Bream Gives Me Hiccups

Bream Gives Me Hiccups

And Other Stories

eBook - 2015
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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
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
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2015
ISBN: 9780802190819
0802190812
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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lotuslori_8 Jun 11, 2019

I found some of the stories mildly entertaining, but on the whole most of his characters were sad, dysfunctional and unpleasant people. Maybe you need to be a New Yorker to enjoy that type of humour.

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Marge2015
Apr 14, 2016

The first story was very funny. After that, all characters seemed to be repeats with the same type of humour and wore thin by the end. Actually I don't think i finished it.

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

"Bream Gives Me Hiccups" is a collection of stories written by actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network). Filled with stories both long and short, Eisenberg's book will make you think, cringe, and laugh. In one lengthy story, footnote-laden notes from psycho college freshman Harper Jablonski to her high school guidance counselor detail the challenges of roommates stealing ramen, teachers and whether they sexually assaulted you, and other college maladies.

One story is very specifically named "An Email Exchange with My First Girlfriend, Which at a Certain Point Is Taken Over by My Older Sister, a College Student Studying the Bosnian Genocide," which sounds like it will be haughty and pretentious ("Ugh, you don't know about the Bosnian Genocide? How uneducated of you!"), but Eisenberg knows how to make it entertaining and approachable. Other gems include "Restaurant Reviews from a Privileged Nine-Year-Old," "My Prescription Information Pamphlets as Written by My Father," and "A Marriage Counselor Tries to Heckle at a Knicks Game."

Full of funny, often dark humor, "Bream Gives Me Hiccups" will leave you laughing, then wondering if you should have laughed at that, then saying "Screw it, that's funny. I don't care how messed up it is."

Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy of this book to review.

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