I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey

I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey

by Paul Rudnick


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I Shudder is a side-splittingly funny collection of essays from Paul Rudnick, one of America’s preeminent humorists. Rudnick, who writes for The New Yorker and has written the screenplays for the films In and Out, Sister Act, and Addams Family Values, shares his hilarious observations on life in New York City and New Jersey, the perils of show business, and dealing with one’s family, however crazy they may be. As David Sedaris says, “There’s no book wiser or half as funny as I Shudder. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061780196
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Paul Rudnick's celebrated works include the plays I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey, and the screenplays In & Out and Addams Family Values. He also writes regularly for The New Yorker. Born in Piscataway, New Jersey, he now lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

The Sisters 1

Lordy 31

I Shudder: Hallie Tesler 49

Hewen and Schifty 61

Sixty Seconds 79

I Shudder: Yumbies 91

Good Enough to Eat 101

Enter Trembling 111

I Shudder: Intimacy-Why? 133

In Pieces 157

I Hit Hamlet 171

I Shudder: Good and Evil 187

Life and Death and New Jersey 211

I Shudder: Mr. Christmas 245

At the Chelsea Hotel 279

What People are Saying About This

David Sedaris

“Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril. There’s no book wiser or half as funny as I Shudder.”

Steve Martin

“I Shudder is filled with deeply funny musings and adventures that elevate Paul Rudnick to the highest level of American comedy writing.It should be noted that I would be at the highest level of American comedy writing if I had had Paul’s early advantages.”

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