This Week's Selection of Humorous Books
by Lisa Cheney and Lisa Craig
Mary Minke (rhymes with stinky) has the epitome staid, tried-and-true life of a 40-year-old woman: a decent marriage, decent kids, decent job. So yeah, it’s a little boring, but it’s not horrible. She dreams of exciting days and when a local drug dealer leaves a bag of cash unattended, those dreams manifest when Mary steals it. She can’t even explain to herself as to why but now she needs to figure out what to do with all that money. And do it without her husband, the police officer, knowing about it.
by Ellyn Ramich
Back in the day, in the US, if you needed the phone number for someone or some-business, you’d dial 411 on your phone and politely ask the operator for the information. Ramich was once employed as such an operator and lived to tell about it. And now, she is sharing with you, dear readers, some of the more hilarious requests for information ever asked.
by Loretta Nyhan
As many happily married women might experience, when Paige loses her husband a couple decades too soon, she falls apart. When she is unable to pull herself together in an acceptable amount of time, she falls in danger of losing her job, her relationship with her teenage son, her status of a respectable neighbor. That last one she doesn’t care too much about. And it’s a good thing, too, because she learns to heal and get a grip on her life as she turns her backyard into a vegetable garden (much to the chagrin of her neighbors). While a sweet tale of finding hope after tragedy, Diggin In Nynah’s wit and even satirical style makes it a humorous tale as well.
by Victoria Twead
It’s hard for us to resist a book with “chickens” in the title. Sometimes they don’t make us laugh, but thankfully this is not one of them. Here Twead reveals the upheaval and culture shock of when she and her partner, Joe, pack up and move from southern England to a tiny mountain village in Spain. Madcap adventures ensue in this memoir of some very reluctant chicken farmers.
by Roy Russell
Casey is working his dream job: he works for a video game company beta testing games before shipping them out for release. Life is good for him. But then after a freak accident, Casey discovers life isn’t what he thought it was at all. And now he’s beta testing it to figure out what’s going on. .
by Issa Rae
This NYT bestselling memoir is a collection of essays by YouTube star and HBO series creator Issa Rae. She sees herself as an oxymoron of sorts: an introverted black woman in a world that treats extroverts like the normal ones and black people as the super cool. The essays are written with wry humor and self-deprecating voice and tell the story of Rae – an awkward girl turned awkward woman and learning to love it.
by Dave Henry
Sixteen-year-old Max and 10-year-old Tessa were fully prepared for another horrible summer vacation. While they always hoped to go somewhere fun like Disney World or Universal Studios, they usually went somewhere weird and cheap that their father, former boy bander Don Masters, found in an ad in a truck stop coupon magazine. But this year was different. Where they went couldn't be found on any map or in any truck stop coupon book.They passed through a portal to a place called Turtle Island, an alternate version of America that diverged from our history before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It was there where they met world famous action movie star Jordie Paine -- star of such films as I Plan to Kill You Now and the sequel, I Plan to Kill You Now, Too, the ninja film, Chuck Butcher: Sword Wielding Jackal, as well as the light-hearted romp, Harry Hinklehoffer and the Giant Dancing Toad of East Nebraska -- who would be their guide in this strange new world. Jordie, they later learned, brought the Masters family to Turtle Island for a very specific reason.The Masters' are pawns in a coup to overthrow the dictator. But things don’t go as planned and the Masters wind up in the Survival Games, Turtle Island’s national pastime/system of justice where criminals competitors, or crimpetitors, compete for their freedom.
by Svingen and Pedersen
No one likes to admit it but it’s probably one of our biggest fears: clogging the toilet in a public place. Now, imagine being the president and making that happen at the British Prime Minister’s residence – you know how important manners and good taste are to the British! In perhaps the epitome of scatological humor, we have the president’s self-aggrandizing internal talk as he tries to prevent WWIII breaking out over the mess he created.
by Stuart West
“A fun, quirky whodunit so full of wild antics, it will keep you guessing...when you're not giggling.” -Heather Greenis, author of The Natasha Saga. Zach wakes up with no memory, no phone, and no clothes except his stripper g-string. And oh yeah! There’s that pesky naked dead guy in bed next to him. Problem is Zach's not gay. Or a murderer. At least, he doesn't think so. Only one person can help him, his sister, Zora. Of course Zora's got problems of her own—she has three kids at home and is eight month's pregnant with the fourth. So she’s a bit cranky. But that’s not going to stop her from helping her brother. With kids in tow, the siblings set how to find the true killer, clear Zach's name, and reassure Zach he's not gay. Review “An hilarious murder mystery romp. Ride along with Zach and Zora on this most entertaining of mysteries.” -Heather Brainerd, author of the Jose Picada, P.I. mystery series.
by Micah Edwards
Edwards is on a mission to make the Bible accessible and understood by all, even people who only read funny stuff. Here he presents some of the “better” part of the beginning of time – that is, there’s no “begetting” here! Just a funny (and accurate) retelling of the story of Adam and Eve.
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Conspiracy theorists and realists agree: no one knows how many funny books are “out there” for us to read. We tried to count them but we ran out of fingers and toes and the last time we attempted to enlist the aid of others to count, restraining orders were placed against us. (Actually, we’re kind of leaning in with the conspiracy folks – someone somewhere doesn't want us to know the real number of comedy books.)
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