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If you like Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman

If you like Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman

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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman
Presents a memoir of the author's cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man. (catalog summary)

If you like the witty humor of Vacationland, check out these other titles:

Best. State. Ever: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry
Best. State. Ever: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
by Dave Barry

We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, "What the hell is wrong with Florida?" Somehow, the state has acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that's at the top, from the Sunshine State's earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that it is today. (catalog summary)

 



The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool by Leon Black


The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool
by Leon Black

Everyone's favorite houseguest who never left, Leon Black (played by award-winning comedian JB Smoove on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm) drops his wisdom and good-bad advice for the masses. Learn the secrets Larry David has gleaned from the Falstaff of television. (catalog summary)


 



Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century
by Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman's tenth book collects his most intriguing of those pieces, accompanied by fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished passages and digressions. Subjects include Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, zombies, KISS, Jimmy Page, Stephen Malkmus, steroids, Mountain Dew, Chinese Democracy, The Beatles, Jonathan Franzen, Taylor Swift, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt, Eddie Van Halen, Charlie Brown, the Cleveland Browns, and many more cultural figures and pop phenomena. This is a tour of the past decade from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times. (catalog summary)

 



Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides

Fresh Complaint: Stories
by Jeffrey Eugenides

This collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national crises. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people's wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art collapse under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in "Bronze," a sexually confused college freshman whose encounter with a stranger on a train leads to a revelation about his past and his future. (catalog summary)


 



Furiously Happy [a Funny Book About Horrible Things] by Jenny Lawson



Furiously Happy [a Funny Book About Horrible Things]
by Jenny Lawson

Author and humorist Jenny Lawson explore her lifelong battle with mental illness. (catalog summary)



 



I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly


I Hate Everyone, Except You
by Clinton Kelly

A collection of essays by the moderator of "The Chew" charts his journey from a misfit youth to an awkward adult, exploring his haphazard experiences with 1980s porn, New Jersey's premier water parks, his sister's cheerleading endeavors, and a life-threatening mud bath. (catalog summary)


 



One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays by Scaachi Koul
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays
by Scaachi Koul

Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it's a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color, where every aspect of her appearance is open to critique, derision, or outright scorn. Where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself. (catalog summary)
 



Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years by David Litt


Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years
by David Litt

A different kind of White House memoir, presidential speechwriter David Litt's comic account of his years spent working with Barack Obama and his reflection on Obama's legacy in the age of Trump. (catalog summary)



 



This Is Really Happening: True Stories by Erin Chack


This Is Really Happening: True Stories
by Erin Chack

The Buzzfeed senior editor reflects on the highs and lows of the millennial experience, sharing such stories as escaping a bear attack and her battle with cancer at nineteen. (catalog summary)



 



The United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories From American History by David Anthony
The United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories From American History
by David Anthony

Discover illustrated profiles of the weird, outrageous (and true!) tales from American history that don't appear in school textbooks. From the creators of the comedy/history podcast The Dollop, The United States of Absurdity presents short, informative, and hilarious stories of the most outlandish (but true) people, events, and more from United States history. Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds cover the weird stories you didn't learn in history class, such as 10-Cent Beer Night, the Jackson Cheese, and the Kentucky Meat Shower, accompanied by full-page illustrations that bring each historical "milestone" to life in full-color". (catalog summary)
 



We Are Never Meeting in Real life: Essays by Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting in Real life: Essays
by Samantha Irby

With heartfelt candor and her usual side-splitting bite, humorist, essayist, and blogger at bitchesgottaeat.com Samantha Irby capture powerful emotional truths while chronicling the disaster that has been her life. An ill-fated pilgrimage and romantic vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes, awkward sexual encounters, a Bachelorette application gone awry, and more-- sometimes you just have to laugh, even when your life is a dumpster fire. (catalog summary)


 



You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump by Alec Baldwin


You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump
by Alec Baldwin

This satirical memoir is written in the style of Donald Trump shares lampooning insights into the forty-fifth president's election, disdain for the press, backroom strategy sessions with White House advisers, and world-changing decisions. (catalog summary)