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Staff Picks - Humor for Adults

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All items are shelved in the fiction section alphabetically by the author’s last name, unless otherwise noted.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (SCIENCE FICTION)
by Douglas Adams
After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitchhike through space.

Insane City
by Dave Barry
Astonished by his imminent marriage to a woman he believed out of his league, Seth flies to Florida only to be swept up in a wacky maelstrom of Russian mobsters, angry strippers, and an angry python.

by Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel
An uproarious tale told in alternating voices follows the stories of a pet shop owner and curmudgeon who find themselves on the run from police, terrorists, and a pizza chain mascot.

Two Across
by Jeff Bartsch
Highly awkward teenager Stanley Owens meets his match in beautiful, brainy Vera Baxter when they tie for first place in the annual National Spelling Bee - & the 2 form a bond that could change their lives forever.

Don’t Point That Thing at Me
by Kyril Bonfiglioli
A wealthy art dealer’s talent for attracting loose women and trouble leads him into conflict with the British Secret Service.

Always the Designer, Never the Bride
by Sandra D. Bricker
After designing dresses for 9 of her girlfriends, Audrey Regan has taken a vow to “just say no”. But when her very best friend Carly asks her to design her wedding gown, Audrey cannot turn her down.

by Peter Carey
The 2-time Booker Prize winner gives us an exceedingly timely, exhilarating novel, at once dark, suspenseful and seriously funny, that journeys to the place where the cyber world collides with international power politics.

The Wangs Vs. the World
by Jade Chang
A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese family that had it all, only to lose every single cent - and about the road trip they take across America that binds them all back together.

The Happiest People in the World
by Brock Clarke
Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York.

The Hopefuls
by Jennifer Close
A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage, this tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband & his political dreams to D. C.

Undead and Unstable
by Mary Janice Davidson
Betsy Taylor is determined to change the future for herself and her loved ones but her actions could have life-altering repercussions. That’s to be expected when your sister happens to be the Antichrist and your mother is the Devil.

Undermajordomo Minor
by Patrick deWitt
This dark fable follows the adventures of an eccentric liar who, upon taking a job at the village manor, confronts colorful residents, bitter secrets, and murderous agendas.

Big Girl Small
by Rachel deWoskin
Judy should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school, so why is she hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town? A scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and profound.

Shark Skin Suite 
by Tim Dorsey
A darkly whimsical romp starring the Sunshine State’s lovable psychotic killer finds Serge Storms taking work as a freelance fixer in the style of his favorite legal movies before coming to the aid of a former flame who is being targeted by greedy bankers.

A Window Opens
by Elisabeth Egan
Alice thought she could live happily ever after but then she realized she was in the wrong story - and realizes that the question’s not whether it’s possible to have it all, but rather, what does she really want?

Bream Gives Me Hiccups & Other Stories
by Jesse Eisenberg
From an Academy-Award nominated actor comes a collection of humorous, moving and inventive stories that explore the ridiculousness of modern-day life.

The Scam
by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
The 4th in the best-selling Fox & O’Hare suspense series that mixes the authors’ humor with the intricate cons seen in the best episodes of “Mission Impossible”.

by Julian Fellowes
Preparing to marry heir Charles Broughton, attractive accountant’s daughter Edith Lavery makes humorously astute observations about contemporary England’s class system, by the author of Downtown Abbey.

Between the Bridge and the River
by Craig Ferguson
The bizarre experiences of two childhood friends from Scotland & of two illegitimate half-brothers from the American South become mysteriously intertwined in a bawdy, hilarious debut novel by the late night talk show host.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
by Helen Fielding
Londonite Bridget faces the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by, the skinny jean, the total lack of Twitter followers, & TVs that need 90 buttons and 3 remotes to turn on.

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
by Fannie Flagg
A hilarious mystery that spans decades and generations in America centered around five women who worked in a Phillips 66 gas station during WWII.

Someday, Someday, Maybe
by Lauren GrahamThe “Gilmore Girls” star writes a hilariously relatable novel about a struggling young actress trying to keep it together in NYC.

by Katharine Grant
The efforts of four late-19th century nouveau riche fathers to win titled husbands for their piano-playing daughters are made difficult by a number of complications.

Parents Behaving Badly
by Scott Gummer
An uproarious, surprising, and poignant satire of American suburbia and youth sports gone wild.

The Stench of Honolulu
by Jack Handey
Legendary “New Yorker” humorist’s first novel is a hilarious, absurd, far-flung tale.

Zoo Time
by Howard Jacobson
By turns angry, elegiac, & rude, this is a novel about love - love of women, literature & laughter.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson
Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan climbs out of the window and embarks on an incredible adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.

