Humor and Entertainment

Yes Please

Yes Please by Amy Poehler is partially-biographical and partially-completely-fictional and unrelated to anything. It is a comedy book in which Poehler aims to deliver it in all shapes and forms that come to her mind, from anecdotes and a plastic surgery haiku to short stories, pictures and general life advice.

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Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson is basically a trip through the British Isles with the author as our guide, as he explores them through and through before heading back on his voyage to America, his home.

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Graduates in Wonderland

Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale is a humorous and introspective chronicle of the two authors' (with them being best friends) post-graduation experience, whence they got unleashed with heads full of expectations into a mysterious world with infinity to offer them.

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Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone describe the author’s quest to find the internet which has suddenly stopped working and gone missing, with rumors indicating that a single person is still online, somewhere in New York. Alongside his friends, a blogger and a webcam girl, Gladstone sets out on a glorious journey to save humanity from this strange end of days.

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The Serpent of Venice

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore is a tale revolving around a trio of cunning plotters, who have hatched a scheme to get rid of the British Queen’s troublesome envoy by inviting him to what is supposed to be a night of debauchery, but in reality is anything but. However, the three schemers soon find out they may have bitten off more than they could chew, for the envoy also has a few movies of his own.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling is an autobiographical book of reflections in which the author discusses her personal life from a humoristic perspective, shedding some light on the many personal realities and truths she has come to acquire so far.

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Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler is what one could refer to as a collection of autobiographical essays in which the author looks at her own life, from childhood to the present, through the glass of humor.

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The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is a story which spans decades and generations, following four women, their search for the truth about their family, and their adventures revolving around a small filling station that gained more notoriety than most people could.

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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh is basically a combination of some of the web comics the author wrote, some of the thoughts she shared on social networks, complemented by a lot of original content. Long story short, this book is basically a compilation of pure and quite simple comedy that will brighten your day up.

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A Dirty Job

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore tells the story of a young man by the name of Charlie Asher, whose life is looking rather positive and average, apart from one little detail: he was recently recruited by forces from the beyond to fulfill the position of Death itself.

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Good Omens

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is the story of how the world ends, how the armies of Good and Evil clash against each other, how an angel and a demon aren’t thrilled with the coming rapture, and how the Antichrist goes missing.

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Confessions of a Scary Mommy

Confessions of a Scary Mommy by Jill Smokler is a book which aims to break all illusions people have about motherhood, telling the story how it really is from the perspective of someone who is smack-dab in the middle of it.

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Egghead

Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham is a comedic assortment of various poems, jokes, stories and illustrations, all based on the author’s own mind and touching on virtually all subjects of life including birth, death, and everything in between.

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Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella tells the story of a woman by the name of Emma Corrigan, whose decision to spill all of her lifelong secrets into the lap of a total stranger backfires when it is discovered that said stranger is actually the CEO of the company she works for.

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How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You

How To Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman is literally a guide that takes you inside the complicated mind of the cat, teaching you everything there is to know about their character and behavior, so that we can stand a chance when we finally wage war on them.

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I Wear the Black Hat

I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman is a humorous exploration of how we have come to understand villainy in the modern age, filled with surprisingly logical hypotheses and self-interrogations which have for aim to uncover the mechanics behind our attraction to evil and the anti-hero.

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The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a short novel in which the author delves into various questions surrounding good, evil, morality, faith and temptations through the letters written from one devil, Screwtape, to his precious nephew, Wormwood.

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Dad is Fat

Dad is Fat is Jim Gaffigan’s autobiography dedicated to his five children who have taught him a great deal about life. Retaining his usual style of comedy, the renowned stand-up comedian takes a journey through his own experience as a father, sharing the many bits of wisdom and laughter he came to cultivate along the way.

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is the autobiography of Jenny Lawson, a somewhat strange and eccentric woman whose lively and vivid childhood mostly consisted of awkward, shameful and even disturbing moments. Nevertheless, despite her failures, she manages to find the humor in everything, at least in her own way.

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Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen takes us on a more or less ridiculous adventure alongside Andrew Yancy, an ex-Miami cop who happens to have a frozen arm with its middle finger extended in the freezer. Before he unravels the murder to get out of his health inspector job though, he must make his way through a myriad of eccentric characters, and the titular bad monkey.

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Attempting Normal

Attempting Normal was written by comedian Marc Maron, and it serves as the autobiography of the darkest time in his life when everything around him fell apart in the blink of an eye, a time during which all he wanted was to have a normal life.

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A Curious Man

A Curious Man by Neal Thompson is the biography of a widely-celebrated, mysterious, wild and eccentric cartoonist, Robert Ripley, whose works on television still bear an influence on what we are watching to this very day.

