Books to Make You Laugh

It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously,” said Oscar Wilde.
Here are some of our favorite funny books to keep us from becoming too trivial during serious days.


 

Lucky Jim Cover Image
By Kingsley Amis, Keith Gessen (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590175750
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 2nd, 2012

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374532185
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 16th, 2010

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The Sellout: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

Harkens back to Dave Chappelle at his most incisive and Thomas Pynchon at his most stoned.

— Will


Extinction: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400077618
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Published: Vintage - February 8th, 2011

In a Sunburned Country Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780767903868
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Published: Broadway Books - May 15th, 2001

The Wangs vs. the World Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328745538
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Published: Mariner Books - June 6th, 2017

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781632861016
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 13th, 2016

French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062846938
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Published: Ecco - June 11th, 2019

I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307742803
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Published: Vintage - November 1st, 2011

Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140280098
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1999

Cold Comfort Farm: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss (Introduction by), Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039594
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

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Family Lexicon Cover Image
By Natalia Ginzburg, Jenny McPhee (Translated by), Peg Boyers (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590178386
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 25th, 2017

What is the essence of family unity? For Natalia Ginzburg, it's first and foremost words, a common vocabulary, the shared life and habits they evoke. With luminous prose and extraordinary emotional sincerity, the author tells the story of her antifascist Jewish family during the dark years of Mussolini's regime. Part fiction, part memoir, Family Lexicon is funny yet deeply moving; a celebration of the time-transcending connections we make in early life - forever holding the memory of who we were, as well as the promise of who we can become.

— Edoardo


Dead Souls: A Novel (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679776444
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Published: Vintage - March 25th, 1997

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Hilarious and ridiculous. Irby has learned to cope with trauma with humor, and she manages to weave in her own story, in all it's difficulty with levity and thoughtful insight and social commentary. She's a lot, a whole lot, and yet there were so many times I was just like, "wait, me, too!"

— Genay


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Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

Most "funny" books cause me to literally lol not at all. This one did, a lot. 

— Sam


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

Hilarious and deep, basically Trevor Noah in print. Take a deep dive into South African history, contemporary culture, as well as the deep complexities of colonization and religion, domestic violence, and race, all in Trevor's voice, with his own personal outrageous life stories to boot. I laughed. I cried. Literally. A quick but, thoughtful read.

— Genay


The Little Disturbances of Man Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140075571
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Published: Penguin Books - January 8th, 1985

The Portable Dorothy Parker: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Dorothy Parker, Marion Meade (Introduction by), Seth (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780143039532
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

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Oreo Cover Image
By Fran Ross, Danzy Senna (Introduction by), Harryette Mullen (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811223225
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Published: New Directions - July 7th, 2015

Like watching a J train showtime(!) with your Jewish grandparents...on psychedelics.

— Bekah


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Me Talk Pretty One Day Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316776967
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2001

Sedaris is the king of the laugh-out-loud, biting descriptions. Although I might not want to be the subject of his commentary, I sure do love to read them. Me Talk Pretty One Day is perfect for language learners, French lovers, and pretty much everyone else as well.

— Lauren


Little Failure: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812982497
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 7th, 2014

Little Weirds Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Importance of Being Earnest Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Richard Allen Cave (Introduction by), Richard Allen Cave (Commentaries by), Richard Allen Cave (Notes by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140436068
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 1st, 2001

My Man Jeeves Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781585678754
Availability: Backordered - May Take 10+ Days to Become Available, Will Ship Separately
Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 10th, 2007

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525508830
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Published: Random House - October 15th, 2019