Humor

Planet Idiot: A Survival Guide

By Lindsey Stokes

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"Midway through writing this, her first book, ...Lindsey Stokes faced a dilemma. She realized that there's already so much pain and suffering in life--diseases, hunger, underwire brassieres, folks who flash their headlights at you when you're driving too slowly--that she didn't want to add more. She worried that the world might not be ready for the awful truth: namely, that it is full of idiots."

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My World and Welcome to It

By James Thurber

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"James Thurber reported the world as he saw it. But what a world! Only Thurber could picture a seal peering nearsightedly over a headboard or a former husband crouched atop the armoire. Titles in this selection, all vintage Thurber, hint at the range of his whimsy and include 'Courtship Through the Ages,' 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' 'Interview with a Lemming' and 'You Know How the French Are.'"-

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Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor

By Michael J. Rosen, editor

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"...a premier showcase of fifty-four great literary humorists and masters of the journalistic jab, the social spoof, the parodic proof, the satire, the tirade, and the send-up. Here are those 'last laughs' and 'wit's end' pieces everyone turns to first but then loses in back issues of favorite magazines and newspapers, including: Merrill Markoe on Networking with Angels, Garry Trudeau on re-retranslating Madonna, David Sedaris on reviewing school Christmas Plays, and John Updike on cross-dressing with J. Edgar Hoover. Also included are riotous contributions from Henry Alford, Jon Stewart, and David Ives, as well as millennial maxims by Mark O'Donnell, gardening advice by Mertensia Corydalis, and highlights from Randy Cohen's savvy 'News Quiz.'"
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Letters from a Nut

By Jerry Seinfeld

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Jerry Seinfeld created an alter ego (Ted L. Nancy) who writes letters of suggestions or strange requests to companies all over America. The letters he writes are funny and the (mostly) straight responses top off the joke!

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Funny Letters from Famous People

By Charles Osgood, editor

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This is a selective gathering of humorous letters written by famous denizens of show business and the arts, celebrated writers, politicians, and American Presidents.

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Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's, Humor Category

By Dave Eggers, editor

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"The fine people of "McSweeney's" have put together a preposterously funny collection that offers a wealth of useful information--a consistently hilarious selection of brainy, wild humor from one of America's most popular literary magazines."

Sample contents: - A Brief Parody of a Talk Show That Falls Apart about Halfway through - The Spirit of Christmas - The Briefing: A Play in One Act - On the Implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor - Preview of Summer Camps Comments Written on Evaluations of My Speech on Needle-Exchange Programs

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Coyote v. Acme

By Ian Frazier

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"The title essay imagines the opening statement of an attorney for cartoon character Wile E. Coyote in a product liability suit against the Acme Company, supplier of unpredictable rocket sleds and faulty spring-powered shoes. Other essays are about the golfing career of comedian Bob Hope, a commencement address given by a Satanist college president, a suburban short story attacked by Germans, the problem of issues versus non-issues, and the theories of revolutionary stand-up comedy from Comrade Stalin."

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The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)

By Jill Conner Browne

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"They're wild, beloved, and all-around fabulous, but with the Sweet Potato Queens, there're just never enough good times--or enough good eats. Well, now all fabulous women everywhere can have their own mountains of royal fun and food, because bestselling author and Boss Queen Jill Conner Browne is revealing her big-ass top secret recipes--and the events that inspired them--in The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner). And, of course, she's dishing up plenty of hilarious stories, including: Queenly adventures in mothering The tiniest bit of plastic surgery The all-true story of the Cutest Boy in the World And, oh yes, as promised: Sound financial planning. Tip number one: Hope that Daddy lives forever."
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The Gallery of Regrettable Food

By James Lileks

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"Four out of five doctors recommend this book for its generous portions of hilarity and ghastly pictures from retro cookbooks. You too will look at these products of post-war cuisine and ask: 'WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?' It's an affectionate look at the days when starch ruled, pepper was a dangerous spice, and Stuffed Meat with Meat Sauce was considered health food. Bon appetit!"
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Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers

By Rita Mae Brown

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The feline co-author of the Mrs. Murphy mysteries introduces, with droll humor, an assortment of recipes for such treats as veal kidney and Sunday salmon pie, Mom's fried chicken, and Christmas goose, complemented by anecdotes about life with famed author Rita Mae Brown.

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