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At 37 weeks, I need some distraction mamas!

What are your favorite laugh out loud novels??

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Jennifer Lancaster

Good Omens

Get Fuzzy

Um...hmm... I read a lot of stuff that makes me , but most of it isn't specifically intended to be funny.
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They are not novels (they are autobiographical), but the James Herriot books are "laugh out loud" funny and very sweet (he writes about being a veterinarian in England in the 1930's-1960's and his relationships with his boss, his wife, the townspeople, etc... there are about 5 books, most famous "All Creatures Great and Small"). His clients and the situations that he seems to find himself in are really funny. Love, love, love them.
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Good Omens
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I like memoirs that are funny. The following are quick, breezy, and really funny.

Funny In Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian In America
Laughing Without An Accent: Adventures of An Iranian American At Home and Abroad

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anything you can find by David Sedaris
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster, but the others are funny too
Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
White Man's Grave by Richard Dooling
Misadventures in the 213 by Dennis Hensley
Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the Auntie Mame books by Patric Dennis.
I also just caught part of Bridget Jones on tv the other day and remembered how much I laughed till I cried when I first read that book.
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i thought "the devil wears prada" was pretty funny.

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Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich.

Someone got me hooked on them when ds was just born and was doing lots of cluster feeds. There are 15 books in the series so far and I absolutely love them.

I also really like Bill Bryson. A Walk in the Woods is one of my favorites.

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i thought "the devil wears prada" was pretty funny.
I was gonna post the same. Movie was more dramatic to me...book made me giggle at times.

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Fool, A Dirty Job, and Lamb -- all by Christopher Moore. I laughed at loud mere pages into each of them.

Chuck Palahniuk's books are great, too. A little more serious than Christopher Moore's, but still funny if you have that sort of sense of humor. Snuff made me laugh a lot, but if you have anything against porn or really vividly gross descriptions of sexual things, you'll probably want to pass.

Maybe I shouldn't recommend books. Neither my mom (an avid reader) nor my partner has liked my suggestions so far, but a friend loved Lamb and I get giddy when someone does like one of the books I've suggested so . . . well, here I am posting in your thread.

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I second David Sedaris, even though I wouldn't call his books novels.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. The Long Way Down is funny, too, but darker.

America the Beautiful by Moon Unit Zappa.

And even though it's got a lot of other stuff going on, I always found The Body by Stephen King to be hilarious. (It's the source material for the movie "Stand By Me".) Technically, it's a novella, one of four in Different Seasons, and, be warned, the other three aren't funny at ALL.

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings contains some very funny scenes.

Me Talk Pretty One Day has a chapter about the author's brother that brings me to tears of laughter every time. Bonus if you read it aloud.

A Confederacy of Dunces is supposed to be funny.

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

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I second David Sedaris, even though I wouldn't call his books novels.
Good point, nor Jen Lancaster. I got stuck on "funny."
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Good Omens is hilarious. I nearly choked reading it.


Chuck Palahniuk is really into the shock factor. He likes to put stuff that will freak someone out in his books. He is a very gifted storyteller but WOW some of it is really freaky.

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Another hand-way-up vote for Good Omens.

I second the recommendations for Bill Bryson's and James Herriot's stuff, too, though neither write novels. If non-novels are fine with you, I recommend Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress.

If short stories are OK, I HIGHLY recommend collections of the Vinyl Cafe, a very popular and long-running national radio show in Canada. (FYI, it isn't just for Canadians -- I made a CD of episodes for some American friends and they went crazy over it.)

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One more vote for Good Omens!
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Sci Fi/fantasy: Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe, etc.

Anything by Terry Pratchett. Totally agreed about David Sedaris.

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Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich.

Someone got me hooked on them when ds was just born and was doing lots of cluster feeds. There are 15 books in the series so far and I absolutely love them.
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The first books I ever full fledged laughed out loud while reading.

I chortled a bit with Hitchhiker's Guide and Dirk Gently (Douglas Adams) and with Lamb (Christopher Moore)

But Stephanie Plum....I had to stop reading so I could catch my breath

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Me Talk Pretty One Day has a chapter about the author's brother that brings me to tears of laughter every time. Bonus if you read it aloud.
If you go to youtube and search "you can't kill the rooster," there's an awesome reading of the chapter. It's so not-family-friendly, so language alert

So, my vote is on David Sedaris if you're looking for a funny distraction!

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shopaholic or any of sophie kinsellas books
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Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons, is hilarious.

Not really a novel, but I loved Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, by Florence King.

Jeeves and Wooster!
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Jeeves and Wooster!

Jeeves and Wooster by P.G. Wodehose are hilarious. I love those books. The television episodes were quite good too.

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I read Can't Wait To Get To Heaven by Fannie Flagg just before my ds was born and it was just right- hilarious and light hearted and enormously entertaining. Fannie Flagg is always like that, but I thought this one was particularly funny.
For funny with more substance, I like Tom Robbins. My faves by him are probably Skinny Legs and All and Still Life with Woodpecker.

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Anything by Carl Hiaasin is awesome. His books could make you pee your pants! We have all of them (except the newest, which is about golf...not really a novel). Even his two kids books are cute and funny.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_...rl&sprefix=hia

My favorite is Skin Tight and Skinny Dip. But seriously, I've read all of them at least once, some twice or more. He weaves these awesome stories based on all the crazy sh!t that happens in Florida. The characters are memorable, and reoccur in most of the novels. Sick Puppy was the one that got us hooked. In it's opening chapter, a manic environmentalist chases a littering BMW down the highway to a restaurant, bribes some garbage men with a couple hundred dollars to go to a strip club, and dumps an entire garbage truck of trash on the open convertible. : Oh, good stuff!

I saw an interview with him once when he said they have so many crazy capers in FL, because if you are going to be a criminal, who would want to be a criminal in Wisconsin or Michigan when you could come to sunny Florida. He's a newspaper columnist, so he knows what he's talking about.

All this talk about FL reminds me as well of Dave Barry's Big Trouble. The movie didn't quite do it justice. But it's hilarious!

Also, along the same lines but not quite so laugh out loud hilarious is just about anything by Tom Robbins but specifically skinny legs & all, even cowgirls get the blues, fierce invalids home from hot climates, and another roadside attraction. The man can weave a story that is spellbinding! And hilarious.

Happy reading!
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Yes, Cold Comfort Farm!!
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Yet another for Good Omens - magic combination of authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Good Omens ranks up there with my all time favorites.


...and also anything else by Terry Pratchett, like another poster said.

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I am totally checking out Good Omens...thank you for the suggestions!

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I really enjoyed Total Waste of Make-up by Kim Gruenenfelder. I was giggling on a plane while I read it.

I'm going to look for Good Omen now that's it gotten so many recs.
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