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Author: Simon Rich Narrator: Simon Rich Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9781478948247
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A hilarious collection inspired by a former Saturday Night Live writer’s real experiences in Hollywood, chronicling the absurdity of fame and the humanity of failure in a world dominated by social media influencers and reality TV stars.

Simon Rich is “one of the funniest writers in America” (Daily Beast)—a humorist who draws comparisons to Douglas Adams (New York Times Book Review) and James Thurber and P. G. Wodehouse (Guardian). With Hits and Misses, he’s back with a hilarious new collection of stories about dreaming big and falling flat, about ordinary people desperate for stardom and the stars who are bored by having it all.

Inspired by Rich’s real experiences in Hollywood, Hits and Misses chronicles all the absurdity of fame and success alongside the heartbreaking humanity of failure. From a bitter tell-all by the horse Paul Revere rode to greatness to a gushing magazine profile of everyone’s favorite World War II dictator, these stories roam across time and space to skewer our obsession with making it big—from the days of ancient Babylon to the age of TMZ.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich’s special genius is his ability to nest an absurd premise in an otherwise ordinary situation…The tale of an actual dinosaur being laid off as a comedy writer is a perfect example of Rich’s ability to mix humor and poignancy.”

    Washington Post

  • “He’s endlessly clever, but not impressed by his own wit; gentle, but not afraid to test boundaries. It’s a kind of humor that recalls early twentieth-century writers like James Thurber and E. B. White, but Rich’s comic genius is really all his own. He spent years being regarded as a kind of precocious wunderkind, but with this book, Rich has come into his own as one of the most talented writers of comedic fiction working today.”


  • “Flights of fancy from preternaturally gifted humorist Rich… Shades of Christopher Moore’s slapstick…[and] Python-esque medieval farce…He has a sweet spot between mockery and respect for old Hollywood…Lovingly crafted comedies from a writer beginning to match wit with wisdom.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Simon Rich has written for the New Yorker, GQ, Mad, Harvard Lampoon, and other magazines. He is the author of several humor collections, including Ant Farm, which was a finalist for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor.