Love and Laughter

If you think love can be a little ridiculous, or you just need a break from the seriousness of an Oprah book recommendation, try one of these fluffies. But be warned: most are deliciously well-written!

Can You Keep a Secret?

By Sophie Kinsella

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"With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets.... until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.  But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse—until they do."

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An Ex to Grind

By Jane Heller

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"The battle of the sexes rages on in this smart, witty, and extremely timely new comedy by the phenomenally popular Jane Heller! This time she poses a provocative question: While it's common for deadbeat husbands to dodge their alimony payments by nefarious means, what happens when a woman plays by the same fast-and-loose rules? Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks likes being on top. She's addicted to the money, the power, and the success only hard work and long hours can bring. When she first meets and falls in love with pro football player Dan Swain, she admires his work ethic too. But then they get married and his career comes to a screeching halt, and suddenly she's the one bringing home the bacon -- and falling out of love with him. In the years -- years! -- since he last held a job, he's become a paycheck-devouring, couch-sitting mooch, and he likes it that way. And Melanie decides it's time to lose the loser. Divorce, however, isn't all it's cracked up to be."
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Tomcat in Love

By Tim O'Brien

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"A wildly funny, brilliantly inventive novel about a man torn between two obsessions: the desperate need to win back his former wife and a craving to test his erotic charms on every woman he meets.

"He is 6'6" tall, a cross between Ichabod Crane and Abe Lincoln. He is a professor of linguistics, bewitched by language, deluded about his ability to win the hearts of women with his erudition and physical appeal. He is Thomas H. Chippering, a.k.a. Tomcat, a masterly addition to the pantheon of unforgettable characters in American fiction."

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The Venerable Bead

By Richard Condon

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Undercover to nab a ring of Sino-Albanian spies operating out of a Hollywood talent agency, Iraqi-American lawyer Leila Aluja falls in love with her prey, in a satire of suspense novels.
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The Thin Woman: An Epicurean Mystery

By Dorothy Cannell

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Reluctant to show up at her family reunion carrying so many extra pounds, unmarried, overweight Ellie Simons hires Bentley T. Haskell to pose as her fiance, thus beginning a weekend of romance, jealousy, and murder.

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Emma

By Jane Austen

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"EMMA WOODHOUSE, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her."

What follows in Austen's classic distresses and vexes Emma very much indeed--and in such a funny way--making her one of the author's most memorable and beloved characters.

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The Republic of Love

By Carol Shields

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"With a viewpoint that shifts as crisply as cards in the hands of a blackjack dealer, Carol Shields introduces us to two shell-shocked veterans of the wars of the heart. There's Fay, a folklorist whose passion for mermaids has kept her from focusing on any one man. And right across the street there's Tom, a popular radio talk-show host who has focused a little too intently, having married and divorced three times. Can Fay believe in lasting love with such a man? Will romantic love conquer all rational expectations?"

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The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

By Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde's brilliant play makes fun of the English upper classes with light-hearted satire and dazzling humor. The play focuses on Jack and Algernon, two young men in love with girls both determined to marry someone named Ernest.

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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

By Melissa Bank

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"Follows the life lessons of Jane, from defiant teenager to reluctant career girl, as she makes her way through love, sex, relationships, and workplace perils, prompted by dubious advice from a pop-psych guide to life."

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Borrower of the Night

By Elizabeth Peters

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"Meet art historian Vicky Bliss, She is as beautiful as she is brainy--with unassailable courage, insatiable curiosity, and an expertise in lost museum treasures that often leads her into the most dangerous of situations. A missing masterwork in wood, the last creation of a master carver who died in the violent tumult of the sixteenth century, may be hidden in a medieval German castle in the town of Rothenburg. The prize has called to Vicky Bliss, drawing her and an arrogant male colleague into the forbidding citadel and its dark secrets. But the treasure hunt soon turns deadly. Here, where the blood of the long forgotten damned stains ancient stones, Vicky must face two equally perilous possibilities. Either a powerful supernatural evil inhabits this place. . .or someone frighteningly real is willing to kill for what Vicky is determined to find."
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