Let the hilarity ensue! This humorous look at one person’s life is as funny as it is interesting. I am not a dog owner, but I could still relate to the chapters about life with her dogs simply from knowing other people who live with dogs. The chapters on depression, while also funny, are very poignant and hit close to home for anyone who suffers from or knows someone who suffers from depression. I would recommend this book just for those chapters alone. At times, I felt like the author had stepped out of her life and into my own when she was describing the “flawed coping mechanisms” part of the book. It will definitely make readers giggle even if they don’t see themselves in the events the author is describing. I couldn’t get enough of this one. Hope she publishes a second!
This is a great slice of life from the stacks. I enjoyed it immensely as it reminded me of a few patrons that I or my fellow library staff have been blessed to deal with. Some of the stories made me laugh out loud and attract the interest of my kiddos! Good stuff.
There is a reason we don’t carry this title…yep, its Not that good. Remind me to never read a book, just because the cover looks really good. They say you cannot judge a book by its cover, well, thats Not entirely true. If the cover features a knife dripping with blood, you know chances are good, that its just NOT a “cozy mystery”. But I digress.
Main character, Jimmy Zoole’s has had a wretched year: his best friend died, his acting career is dead, his apt has been burgled repeatedly, his promising manuscript for a novel gone with burglary #3, his girlfriend just broke up with him, and now his cat has died while at the vets. Its being capped off with burglary #4 on New Year’s Eve. Zoole catches the burglar in the act ties him to the kitchen counter, and vents by hitting the burglar. I thought it would be lots funnier. Yes I knew there’d be some black humor. But I thought the burglar turning around and helping Zoole after being hit repeatedly stretched credulity.
Another book by Leigh Rutledge. This one is a Dear Abby type series of letters that cats (& 1 dog), have written in to Dear Tabby. Tabby answers a range of questions from how to get your humans to change the stupid funny name they’ve given the cat, to love of birds. Rutledge, seems familiar with the types of letters that might get written in to an editor, including portraying diverse reactions to a given topic. Dear Tabby is above all funny, with sharp sarcasm ending most replies. Now on to find more cat titles by Rutledge.
How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack is a very important book. I repeat a very important book. Not only do you learn how to survive a Sharknado but many other unusual things Mother Nature could throw at you, such as, Arachnoquake, Ghost Shark, Redneck Gator and many more. Read this book.
While I think I liked “Smile” a tad better, I had a blast reading “Sisters.” I love how Raina’s graphic novels are so humorous but realistic at the same time. I can relate to many of the situations her characters encounter.
The tidbits of the the past added to this novel helped me to understand the
relationship that the sisters have. It also showed the struggles of the parents trying to raise 3 children in a tiny apartment.
Wow! If you think Tina Fey’s humor is scathing, you need to check out Joan Rivers. I’d heard snippets of her on TV years ago, and didn’t think she was all that much. But I heard another snippet more recently and all I can say is OUCH! Well, I do find her funny, well mostly, some of her numbers are pretty harsh. But she does direct a lot of the really nasty stuff at herself. And by nasty I mean in both senses of the word, more offensive terminology and raunchy scenes than perhaps anyone else (though often I can’t understand the words of some of the raunchier comics, so I don’t bother). She is entirely shameless and unapologetic.
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.
When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.
While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.
An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.
It is so hard to write good comedy. This is why listening to comedians is much better than reading their books. Listening and watching gives you more insight into the joke. John Moe’s book on pop culture just isn’t funny. Sometimes being in the right frame of mind helps, so, I will read the book at a later date to see if my opinion changes but for now…..
A funny book of advice for cats from cats. But seriously, it’s a parady of the popular Dangerous Book for Boys and Daring Book for Girls that tells the kids how to do stuff that used to be common knowledge for most people. Everything from building a fire safely in the woods to how to play marbles to the importance of writing a letter (yes, with pen and paper) for certain situations. The books also feature lesser known but important men and women from history that the authors felt could be good role models for children.
This book advises cats on how to train their human, how to be the best hunter they can be and also gives them “histories” of famous and important cats. If you love cats and especially if you have a house cat you will recognize a lot of these behaviors and they way the authors interpret what the cats are thinking is hilarious.
Humorous collection of drawings of Pusheen the cat and pointers on day to day activities in the life of a cat. I first saw Pusheen on Facebook as an a collection of emoticon art you can add to private messages then saw the book.
Box Lunch is an adult oriented book. It deals with the taboo subject of sex. Why sex is taboo is beyond me. Oral sex is the subject matter of this piece of work. This could be one of the funniest books I have read and yet instructional too. If you do not like explicit sexual books then stay away from this one. Diana approaches Box Lunch from her own experiences. If you’re not familiar with the author it’s because she edits and writes for the lesbian magazine, On Our Backs. I would recommend this book.
I will admit to not watching The Office, but I have seen Mindy Kaling in interviews and other things and enjoyed her. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is an entertaining look at her rise through Hollywood and other aspects of her life. She narrates the audiobook herself and has a witty way of telling her story. The book is short and jumps topics quite a bit which does help keep your attention. No one topic is so long that it will bore you and some of the shorter ones are the funniest. I think Kaling fans will enjoy this book.
Lamott gives us an inside peek at her writing processes and the advice she gives to her workshop students. Hilariously written, as one reviewer notes, the book is “a warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer’s world and its treacherous swamps.” Lamott is not shy about telling her students and readers that writing is hard work and what we think of as reward, publication, may not ever happen. And yet, we should keep on writing about ourselves, our lives, our very ups and downs. She encourages us all to just keep writing day by day. A good dose of humor is thrown in to keep us from getting too despondent. Lamott tackles libel, beginning writing, taking classes, and finding writing partners with a good dose of reality and fun in her text. I highly recommend it for any creative person who needs a good laugh.
Ah – my Downton Abbey addiction can be revived! This month’s challenge is Graphic Novels, and I was lucky that my coworker recommended this title to me. It is a parody, poking fun at a variety of aspects of the show, particularly, the aristocracy’s treatment of their servants. The illustrator does an excellent job of drawing characters with distinctly recognizable physical characteristics of the TV characters. Even the names are clever. Bates is Gates, Thomas Barrow is Thompson Sparrow, Anna is Joanna, Daisy is Poppy. Funny stuff!
This collection of web comics starts off were Too Much Information ends, with the birth of Dewey’s daughter, Trillian. Yes, she is named after a character in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Guess what one of Dewey’s favorite genres is.
It also introduces new employee, Dyna, a library clerk. Dewey and the staff attend the real conference for librarians and book lovers, Book Expo America. In recognition of this, Gene and Bill provide us with conference tips for all and a 12 page comic titled, What Would Dewey Do @ BEA?
This collection also gives their fans a full six months of comics!