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Humorous Fiction

Beat the reaper. Josh Bazell.
His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder. Don’t miss this darkly comic, witty, and profane debut thriller. Fic Bazell, J.

Get Real. Donald E. Westlake.
When a TV producer convinces Dortmunder and his merry gang to do a reality show that captures their next score, Dortmunder hatches an ingenious plan. This series is a classic in crime capers. Fic Westlake, D.E.

Good in Bed. Jennifer Weiner.
Humiliated to discover that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their sex life in a popular women's magazine, journalist Cannie Shapiro embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey as she confronts her losses, makes peace with the past, and comes to terms with herself. Fic Weiner, J.

One for the Money. Janet Evanovich.
The debut novel in this wildly popular, hilariously wacky mystery series introduces the sexy, accident-prone bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, saucy sidekick Lula, zany Grandma Mazur, and hot murder suspect Morelli. M Evanovic, J. 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.
A plague has fallen upon England and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. Fic Grahame-Smith, S.


Scenes from a Sistah. Lolita Files.
Follow two independent, free-spirited African-American women whose hilarious and poignant misadventures take them from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta to New York as they seek the promise of real love. (Sequels: Getting to the Good Part, and Tastes Like Chicken.) Fic Files, L.

Sick Puppy. Carl Hiaasen.
Independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness, but uses questionable means. This is Hiaasen at his riotous and muckraking best. Fic Hiaasen, C.

Double Comfort Safari Club. Alexander McCall Smith.
(No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series) Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the north of Botswana, to visit a safari lodge where there have been several unexplained and troubling events--including the demise of one of the guests. M McCall Smith, A.


Humorous Nonfiction

Armageddon in Retrospect. Kurt Vonnegut.
A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, this collection of previously unpublished writings on war and peace is imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense.  818.54 Vonnegut

Born Standing Up: a comic’s life. Steve Martin.
The author shares stories of his years in stand-up comedy, his early magic act, honing his craft, and the sacrifice, discipline and originality it took to take him to the top. B Martin, S.

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays. David Foster Wallace.
Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, the wars between dictionary writers, or the World's Largest Lobster Cooker, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters. 814.54 Wallace


Funny in Farsi: a memoir of growing up Iranian in America. Firoozeh Dumas.
In deftly drawn scenes, the author describes her family’s adjustments moving from Iran to California, as they grapple with strange American traditions. B Dumas, F.

I Feel Bad About My Neck. Nora Ephron.
Utterly courageous, uproariously funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, Ephron gives a candid, hilarious look at women dealing with the tribulations of menopause, empty nests, and life itself. 814.54 Ephron

In a Sunburned Country. Bill Bryson.
Far beyond Australia’s packaged-tour routes, Bryson dodges jellyfish while learning to surf, discovers a fish that can climb trees, dehydrates in deserts where temperatures leap to 140°F, and tells the true story of the rejected architect who designed the Sydney Opera House.  917.4044 Bryson

Me Talk Pretty One Day. David Sedaris.
No one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as cashiers with 6-inch fingernails than Sedaris. Here he also turns his wit upon his attempts to learn French, and his brother who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. 814.54 Sedaris

Skinny Women Are Evil: notes of a big girl in a small-minded world.  Mo'Nique and Sherri A. McGee.  
Mo'Nique strips away the stigma of being weight-challenged and introduces a new vocabulary in which F.A.T. is FABULOUS AND THICK. A testament to living large and loving it. B Mo'Nique