Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory

From the creator and executive producer 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 universeWritten with all the scathing dark humor that is a hallmark of BoJack Horseman, Raphael Bob-Waksberg's stories will make readers laugh, weep, and shiver in uncomfortably delicious recognition. In "A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occas...

Details Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory

TitleSomeone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory
Release DateJun 11th, 2019
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Humor, Audiobook, Contemporary

Reviews Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory

  • karen
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!i snatched this arc up because Raphael Bob-Waksberg is the creator of bojack horseman. i like my entertainment to be on the sadder side of the emotional spectrum, and bojack is the saddest show on television. do not come at me waving your this is us/million little things banners, because you’re not winning this one - between the writing, the vocal talents, and whatever the tragic analogue to comedic timing is, bojack's got the t...
  • Kate
    Spectacular. Bob-Waksberg debuts with a delightfully strange and darkly funny collection. While reading "love stories" about drunk superheroes, sacrificial weddings, inverted universes, and theme parks of dead presidents, a lump caught in my throat, a smile crept across my face, and I gasped, "I know exactly what that feels like!"
  • Natalie
    finished this in one sitting today on my flight from nyc to la! it was a fun read, and i generally enjoyed these stories - i liked salted circus cashews, missed connection, the serial monogamist's guide to important nyc landmarks, lunch with the person who dumped you, you want to know what plays are like? i actually didn't like most of his longer stories, and i intensely disliked more of the you that you already are, but i'm not sure exactly why....
  • Toni Smith
    So weird and wonderful. Laugh-in-public funny. Always remember to hire a professional goat slaughterer.
  • Fatma
    like a 2.5 stars?i wanted to like this a lot more than i actually did. i think the only story i genuinely enjoyed was the last one. other than that, the stories were okay. they had their standout moments, but as a whole, they werent particularly standout in themselves. ps: the audiobook is excellent!!! stephanie beatriz is in it!!! and a whole lot of other really excellent narrators!!
  • Alyssa
    I read an Atlantic article about this book, and it was laudatory enough to make me think about reading this collection. I then saw the author in person at a publicity event. Raphael Bob-Waksberg came across as emotionally intelligent and funny, and peers of his (Jonny Sun and others) lauded him too, so I bought the book. Perhaps my expectations for this particular book were too high -- in his publicity event, Bob-Waksberg talked confidently (if s...
  • Shauna
    I say this in every review I do of short story collections, but I don't like short stories. I always feel like I need to put that out there to give the review context. I don't like the process of getting to know the characters and the situation and then having to do it all over again 15 pages later.But that's why, if I am reading short stories, I want them to be weird. I want them to involve bizarre scenarios that get me invested right away. So r...
  • Emily Tyler
    5 stars!I picked up this ARC in the break room of the bookstore I work at because the title is cool and intriguing and the cover is kind of weird. I didn't know what to expect, and I was a little nervous going it, but I throughly enjoyed reading this short story collection.One of my favorite things about this as a collection is that each of the stories are so distinct. Most of them take place in the world as we know it, but often with a twist tha...
  • Talia
    This was just wonderful. I think short stories are particularly difficult to write well because they have to throw you into the world with well-developed characters and basically no room for exposition. Each of these stories handled that excellently. The collection reminded me a bit of BJ Novak's book of short stories, which I also really loved. The stories are a good blend of humor and genuine emotion.
  • Jessie Qian
    The goats, man. The freaking goats.
  • Alex Piatski
    A few gems. Came in expecting Bojack Horseman in book form. Got it over and over again. It just got a bit repetitive.
  • Jason Seligson
    A wonderful collection of short stories by one of my favorite comedy writers.
  • Annie Blum
    Some of these stories were good and a large number of them were incredible. The last 5 all broke my heart.
  • Zélia Padilha
    Raphael knows love like no one else. And he knows good writing. When you mix those two things, you have a powerful and dangerous combination. Because with some short stories, or even paragraphs, Raphael can make you FEEL things. Access feelings you didn't realize you had until now. He can make you remember people, sensations and times of your life when you were happier or sadder, it all depends on where you are in the present. And that's so magic...
  • Tory
    Part humor, part heart, part satire, part real, part earnest, part cynical, and hella hella enjoyable. Laugh out loud but also sometimes remarkably poignant and insightful. I'm so impressed. I've never watched Bojack Horseman but I'm going to now!RUFUS. ❤❤❤
  • Matthew
    Things I typically do whilst commuting:ReadListen to music/podcast/sports-related gibberishAvoid eye contact and/or most human interaction unless absolutely necessaryThings I RARELY do whilst commuting:Not readStrike up random conversations Laugh out loudActually, with regards to that last point I rarely laugh out loud anymore. Certainly not in public. There’s probably a reason for this; many reasons, in fact. I could list them, but let’s be ...
  • Chris Browning
    I was hesitant going into this one - on the one hand, I like Bojack Horseman (even if it has a predilection to being more tell-y than show-y; sometimes i feel like it was tailor-made for screenshots with subtitles of some quote about being a depressed person ), on the other, I felt like this had all the likelihood of being a Saunders pastiche. The verdict? It's a good thing I still like Saunders pastiche! That's a littleness reductive, of course,...