Pilgrims: A Lake Wobegon Romance
by Garrison Keillor
Wobegon goes abroad in this moving story of a group trip to Rome in which the warm circle of kinship invites stories of astonishing frankness, self-revelation and, of course, humor.

Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers
by Alexander McCall Smith
While Angus Lordie may get in trouble for letting his dog drink in the local bar, 6-year-old Bertie dreams about turning 18, when he will be able to avoid the indignity of unwanted girl attendees and the looming threat of a gender-neutral doll from his mother Irene.

It’s Not Me It’s You
by Mhairi McFarlane
An achingly funny story about how to be your own hero when life pulls the rug out from under your feet.

Mermaids in Paradise
by Lydia Millet
A satirical tale following the experiences of a honeymooning couple whose happiness is interrupted by mermaids, kidnappers and mercenaries.

Hotels of North America
by Rick Moody Reginald
Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on, where his many reviews reveal more than just details of hotels around the globe - they tell his life story.

Secondhand Souls
by Christopher Moore
In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing - and you know that can’t be good…

Southern Charm
by Tinsley Mortimer
A modern Manhattan fairy tale with the sparkle of a champagne fairy tale, this provides a peek into the socialite’s world of society, fashion and big-city fame.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
by B. J. Novak
A debut collection by a writer for the TV series “The Office” includes the title story, in which a boy’s lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.

Plus One
by Christopher Noxon
Humorously follows a stay-at-home dad and his writer wife in Hollywood as they try to navigate a newly high-profile Los Angeles lifestyle and he deals with becoming his wife’s “plus one” at a variety of lavish parties and events.

The Tragedy of Arthur
by Arthur Phillips
When their long-imprisoned con artist father nears the end of his life, Arthur and his sister become owners of an unknown play by William Shakespeare that their dad wants published, a final request that represents either a great literary gift or their father’s last great heist.

Raising Steam
by Terry Pratchett
Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork: Discworld’s first steam engine has arrived, and once again, Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

Mister Monkey
by Francine Prose
Traces the revolving experiences of cast, crew & audience members surrounding a terrible screwball children’s musical.

Miss Julia to the Rescue
by Ann B. Ross
Can Miss Julia spring J. D. Pickens from a sheriff’s clutches and a investigate a cult plus keep up appearances as a proper Southern lady?

The Poser
by Jacob Rubin
A hilarious and dazzling debut novel about a master impressionist at risk of losing his true self.

Blueprints for Building Better Girls
by Elissa Schappell
A sequence of eight darkly comic, interlinked tales explores the common experiences that shape early adulthood, marriage and motherhood and features an eclectic cast of archetypal female characters who navigate the pitfalls of the cultural landscape between the 1970s and the present.

Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris
A best-selling humor classic features six pieces on the joys and embarrassments of favorite holidays in a volume that includes tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to another culture, and a barnyard Secret Santa scheme gone awry.

Today Will Be Different
by Maria Semple
Initiating small changes that she hopes will reverse negative patterns in her life, Eleanor is derailed by her family members’ unethical practices .

The Rosie Effect
by Graeme Simsion
After his wife Rosie announces she is pregnant, Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father while helping his best friend Gene, who is living with them, reconcile with his wife Claudia.

Magnificent Vibration
by Rick Springfield
Chronicles the unlikely spiritual quest of Horatio “Bob” Cotton, in the company of a sharp, good-humored nun named Alice, after an unexpected cellphone conversation with God.

by J. Courtney Sullivan
Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and disfunction.

Big Stone Gap
by Adriana Trigiani
Comic and compassionate, this is the story of a woman who thinks life has passed her by, only to learn that the best is yet to come.

Noah’s Compass
by Anne Tyler
A wise, gently humorous and deeply compassionate novel about a school teacher who has been forced to retire at age 61, coming to terms with this final phase of his life.

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
by Kurt Vonnegut
The author jumps back and forth between the afterlife to interview Sir Isaac Newton, Clarence Darrow, William Shakespeare, and his own character, Kilgore Trout, in this humorous look at death.

The Devil Wears Prada
by Lauren Weisberger
A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine but wonders if the perks are worth working for the editor from Hell.

Care of Wooden Floors
by Will Wiles
Housesitting at the ultra-modern flat of a friend in a glum Eastern European city, a British copywriter accidentally spills wine on the apartment’s priceless wooden floor and endures a psychologically disastrous week of perfectionist repair and maintenance.

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories From the Stacks (027.0207)
by Gina Sheridan
She catalogs her encounters with local eccentrics as well as the questions that plague her, such as, "What is the standard length of eyebrow hairs?" Whether she's helping someone scan his face onto an online dating site or explaining why the library doesn't have any dragon autobiographies, Sheridan's bizarre tales prove that she's truly seen it all.

