8 Humorous Books

8 Humorous Books

When you need to escape with a few laughs, try one of these eight humorous novels.

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American Housewife by Helen Ellis – A collection of stories featuring conventional, if ruthless, housewives features a rigged reality television show, a unique book club initiation ritual, and the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop.

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving – As we grow older–most of all, in what we remember and what we dream–we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present.

Crow Fair by Thomas McGuane – Set in Thomas McGuane’s accustomed Big Sky country, with its mesmeric powers, these stories attest to the generous compass of his fellow feeling, as well as to his unique way with words and the comic genius that has inspired comparison with Twain and Gogol.

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Disgruntled by Asali Solomon – A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, an examination of the impossible double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a novel about the desire to rise above the limitations of the narratives we’re given and the painful struggle to craft fresh ones we can call our own

The Making of Zombie Wars by Alexander Hemon – Moving in with his girlfriend after one too many setbacks, ESL teacher and aspiring screenwriter Josh Levin writes a script for a zombie film while becoming entangled with one of his students, with madcap results.

Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe -Born into a posh family, ten-year old Lizzie Vogel has lived a charmed life thus far, with a big sister who knows everything, a cute baby brother, and a full-time housekeeper who bakes jam tarts. But when, in 1970, Lizzie’s father abandons her mother and packs his ex-family off to the tiny village of Flatstone, life for the Vogels veers catastrophically off-course.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because–surprise–Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law.

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi – A magical and comedic take on modern love, the power of friendship, and the allure of disguise. Meet the Knights of Creation, a group of artistic friends struggling with society’s standards of beauty.

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Andrea is a Collection Development Manager for Clermont County Public Library.