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Laugh it Off:
The Booklist with a Sense of Humor

These books run the gamut from sarcasm to slapstick in their attempts to make you smile.

    How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Marc Acito
    When Edward's dad refuses to help out with the high cost of Julliard, desperate measures are taken, with sidesplitting results.

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    Arthur Dent loses his house, his planet, and most of his marbles in this snarky tale of interstellar adventures, which involve a wildly improbable spaceship and a manic-depressive robot.

    Kinflicks by Lisa Alther
    If you remember the 1960s, you weren't there. If that sentence made you smile, you might like this book about a southern girl at a northern college during history's grooviest decade.

    The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
    A hapless part-time English professor gains special powers after a freak accident…and doesn't always use them for good. A scathing send-up of contemporary academe.

    A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
    The author reminisces about her somewhat unconventional childhood (complete with pet chicken) in Mooreland, Indiana.

    The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik
    Extreme birding is no sport for the weak, as Obmascik demonstrates with this chronicle of life on the fringes of a hobby.

    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
    Two spirits who aren't quite ready for the Apocalypse temporarily settle their differences in an attempt to keep the end of the world at bay just a little longer.

    Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
    The longest therapy session on record packs pounds of painful laughs at Alexander Portnoy's expense into this darkly comic novel.

    The Day I Turned Uncool by Dan Zevin
    This series of laughable epiphanies in essay form underscore the extent to which being grown-up (despite the perks and the paycheck) isn't all it's cracked up to be.