Before reading this book, I really didn’t know anything about B. J. Novak, other than he was on the Office (and I’ve seen some but not many of those episodes). I had no idea he was a writer until I heard something about a children’s book he did called The Book with No Pictures. It sounded like such a neat concept that I looked him up and found this book. One More Thing is a collection of short stories. I don’t even like short stories in general, but I enjoyed these so much that I started pacing myself so that I wouldn’t finish the book so quickly.
There is some irony in the short stories, but they’re not ALL irony, which gets old (ahem O. Henry). The stories are so witty – at times funny, at times sarcastic (but not a mean sarcastic), at times serious and contemplative. I read a lot as I take the bus to/from work and people were probably starting to think I was crazy for laughing out loud.
Based on his writing, B. J. Novak seems like it would be really great fun to hang out with or to have dinner with. He seems like one of those rare people that you don’t have DO something with to have fun.
I even read the acknowledgements at the end. I hope he writes more soon … and if he participates in Barnes & Nobles signed editions next year, I will be buying multiple copies to give out as gifts.
If you’re interested, in my search, I also ran across this video where he answers a question sent in by a girl. I liked his thoughtful response.
I think I am slightly in love B. J. Novak now. How tedious to have a celebrity crush, and yet, I can’t help it. The more I’ve found out about him, the more interesting he seems.