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Best Books for Comedy & Contemplation

Emcee Hamner
The list author says: "I like my humor fast and unexpected. I like stuff that makes me think and see the world in a new way. I enjoy philosophy and spirituality; Buddhism and Taoism. On TV, some favorites are Seinfeld, Arrested Development, Community, Cougar Town, The Office, and Parks and Recreation. I like smart comedy, but I see the value in the absurd and low-brow...when done well. I'm also huge fan of Star Trek (TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT). These are some of my favorite books, from all genres. Enjoy!"
Deep Thoughts
Deep Thoughts
"Any book by Jack Handey is a definite winner. Concise, brilliant!"
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
"David Sedaris is a sure-fire laugh-inducing author you can pretty much be guaranteed to enjoy every time."
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
"Bill Bryson has a great authorial voice and his humor is smart and his commentary witty. He's a lot of fun to travel with."
The Art of Power
The Art of Power
"Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most amazing humans to ever walk the Earth. Calming, soothing, and profound, his insights into human nature are incomparable. Any book by him is a treasure. Enjoy!"
Freedom from the Known
Freedom from the Known
"I've read (and own) many Krishnamurti books, and this is the one book that I would recommend to anyone as their first taste of Krishnamurti. I would also have to say that if I had to have just one of his texts as the only text in my collection, it would be "Freedom From the Known". What more can be said that hasn't been said already? Krishnamurti is one of the greatest thinkers of all time."
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure
"New-Agey, sure, but the philosophy has real science to back it up. Redfield's whole series of books has the capacity to change a person's life. Written in simple, easy-to-understand language. Good stuff."
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
"Another book capable of changing lives. Also a good movie. Try them both!"
The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality
The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality
"Are you into quantum theory? You will be after you read this book. Amazing. Absolutely amazing."
On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious
On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious
"How can the realization that you don't have a head change your life? Read this and find out!"
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism
"A great book on Taoism. 'Nuff said."
The World's Religions (Plus)
The World's Religions (Plus)
"If I could offer one book to every man, woman, and child on Earth to read, this would be it. Hands down. Whether we admit it or not, we are a religious planet and it is inexcusable that we allow ourselves to be ignorant of what's out there. Beautifully written, not textbook-y at all. The best of best. Truly a remarkable book."
Seinlanguage
Seinlanguage
"How can you NOT have a book by Jerry Seinfeld?"
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
"This was the book that started it all for me. It literally set my life in a new direction. A philosophical masterpiece. Wonderful."
Coma Notes: Witticisms of Unconsciousness
Coma Notes: Witticisms of Unconsciousness
"This is an absolutely hilarious book. It's self-published, but it's in the same class as anything by Jack Handey. It's a real winner. Highly recommended!"
I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!: Daily Affirmations By Stuart Smalley
I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!: Daily Affirmations By Stuart Smalley
"Funny yet inspiring. A great book."