Books The Ask by Sam Lipsyte Hardcover, 296 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $25 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe AskAuthorSam Lipsyte Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Other editions available for purchase: Paperback, 296 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published March 1 2011 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe AskAuthorSam Lipsyte Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Also by Sam Lipsyte Home Land Pieces of Soap Tin House Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Ask The Ask hide caption toggle caption New In Paperback Weighty Burdens: Of Love, Of Money, Of Race And Translation March 16, 2011 Critical darling David Mitchell serves up a screwball tale in a Dutch outpost off Japan in 1799, Sam Lipsyte brings his effortless humor to campus, and China Mieville recounts an epic "squidnapping." Desmond Tutu reflects on forgiveness, and translator Edith Grossman tells of channeling Cervantes. The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books 'The Ask' Puts White Collar Misery In The Cross Hairs March 23, 2010 Milo Burke makes a hilarious failed artist, frustrated husband and recently unemployed office drone in Sam Lipsyte's The Ask, an artfully delivered dark comedy that considers the decline of middle-class America. Graham Letorney What We're Reading What We're Reading: March 3-8 March 3, 2010 Novelist Tash Aw takes us to Indonesia on the eve of violent civil war; a history of Austen appreciation, Jane's Fame, traces the author's rise from obscurity to ubiquity; Sam Lipsyte brings the funny to academia in his latest satire; and Enlightened Sexism aims a Buffy-style stake at the media's warped portrayals of "girl power."