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Bream Gives Me Hiccups: & Other Stories
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The wildly inventive debut collection of stories by the Oscar-nominated star of The Social Network. "Hilarious . . . It's a hoot" (People, The Best New Books).

Jesse Eisenberg, known for his iconic film roles, his regular pieces in the New Yorker and two critically acclaimed plays, proves himself "a deeply original comic voice" in these 28 stories" about the funniness, sadness, and strangeness of everyday life and they really made me laugh" (Roz Chast).
Moving from contemporary LA to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, Eisenberg throws the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions; a college freshman forced to live with a roommate is stunned when one of her ramen packets goes missing ("She didn't have 'one' of my ramens. She had a chicken ramen."); Alexander Graham Bell has teething problems with his invention ("I've been calling Mabel all day, she doesn't pick up! Yes, of course I dialed the right number—2!"); and in the title story, a precocious and privileged nine-year-old boy finds himself in the uncomfortable position as an amateur restaurant critic.

Featuring illustrations by award-winning cartoonist Jean Jillian, this "alphabet soup of sketches, riffs, and innovations" (Seattle Times) explores the various insanities of the modern world, "playfully bringing both familiar and wholly original scenarios to life" (Marie Claire).

A Fall Books Preview Selection by Audible
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One of USA Today's Weekend Picks for Book Lovers
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Jesse Eisenberg. (2015). Bream Gives Me Hiccups: & Other Stories. Grove Atlantic.

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Moving from contemporary LA to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, Eisenberg throws the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions; a college freshman forced to live with a roommate is stunned when one of her ramen packets goes missing ("She didn't have 'one' of my ramens. She had a chicken ramen."); Alexander Graham Bell has teething problems with his invention ("I've been calling Mabel all day, she...
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Moving from contemporary LA to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, Eisenberg throws the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions; a college freshman forced to live with a roommate is stunned when one of her ramen packets goes missing ("She didn't have 'one' of my ramens. She had a chicken ramen."); Alexander Graham Bell has teething problems with his invention ("I've been calling Mabel all day, she doesn't pick up! Yes, of course I dialed the right number—2!"); and in the title story, a precocious and privileged nine-year-old boy finds himself in the uncomfortable position as an amateur restaurant critic.

Featuring illustrations by award-winning cartoonist Jean Jillian, this "alphabet soup of sketches, riffs, and innovations" (Seattle Times) explores the various insanities of the modern world, "playfully bringing both familiar and wholly original scenarios to life" (Marie Claire).

A Fall Books Preview Selection by Audible
One of the Wall Street Journal's 15 Books to Read This Fall
One of USA Today's Weekend Picks for Book Lovers
One of People Magazine's Best New Books
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        July 6, 2015
        The debut story collection from actor Eisenberg is a quick, witty read. The title story features the hilarious Yelp-like restaurant reviews of a sensitive nine-year-old, whose alcoholic mother drags him around to restaurants so that her ex-husband will foot the bill. The rest of the stories borrow from similar modernist tragicomic scenarios: one story is called “My Little Sister Texts Me with Her Problems”; another, “My Spam Plays Hard to Get,” features a coy email from a porn star with a passion for Chaucer; and, in more old-fashioned missives, a first-year college student chronicles her roommate woes to a tolerant teacher back home, in “My Roommate Stole My Ramen: Letters from a Frustrated Freshman.” Eisenberg’s brand of comedy is frequently compared to Woody Allen’s, and it’s easy to see why—the stories are populated with neuroses, highly difficult people, anxious mothers, and therapists; all seem to function in the same self-contained New York universe. Reading the stories requires a certain tolerance for (or delight in) cultural references. But they’re also charming, deftly written, and laugh-out-loud funny.

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        July 1, 2015
        Actor Eisenberg pokes fun at our relationships to the past, each other, and ourselves in his debut collection. These humorous stories are arranged into thematic sections like "Family," "Sports," and "Self-Help." The first, fourth, and final sections-each consisting of a single, stand-alone piece-are not only the longest, but the strongest as well. The eponymous opening consists of a series of restaurant reviews by a precocious 9-year-old. He critiques a whiskey bar, an ashram, and other non-kid-friendly spots where he makes cute-but-true observations about the adult world. The story transcends this premise as the narrator's personal life comes into view. His mother's sadness permeates almost all their meals, and his most powerful insights are those aimed at his own life. Yes, he notes after a Thanksgiving with vegans, "it's really sad the way that animals are killed," but it's sad that his parents are divorced, too. He concludes, "I guess that there are a lot of sad things in the world and sometimes eating turkey with the people you love makes you happy and maybe it would make the turkey happy to know that this was happening with its body." In "My Roommate Stole My Ramen," Eisenberg uses the same winning formula. The narrator's privileged perspective leads to fleeting moments of humor, but her small and complex moments of growth are what leave a lasting mark. A few stories powerfully highlight absurdities, but many others are just plain absurd. "A Post-Gender-Normative Woman Tries to Pick up a Man at a Bar" is stale and predictable; "Marv Albert is My Therapist" plants the joke in the title; and "A Marriage Counselor Tries to Heckle at a Knicks Game" tells that same joke but reversed. These pieces read like stand-up more than story, lacking in character and emotional depth. Twenty-eight short pieces that are always playful but rarely profound.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        August 1, 2015
        With an offbeat wit, Academy Awardnominated actor and writer Eisenberg proves to be a compassionate chronicler of absurdity in the realms of family life, romance, and history. Reminiscent of Woody Allen's prose experiments, these quirky and digestible stories take the form of text messages, letters, jokes, transcribed conversations, pamphlets, and, in one case, a camp itinerary for codependent children. The 60-page title story compiles a sensitive 9-year-old's eatery reviews, which reveal truths about lies, particularly as told by his egocentric, divorced mother. Some pieces cast humorous speculation onto the past, such as in a transcript of Alexander Graham Bell's first five phone calls, suggesting he invented the telephone to escape his crippling loneliness. Others offer what if? theories, as when the personal therapist Marv Albert only speaks in sports-commentary cliches. Even those tales with a more traditional structure toy with expectations, such as when a fledgling writer employing a thought-to-text device struggles to separate his reality from his narrative. Though Eisenberg's pithy, amusing pieces may not always hit the mark, they do delight with their playfulness and insight.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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        April 15, 2015

        Academy Award-nominated actor Eisenberg has written two plays whose reception suggests skills that bode well for a first story collection, exhibiting, as the New York Times review said of Asuncion, "sharp characterizations and engaging dialogue." Eisenberg's stories leap from college dorms to Los Angeles to ancient Pompeii, charting socially awkward moments with tart humor. Folks will be interested.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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