• The cover of the book A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    Part-memoir, part-travelogue, and 100% entertaining, A Walk in the Woods is Bill Bryson’s history of the Appalachian Trail, combined with the story of his own attempt at hiking the AT—all 2,000 miles of it, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Maine’s Mount Katahdin. It’s hysterically funny while also showing a true appreciation of the Great Outdoors (that you can laugh along to from the Great Indoors).

     
  • The cover of the book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” So begins, Mindy Kaling reports, many an argument with friends and coworkers—and oh, how we wish we were among that group. Kaling’s finely tuned wit is enough to make the strongest of us LOL in public, and her stories about growing up in an immigrant family and earnestly impersonating Ben Affleck on her way to stardom make for the perfect balancing act.

     
  • The cover of the book Fraud

    Fraud

    Self-deprecating and wry—and yet somehow still totally heartfelt—This American Life alum David Rakoff recounts some of his strangest experiences in this hilarious collection. (Who else among us has spent time impersonating Sigmund Freud in department store window displays?) Charmingly self-deprecating, Rakoff reminds us not to take life too seriously.

     
  • The cover of the book Meaty

    Meaty

    Samantha Irby has a special talent for making even the most awkward of topics funny, while drawing readers in close enough for them to see the intimacy beneath the humor. Her writing will make you feel that she’s sharing secrets with you, all while turning those secrets into fascinating stories that you won’t be able to stop reading. Whether discussing the difficulties caused by Crohn’s Disease or life with her mother, Irby offers even the most bitter memory wrapped in sweet comedy.

     
  • The cover of the book Complete Stories

    Complete Stories

    No one’s wit is as ferociously funny as Dorothy Parker’s. As this complete collection of her short stories demonstrates, Parker’s talents extended far beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes. Her stories not only bring to life the urban milieu that was her bailiwick but lay bare the uncertainties and disappointments of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

     
  • The cover of the book The Snapper

    The Snapper

    The leading lady of Roddy Doyle’s Snapper is Sharon Rabbitte, who’s found herself pregnant, unwed, and still living at home. Everyone wants to know whose “snapper” she’s carrying, but mum’s the word for Sharon. The novel follows her pregnancy’s effect on the family—particularly her flabbergasted dad—with a startling frankness that’s good for more than a few laughs.

     
  • The cover of the book You Can't Touch My Hair

    You Can't Touch My Hair

    Phoebe Robinson has already proven herself to be a comedic genius on her podcast 2 Dope Queens, but her wit comes through all the more acerbic, political, and personal in her debut collection of essays. She’s both irreverent and completely serious in her discussions of race and gender politics. This book is woke as fudge, and purposefully so, but also calls into question all our assumptions. Laugh-out-loud funny food for thought here.

     
  • The cover of the book The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

    The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

    George Saunders’s novel set in the seaside village of Frip follows the adventures of a community plagued by gappers: orange sea creatures that cover the village’s goats and prevent them from giving milk. It sounds totally bizarre—and it is. It’s also one of the funniest, most heartfelt fables of our time.

     
  • The cover of the book I Feel Bad About My Neck

    I Feel Bad About My Neck

    Who doesn’t need a little Nora Ephron in their life? Ephron’s delightfully charming and deadpan humor—about menopause, empty-nesting, and (gasp!) topics that aren’t even related to aging—is a classic read for anyone who appreciates a good laugh.

     
  • The cover of the book I Was Told There'd Be Cake

    I Was Told There'd Be Cake

    Sloane Crosley’s debut collection of essays is still a fan favorite in this house, and for good reason: she’s the sort of quirky observer we love to hang out with, in the perpetual hopes that she’ll regale us with her latest tale, like being stalked by a moth at the Museum of Natural History. She takes on urban life and hapless young adulthood with a did-she-really-just-that level of honesty.