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Subject: Suggest a book that will make me laugh out loud on the train and make peopl
Date Posted: 10/3/2007 9:31 PM ET
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Snarky British humor is always good, but I'm up for suggestions. And something that's not on everyone else's wishlist :)

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Date Posted: 10/3/2007 10:10 PM ET
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My Family and Other Animals Author: Gerald Durrell     I read this years ago and there are some sections that are hilarious - happens to be British ...  what do you know

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Date Posted: 10/3/2007 10:15 PM ET
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If you can get your hands on something by Jim Mullen, you and those watching you will be entertained!  I read "It Takes a Village Idiot" and thought it was hilarious.  Not British, though.

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Date Posted: 10/4/2007 3:22 AM ET
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Terry Pratchett is great. His Discworld novels are very tongue-in-cheek. It helps if you like fantasy, but it isn't necessary. He is also British. 

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Date Posted: 10/6/2007 2:08 PM ET
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try anything by Carl Hiaasen - his books are hilarious set of characters and situations......

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Date Posted: 10/6/2007 4:43 PM ET
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Agnes Browne by Brendon O'Carroll (I think that's the authors name)  It's the story of a woman recently widowed trying to raise her kids alone in Ireland.  I don't normally find novels funny.  I found myself laughing at this one though.

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Date Posted: 10/6/2007 8:41 PM ET
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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris!!!
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Date Posted: 10/7/2007 12:43 AM ET
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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Not for everybody,but it did it for me!), Anything by Tom Robbins, Laurie Notaro;specifically The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club---"Caramel Apple Freakout".  I made everyone read that story and we all laughed until we cried and our stomachs ached. 

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Date Posted: 10/7/2007 5:13 AM ET
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The Bible. Hilarious. Almost peed myself.

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Date Posted: 10/7/2007 6:30 AM ET
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mailgirl Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris!!!

 

I'd also like to suggest, "Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim" by David Sedaris :D

 



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Date Posted: 10/7/2007 11:31 AM ET
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i second the David Sedaris books - so funny!  i love his stories!

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Date Posted: 10/7/2007 8:03 PM ET
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Try the series by Joe Keenan:

Blue Heaven

Putting on the Ritz

My Lucky Star

 

Joe used to be the head writer on Fraiser.  So, if you like the wit there, you'll love these.

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Date Posted: 10/8/2007 12:47 AM ET
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One of my all time favorites:  Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.  Unfortunately, I think it's still got a mile long wishlist. 

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Date Posted: 10/8/2007 5:02 AM ET
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I second anything by Laurie Notaro - I laughed out loud so much at an airport restaraunt reading this that a woman came over & wrote down what I was reading so she could get  a copy for herself

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Date Posted: 10/8/2007 10:07 AM ET
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If you're a mom and/or wife, check out Confessions of a Slacker Mom and Confessions of a Slacker Wife.  Both are laugh-out-loud funny and quick reads.  I have Confessions of a Slacker Mom on my bookshelf if you are interested!

Deanna

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Date Posted: 10/8/2007 12:10 PM ET
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The Julie/Julia Project by Julie Powell

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Date Posted: 10/8/2007 12:48 PM ET
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I got a lot of stares in the coffee shop when I was reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.  Alternates between hilarity and sadness, but I loved every minute.



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Date Posted: 10/8/2007 2:57 PM ET
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Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend

LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY...I was reading this in the waiting room at the doctor's office.  Two older women sitting across from me who asked me what I was reading.  I described it to them, and read one short paragraph.  One woman said she wanted to read it, the other responded with a scowl.   Be warned:  if you are a Christian you have to be open-minded it can get pretty irreverent.  

 

 

 

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Date Posted: 10/8/2007 7:23 PM ET
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oh yeah... don't forget Naked by David Sedaris

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Date Posted: 10/9/2007 10:21 AM ET
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I'm sure someone has mentioned this already but Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series are really funny.  I listen to them in on audio while walking. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm nuts.  Walking down the street alone, laughing out loud.  They are not romances. They aren't really mysteries either. 

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Date Posted: 10/9/2007 2:22 PM ET
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one more for me talk pretty one day

 

the other passengers will only have to read the title to think you are crazy.

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Date Posted: 10/10/2007 9:25 AM ET
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Thanks, everyone - did order some books ya'll suggested!
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Date Posted: 10/10/2007 12:06 PM ET
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I laughed out loud (and cried) on the bus while reading Marley & Me.  I have a bus rider friend who giggles while reading Janet Evanovich (sp?) mysteries.

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Date Posted: 10/10/2007 5:08 PM ET
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Hilarious?  the Corset diaries by Katie  Mc Alister. I was reading it on the bus and a couple of people were looking at me like if I had grown another head. I will say that 'gark!' is a new word in my dictionary; and this is one book I'm NOT posting!!!!

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Date Posted: 10/10/2007 7:28 PM ET
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Anything by PG Wodehouse is sure to get some laughs.
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