Hey, it’s the Temp! Nope, not anymore. The brilliant man behind Scranton’s champion d-bag, Ryan Howard, has seriously outgrown his temp status and is now the next writer to watch in American fiction. His new book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, is a hilarious and beautiful collection of stories that will surprise you, entertain you, and will stick with you for days.
Here’s the official book description:
A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day 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, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element just that might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.
And if that’s not enough to convince you, here’s the book trailer, featuring his forever BFF (and my current Queen of Everything), Mindy Kaling!
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is available here. Get ready to giggle.