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Subject: Suggestions for good reads to make me laugh?
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 11:46 PM ET
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I'm in the mood to read some good, funny books. Something to keep my attention and keep me smiling/laughing throughout. Any ideas?

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:14 AM ET
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Have you read the Janet Evanovich series?  Starts w/ One For the Money?

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Date Posted: 4/10/2008 7:58 AM ET
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Bobbie Faye's Really (really, really, really) Bad Day by Toni McGee Causey

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 11:52 AM ET
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Anything by Christopher Moore is good for a laugh.  I consider them as humorous adventures with some sort of paranormal twist (vampires, reapers, talking bats, nothing crazy ).

If you're new to him, I recommend Bloodsucking Fiends as a starter, or Island of the Sequined Love Nun.


Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:21 PM ET
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Bill Fitzhugh is a hilarious writer - Pest Control is his first novel. He writes in a vein similar to Carl Hiaasen.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 5:27 PM ET
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Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and Clyde Edgerton's Walking Across Egypt come to mind as good, funny reads.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 6:53 PM ET
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agnes and the hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer


Date Posted: 4/11/2008 6:16 PM ET
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I like Bill Bryson -- A Walk in the Woods had both me and my husband literally laughing out loud, and I thought LIfe & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid was funny as well, but I really enjoy all of his travel writing.

But Enough About Me (by Jancee Dunn) was extremely entertaining -- I loved it.


The Sweet Potato Queens books are funny.

War Reporting For Cowards had its moments, as well as American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch.  Those two books aren't constant laugh-out-loud funny but both are very entertaining, interesting and usually good for a chuckle!

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Date Posted: 4/11/2008 7:41 PM ET
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Linwood Barclay's books kept me entertained and laughing throughout.  His Zack Walker series --  Bad Move, Bad Guys, Lone Wolf and Stone Rain -- revolve around Zack Walker a quirky, paranoid, funny dad who just can't seem to stop worrying!

Subject: Lorna Landvik
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 12:48 AM ET
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I've read a number of books by Lorna Landvik and found them very funny. She wrote "Tall PIne Polka", "Patty Jane's House of Curl" among others.
Subject: Fannie Flagg
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 11:31 AM ET
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Any of Fannie Flagg's books. Also, Marley and Me.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 12:26 PM ET
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Seconding Bill Bryson - Notes from a Small Island, for example - and One for the Money by Evanovich.

If you've never read any Dave Barry, there are collections of his columns, and especially the older ones are just hilarious (he's a good serious writer, too, though - his column after 9/11/01 is one of the best things I have ever read in the popular press).

My wife loves the first two Sweet Potato Queens books, but I have to tell you that I found them a trifle raunchy. My wife says that's part of the point. OK.

Both of us enjoy the collections of Baxter Black's work. He's a former large animal vet and has this dry humor we simply love. Cactus Tracks and Cowboy Philosophy is one collection. Horseshoes, Cowsocks and Duckfeet is another.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 3:39 PM ET
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THREE MEN IN A BOAT by Jerome K. Jerome (sic). Just do it. Or Graham Chapman's A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Ditto.

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Date Posted: 4/12/2008 4:59 PM ET
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Agnes Browne by Brendan O'Carroll.  It's about a woman recently widowed trying to cope with raising her children in Ireland.  It's incredibly funny.  The second book The Chisellers was also very good.

Subject: Funny, silly books:
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 3:37 PM ET
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Laurie Notaro - The Idiot Girl's Action Adventure Club.

Terry Pratchett - The Wyrd Sisters.

Both are light reading, and made me laugh.



Date Posted: 4/13/2008 3:59 PM ET
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If you like British humor Wodehouse is tops on my list.  Any of the Bertie and Jeeves books. 

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"Slummy Mummy" by Fiona Neill is funny :)

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I enjoy those Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, too.  I have A Walk in the Woods on my TBR shelf.  Maybe I'll read it next.  I could use some laughs.  Thanks, y'all, for the suggestions.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 5:08 PM ET
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The first two Bridget Jones books by Helen Fielding - hysterically funny in that British chick-lit way.


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I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson

Boy O boy could I relate to this book when I was a full time working mom!!  It is an insightful and very funny look at the life of a mom trying to do it all in todays world. 


Date Posted: 4/14/2008 12:24 PM ET
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This is one of the few books I've actually laughed out loud throughout the entire book. What a great, hilarious read! Even funnier is that the story (and all the adventures) are true! I'm constantly recommending this book, and people love it. Enjoy!

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 5:01 PM ET
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Mmmm... I'll second almost all of the above :)  I love Christopher Moore, Bill Bryson, Terry Pratchett, Janet Evanovich, P.G. Wodehouse..... 

I'll add in Douglas Adam's and his "Hitchhiker's Guide" series, if you haven't read them yet.  Even if you've seen the movie.... the books are better. 

Subject: One for the Money
Date Posted: 4/14/2008 7:24 PM ET
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Aimee, I just wanted to thank you for your recommendation of those Stephanie Plum books.  I had been looking for something to get out of my normal "mold" of what I read, so I took your recommendation and found that book online and now I'm waiting for it to come :)

Thanks again for the suggestion!


Subject: Thanks so much!
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 1:23 AM ET
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Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. I put in a few orders here on PBS and just waiting for them to come! I was really interested in The Broke Diaries, but couldn't find it here on PBS just yet. Hopefully soon!

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 4:48 PM ET
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LAMB by Christopher Moore was hysterical.  I also really love SCREENING PARTY by Dennis Hensley.  Both of these made me laugh out loud, and that's hard for a book!