Book Genre: Humor and Comedy

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Steve Martin
Lisa
2

This tepid collection from legendary actor, musician and writer Steve Martin reminds us why libraries are wonderful things;  no need to shell out $15.99 when you can borrow it for free.  Maybe clever tweeting doesn't translate well into books, or maybe Martin should have waited until...

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Sebastian Loth
Rachel
5

In this gem of a picture book simple illustrations of Zelda the goose, from Remembering Crystal, are overlaid with transparent pages that transform her into animals like a goosnail, goosephant, and googiraffe. Zelda extols the virtues of the animal guises she puts on, but in the end Zelda admits...

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Libba Bray
Kelly
4

The teen dream beauty pageant contestants are ready to take the world by storm with their beauty, intellect, and totally amazing sequin gowns. But of course nothing goes as planned and their plane crashes on what they think is a deserted island. The surviving girls at first consider practicing...

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Ed Zotti
Liberty
5

With a new baby on the way, Zotti and his family defy convention and move into a dicey inner city Chicago neighborhood to renovate a dilapidated Victorian house at a time when everyone else is fleeing. Hilarious and informative, this restoration saga by the editor of The Straight ...

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Patrick Rothfuss
Emily
4

An absurdly funny, rather disturbing comic for adults by the author of the Kingkiller Chornicles Patrick Rothfuss. Nothing at all like his other works but very much like his blog, check it out the punch line is a killer!

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Jeffrey Brown
Brett
5

Jeffrey Brown has created a perfect representation of Gen X fatherhood through a series of cartoons about the unlikely pairing of Darth Vader and his four-year-old son, Luke Skywalker.  Brown found the sweet spot by placing the characters in familiar Star Wars settings and applying...

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Mike Bender
Brett
4

Are you trying to avoid procrastination? Then do not pick up this book! These photos are hilarious.

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Kate Beaton
Brett
5

A wonderful collection of cartoons from the web comic of the same name. Open this book to the first strip and you will find a perfect sample of Beaton's work: it is literary, irreverent, and--above all--funny. Topics range from Jane Eyre to Robinson Crusoe and from Sherlock...

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Bonnie Thomas Abbott
Brett
3

Mertensia Corydalis writes a gardening newsletter and provides glimpses of her private life through the anecdotes she shares along the way. There is plenty of humor here and also a bunch of actual gardening advice. The book slows down a bit in the second half when the story starts to take center...

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Walter Moers
Emily
4

i just LOVED this book!!! it was very strange so i dont know who to recommend it to, it had dinosaurs and pigs and giant books and glowing squids... and also it was freakin' illustrated!!!! i really loved it and can't wait to read captain bluebear or rumo! yay walter moers

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Toni McGee Causey
Emily
4

Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day is a funny, hysterical, gun-and-stud filled romp through the bayou. IF you like Stephanie Plum then you will love Bobby Faye. Bobby Faye's day begins with a flood in her trailer, then she finds out her brother has been kidnapped by someone who wants...

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Edward Gorey
Emily
4

As a child I would plop myself down infront of the TV to watch Mystery on PBS, now it wasn’t because I was a huge fan of mysteries but because I was a huge fan of those creepy, chilling, and strange illustrations that introduced the show, it was only like ten or fifteen seconds of cartooning but...

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Joe Schreiber
extra medium
4

All his life, Perry has done exactly what his parents tell him to. When his parents tell him that he has to take Gobi, the exchange student living with his family (and so totally not as hot or into him as he'd hoped) to the prom, Perry does- even though his band has a gig in Manhattan that...

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James Thurber
Emily
5

James Thurber is under appreciated in this day and age. A long time contributor to the New Yorker his strange stories about strange people and the even stranger drawings humored generations. Take him home and read him aloud to a crowd. Don’t be surprised when people begin laughing loudly. These...

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James Lileks
Emily
4

Hahahaa this book is amusing, upsetting, interesting, astonishing and informative. Written with  a smirk and a wink this book chronicles the misadventures of American cuisine from the so called "Golden Age of Salt and Starch" these "recipes" are gleaned from ads for food companies wherein...

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Madeleine George
extra medium
4

I've been waiting for this book to come out ever since I heard Madeline George read a hilarious make out scene where the kisser's skills were compared to a piece of cut cantaloupe (ew!). It's finally out and it's awesome! Anyway... Jesse (haircut courtesy of her Swiss Army Knife, giant boots,...

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Judith Viorst
Becker
4

Lulu always gets what she wants. If she doesn't, she throws a fit, screeching until the light bulbs burst, and then her parents give in. So what happens when she decides that she wants a brontosaurus for her birthday? Not only are they extinct, but they might not make very good pets! When Lulu's...

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Jon Agee
Elizabeth
0

Mr. Putney has lots of animal friends with unusual names. Can you guess their names? Who wakes up Mr. Putney in the morning? An ALARMADILLO! What do you call Mr. Putney's messy lobster lunch companion? A SLOBSTER! Readers are given clues to help them guess the name of each animal friend. After...

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Adam Rex
Becker
3

Want something a little different than the vampire romance novels that seem to be everywhere these days? Want to know what happens when the geek you've never noticed is the one who's the vampire (pretty much by accident)? Doug isn't drinking cow blood because he's a noble vampire who doesn't...

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Gail Carriger
extra medium
5

Alexia Tarabotti is not the proper Victorian Englishwoman. She is well read, opinionated, half-Italian, unmarried, and she uses her parasol as a weapon. And that's not the worst: she's preternatural, that is, she can turn a vampire or werewolf into a normal human while she is in physical contact...

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Sloane Crosley
Tara
4

Sloane Crosley fulfills the promise of her first book, I Was Told There'd be Cake, with a deeper, but equally funny second book of humorous essays. While the moments of loud guffaws are still present, they are interspersed with deeper notes of human emotion. There is one part that almost made me...

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Jo Nesbø
extra medium
0

Nilly (short for nearly invisible) is the new kid at school and he quickly makes friends with the weirdest old man on the street, Dr. Proctor. Dr. Proctor is an inventor of (mostly) useless things and his latest invention needs a test subject. Nilly agrees and he, Nilly's friend Lisa, and Dr....

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Mark Haddon
Becker
4

What would you do if you overhead two of your teachers talking in what sounds like a made up language? Well, Jim and Charlie decide they have to find out what's going on, and that leads to an adventure of a scale they'd never imagined! You'll be laughing all the way through this adventure that...

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Justin Halpern
seanamo
4

I've been a fan for a while of Justin Halpern's tweets about the outrageously funny random stuff his 73-year-old dad, Sam, says, but this book was so much more than I expected. It's not just a collection of the Twitter log that Justin created a year ago, it's a really heartwarming and funny...

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Tom Angleberger
extra medium
0

Dwight is a pretty strange kid and isn't super popular at school. One day, he shows up with an origami Yoda finger puppet on his hand that gives out advice. The weird thing: Yoda is always right! The force really is with origami Yoda! Yoda helps kids do better in baseball, warns people about pop...