L.A.’s most talked-about Plus One, Christopher Noxon, will be in conversation with Joel Stein (humorist and Time columnist) at Skylight Books on Thursday night. Christopher will read a bit from his new novel, Plus One, and the men will discuss modern marriages, family life, writing, being married to famous women, and more. Singer/songwriter Eliza Noxon (yes, Christopher’s daughter) will kick off the evening with a song.
Plus One is a comedic take on bread-winning women and caretaking men in contemporary Los Angeles. Alex Sherman-Zicklin is a mid-level marketing executive whose wife’s fourteenth attempt at a TV pilot is produced, ordered to series, and awarded an Emmy. Overnight, she’s sucked into a mad show-business vortex and he’s tasked with managing their new high-profile Hollywood lifestyle. He falls in with a posse of Plus Ones, men who are married to women whose success, income, and public recognition far surpasses their own. What will it take for him to regain the foreground in his own life?
Christopher Noxon is an accomplished journalist who has written for such publications as The New Yorker, Details, Los Angeles Magazine, Salon, and The New York Times Magazine. His first book, Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up (Crown), earned him interviews on such shows as The Colbert Report and Good Morning America and generated features in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Talk of the Nation; Ira Glass of This American Life called the book “an eye-opener.” Noxon happens to be married to a top TV writer/producer and does the school chauffeuring for their three children, so he knows whereof he speaks regarding Plus Ones.
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:30 pm
1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Skylight Books website
Just Some of the Praise
“Plus One is a smart and funny novel about Hollywood, but where it truly shines is in Noxon’s stunning and painfully accurate depiction of the complex rhythms and growing pains of a marriage.”
— Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go
“Well observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Plus One tells a story from the inside of show business about being on the outside.”
— Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men
“There are so many hilarious moments that I have the urge to sit here and ask you, ‘So, did this really happen?’ ”
—Los Angeles Times
“A rather delicious read”
You won’t want to miss it!