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Subject: Hidden Gems I have found: Laugh out Loud Books
Date Posted: 10/27/2008 4:56 PM ET
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A Walk in the Woods- Bill Bryson

Raney- Clyde Edgerton

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas-  Hunter Thompson


I'm a big fan of laugh out loud books, all of these qualify.  I'd love to discuss them in detail, please PM me, if you'd like to.  Chris

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 5:01 PM ET
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Just curious. Are you REALLY a repo man John? :P

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Date Posted: 10/27/2008 6:09 PM ET
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I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a discussion, but I like:

Dave Barry - I read his column for years, even as a pretty young kid, and Big Trouble was one of the funniest books I've ever read.

Patrick F. McManus - writes humor for Field and Stream magazine, and his stories are hilarious...especially if you did a lot of camping as a kid, like me.

Scott Adams - Writes the Dilbert comic strip.  I've read his other books as well relating to workplace humor.

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 8:46 PM ET
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Why discuss in PM's?  That is what is so wonderful about Hidden Gems...the discussions.

Chat away---

Subject: well in that case...
Date Posted: 10/27/2008 9:14 PM ET
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tell me the books that have made you laugh so loud others were embarassed!

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Date Posted: 10/27/2008 10:57 PM ET
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Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck was funny--but only if you are a woman over 40.

Bill Maher's New Rules was funny--but only if you agree with his politics.


Date Posted: 10/28/2008 12:29 AM ET
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The funniest book I've read in awhile is LAMB--The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

I lent this book to a friend that was getting ready to board a plane to head back to the U.S. and she said she kept everyone awake with her laughing out loud.  It is one book I couldn't read while my DH was sleeping next to me, or else he would waken which is no small feat.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 4:17 AM ET
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I've mentioned these in other threads, but CATCH-22, THREE MEN IN A BOAT, Graham Chapman's A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY and the greatest of them all, MOLVANIA -- there ya go.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 7:30 AM ET
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I'm not allowed to read P.G. Wodehouse in my father's presence any more because he says I smirk too much and it makes him nervous.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 8:01 AM ET
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I agree with Jocelyn. Lamb was the funniest book I have ever read. I would sit and giggle to myself and my DH thought I was losing it. :-P

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 9:11 AM ET
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Several people have mentioned books by comedians. A favorite of mine recently was 'Don't stand too close to a naked man' (I think the title is alluding to 'Man rules', and, as such, is aimed at other men - but, really, it's also an excellent piece of advice for young girls)
Subject: laugh out loud
Date Posted: 10/28/2008 9:24 AM ET
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Has anyone read Hunter Thompson?  It is not for everyone, but funny to those how love him.  He was played by both Bill Murray and Johnny Depp in the movies.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 9:30 AM ET
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Laurie Notaro's books aren't especially well-written from a technical standpoint, but she has a description of getting her teeth stuck in a caramel apple while sitting in the drive-thru window at the bank...I don't know if I've ever laughed so hard at a book! Wish I could remember which book it was in...!


Date Posted: 10/28/2008 10:14 AM ET
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Humor is such an individual perception. I loved Bryson's A Walk in the Woods and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. I had to stop and read parts to my husband because he wanted to know why I was laughing hysterically. I've read Lamb by Christopher Moore but only found it mildly amusing while others here found it LOL funny. The other series that had me laughing out loud is the Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich. Some books are hit or miss but overall they make me LOL several times. No one has mentioned David Sedaris . . . I know he is popular but IMHO he is kind of creepy, definitely not someone I find funny. I'll have to check out Hunter Thompson and my husband did a lot of camping as a kid so he would probably love McManus!

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anyone read john dies at the end? i just finished it last night and i'm still trying to put how i feel about it into words. the only thing i've come up with so far is "kick ass".

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 7:28 PM ET
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I love Bill Bryson and A Walk in the Woods is one of my all-time favorite books.  Another hilarious one is The Year of Living Biblically...I think it's by A.J. Jacobs.  I found it LOL funny.

ETA...I forgot about Homer Hickham's memoir triology:  Rocket Boys (aka October Sky), The Coalwood Way, and Sky of Stone.  They were all hilarious!!

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Date Posted: 10/28/2008 8:38 PM ET
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*Walk in the Woods is great!  If you laughed at that you'd also laugh out loud at Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country".  Bill Bryson is just generally funny- I've read all his travel books.


*Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams

*Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz

*If you like Clyde Edgerton, you might also like *"Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living" by Bailey White.  She is a hoot!


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I have all of Bryson's travel books.  I might pick up In a Sunburned Country next.  :)

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I was laughing pretty well listening to Marley and Me til stupidme got to the part where I realized it said 'memoir' or something of that sort and couldn't fi nish since I have a lab :-(

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 11:36 AM ET
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David Sedaris reading aloud his story "Nuit of the Living Dead" from Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch by Hollis Gillespie

can't think of others right now -- been reading too much tragic stuff lately, I guess.

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Susanna,  I agree with you about laughing through Marley and Me and then as you predicted of course crying at the end. It was still a great book and I think you missed a lot at the end even though of course it was sad.

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I am a H U G E fan of the Hitch-hiker's Guide (the original two, anyway) but I find I'm so impressed with Adam's wordplay that sometimes I can't laugh at all -- I just stare, slack-jawed, saying to myself Man, that's funny... so in adhering to the letter of the law re this post, I can't include them. But for god's sake, read them!

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I love Kite Runner, Water is Wide (and all Pat Conroy) and Walk in the Woods (and all Bryson travel).  I've been waiting for Book Thief (on my wish list).  Seems I'd better look into Christy!!!   LOL


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Date Posted: 10/29/2008 6:36 PM ET
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Christopher Moore's YOU SUCK was one I loved. Also ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris had me in stitches. That's the first book that had me crying with laugher hysterically - my husband could hear me from the other room and thought I was having a break down. :P
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augusten burroughs -- but not if you don't like david sedaris!