Furiously Happy: {A Funny Book About Horrible Things} (070.92 L425)
by Jenny Lawson
A hysterical, ridiculous book about depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea! It’s not; it’s a riot!

The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design (081)
by Wendy Northcutt
Tongue-in-cheek tributes to people whose lack of judgment led to their demise include a homeowner who filled his house with natural gas to kill termites.

Our Front Pages: 21 Years of Greatness, Virtue, and Moral Rectitude From America’s Finest News Source (The Onion) (081)
Collects front pages of select issues of the parody newspaper.

Modern Romance (306.7 A617)
by Aziz Ansari
The acclaimed comedian teams up with a NYU sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife (306.8102 C559)
by Cindy Chupack
An award-winning writer for “Sex and the City” and “Modern Family” takes a hilarious, heart-breaking look at marriage.

I Am America (and So Can You!) (320.97302 C684)
by Stephen Colbert
This book contains all the opinions that Stephen didn’t have time to shoehorn into his nightly broadcast of “The Colbert Report”.

CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong (640)
by Heather Mann
Photographs of craft failures, from glitter shoes that turned into a puddle of sparkling glop to spaghetti-stuffed garlic bread that looked like intestines streaming out of the dough.

About Dogs (741.56973)
by George Booth
This 40th-anniversary collection highlights Booth’s funniest “New Yorker” cartoons.

Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants (741.5973)
by Matthew Inman
Collects comic strips from

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People (745.5)
by Amy Sedaris
With her special brand of humor, Sedaris shows how to make crafts such as crab-claw roach clips, crepe-paper moccasins, and make Sugar Candy Skulls.

The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminisces (746.9202 D691)
by Simon Doonan
Doonan, the David Sedaris of the style universe, pens a hilarious collection of autobiographical essays in this bitingly funny Valentine to the fashion industry.

Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much (791.43 SALIE)
by Faith Salie
A collection of essays from humorist and NPR journalist all describe her lifelong quest to gain approval from everyone else.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (791.4372 D653)
by Ian Doescher
Retells the first Star Wars film, reimagining the saga of a wise knight, an evil lord, and a captive princess in iambic pentameter while conveying the valor and the villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Why Not Me? (791.45028 K144)
by Mindy Kaling
Kaling shares her ongoing journey to contentment and excitement in her life while working as a comic.

It Gets Worse (792.702)
by Shane Dawson
A highly entertaining and uproariously funny essay collection.

Bossypants (792.7028 F433)
by Tina Fey
A humorous account of her life, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her hit shows.

Navel Glazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom’s, Which I Know Sounds Weird) (792.76 BLACK)
by Michael Ian Black
When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he isn’t getting any younger, Black humorously reexamines his life as a middle-aged man.

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins (792.96)
An A-Z compendium of the celebrities the comedian has met over the years & the funny anecdotes only she can tell about them.

Wretched Writing: A Compendium of Crimes Against the English Language (808.0202 P493)
by Kathryn Petras
Appallingly bad writing can be very funny!

I Remember Nothing (814.54 E63)
by Nora Ephron
A humorous collection of personal essays.

Dad is Fat (814.54 G13)
by Jim Gaffigan
The popular comedian explores his misadventures as a father of five.

Uganda Be Kidding Me (814.54 H236)
by Chelsea Handler
Presents a collection of humorous essays about the talk show host’s life and loves.

Me Talk Pretty One Day (814.54)
by David Sedaris
A hilarious collection of essays.

Family Man (814.54 T829)
by Calvin Trillin
Trillin turns his charm & wit to the topic of children.

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (814.54 T829)
by David Foster Wallace
Witty essays on a wide range of modern topics.

Thank You Notes (818.5402)
by Jimmy Fallon, et al
Gratitude for the Taco Bell Chihuahua, Pez dispensers, among others.

Sh*t My Dad Says (818.6)
by Justin Halpern
The 29-year-old author moves in with his 79-year-old dad who dispenses expletive-laden advice that became a hit on Twitter.

I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (818.602)          
by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
Lisa & Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a connection with every woman.

Keep Your Skirt On: Kicky Columns With Legs (818.607)
by Starshine Roshell
Santa Barbara’s Erma Bombeck in Carrie Bradshaw’s stilettos, she writes about the peeves and puzzles of modern gal-hood.

The Last Testament (818.607)
by God (with David Javerbaum)
As dictated to his mortal amanuensis, 11-time Emmy Award winner Javerbaum, God looks back with unprecedented candor on his time in the public sector. He takes us behind the scenes.