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Funny Books


Tickle your funny bone with ten funny books that will have you laughing out loud, laughing the milk right through your nose.

1. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

© William Morrow
In A Dirty Job, Death comes in the form of a tall, black record store owner named Minty Fresh, who steals your wife's soul, confers upon you the job of Death Merchant, and leaves you and your newly born daughter to fend for yourselves among hellhounds, sewer harpies and an army composed mostly of reanimated squirrels.

2. Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
© Time Warner Books
Another collection of essays based on the diary that David Sedaris has kept every day for some thirty-odd years. Utterly addictive.

3. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler

© Grand Central Publishing
At the age of 19, Chelsea Handler visited a family member in Los Angeles and didn't take the plane back home to New Jersey. Instead, she began auditioning for gigs and landed a role on the TV show Girls Behaving Badly. She is the star of her own late-night talk show on E!, Chelsea Lately, and E's comedy series, After Lately. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me demonstrates that Chelsea Handler is still behaving badly - but mostly in good fun.

4. Overqualified by Joey Comeau

© ECW Press
In Overqualified, Joey Comeau spins a narrative of love and loss via a most unusual vehicle: a series of letters. Not your ordinary epistolary collection, Comeau's missives are in fact letters of application for employment - cover letters, purportedly mailed to companies like HBO, Rand, and Parker Brothers.

5. The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin

© Hyperion
Steve Martin's hilarious second novel relate the misadventures of a house-bound, obsessive-compulsive anti-hero.

6. Sex and Sunsets by Tim Sandlin

© Ballantine Books
Kelly Palamino is not crazy. Yes, water does talk to him: his toilet tells him to eat fish; his Water Pik quotes Ezra Pound. But Kelly Palamino is not crazy.

7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

© Scribner
Chuck Klosterman's recent collection of essays that range topically from the music industry to "The Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Tom Cruise's Shattered, Troll-like Face."

8. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner

© Little, Brown & Company
An entire pantheon of ridiculously-imagined and slightly hungover gods and goddesses roll into the universe on a bus blaring the Mister Softee jingle and take up residence in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, from which they gaze down upon their sole acolyte, an unemployed New Jersey butcher.

9. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

© Little Brown & Co.
Joshua Ferris nails the cynicism of corporate cubicle culture in his incisively hilarious first novel.

10. A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke

© Bloomsbury
Based loosely on Stephen Clarke's experiences in Paris, with names changed to avoid embarrassment and possible legal action, A Year In The Merde is the story of a 27-year-old Brit immersed in the contradictions of French culture.
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