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Humorous Fiction

A list of books to tickle your funny bone!

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Dennis, Patrick, 1921-1976.
After his parents die, a young boy goes to live with his big-hearted, eccentric aunt and learns how to grab life by the horns.
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Doyle, Roddy, 1958-
Aspiring manager, Jimmy Rabbitte forms a soul band in 1980s Dublin with a ragtag bunch of musicians. For more exploits of the Rabbitte family, read the equally funny sequels, The Snapper and The Van.
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Lebowitz, Fran.
Lebowitz's bestselling collections of essays on contemporary urban life are together in one volume. Lebowitz' wry, ironic wit is often compared to Dorothy Parker, but in outlook, she's closer to James Thurber.
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Bryson, Bill.
Bryson recalls his happy youth growing up in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1950s.
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St. Aubyn, Edward, 1960-
St. Aubyn takes on the publishing industry, self-important writers and literary backscratching in this humorous satire on the capriciousness of book prizes.
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Roth, Philip.
Roth explores the pain, disgust, anxiety and sheer terror of sex through the coarse words and riotous deeds of his young character, Alex Portnoy. More than 40 years later, it shocks less, but is still very funny.
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Townsend, Sue.
Adrian fancies he is an undiscovered poet and intellectual. He is really a pimply, hormonal teenager in love with a girl, earnestly trying to figure out the world of adults through a comical mixture of innocent cluelessness and insight.
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Rich, Simon.
The first-world problems and preoccupations of millennials are skewered in this breezy selection of humorous short stories.
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Ferris, Joshua.
Office politics and petty pranks occupy the time of a small group of employees at a downsizing ad agency.
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Bennett, Alan, 1934-
Follow the literary education of the Queen after her corgis dash onto the library bookmobile and, out of politeness, she decides to borrow a book.