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Laugh it Off:
The Booklist with a Sense of Humor

These books run the gamut from sarcasm to slapstick in their attempts to make you smile.

Marc Acito
How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater
When Edward's dad refuses to help out with the high cost of Julliard, desperate measures are taken, with sidesplitting results.
 
Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Arthur Dent loses his house, his planet, and most of his marbles in this snarky tale of interstellar adventures, which involve a wildly improbable spaceship and a manic-depressive robot.
 
Lisa Alther
Kinflicks
If you remember the 1960s, you weren't there. If that sentence made you smile, you might like this book about a southern girl at a northern college during history's grooviest decade.
 
James Hynes
The Lecturer's Tale
A hapless part-time English professor gains special powers after a freak accident…and doesn't always use them for good. A scathing send-up of contemporary academe.
 
Haven Kimmel
A Girl Named Zippy
The author reminisces about her somewhat unconventional childhood (complete with pet chicken) in Mooreland, Indiana.
 
Mark Obmascik
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession
Extreme birding is no sport for the weak, as Obmascik demonstrates with this chronicle of life on the fringes of a hobby.
 
Terry Pratchett
Good Omens
Two spirits who aren't quite ready for the Apocalypse temporarily settle their differences in an attempt to keep the end of the world at bay just a little longer.
 
Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint
The longest therapy session on record packs pounds of painful laughs at Alexander Portnoy's expense into this darkly comic novel.
 
Dan Zevin
The Day I Turned Uncool
This series of laughable epiphanies in essay form underscore the extent to which being grown-up (despite the perks and the paycheck) isn't all it's cracked up to be.
 

Updated:06/24/2009