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Charles Yu was named by the National Book Foundation as one of its “5 Under 35” fiction writers to watch for his first work, a short story collection titled Third Class Super Hero. His next book, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, was named one of the best books of the year by Time Magazine.  
Sorry Please Thank You: Stories collects stories about zombies, emotional outsourcing, gaming, and other pop culture and societal phenomena. Charles counts Douglas Adams and George Saunders among his influences.

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ISBN: 9780307907172
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pantheon - July 24th, 2012

The author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories.
A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a coworker out on a date . . . A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves, and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape, but does he have what it takes to be a hero? . . . A company outsources grief for profit, its slogan: “Don’t feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you.”
Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is a brilliant observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry Please Thank You he fills his stories with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and piercing insight into the human condition. He has already garnered comparisons to such masters as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, and in this new collection we have resounding proof that he has arrived (via a wormhole in space-time) as a major new voice in American fiction.


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ISBN: 9780307739452
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2011

From a 5 Under 35 winner, comes a razor-sharp, hilarious, and touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum space-time.

Every day in Minor Universe 31 people get into time machines and try to change the past. That's where Charles Yu, time travel technician, steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he's not taking client calls, Yu visits his mother and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. The key to locating his father may be found in a book. It's called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and somewhere inside it is information that will help him. It may even save his life.


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2810 Artesia Blvd.
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