Humorous fiction

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

By Christopher Moore

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A comedy set in a town where hundreds of inhabitants are on anti-depressants, prescribed by Dr. Valerie Riordan. After a patient dies she asks the druggist to substitute placebos. Freed of drugs, the town comes alive with wine and song, so loud it even awakens a sea monster.

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Headlong

By Michael Frayn

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An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of an elusive Old Master.

Invited to dinner by the boorish local landowner, Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his art-historian wife are asked to assess three dusty paintings blocking the draught from the chimney. But hiding beneath the soot is nothing less--Martin believes--than a lost work by Bruegel. So begins a hilarious trail of lies and concealments, desperate schemes and soaring hopes as Martin, betting all that he owns and much that he doesn't, embarks on a quest to prove his hunch, win his wife over, and separate the painting from its owner.

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She Flew the Coop: Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana

By Michael Lee West

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Vangie Nepper and her husband search for love outside the home and gossip about their neighbors in a sharp, humorous portrayal of life in a friendly but strait-laced Louisiana town in the fifties.

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Out to Pasture: But Not over the Hill

By Effie Leland Wilder

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A semi-autobiographical first novel by an eighty-five-year-old retirement home resident, this charmer chronicles the lives of the retirees at Fair Acres Home. Told in journal form, the entries are touching, funny, and always entertaining.

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The Latest Epistle of Jim

By Roy Shepard

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As he delays opening a letter which might bring him promotion--or rejection--a Protestant minister looks back on a life full of temptation and doubt. A witty look at the ministry by a writer who himself is a minister.

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Lake Wobegon Days

By Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor tells about life in his fictional hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota. Filled with down-home humor and entertaining characters.

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County Chronicle

By Angela Thirkell

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"Through a choreographed round of fetes, parties, and other occasions, Thirkell introduces a series of intrigues - romantic, literary, and personal - as well as a few intriguing strangers to the country houses and village lanes of Barsetshire."
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A Short History of a Small Place

By T. R. Pearson

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"In this introduction to Neely, North Carolina, the young narrator, Louis Benfield, recounts the tragic last days of Miss Myra Angelique Pettigrew, a local spinster and former town belle who, after years of total seclusion, returns flamboyantly to public view--with her pet monkey, Mr. Britches. Here is a teeming human comedy inhabited by some of the most eccentric and endearing characters ever encountered in literature."

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The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green

By Joshua Braff

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"A hilarious and heartbreaking novel about the unreasonable expectations a narcissistic father places on his less-than-perfect son."

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Yon Ill Wind

By Piers Anthony

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An ordinary family on vacation is blown into the land of Xanth by a tropical storm and must save the kingdom.

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