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Bossypants by Tina Fey

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.

-Denise

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.

Wondering about the cover? Check out this interview with the hand model.
-Jennifer

For more about the book, check out TIME, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times.

The Downhill Lie by Carl Hiaasen

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

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.

Visit the author's website and read a review.

Why My Third Husband Will be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline

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

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

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.

Preview the book, visit the author's website and read the L.A. Times review.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

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.

Visit the author's blog to learn more about her and her novels and read the New York Times review.

How Not to Act Old by Pamela Redmond Satran

How Not to Act Old: 185 Ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Hot, Dope, Awesome, or at Least Not Totally Lame by Pamela Redmond Satran (2009)Glamour magazine columnist Satran aims to drag baby boomers into the 21st century with both humor and infinitely practical guidance. Did you realize that counting out exact change and telling otherwise competent adults to wear a sweater or hurry up makes you look just plain old? Filled with witty and practical info about how not to become the subject of ridicule by younger generations, the advice from this fast read may just change your life and boost your mood with its laugh-out-loud observations.

Read an excerpt and visit the website for more advice on how to not act old.

The Green by Troon McAllister

The Green by Troon McAllister (1999)
Calling all golfers who will enjoy reading about the Ryder Cup! The author has written a humorous novel. Readers will recognize some of the PGA personalities in the book by traits that real PGA golfers on the tour possess. The novel includes golf tips as well as inside information about professional golf versus amateur golf.

This book could be made into a movie, but the people who should play the characters are deceased. In a movie of The Green, Jackie Gleason should play Eddie and Paul Newman could be Alan! The hustle of golf in this book can be compared to the game of pool!

Learn more about author and his books. Like golf? Check out our list of Fairway Fiction for more books on the topic.

African Diary by Bill Bryson

African Diary by Bill Bryson (2002)
A small book to get a quick insight into Africa. Bryson writes with his usual humor about traveling through Africa and what his preconception of Africa was before his trip.

Bill Bryson's story about Africa contains wonderful pictures and explanations of the continent. The profits of the book go to CARE to benefit African people.

Check out the official Bill Bryson website and read reviews on Amazon.com.

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn (2009)
If you like mysteries, love dogs, and have a sense of humor, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s a quick, easy read with an interesting plot and a cast of intriguing characters. Getting to know the characters and seeing the plot unfold from a dog’s perspective is quite entertaining. Chet, the dog, is owned by, and partner to, Bernie, a private investigator. This is the first of hopefully more Chet and Bernie mysteries. I’ll be looking for the next one to be published.

Visit Chet the dog's blog.

The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell

The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell (2008)
The pig did it and he REALLY did! The fat porker caused the characters to get into turmoil and...LOVE! Set in Ireland's West coast, this novel will bring a smile to your face.

Read reviews at Amazon.com and EW.com.

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (2004)
This is not a heart-warming story, nor is there any peace, miracles, or goodwill towards men. For those who are sick of sugary sweet Christmas stories, this nitty-gritty tale is a much needed counterpoint. There is an angel, and yes he does a stupid thing by losing his wings. But he is too busy trying to prevent this world from coming to an end. Quirky characters are a delight. Also try Moore’s other humorous novel Practical Demonkeeping.

Preview the book, read a review at Bookreporter.com, and visit the author's website.

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I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson (1999)
This collection of topics, with Bill Bryson's usual humorous outlook, is very enjoyable. It’s a great book to pick up and put down because each chapter is a short story about a separate subject. Bryson was urged to write articles about returning to America after living in England for 20 years. This book is a collection of the articles he wrote about how things had changed in America while he was gone.

Visit the author's website and read reviews at Amazon.com.

The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Pluto Files: the rise and fall of America’s favorite planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson (2009)
Noted astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Tyson gives a fascinating and humorous account of America’s love affair with Pluto. Using illustrations to entertain and to educate, the book provides an enticing mixture of scientific fact and funny anecdotes.

Learn about the history of Pluto, when it became a planet (and how that coincided with a famous Disney dog), and when Pluto (the planet) was demoted.

Read an interview with Tyson in TIME Magazine or listen to an interview on NPR. Visit the author’s website to watch video clips from appearances on Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, and PBS; read an excerpt; and learn more about the topic.