The 10 books you need to read this spring: One More Thing


B.J. Novak is the latest Hollywood multi-hyphenate to add "author" to an already impressive resume. If you're a fan of the writing of the likes of Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling (Novak's on-again, off-again girlfriend) you'll want to pick up Novak's quirky "memoir of ideas", One More Thing. These light-hearted off-beat vignettes imagine how the calendar was invented and what happened after the tortoise raced the hare -- and are the perfect companion to spring sunshine.

Listen to B.J. Novak discuss One More Thing on Q:

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An excerpt from One More Thing:

In the aftermath of an athletic humiliation on an unprecedented scale-- a loss to a tortoise in a footrace so staggering that, his tormenters teased, it would not only live on in the record books, but would transcend sport itself, and be taught to children around the world in textbooks and bedtime stories for centuries; that hundreds of years from now, children who had never heard of a "tortoise" would learn that it was basically a fancy type of turtle from hearing about this very race-- the hare retreated, understandably, into a substantial period of depression and self- doubt.

Reprinted from One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories Copyright (c) 2014 by B.J. Novak. Published by Random House Canada a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

The CBC Books Spring 2014 reading list: