This Is a Book by Demetri Martin

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7 Critic Reviews

...Martin’s humor is best dealt with in smaller doses, and the longer fiction pieces seem like jokes stretched well beyond their limits.
-AV Club

Synopsis

From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book.

Demetri's first literary foray features longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists' Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), Martin's material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.
 

About Demetri Martin

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Demetri Martin rose to relative obscurity when he started doing stand-up comedy in New York City at the end of the 20th Century. Later he became a writer at Late Night with Conan O'Brien and then a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2003, Demetri won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival for his first one-man show, If I. He released a comedy album called These Are Jokes and then created and starred in his own television series called Important Things with Demetri Martin. His first stand-up comedy special, Demetri Martin: Person was considered by many to be his longest and only hour-long stand-up comedy special until the release of his second special, Demetri Martin: Standup Comedian in late 2012. Martin has appeared in movies as an actor, most recently in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and most lengthily in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. His first book, This Is a Book by Demetri Martin was a New York Times bestseller. Demetri has brown hair, and he is allergic to peanuts. You can find him at www.demetrimartin.com, at www.facebook.com/demetrimartin, on Twitter @demetrimartin, and in various places in the actual physical world.
 
Published April 25, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 273 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for This Is a Book
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 01 2011

Not every joke works, but Martin has energy to burn when it comes to mining linguistic absurdities for laughs.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 14 2011

... silly one moment, barbed the next, and he achieves a satirical brilliance that moves easily among surprising topics...

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Washington Times

Good
on Jun 17 2011

Mr. Martin’s attempt to cross over to the written word is mostly smooth. His ability to produce terrific one-liners serves him well...

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AV Club

Below average
on May 19 2011

...Martin’s humor is best dealt with in smaller doses, and the longer fiction pieces seem like jokes stretched well beyond their limits.

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The Roanoke Times

Good
Reviewed by Nona Nelson on Jun 19 2011

The brevity of the chapters makes this book a quick read...

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The Express Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Sameen Amer on Jul 20 2011

While on the whole it isn’t exactly an indispensable masterpiece, it is very readable, is especially suitable for sporadic reading, and is likely to please readers who enjoy creative humour.

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Reviews St. Louis

Above average
on May 22 2011

This is a Book is entertaining, for the most part. The majority of the chapters are funny and a good read.

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