The stories range in length from one sentence to several pages. Most are funny, engaging, and witty stories with a twist. I particularly liked "Julie and the Warlord" which describes a blind date with a warlord who Julie met on an online dating service and a story about of group of friends attempting to stage an intervention in the age of Facebook. Novak offers a perceptive and poignant look at human emotions. I recommend the audiobook for the variation in voices and BJ Novak’s sense of humor in reading his own stories. The audio is available via audiobook CD or for download in Overdrive.
In a time of cultural tension, it is more important than ever to read works by authors with varied experiences and backgrounds. Aside from containing some very good short stories that are enjoyable in their own right, this collection also contains a wealth of insight into a world quite different from our own.