  • Alan Kercinik
    4 of 5 stars.In the era of Peak Binge Watch, BoJack Horseman is an oddity. It's one Netflix show that is produced and packaged to be binged, but shouldn't be. There is too much emotional devastation. Too much pathos. Too much self-reckoning and self-hatred. For the uninitiated who don't believe a cartoon about a talking horse can possibly be so affecting, I point you to this slim volume written by the show's creator.While there is only one animal...
  • Jordan
    There was no way I wasn't going to love this book. Bojack Horseman has consistently been my favorite show since Season 3, and Bob-Waksberg brings that same absurd genius and heart to his short stories. That's not to say there aren't flaws in this collection. The whimsical but seemingly pointless typographical experimentation and the seemingly aimless wandering through so many different approaches to the medium mark this clearly as a first book, b...
  • Matt Graupman
    Anyone who has watched Netflix’s cartoon series, “Bojack Horseman,” knows that there’s nothing quite like it on television: surreal, funny, tender, and melancholic. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that “Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory,” the debut short story collection by Bojack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, is similar in tone and execution. Exploring love in all its complexities - from the mundane to the ab...
  • Josh Logue
    This book has extremely strong George Saunders vibes, except the stories are sweet and sad instead of mean and sad. One of the stories even feels like a straight up homage to a Saunders story about a theme park. Unsurprisingly perhaps, that is also the best story in the book. Like all short story collections, the quality of these stories climbs and dips, but none of them dip below above average quality, which makes this a very good book, I think....
  • Ryan
    This is the kind of book that requires a list of forewarnings. 1, this isn’t a collection of short stories so much as a few formless tales mixed in with nutty, humorous observations. (Some of them are surprisingly deep.) 2, it’s written by the creator of BoJack Horseman — if you like that kind of humor (and I do), you’ll probably like this book. 3, whimsy in small doses is fine; this is 244 pages of whimsy. If all of that sounds good to y...
  • Glen Helfand
    Fitting the creator of Bojack Horseman, Bob-Waksberg's stories have a degree of the absurd at their core. And like the show, the core of human emotion is often cloaked in strange garb. I'm a big fan of the series, but the stories, on the whole, don't quite pack the emotional wallop of the TV work. As other reviewers have noted, some of the pieces are stronger than others as they address the travails of dating life and troubled relationships and c...
  • Geetha
    This book reminded me a lot of BJ Novak and Simon Rich, but also didn’t hook me the way those two authors have. The stories that most reminded me of Simon Rich because of their absurdist twist on an everyday thing (“A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion” and “Up-and-Comers”) had funny concepts, but were too long, so the joke got worn out. A few other stories had the feeling that they should have been much shorter because the joke or th...
  • Amy Lavine
    This is an utterly lovely & strange & funny & poignant book of short stories. They are predominately surprising in the many places they go. I highly recommend it.Many of the stories have some sort of formal or fantastical gimmick, including one about superheroes whose powers work only when they’re drunk, and another about a couple planning a small and nonreligious wedding who get pressured by friends and family into including a host of alternat...
  • Ash Ng
    Wonderfully absurd. This collection of short stories balances slice of life with surrealist elements oftentimes resulting in ridiculous situations for everyone involved. Bob-Waksberg's creative use of form, typesetting and, at times, images feels like something out of a contemporary poetry anthology to great effect. Coming from someone who finds it difficult to sink into fiction, I found each story easy to slide into and appreciated the lack of e...
  • Lauriston Brewster
    Overall, this book was poignant and at some points heart-breaking. Bob-Waksberg is extremely imaginative and a lot of the stories have the same wacky sensibilities as his show Bojack Horseman, where anthropomorphic animals and humans coexist like it's no big deal. This works for some of the stories (e.g. "A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion" and "Rufus") while others fell flat or felt like a real chore to read through ("Up-and-Comers" and "Mor...
  • Elizabeth Buttrick
    Short and enjoyable read from the creator of Bojack Horseman. Each story could be a plot point on Bojack, and you’ll probably enjoy the book more if you think about it that way while reading. My favorite story was Rufus, written from the perspective of man’s best friend. I can’t describe it - I won’t do it justice - but I can’t get it out of my head. Now when I’m with my dog, I image her having the same thought processes as Rufus and ...
  • whitney
    Love bojack so of course I had to read this immediately and I liked it overall but I felt the stories about family were more impactful than the ones about romance, and the ones with more straightforward format were more effective to me than the ones with a framing gimmick (lists, rules, poems). I particularly loved the second to last story because it made me laugh out loud a couple times for real. It was also fun for me to be able to sense parts ...
  • Cindy
    Inventive and, at times, funny short stories about love, life and relationships. Raphael Bob-Waksberg (of BoJack Horseman fame) plumbs our emotional depths while entertaining with clever wordplay: reimagining engagement pressure in antiquity; the behind-the-scenes lives of career superheroes; our world through a dog’s perspective. He has a talent for intuiting the lies we tell to ourselves and to others. Only “We Men of Science” seemed to b...