Book Genre: Humor and Comedy

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Sherman Alexie
Allie
4

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an impressive read; it has humor, illustrations, witty dialogue, friendship, tragedy, social commentary, and a protagonist, Junior, that you can't help but find endearing. Junior is a high-schooler who has lived on a reservation ("the...

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Alexander McCall Smith
Josh
4

  Alexander McCall Smith is the author of several popular series and this one is yet another in that number. Originally published as a newspaper series, McCall himself says that they were intended to keep readers' interest and leave them longing to read the next installment. Thus the book's...

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Elna Baker
Angelita
4

Throughout most of the book, Elna is trying to find a way to balance her life in New York with her life as a Mormon.  It's definitely not easy, especially when it comes to dating.  She deals with a lot of things that most 20-somethings struggle with.  

I was able to...

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Jeffrey Brown
Angelita
4

Jeffrey Brown has proved to be humorous with his Star Wars themed books. This book can be enjoyed by all those who aren't Star Wars fans. There are real hilarious moments and definitely laugh out loud ones. If you have ever been around a toddler, you can appreciate the child's voice. It wasn't...

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Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, & Mary Ann Zoeller
ShellyB
4

Very funny!  I loved all the little asides and lightbulbed "What to Remember" takeaways at the end of every chapter.  And mixed amid the humor are often little tidbits of common sense, helping us harried moms keep things in perspective. 

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Matt Adrian
Emily
4

Haha! This is an absurd, dark and delightful little treat. Needless to say these birds are troubled, from the necrophiliac owls to the bulimic sparrows and the grosbeak that WILL KILL you for your fries it is filled with birds from the wrong side of the road. Charming little paintings paired...

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Joe R. Lansdale
Emily
3

This is a strange little Weird Western, the main characters are all acts from Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show. But this is not the Buffalo Bill you know, this one’s just a head in a jar (on top of a robot body). Join the crew as they take a Zeppelin west to perform for the Japanese Emperor,...

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Caroline Paul
Becker
3

This is an amusing illustrated story for any cat/pet lover. Many of us wonder what are pets are doing when we're not around. Author Caroline Paul and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton took this idea and ran with it after their cat Tibia disappeared for five weeks, then returned home. Where had he...

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Matthew Quick
Monica
4

Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Good Luck of Right Now" follows the story of Bartholomew Neil after the death of his mother, who he has relied on his entire life.  Now that Bartholomew has to find his own way, he comes to realize at age 38  just...

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Sophie Kinsella
Colleen
4

Emma spills her guts on a plane trip to the stranger next to her because she hates flying. She confesses all her little white lies that she tells her boyfriends, family and friends. What's the harm? She'll never see him again--unless he turns into her new boss.

At times laugh-out-loud...

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Mindy Kaling
Angelita
4

Mindy Kalling is a comedic genius, I can tell by watching the shows she has participated in. I decided to read her book to see her real thoughts on life. She discusses everything from adolescence to being a writer in Hollywood. Also, what it took for her to become a writer on a hit show. It's...

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Peter Brown
Kristen M
3

This is one of a kind adorable. The illustrations are simple yet bold. You can see the emotions experienced by Lucy as she searched and tries to find a new friend. As an adult I enjoy this book and I can only imagine little ones will too.

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Mo Willems
Kristen M
4

Just got this today at work (yay working at a library) and it is too cute. For those familiar with Mo Williems and Pigeon, you will not be disappointed. Little Pigeon has a mind of his own and will do anything and everything he can to avoid a bath. I love the way Mo is able to capture the "...

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V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad) Naipaul
Alison
5

There is something unsettling about laughing at someone else's misfortunes but sometimes we can't help ourselves. The novel A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul puts the reader into this situation on a regular basis: the work is funny because of the pathetic situation of the...

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Terry Pratchett
Adelina
5

I love the Tiffany Aching Adventures by Terry Pratchett. This book is excellent example of Terry Pratchett’s unique combination of humor, insight into the nature of humanity and compelling characters.

I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in this series. Tiffany Aching has spent...

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Simon Rich
Laurie.
4

I like my romance books funny and irreverent or not at all. So imagine my delight when I found Simon Rich's collection of short stories featuring the weird, sardonic and hilarious tales of romancing the girl.

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P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Brett
3

This was my first foray into the world of aristocratic layabout Bertie Wooster and his impeccable manservant, Jeeves, and I have to say it was a poor choice. Why? Jeeves and Wooster themselves cannot be blamed for the missing stars in this book’s rating. They are first-rate characters and I...

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Tim Leong
Brett
4

This gloriously silly collection of comics-related infographics comes from Tim Leong, an art director at Wired magazine. The assorted charts and pie graphs are funny, irreverent and sometimes even informative! Highlights include a Chris Ware sadness scale, a Venn diagram of superhero...

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John Kennedy Toole
Brett
3

Working with readers at DPL, I've noticed that this novel is often cited as either a reader's most favorite or least favorite novel. Naturally, I had to see for myself on which side of the line I fell. And wouldn't you know it? I came down right in the middle.

Sure, there's a lot to...

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Andy Griffiths
Kristi
4

Andy and Terry live in the tree house. It’s amazing. Think Berenstain Bears' house on steroids. It has a movie theater, library, shark tank, see through pool, room full of pillows, bowling alley, secret underground laboratory, game room, swinging vines to take you anywhere, and of course...

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Steve Martin
Kristen M
5

"Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" follows the life and career of comedian/magician/actor/singer Steve Martin. I chose to listen to the audio book format as it was read by Steve Martin himself. Steve starts at the very beginning, diving into him home life with his Father whom was always referred...

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Chuck Klosterman
Tara
5

I love everything that Chuck Klosterman writes, but his latest is definitely one of the finest! I Wear the Black Hat made me think as much as it made me laugh. Surprisingly deep while also being quick and witty, I wanted to read several excerpts out loud! Topics covered range widely (...

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Jane Yolen
Porscha
5

I found these books to be really exciting! The illustrations are what really make them for me. The figures have so much movement and vibrancy; it really keeps me turning pages wanting to see what’s happening next. The characters expressions are so engaging and clear. The events are chaotic, busy...

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Laurence Sach
Kristi
3

I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by this graphic novel version of one of my favorite Austen novels. I thought the length and format wouldn’t capture the wry humor of the full length novel. I was pleasantly surprised. The graphic novel captures almost all of the famous scenes and quotes from the...

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John Scalzi
KateM
4

I feel like it was inevitable that I would read Redshirts from the day I was born. I’m fairly certain my love for Star Trek was encoded in my genes, passed down on my father’s side of the family, though my mother became a Trekkie convert later in life. In Star Trek the joke goes: “Kirk, Spock,...