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.
Harkens back to Dave Chappelle at his most incisive and Thomas Pynchon at his most stoned.
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.
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!"
Most "funny" books cause me to literally lol not at all. This one did, a lot.
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.
Like watching a J train showtime(!) with your Jewish grandparents...on psychedelics.
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.