Actor, author, comedian, and avid sports fan Denis Leary has made a career of incendiary humor and incisive jokes that sting as much as they resonate with his audience. From ranting on MTV to narrating sports documentaries to producing his own series, Leary has been direct and hilariously on-point throughout his multi-faceted and very vocal career.
In his first literary foray, the New York Times bestseller Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, Leary poked fun at poseurs, politicians, and pop culture icons. His latest book, Why We Don’t Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches, is a searing look at modern times written with his signature sarcasm and common sense. This book is that straight-talking, joke-cracking friend who points out absurdities in current events, examining everything from the political climate to the daily lives of people trying to get by without going crazy. Really, Leary is just here to #MakeAmericaLaughAgain, and one could argue that’s what we all need.
Leary sat down with us to recommend six books he’s been reading lately—ranging from stories about sports to memoirs penned by hilarious comedians, we thought his reading list was surprising and delightful. But fair warning, prepare yourself for the sound of books being tossed around!