From the creator of the beloved and universally acclaimed television series BoJack Horseman, a fabulously off-beat collection of short stories about love—the best and worst thing in the universe.

Written with all the scathing dark humor that is a hallmark of BoJack Horseman, Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s stories will make you laugh, weep, and shiver in uncomfortably delicious recognition. In “A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion,” a young couple engaged to be married is forced to deal with interfering relatives dictating the appropriate number of ritual goat sacrifices for their wedding. “Missed Connection—m4w” is the tragicomic tale of a pair of lonely commuters eternally failing to make that longed-for contact. And in “More of the You That You Already Are,” a struggling employee at a theme park of dead presidents finds that love can’t be genetically modified.

Equally at home with the surreal and the painfully relatable (and both at once), Bob-Waksberg delivers a killer combination of humor, romance, whimsy, cultural commentary, and crushing emotional vulnerability.


Audiobook Table of Contents:
"Salted Circus Cashews, Swear to God" read by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
"short stories" read by Baron Vaughn, James Urbaniak, Kimiko Glenn, Colman Domingo, and Natalie Morales
"Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion" read by Raúl Esparza
"Missed Connection—m4w" read by Colman Domingo
"The Serial Monogamist’s Guide to Important New York City Landmarks" read by Natalie Morales
"We Men of Science" read by James Urbaniak
"Lies We Told Each Other (a partial list)" read by Kimiko Glenn and Raúl Esparza
"These Are Facts" read by Will Brill 
"Lunch with the Person Who Dumped You" read by Stephanie Beatriz
"Rufus." read by Baron Vaughn
"Rules for Taboo" read by Will Brill and Emma Galvin
"Up-and-Comers" read by Stephanie Beatriz
"Move across the country." read by Colman Domingo
"You Want to Know What Plays Are Like?" read by Emma Galvin 
"the poem" read by Nicholas Gonzalez
"The Average of All Possible Things" read by Kimiko Glenn
"More of the You That You Already Are" read by Nicholas Gonzalez
"We will be close on Friday 18 July" read by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
“This book is EXTREMELY MY SH*T. It’s a deeply weird and hilarious work of genius. I really f**king love it.”
—Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
 
“Raphael is the funniest male vegan who created an animated show about a talking horse working today. Run, don’t walk, to your local socialist knitting circle and tell them about this hilarious book.”
—Rachel Bloom, creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
 
“This is exactly the kind of book you’d hope the creator of BoJack Horseman would write. Just as his animated show is a bleary-eyed tour de force composed of equal parts depression and fun, Bob-Waksberg’s debut story collection is wonderfully weird, pushing familiar stories to their absurdist limits (e.g., the couple who wants to keep their wedding simple with absolutely no goat-sacrificing). Yet each one has a chewy emotional center and a gut punch worth waiting for.”
—Maris Kreizman, Vulture, “12 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer”

“Transcendent tragicomedy. . . . Achingly heartfelt and bitingly funny. . . . Prepare to be devastated and made whole again.”
The A.V. Club


“Here’s love in all of it’s terrible, ridiculous, humiliating glory. Have any friends that you wish would break up with their partners? Give them this book. Have a friend whose love life is not going well? Give them this book. Feeling envious of some friend because their love life is Instagram perfect? Give them this book. And you might as well pick up a copy for yourself as well. You probably need it.”
—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
 
“Stories that make the familiar strange and the strange familiar and all of it hilarious. This book made me laugh while squeezing my heart—not hard enough to kill me, just hard enough so that I remembered what heartbreak feels like. Dark, funny, and brilliant.”
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
 
“Through humor and tenderness, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory takes a magnifying glass to the small, quiet, still moments around love, heightening them to the point of surreal beauty.”
—Jonny Sun, author of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too
 
“Raphael is my favorite kind of person and his writing is my favorite kind of writing: constantly alternating between the funniest and the most profound things I've ever read. He is a canceler-out of boredom.”
—Lisa Hanawalt, author of Coyote Doggirl

“Some giggles, some tears, bloody goats and a ferry boat ride. All to keep us engaged and on our toes. With love, your Nana.”
—Shirley Bob, author’s grandmother

 
“The stories are very moving and true to today’s society. As your grandma, I hope you sell a million copies of this book. I'm so proud of my little Raphi.”
—Florence Waksberg, author’s grandmother

“Wonderfully absurd and unexpectedly moving. . . . Bob-Waksberg successfully tempers the ridiculous with a sharp tug at the heartstrings. . . . These stories are at times poignant and triumphantly silly, but always manage to ring true.”
Publishers Weekly


“Sometimes-whimsical, sometimes-biting short fictions from the creator of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman. This offbeat collection of bad romances will be a treat for fans of Bob-Waksberg’s animated cult comedy. . . . Bob-Waksberg caps his collection with a theme park of dead presidents in ‘More of the You That You Already Are,’ strongly reminiscent of David Sedaris’s ‘Santaland Diaries’. . . . A savage sendup of love in all its dubious glory.”
Kirkus Reviews