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Curses By Lish McBride Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984815590
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

This gender-bent Beauty and the Beast retelling with Ella Enchanted (the movie) vibes was an absolute treat. It genuinely made me laugh out loud with all its smart quips and the adorable romance made me swoon, repeatedly. The two main characters have chemistry that leaps off the page and there's a lovable diverse friend group that you won't want to part with. Get ready for balls, masquerades, and posh garden parties as well as enchanted forests, silly princes, and a support group for those who've been cursed. Also Tevin is a total dreamboat and I love him. That is all. 



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We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy By Kliph Nesteroff Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982103057
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 15th, 2022

Easily combining the modern ways of standup comedy for Indigenous folks with the tragic history of their 'real estate problem' (as the great Charlie Hill puts it), Nesteroff does wonders in 270 odd pages. He flexes his wide knowledge of comedy and show business and is upfront in the Author's Note that he himself is not Indigenous so his goal was to highlight the voices in comedy and show business who are. And, in these short but comprehensive essays/chapters, I think he succeeds.


Review by Emily

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Movies (And Other Things) By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781538730195
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2019

Perfect for those humor fans or non-pretentious movie buffs that want to weigh in on what other movie characters would be in Regina George's clique or who got it the worst in Kill Bill? Paired with Torres' fantastic illustrations, Serrano writes lovingly and analytically about movies from the 1980s to today with opinions that toggle between silly and serious. Because really which movie villain would make the best hang and how culturally significant was 1997's Selena? This is a great book to escape into with the kind of author that wouldn't leave you bored at a party.


Review by Emily

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Survival of the Thickest: Essays By Michelle Buteau Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982122591
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery Books - February 1st, 2022

Listening to the audiobook felt like, hilarious comedian, Michelle Buteau was my best friend sitting in my passenger seat. What I liked was that, like everyone, she has insecurities (especially as a mixed race plus size woman in our society) but she doesn't dwell and then fully embodies confidence, not cockiness and not in a ra-ra-bumper-sticker way. Essays range from her early years in comedy to bumbling hookups that led to her Dutch husband to 9/11 and trying to get pregnant via IVF. If that didn't convince you, watch her minute-long scene in Someone Great on Youtube then read this book.


Review by Emily

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Grand: A Memoir By Sara Schaefer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982102227
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery Books - May 25th, 2021

You have adventure, family drama, laughs! A comedian, upon her fortieth birthday, takes each of her family members on one-on-one vacations and chooses Grand Canyon whitewater rafting for her younger sister. With alternating chapters between treacherous days on the water and divulging her father's scandal that changed everything, it almost reads as fiction. She meets curious characters on her boat and faces some fears while also sharing the road to her comedy career and her struggles with religion and marriage. It tackles so much in such a digestible read!

 


Review by Emily

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The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by) Cover Image
By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538701522
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 7th, 2021

I am neither a father nor about to become one but this book about a comedian fumbling his way reluctantly through fatherhood was a very enjoyable read. Fans of Birbiglia will recognize his humor and delivery as well as his poignant storytelling as he pairs his experience being a father with his wife's experience of being a mother through her poetry. Great insight into the other side of parenthood we don't see as much that will still have you laughing out loud.

 


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Assassination Vacation By Sarah Vowell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780743260046
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2006

Did you know, whilst on a train platform before he could fall to his death, John Wilkes Booth's brother saved Abraham Lincoln's son's life? It's interesting tidbits like this that you can pull out at parties or impress your friends with that you'll find in this book. Vowell, a history nerd at heart, travels to locations around the US immortalized by bloodshed, uncovering more about the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. And with her sharp wit and wisecracking humor, it makes you feel like you're being taught a history lesson but by the cool, hip teacher.  

 


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All the Dirty Parts By Daniel Handler Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9781632868053
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 27th, 2019

I can't think of anything more amusing (and fascinating!) than diving inside the brain of a seventeen year old male on the cusp of his sexual peak. The title is apt though misleading: our protagonist leads a messy life and nothing about his self-discovery is unpleasant.



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The Unhoneymooners By Christina Lauren Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501128035
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2019

If you're looking for a romance you can root for, pick this one up. This book called my name because it had a Hallmark movie premise that sounded fun during a very unfun time in the world. Right off the bat, I was hooked by the two main characters being sworn enemies who had lots of snarky banter together (I'm a sucker for a classic hate to love situation). It's also set in Hawaii, a definite plus, where these two foes go on a fake honeymoon together to redeem a free trip where there are lots of couples-only activities where they maybe, possibly start to not hate each other as much. I recommend it if you want a funny, sexy, good time. 



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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies By Caitlin Doughty, Dianné Ruz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Dianné Ruz (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393358490
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 22nd, 2020

Do I really have to sell you on a book with this kind of title? If you insist... Caitlin Doughty is back with another in-depth look at death, and this time the subject matter is derived from the morbid curiosity of 100%, non-GMO kids. She continues to write of death and all its natural oddities with a dose of humor, respect, and endless knowledge as a working mortician, even when it comes to something as simple as burying your pet hamster.


Review by Sarah C.

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