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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; First Edition first Printing edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316219398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316219396
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University. He has written for The New Yorker and was the youngest staff writer at "Saturday Night Live." He is the author of Ant Farm, Free Range Chickens, Elliot Allagash, and What in God's Name, and he has written scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. He currently writes for Pixar.

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It has about 30 short stories and each one is better than the other.
icujock
I loved the short stories in this book, great when you need a quick read prior to going to bed.
VTHokie
This might possibly be one of the funniest story collections I've ever read.
Larry Hoffer

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BAM10 on August 8, 2013
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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 By Audrey Sonberg on 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 By Verbtuoso on May 5, 2013
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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 By Wilma J. Kinsey on 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 By Amy Corderoy on 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 By VTHokie on May 2, 2013
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Zimmerman on June 7, 2013
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You may have heard of Simon Rich -- he's a writer for Saturday Night Live (second youngest one ever), and he also frequently writes the Shouts & Murmurs column for The New Yorker. Hell, his Wikipedia page even calls him an "American humorist." Basically, his comedy credentials are well-established, even though dude's not even 30 yet.

In this collection of very short stories, Rich's goofiness is on full display. These 30 stories, each between one and five pages, are about the quirky, often absurd, nature of relationships. Generally, Rich starts with a stereotype or a simple kernel of assumed truth, and riffs it into an entire story. For instance, my favorite story in the collection "Magical Mr. Goat" is about what would happen if a child's "invisible" friend became real and started making uncomfortable advances. When the child fends him off, telling him they should just be friends, and that he'll find someone, the goat exclaims, "That's not true ... You're the only one who can even see me!" THAT's comedy!

Or, another story titled "Sirens of Gowanus" makes fun of dudes who overlook any red flags in a woman when she slows the slightest interest in him. In this case, the woman is a siren who will lure him to her island in the Gowanus Canal, and probably eat him. It had happened before. "You can't judge someone by their past relationships," the guy argues to his buddy. "Like okay, she killed Stanley. But how do you know what was going on between them? You weren't there."

"Center of the Universe" is about God dating a needy woman, who doesn't understand why he can't take time from his job of creating the world to spend more time with her. Yeah, some of these stories may annoy you.
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Format: Paperback
This is not your traditional book of short love stories. Is there a traditional one of those? I don’t know, but this definitely isn’t it.

Simon Rich is a very funny man. I was first introduced to his writing through Elliot Allagash, his first novel, back in 2010. I did a lot of giggling. So when I saw this collection of short stories on the shelf, I wanted to give it a go.

I tend to like a short story collection, which I know not everyone does. I generally prefer to space out my consumption of the stories -- I have trouble staying engaged reading an entire book of short stories at once. For The Last Girlfriend on Earth, though, this was not the case. Some stories are as short as a page and a half, others are somewhat longer, but each is a quick read that will have you wanting to move right on to the next.

The stories are broken into three thematic segments; Boy Meets Girl, Boy Gets Girl, and Boy Loses Girl. Classic tales of love and heartbreak, you might be thinking. But you are incorrect, dear friend. Rich’s plots and characters vary wildly, from the “girl” in question being your basic under-the-bridge troll (think: short, hairy, speaks in grunts) to the “boy” being Hitler, now aged 124, wheel-chair ridden, and hitting the party scene with his new gal in New York. It’s all really very silly, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
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