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Best laugh-out-loud books


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Initial post: Aug 18, 2008, 6:44:24 PM PDT
I need a good book that will get me laughing out loud. I love David Sedaris and Douglas Adams. Let me know some of your favorites.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2008, 8:33:15 PM PDT
Well, I have been known to cause public disturbances while reading Christopher Moore. My favorite is, of course, Lamb. I howled until the Crucifixion approached and then I cried. It's one of the best books ever and all of his others are very, very funny too.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 6:42:19 AM PDT
Jody says:
I've always laughed out loud at the Blandings books by P. G. Wodehouse.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 3:05:45 PM PDT
Wonderdog by Inman Majors
and
U.S. by Chris Bachelder

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 3:15:42 PM PDT
K. McNamara says:
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic; The Wee Free Men
Diana Wynn Jones - Darklord of Derkholm
Donna Andrews - Murder with Peacocks

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 5:50:25 PM PDT
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How could I forget Christopher Moore? I loved Lamb! Hilarious. His books always put a smile on my face. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 5:56:58 PM PDT
Peter Cannon's Scream for Jeeves. Three of Lovecraft's stories re-written in the style of P.G. Wodehouse. Also the nursery crime division books by Jasper Fford--The Big Over-Easy, and The Fourth Bear.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 6:21:10 PM PDT
Pen-Ink-Book says:
If you don't laugh reading Janet Evanovich your funny bone is broken, Also, love Anne George.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 6:33:56 PM PDT
"Pale Fire"?

Though the jokes can get to be pretty complicated.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 6:58:41 PM PDT
K. James says:
Try David Rakoff and Laurie Notaro. Also Christopher Buckley and Donald Westlake.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2008, 7:01:34 PM PDT
Samaya Young says:
I almost tore something while reading Jennifer Crusie's "What the Lady Wants". Good stuff!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2008, 12:28:30 AM PDT
"Good Omens." Armageddon gone wrong. A friend of mine read it on a transatlantic flight and laughed so much that passengers complained to the captain.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2008, 5:04:15 AM PDT
Good Omens, by Pratchet and Gaimen

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2008, 12:40:52 PM PDT
Number Six says:
The Eyre Affair by Jasper FForde. Pretty funny and even funnier if you have read Jane Eyre.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2008, 12:49:00 PM PDT
sickofca says:
Anything by Garrison Keillor...........especially if you are from a small town.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2008, 8:21:17 PM PDT
ron m. says:
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I have never laughed like I did with this book. Also, you will cry. But it's a beautiful book.

Good Omens is good if you like Adams also.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2008, 9:31:12 AM PDT
Both Bridget Jones books by Helen Fielding are LOL! funny. (if that's your cup of tea)

Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
Cervantes' 'Don Quixote' as a reputation of being funny! :D

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2008, 1:53:20 PM PDT
jo reader says:
I also loved "A Pray for Owen Meany" and don't forget "Catch 22"
J

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2008, 6:07:22 AM PDT
Fillets of Plaice by Gerald Durrell
I'll Trade You An Elk by Charles Goodrum
Any of Bill Bryson's travel books.
And all true stories.

Monya
author of The Pirate And The Puritan

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2008, 7:17:13 AM PDT
dbp23 says:
My all time favorite laugh out loud book is Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods". I'm almost embarassed to admit that I read the book in 1999 while my wife was in the hospital with terminal cancer and I couldn't stop laughing. I read parts of the book to her at the time and it was great to hear her laugh out loud through her pain. I'd highly recommend the book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2008, 7:28:17 AM PDT
T. A. Fisher says:
I thought A Walk in the Woods was great too. For laughing out loud I'd recommend Dave Barry.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2008, 7:50:38 AM PDT
KOMET says:
I'd highly recommend any of the "RUMPOLE" books by John Mortimer. While reading one of the short stories in "Rumpole Rests His Case" a couple of weeks ago, I laughed out loud in bed for a couple of minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2008, 8:34:54 AM PDT
cotbqott says:
I agree with David Pelletier about Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods". It's been a while since I read it, but I remember laughing so hard I was crying.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2008, 12:49:55 PM PDT
If you like Southern humor and are middle-aged, you'll probably get a good laugh from Mary Clay's DAFFODILS (Divorced And Finally Free Of Deceitful, Insensitive, Licentious Scum) trilogy which features 3 middle-aged sorority sisters. They're sort of a cross between Evanovich and Anne George.

Harriet Klausner, #1 reviewer for Amazon, said the second book "BIKE WEEK BLUES is one of the funniest capers this reviewer has had the privilege of reading."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2008, 3:56:57 PM PDT
Richard Russo's "Straight Man" has been known to reduce people to tears from laughter. You don't need to have been to college or have worked for one to get all the humor, but it will make it all that much funnier...

Surprised that no one has mentioned the "World According to Garp" by John Irving. And for a real, quick, bitter classic - try Mark Twain's "Pudd'nhead Wilson."
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