Spoiled Brats: Stories

By Simon Rich
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3.88 Hours 10/14/2014 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781478957508

In his collection Spoiled Brats, Simon Rich takes his absurd, culture-skewering style to new heights, marrying the literary polish of writers like Karen Russell and George Saunders with the humor of Steve Martin to deliver truly dazzling tales. Spoiled Brats is about the battles we fight with the ones who love us most: our parents. In “Family Business,” a young chimpanzee offends his working class father by choosing to become a research animal instead of joining the family grub-hunting business. In “Proud Mom,” a young mother is so besotted she doesn’t realize her child is actually, truly a monster. And in “Animals,” the fate of a terrified classroom hamster hangs in the balance when a notorious kid is picked for hamster care duty.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

In his collection Spoiled Brats, Simon Rich takes his absurd, culture-skewering style to new heights, marrying the literary polish of writers like Karen Russell and George Saunders with the humor of Steve Martin to deliver truly dazzling tales.

Spoiled Brats is about the battles we fight with the ones who love us most: our parents. In “Family Business,” a young chimpanzee offends his working class father by choosing to become a research animal instead of joining the family grub-hunting business. In “Proud Mom,” a young mother is so besotted she doesn’t realize her child is actually, truly a monster. And in “Animals,” the fate of a terrified classroom hamster hangs in the balance when a notorious kid is picked for hamster care duty.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I can’t recommend any Simon Rich book—especially this one—highly enough. From the hyper-competitive rituals of Scrabble players to the laments of a grieving, widowed hamster in an elementary school classroom, each story in Spoiled Brats opens with a brilliant comedic perspective that only gets funnier, more fascinating, more surprising, and more insightful from there. First-rate comedy with a heartbeat, this is one of my favorite books from one of my favorite authors.” B. J. Novak, New York Times bestselling author of One More Thing and star of The Office
“Simon Rich, in his new collection, Spoiled Brats, is in the Blazing Saddles phase of his writing career…As hilarious a portrait as you’ll find of the self-involved, easily outraged, post-post-post-post-ironic world into which we’ve dumped the next generation… As solid a piece of comic writing as I’ve read in a long time.” New York Times Book Review
“Humorist Rich’s latest collection is predictably funny, though sometimes digs deeper…Humor comes easily to Rich, but he’s at his best when he pushes against the boundaries of his jokes.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Simon Rich

Simon Rich has written for the New Yorker, GQ, Mad, Harvard Lampoon, and other magazines. He is the author of two humor collections, Free-Range Chickens and Ant Farm, which was a finalist for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He lives in Brooklyn and writes for Saturday Night Live.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.88
Audience: Adult
Edition: English