I generally watch one of my go-to sitcom favorites if I’m looking for laughs, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a funny book instead! Here are some of our favorites to incite the giggles.
Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby: The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby’s life at 40.
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton: Who knew an apocalyptic tale told through the eyes of a pet crow would be so wry?
Bossypants by Tiny Fey: Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve always suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole: After more than three decades, the peerless wit and indulgent absurdity of A Confederacy of Dunces continues to attract new readers.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling: In this hilarious instant classic, the creator of The Mindy Project and Never Have I Ever invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood.
Lamb by Christopher Moore: In this hilarious and irreverent novel, the acclaimed Christopher Moore shares the greatest story never told: the life of Christ as seen by his boyhood pal, Biff.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris: The witty collection lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding: A devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanent doomed quest for self-improvement.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: The mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty: A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.
Hyperbole and A Half by Allie Brosh: Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to.
Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson: This collection of essays is equally hilarious, observant and poignant. Jenny Lawson is one of the only authors who can make you laugh until you cry, and cry until you laugh.
Ellen Whitfield is senior publicist at Books Forward, an author publicity and book marketing firm committed to promoting voices from a diverse variety of communities. From book reviews and author events, to social media and digital marketing, we help authors find success and connect with readers.