Humor

French exit : a tragedy of manners book cover

French exit : a tragedy of manners

Patrick deWitt

FICTION Dewitt Patrick
Fiction, Humor

"From bestselling author Patrick deWitt, a brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. Frances Price-- tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature-- is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there's the Price's aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self destruction and economical ruin-- to riotous effect. A number of singular characters serve to round out the cast: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic proposing a seance, a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, and the inimitable Mme. Reynard, aggressive houseguest and dementedly friendly American expat. Brimming with pathos and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind 'tragedy of manners,' a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute"--

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This is an enjoyably dark, slow, and casual story of some oddball characters ambling toward ruin, with frequent pithy moments of humor and insight. -Stacey

My lady's choosing : an interactive romance novel book cover

My lady's choosing : an interactive romance novel

Kitty Curran

FICTION Curran Kitty
Romance, Humor

The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after. You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the "traveling companion" of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.--Amazon.

Stacey's picture

Who would enjoy this surprising combination of romance parody and Choose Your Own Adventure books? Someone who's flipped through enough paperback romances to see how the authors have masterfully mimed every trope, but not someone who will be offended by the author's funny modern commentary at the bottom of each page when you're making your bold decisions. -Stacey

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Stop that yawn!

Caron Levis

jE Levis
Picture Books, Humor

Gabby convinces Granny to leave Sleepytown and stay up all night in a new place, but before long, a contagious yawn takes control.

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Big mushy happy lump : a "Sarah's Scribbles" collection book cover

Big mushy happy lump : a "Sarah's Scribbles" collection

Sarah (Sarah C.) Andersen

COMIC Sarah's
Humor, Nonfiction

Containing illustrated personal essays on the author's real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges, this collection of the hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are perfect for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair.

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The third book in my discovery of Sarah Andersen's Sarah Scribbles collection is a must read. All three books are fast reads, too fast in my opinion, so I think I will check them all out again. Her charming drawings of life as a new adult and funny and poignant at the same time. I especially like that she has a cat and a bunny and that the two of them figure highly in her work. -Maeve

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Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies

Christian Trimmer

jE Trimmer
Picture Books, Fantasy, Humor, Classics, Animals

In this twist on the story of Snow White, pretty and sweet Snow Pony--beloved by children for her talent in braiding hair and dancing--follows a trail of delicious apples into the woods, where she meets seven miniature ponies.

Casey's picture

An enchantingly hilarious retelling of Snow White that stars, you guessed it, ponies!! What's not to love? -Casey

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People don't bite people

Lisa Wheeler

jE Wheeler
Picture Books, Humor

Illustrations and rhyming text urge children to use their teeth for biting food, not their friends or relatives.

Casey's picture

"Biting is for food!" a friendly and sometimes necessary reminder. -Casey

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Not quite a genius

Nate Dern

817.6 /Dern
Humor, Literary Nonfiction

"From Funny Or Die senior writer and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comes a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society. A brave archaeologist journeys into a suburban man cave. Leif Eriksson writes Christopher Columbus a long overdue letter. A corporate flack admonishes a room of marijuana sales people to get their revenues up. A young man's penis turns into a lobster. Walt Whitman even teaches a spin class. With humor, originality, and narrative guile, Nate Dern examines man buns, dating apps, Wi-Fi terms and conditions, juicing crazes, vegetarianism, and so much more, all while plumbing his own life and a series of fantastical scenarios for a truth that's both revelatory and beautiful."--Jacket.

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If you just want something funny and interesting to read that doesn't take too much time or energy, I recommend this fun book. -Heidi K

Dear Yeti book cover

Dear Yeti

James Kwan

jE Kwan
Kids, Humor

Told through a series of notes, two boys go on a hike hoping to find Yeti but run into trouble along the way.

Angela's picture

Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day, and with the help of a bird friend, they trek further and further into the woods, sending letters to coax the shy creature out of hiding. -Angela

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XO, Ox : a love story

Adam Rex

jE Rex
Kids, Humor

"The hilarious tale of an ox who is in love with a gazelle, told in correspondence"--

Angela's picture

Picture Book: An epic, if initially unrequited, love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox. Romance will never be the same. -Angela

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Click, clack, moo : cows that type

Doreen Cronin

jE Cronin
Kids, Humor

When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

Angela's picture

Picture Book: When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want. -Angela