Only Nora Ephron could find the laugh in the breakdown of her marriage to Carl Bernstein. Quite possibly the best roman à clef of the 1980s, and certainly the greatest Key lime pie throwing of all time.
Super Sad True Love Story
“Super Funny” should also be part of the title. If you can get past Shteyngart’s frighteningly accurate take on a futuristic America that already looks a lot like present day, you’ll no doubt chuckle. There was no Google Glass when this book was written, no Fitbits, no Instagram, no Tinder. Maybe Shteyngart has ESP.
Tenth of December
This collection is dark at times, hitting on subjects like class, loss, and war. But it’s never depressing, because—like Twain and Vonnegut before him—Saunders is at his funniest when showing us what it means to be human.
Why Not Me?
This collection of essays by the creator and star of The Mindy Project is as funny as it is insightful. Between laughs, you’ll realize you’re getting deeply personal thoughts on identity, body issues, and what it means to Kaling to constantly have to justify her position as an unlikely leading lady.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
You’ll never look at taxidermy animals the same after reading this clever and witty memoir by The Bloggess. (And yes, that’s a good thing.)
Writers and editors are an easy mark for satirical comedy. Chabon doesn’t pull any punches in this novel about a novelist, which doubles as a parody of American fame and artistic desire.
Upon publication, a reviewer at the New York Times described this satirical novel as “the funniest serious novel [he had] read since—well, maybe since Portnoy’s Complaint.” If you like hilarity with your heartbreak, this is the novel for you. Also: no geese were actually harmed in the writing of this book.
Maybe you saw the movie version of this send-up of suburban life and politics, set during a high school election that’s marred by smear tactics, a sex scandal, and power brokering. What better time to read the book than right before another election year?
Sick in the Head
Reading these interviews by master writer/director/producer Apatow with some of comedy’s biggest names is as relaxed and breezy as hanging out with a group of your best friends—except everyone here is way funnier than anyone you know in real life.
Camille Perri, author of The Assistants, loves a good laugh—especially one she gets from a book. But friends of Camille’s didn’t know she had a knack for writing humor until they read The Assistants, a wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city. “I’ve had a number of people come up to me and say ‘I had no idea you were funny until I read The Assistants,’ which is funny in and of itself,” Camille says.
Camille compiled the nine books—all full of dry humor, biting wit and satirical commentary—that always make her laugh out loud when she returns to them again and again. And when you’re done reading these, be sure to pick up The Assistants, a modern-day Robin Hood story that will have you snickering and cogitating in equal measure.
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