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The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
In Steve Martin's The Pleasure of My Company, Daniel Pecan Cambridge is an obsessive-compulsive who is unable to step off curbs and must keep that same amount of light bulb wattage on at all times in his house. He is so painfully shy that he's afraid that other people think that he's out to get them. He enters an essay contest as himself and under a pseudonym and ends up competing against himself. His growing attachment to a therapist and her son gives him the courage to explore the world outside of his cloistered life, including the real estate agent he fancies, but for whom he'd have to cross the street to meet. Steve Martin's light touch and comedy have garnered mostly positive reviews for The Pleasure of My Company. The Portland Oregonian says, "After all the early humor in The Pleasure of My Company -- and this indeed is one of the funniest books of the year -- Martin's writing shows enormous depth and grace . It's one of the many surprising elements that make this one of the most enjoyable books of the year."