Put a Little Humor in Your Summer

My sons and I listened to Carl Hiaasen’s book, Skinny Dip, as we wandered around Virginia and Maryland during our vacation. I had to be careful not to laugh too much on some of the hairpin turns, but we really enjoyed it. While Hiaasen — and many of the books recommended on various lists — are not necessarily good for a young audience, he is great for adults.

Consider picking up some funny books for your drive or beach read. The RML staff are particularly fond of Christopher Moore (Dirty Job is my favorite) and PJ Wodehouse. I also like the Lucia and Mapp series by E.F. Benson.

This clickable list is from Flavorwire. Some are not in the SAILS system.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley
Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey
The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
White Noise by Don DeLillo
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz
The Most of S.J. Perelman by S.J. Perelman
Don’t get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff
The Great Frustration by Seth Fried
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
Civilwarland in Bad Decline by George Saunders
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
Boswell: A Modern comedy by Stanley Elkin
Like You’d Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard
Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford
Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
I was told there’d be cake by Sloane Crosley
Carry on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Flatscreen by Adam Wilson
The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain by Mark Twain