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Simon Rich, “one of the funniest writers in America,” (NPR), is back with a new collection of stories anchored by the heartwarming and hilarious tale of a true American screwball: Babe Ruth. Rich is known for his ability to wring humor and levity from American tragedy–the plight of Paul Revere’s horse, a child’s tragic misunderstanding–and his writing makes the most of a uniquely American desire for humor that doesn’t sear, but gently warms its subjects.

His newest collection shows Rich’s brand of humor-with-heart to its best affect, lambasting great screw-ups from history and beyond. From the story of three sewer rats trying to make it in the big city to a tale of an improbable ne’er-do-well who takes “gallows humor” a bit literally, Screwball is a comedic tour de force by one of our greatest living humorists.