• The cover of the book Heartburn

    Heartburn

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    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.

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  • The cover of the book Super Sad True Love Story

    Super Sad True Love Story

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    “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.

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  • The cover of the book Tenth of December

    Tenth of December

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    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.

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  • The cover of the book Why Not Me?

    Why Not Me?

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    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.

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  • The cover of the book Let's Pretend This Never Happened

    Let's Pretend This Never Happened

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    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.)

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  • The cover of the book Wonder Boys

    Wonder Boys

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    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.

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  • The cover of the book Straight Man

    Straight Man

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    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.

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  • The cover of the book Election

    Election

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    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. Spoiler alert: the book is better.

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  • The cover of the book Sick in the Head

    Sick in the Head

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    Reading these interviews by master writer/director/producer Apatow with some of comedy’s biggest names is as breezy as hanging out with a group of your best friends—except everyone here is way funnier than anyone you know in real life.

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