Free-Range Chickens

Free-Range Chickens

By Simon Rich

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812977110, 129pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2009

After a riotous debut collection, Ant Farm, Simon Rich returns to mine more comedy from our hopelessly terrifying world. In the nostalgic opening chapter, Rich recalls his fear of the Tooth Fairy ( Is there a face fairy? ) and his initial reaction to the Got-your-nose game ( Please just kill me. Better to die than to live the rest of my life as a monster ). He gets inside the heads of two firehouse Dalmatians who can t understand their masters compulsion to drive off to horrible fires every day" "( What the hell is wrong with these people? ). And in the final chapter, he tackles one of life's biggest questions: Does God really have a plan for us? Yes, " "it turns out. Now if only He could remember what it was. . . .

About the Author
Simon Rich has written for the New Yorker, GQ, Mad, Harvard Lampoon, and other magazines. He is the author of two humor collections, Free-Range Chickens and Ant Farm, which was a finalist for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He lives in Brooklyn and writes for Saturday Night Live.

Praise For Free-Range Chickens

“A punch-and-jab gigglefest . . . that delivers a laugh on every page.”—Publishers Weekly

“Simon Rich is still the freshest, funniest new writer today.”—Chicago Sun-Times