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In the mood for a good laugh? This list spotlights the funnier side of fiction, with characters caught up in situations of increasing drama, humor, and mayhem. You can't help but laugh along with them.
The Screwtape Letters by
Call Number: 248.4 Lew
Publication Date: 2015
A masterpiece of satire, this classic work has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious.
Call Number: F Aus
Publication Date: 1998
Since Emma knows what's best for everybody, she sets about trying to straighten the world out. It doesn't work. Fortunately, before completely screwing up everyone else's life, she gets her head screwed on straight and for the first time sees what it's all about.
Also Available in Large Print.
Big Trouble by
Call Number: F Bar
Publication Date: 1999
In the city of Coconut Grove, Florida, these things happen: A struggling adman named Eliot Arnold drives home from a meeting with the Client From Hell. His teenage son, Matt, fills a Squirtmaster 9000 for his turn at a high school game called Killer. Matt's intended victim, Jenny Herk, sits down in front of the TV with her mom for what she hopes will be a peaceful evening for once.
In a few minutes, a chain of events that will change the lives of each and every one of them will begin.
One for the Money by
Call Number: F Eva
Publication Date: 2003
A New Jersey bounty hunter with attitude, bail-bonds apprehension agent Stephanie Plum pursues a former vice cop, now on the run, with whom she shares a sordid history and a powerful chemistry.
Also Available as a Downloadable.
Then We Came to the End by
Call Number: F fer
Publication Date: 2007
No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.
Bridget Jones's Diary by
Call Number: F Fie
Publication Date: 1998
In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way). In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the other hand, she loses 72! There is also the unspoken New Year's resolution--
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by
Call Number: F Fla
Publication Date: 2000
Mrs. Threadgoode's tale of two high-spirited women of the 1930s, Idgie and Ruth, helps Evelyn, a 1980s woman in a sad slump of middle age, to begin to rejuvenate her own life.
A Dirty Job by
Call Number: F Moo
Publication Date: 2006
Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He’s what’s known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant — you know, the one who’s always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.
Youth in Revolt by
Call Number: F Pay
Publication Date: 1996
Youth in Revolt is the journals of Nick Twisp, California's most precocious diarist, whose ongoing struggles to make sense out of high school, deal with his divorced parents, and lose his virginity result in his transformation from an unassuming fourteen-year-old to a modern youth in open revolt. As his family splinters, worlds collide, and the police block all routes out of town, Nick must cope with economic deprivation, homelessness, the gulag of the public schools, a competitive type-A father, murderous canines, and more.
Holidays on Ice by
Call Number: F Sed
Publication Date: 2008
A classic collection of stories features six additional works on the joys and embarrassments of favorite holidays, including tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to another culture, and a barnyard Secret Santa scheme gone awry.
Also Available as an Audio Book.
A Confederacy of Dunces by
Call Number: F Too
Publication Date: 1980
A fat New Orleans misanthrope who constantly rebukes society, Ignatius Reilly, gets a job at his mother's urging but ends up leading a worker's revolt.
Cat's Cradle by
Call Number: F Von
Publication Date: 1998
A young writer decides to interview the children of a scientist primarily responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb.