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The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories [Kindle Edition]

Simon Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In "Center of the Universe," God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In "Magical Mr. Goat," a young girl's imaginary friend yearns to become "more than friends." In "Unprotected," an unused prophylactic recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy's wallet. The stories in Simon Rich's new book are bizarre, funny, and yet...relatable. Rich explores love's many complications-losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it-and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor and illustrations, and just in time for Valentine's Day, Rich takes readers for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.


Editorial Reviews

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'The Last Girlfriend On Earth is silly, surreal, sometimes sad and always laugh-out-loud funny. This collection will have you giggling/crying/squirming in recognition, and wondering what exactly Simon Rich has eaten to dream all this stuff up ... pulls off the tough trick of being both heart-warming and hilarious - it's a must-read if you've ever so much as had a crush on someone' Heat 'Pithy, occasionally bonkers' Time Out 'Truly hilarious' Eva Wiseman, Observer

About the Author

Simon Rich is the author of What in God's Name, Ant Farm, Free-Range Chickens, and Elliot Allagash. His work, including some of these stories, has appeared in The New Yorker ("It's always fairly obvious when a 'Shouts and Murmurs' piece in The New Yorker is the product of Simon Rich. Telltale signs include the elegant skewering of adult human behavior, as glimpsed through the eyes of children, animals, spectral beings, or inanimate objects-and the fact that the reader is hunched over laughing." - Joe Berkowitz, Fast Company). He has written film scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow, and until recently he was a staff writer at Saturday Night Live; he currently writes for Pixar. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Product Details

  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316219398
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AS4UQE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EH - Hits and Misses August 8, 2013
By BAM10
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This book is simple and overall entertaining, but misses the mark on about half of the stories. Some were VERY funny - I really enjoyed the missed dog connections, the condom story, and "I love Girl" to name a few. There were several that were really just sad and not even in a darkly funny way. "I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus" started with dark humor and ended with simple and depressing bitterness.

Good for some tastes maybe, but not one I'll re-read cover to cover. That being said - I will probably recommend for friends to borrow and read the few that were great,but will not suggest that they purchase the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY - genius- creative July 18, 2013
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I saw Simon Rich at a NY reading and was in tears laughing when Michael Ian Black read the Cave Boy love story. Bought the book and have been equally entertained by the other stories. Impressive range of styles;very creative... solid, witty, and sincere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun May 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lots of good ideas in here, the kind of things that make a writer say "I wish I'd thought of that!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Yorker stuff May 3, 2013
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The condom in the wallet was hilarious. Loved the tough talking metro card. Some not so funny, some Into farcical fantasy. Good for a laugh.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good August 18, 2013
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I think perhaps this book was a little overhyped. If I came to it with no expectations I might have rated it higher. I found a lot of the stories a little bit shallow or facile. But it was clever and funny and well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Quick But Uneventful Read... July 30, 2013
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An interesting writing style, but rather pedestrian for my taste. I am sure it will please some readers, but not me. Nice try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the quirky stories May 2, 2013
By VTHokie
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I loved the short stories in this book, great when you need a quick read prior to going to bed. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss October 14, 2013
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Some stories were quite enjoyable, other were meh. I have enjoyed these as parts of Selected Shorts, but to read a collection just shows the weakness of much of the writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars trite, juvenile, and mostly not funny
I usually love Simon Rich's books, but this one just didn't do it for me. The writing was weaker than usual and I found the stories to be mostly boring and predictable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liora
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, happy, sad.
Great writing. Very different and creative but touching and relatable the same. Every story made me think back to a previous relationship.
Published 2 months ago by Mac1221
5.0 out of 5 stars funnier than hell
Great writing, great subject. Enough surprises to make it fun. I heard the author on a Dan Savage podcast and he's as funny and insightful in person as in print. Get it.
Published 2 months ago by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
A short, but very funny collection of short stories. Most stories are told from a man's point-of-view so women purchasing the book should be aware. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wellos
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, But not as deep as Winnie The Pooh
A simple collection of reasonably amusing stories that were good enough to keep me reading to the last page. Read more
Published 4 months ago by chrstphre campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Girlfriend on Earth
Imagine if your ex-girlfriend started dating Hitler: you'd be forever known as the guy who was dumped in favour of an incredibly aged mass-murderer with a fondness for... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Erin Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books
These collections of short stories are ironic, sarcastic, and yet very sweet. I love short stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Rudolph
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Rich is hilarious
These short stories are terrific -- I have bought copies for four or five friends. "Canine mixed connections" is a hilarious essay, and many other stories update ancient... Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. F Heller
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas
All of the stories had inspiringly great ideas. However, some of them seemed to need a little more polishing. Still a great read.
Published 6 months ago by Karin Hronska
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Stuff
Whimsical and humorous! This is very clever authorship of life through comedic eyes. You will laugh, and maybe even at yourself!
Published 6 months ago by P. D. Nelson
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