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UFOs, JFK, and Elvis

UFOs, JFK and Elvis by Richard Belzer is a comedic revisiting of some of the most popular conspiracy theories to have been thrown around in the past decades, ranging from the death of Elvis all the way to the ultimate conspiracy created to keep conspiracies a secret.

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

David Sedaris has always been known as an excellent and unique writer, and he has recently once again released a collection of essays, some of them based on his life and others being entirely fictional, outlining the humor and hysteria somewhat secretly present in our daily lives.

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Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim

David Sedaris has always been known amongst literature fans as being a writer with a penchant for the unusual, and in Dress Your Family in Curdoy and Leater he gives as a collection of essays based on the absurdity hidden in our daily lives.

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Me Talk Pretty One Day

Many revere David Sedaris as being a very unique and creative writer, and this book, Me Talk Pretty One Day, is a collection of somewhat autobiographic and personal essays by the author which, in one way or another, chronicle his life.

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Naked

Naked is largely regarded as being one of David Sedaris’ best pieces of work, telling the story of numerous eccentric characters inhabiting a world that can only be described as a bit of a distorted mirror of our own.

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce looks into Harold’s long journey along the countryside in hopes of delivering a final letter to a woman he hasn’t seen in over twenty years, a journey which will lead him to make many surprising encounters and awaken a feeling of liveliness Harold had long forgotten existed.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a humorous novel by Maria Semple in which Bee, a fifteen year-old girl, compiles tons of email messages, official documents and even secret messages in an attempt to find out what happened to her mother, who one day mysteriously disappeared without a shadow of a trace.

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Lamb

Lamb by Christopher Moore tells the yet unknown story of what Jesus Christ’s early life might have been like. This humorous take on a subject some might deem as sensitive is provided to us by Biff, Jesus’ alleged best friend who was recently resurrected for the sole purpose of telling his pal’s story.

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America Again

Stephen Colbert is at his best (or at least what we know his best to be) in America Again, as he does what he can to change the country for the best, mainly be explaining what’s wrong with, why it’s failing, and what we need to do in order to fix it.

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I Am America (And So Can You!)

In I Am America Stephen Colbert turns himself into the ultimate patriot, and apart from giving his thoughts and feelings on the current state of affairs he also digs into some of this world’s most important existential questions, such as Hollywood’s destruction of America and whether or not evolution is a fraud conspiracy.

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The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling is her first shot at a novel aimed at adults (no, not that kind of novel), and it follows the events of a curious little town where everyone is, quite literally, at war with each other.

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John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End, written by David Wong (Known Cracked.com editor), combines action, tragedy, horror and comedy in a surrealistic drug and hallucination-fueled story about aliens that may or may not exist and whose purpose may or may not be the destruction of humans.

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I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell is a dry, unforgiving and humoristic look at the author’s, Max Tucker’s, life which may have very well been stranger than fiction, mainly due to his carefree and live fast attitude that he managed to maintain, even while writing this book.

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Slaughter-house Five

Slaughterhouse Five is without a doubt one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most famous novels, telling a story that happens inside the head of Billy Pilgrim, a World War II veteran who seems to have been given special treatment by time, reliving various events of his life in no n-chronological order.

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Catch-22

Catch 22 by Josef Heller tells the unlucky, misfortunate and absurd story of a pilot who comes to deal with a situation he’d never dream of being; not only does he have to run away from his enemies, but his allies are also trying to kill him as well.

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Sh*t My Dad Says

Sh*t My Dad Says is a book by Justin Halpern dedicated to his father, enclosing within all the bits of wisdom, swearing and hilarity his father has passed on to him. This book is pretty much transcribed from all the recordings Justin took after his father come home after a break up.

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan examines a subject that is dear to everyone: food. More precisely, it explores how globalization, the food production process and the easy access most of us have to it have come to impact modern society.

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I’ve Got your Number

I’ve Got your Number by Sophie Kinsella tells the story of a charming young lady, Poppy Wyatt, whose very bad day is turned around once she finds a lost cell phone belonging to a respectable businessman and begins developing an unusual relationship with him.

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Go the F**K to Sleep

Go the F**K To Sleep by Adam Mansbach can be best described as a true, blunt and very humorous look at the various trials and tribulations related to parenthood, and as you can tell, getting your kids to sleep.

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Bossypants

Bossypants by Tina Fey is a very light-hearted autobiography in which one of America’s most famous comedians details not only many of the works she did over the years, but also shares her thoughts on various topics and just life in general.

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The Zombie Survival Guide

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks is one of those books that will be remembered across generations and perhaps even revered once the zombies take over, for it contains all the knowledge we need to survive, fight and win against them.

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