You might know BJ Novak from his many roles in movies and TV shows we love to watch (The Office, Saving Mr. Banks, Inglorious Basterds), and now you can have his book sitting on your own bookshelf!
One More Thing is a collection of short stories (some very short, just a few lines) that you will just totally breeze through. There's the guy who wears the same red shirt every day so that he's easy to pick out in the 'Missed Connections' section of the newspaper, the girl who gives great advice, a child who wins a cereal competition which unravels his life. One of my favorites is about a woman on a blind date with a great guy except that he's a warlord. (This American Life did a radio show of this story, which starts 7 minutes in here.)
You'll love it for a beach day, as it's easy to find stopping points, or for a day of travel on a flight with a child. I totally enjoyed it.