I downloaded this audiobook from eMediaLibrary. I thought it was hilarious! Halpern is a guy in his late twenties who moved back in with his parents after his girlfriend broke up with him. He decided to start a Twitter page relating his father’s “words of wisdom,” after encouragement from friends who thought they were hysterical. The Twitter page became so popular that he turned it into this book.
He relates stories from his childhood to adulthood, always including his father’s commentary, which is often irreverent, sometimes thought-provoking, and always funny
Disclaimer: Much of this book is strewn with profanity, so may not be appropriate for everyone.
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You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs (2009)
The holidays have you frazzled and frustrated? Then you can’t miss this Christmas memoir. Burroughs’ witty writing style will have you laughing all the way to 2012!
Looking for more books that will make you laugh out loud here is our list of humorous stories.
Bossypants by Tina Fey (2011)
I loved listening to this book on CD. It was narrated by the author, Tina Fey, probably best known for her impersonation of Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election. She’s also been the head writer on Saturday Night Live; writes and stars in the TV series 30 Rock; and has written and/or starred in a number of films. She talks about getting her start in comedy in Chicago with the Second City troupe.
There are many laugh-out-loud moments throughout the book, and she delivers them perfectly. She’s gutsy, intelligent, and irreverently funny, with a no-holds-barred attitude about most things. Highly recommend this for anyone who wants a good laugh, although there is “adult language” which may offend some people.
Comedian Tina Fey entertains in her well-written memoir covering her personal life plus her stints at Chicago’s Second City, Saturday Night Live, and 30 Rock. I suggest listening to the audiobook narrated by Fey. Even if you haven’t followed her career, it’s easy to relate to this down to earth comedian and actress. I burst out laughing during her recollections of her childhood and her honeymoon as well as her responses to mean-spirited comments.
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The Downhill Lie by Carl Hiaasen (2008)
This very funny tale is perfect for golfers or spouses of golfers over 40!
A popular satirical fiction writer, Hiassen brings his offbeat sense of humor to real life anecdotes about golf and life. Visit the author’s website and improve your golf game!
Night Fall by Nelson Demille (2004)
Although this is a novel, it‘s based on the true event of the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996 off of Long Island, NY, killing all 230 people aboard. It contains many interesting facts and theories surrounding that tragedy. It asks the question: What REALLY caused this plane to explode that evening? Demille creates an intriguing plot and fascinating set of characters, while trying to determine whether the plane was shot down by a missile or exploded due to a mechanical failure in a fuel tank, as the government concluded. Despite the tragic subject, Demille’s character, John Corey, once again adds his biting humor and sarcasm to make this a truly enjoyable, “hard to put down” book to read. If you enjoy suspense with a touch of humor, you’ll love this one.
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Strip Poker by Nancy Bartholomew (2001)
Stephanie Plum make room for Sierra Lavotini! Sierra is a Phillie transplant who works as an exotic dancer in Panama City, Florida. Somehow she always seems to wind up near a murder which brings her closer to the attractive homicide detective John Nailor.
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Why My Third Husband Will be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline (2009)
I picked up this book on CD just because I thought the title was funny. I was definitely not disappointed. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Scottolines’s observations and opinions on a variety of topics, as well as her insights into her relationships with her daughter, mother, brother, and pets are very funny, with many laugh-out-loud moments for me!! Since it’s a compilation of many of Scottoline’s newspaper columns, it’s easy to listen to (or read) in short blocks of time. The author narrated it, so it was like listening to a stand-up comic relate comical stories about her life. I love how she finds humor in so many areas of life, and can cleverly articulate it.
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Plum Island by Nelson Demille (1997)
This is the first Nelson Demille book I’ve read in many years, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s the first book in Demille’s John Corey series. Corey is a NYPD homicide detective staying on Long Island while recovering from gunshot wounds received in the line of duty. His friend, the police chief in the area, calls on him to “consult” on a double-murder investigation. Corey’s intelligence and insightful observations make the solving of the mystery interesting, but it’s his wise-cracking, sarcastic, often brash, humor that really makes this book enjoyable. I’m excited to read the rest of the books in this series, as well as checking out the other Demille series and stand-alone novels that I hadn’t read before.
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The Family Man by Elinor Lipman (2009)
This is a charming, funny, enjoyable read with wonderfully developed characters, many of whom I’d love to meet and hang out with! I couldn’t help but root for each character to have a “happy ending” despite their flaws or shortcomings. If you like lighter, well-written fiction with an engaging storyline and likeable characters, you’ll love this one.
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The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine (2010)
Schine puts a clever spin on the Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility. Instead of two young women and their mother being thrown out of their home by their brother and his greedy wife when their father dies, the sisters are middle aged and their mother loses her home when her husband of nearly fifty years decides to divorce her and marry his greedy work assistant. For those familiar with the original the popping up of each character who parallels a character in the original is a treat. But just because you have read the original, don’t think you know how this one turns out.
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