Book Genre: Humor and Comedy

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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
kmcfall
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
kmcfall
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
kmcfall
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,...

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Lucy Knisley
Adelina
5

Graphic Novel meets Cooking Memoir.

Our strongest memories are often linked to our senses. It was delightful to follow Lucy Knisley down memory lane. Her book appeals to three senses: sight, taste and smell. Plus, she tickled my funny bone. I particularly enjoyed the cartoon visual...

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Patrick Rothfuss
Em
4

The Princess continues her innocent and weirdly terrifying adventures in this second installment of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, only this time she’s got her baby brother to take care of. We get a few hints about her mysteriously absent parents and more carnage courtesy of the Princess...

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Tom Watson
Thane
3

Stick Dog may be the perfect e book to read on an ipod or smartphone. It's short, which makes for good, quick episodic reading, when you're bored and just want to look at your phone for a few minutes. It's full of simple illustrations that look good on a really small screen. And it's also pretty...

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Lisa Hanawalt
Lily
5

My Dirty Dumb Eyes is dementedly funny and illustrated excellently. Vivid depictions of Hanawalt's strange mind left me laughing so hard I was in tears. She analyzes the television show the Bachelor, Planet of the Apes, and other worthy pop culture phenomena by questioning them...

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Gary Shteyngart
Alison
1

When the title of a book includes a form of the word 'absurd,' you should expect foolishness and senselessness:  unfortunately, Shteyngart's novel is more frustrating than it is compelling.  The first person narrator is, indeed, absurd, but to a degree that might be described as...

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Tim Federle
Becker
3

Nate from Better Nate Than Ever is back, and this time he's legitimately living in New York City with his aunt, in rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical as second understudy for E.T. himself. While it was great to hear Nate's voice again...