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Publisher's Summary

Laugh till you cry in this new collection of stories from the “Serena Williams of humor writing” (New York Times Book Review) about raising babies and trying to learn how not to be one.

Called a “comedic Godsend” by Conan O’Brien, and “the Stephen King of comedy writing” by John Mulaney, Simon Rich is back with New Teeth, his funniest and most personal collection yet.

Two murderous pirates find a child stowaway on board and attempt to balance pillaging with co-parenting. A woman raised by wolves prepares for her parents’ annual Thanksgiving visit. An aging mutant superhero is forced to learn humility when the mayor kicks him upstairs to a desk job. And in the hard-boiled caper “The Big Nap”, a weary two-year-old detective struggles to make sense of “a world gone mad”.

Equal parts silly and sincere, New Teeth is an ode to growing up, growing older, and what it means to make a family.

©2021 Simon Rich (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"Rich presents parody, absurdity, observational wit, the sudden shift in a familiar premise, and a surprising touch of sweetness and charm throughout.... [New Teeth is] so consistently funny, so exceptional in its imaginative use of parody as to be near genius. A fertile mind provides many smiles in this entertaining collection - and more than a few out-loud laughs." (Kirkus, starred review)

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Funniest book I’ve ever read

Heard about it on the Conan podcast, I mostly read non-fiction but I enjoy a humorous Terry Pratchet story here and there, this book is the funniest thing I’ve ever read or listened to.

I almost woke up my daughters with my laughter, ended up binging the whole thing in one sitting.

There’s a perfect balance of gut busting comedy and heartfelt emotion, I found myself choking up with almost every single story in between all the laughter.

Is this the perfect book? It’s hard to say, but yes.

It might very well be my new favorite book, I’m leaving behind hobbits and dragons and embracing co-parenting pirates instead.

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Painfully unamusing

As I finished each story I kept telling myself that they had to get better. I was wrong. Nothing even slightly humorous. I am amazed that anyone would give this collection two stars much less five.

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this one will split your sides you'll laugh so har

FUNNY! this was my first book from this author and I loved it. you won't be disappointed.

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funniest book I've listened too

heard Simon Rich on Conan's podcast. this book is hilarious! the performances make each story come alive.

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Wonderfully quirky

Fun collection of short stories each with its own twist. Has a great ability to slip in laugh out loud non sequiturs within all of the different stories. Highly recommend if you like humorous plays of writing genres and themes.

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Hilarious, Heartwarming and Heartbreaking

Fantastic set of short stories, must listen for any parent or future parent. I could not stop laughing then crying then laughing again at every story. So stupid and silly but also so heavy and thought provoking.

Performance by the reader was also really great and could have ruined the stories if he did not understand the beats, which I think he did a great job of hitting.

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So glad to have picked this audio book

I really enjoyed the character voices and the stories were fantastic! The stories were original and full of amusing situations. Lots of fun!

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Brilliant

Brilliant is a very good way to describe this book I hope I now have enough word in this description

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The best short stories book I've ever read!

This is hands down the best book of short stories I've ever read.

It's "laughing out loud" funny and the voice actor is so good that I'm researching if he is reading other books, the moment that I'm finished writing this review, but the BEST thing about this book is the author's unbelievable imagination! Inspirational👍

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I normally don't listen to short stories as I like to sink my old teeth into books. Simon Rich makes a world in a sentence. Fucking hilarious, amazing, and insightful. I'm looking for my next Rich book.