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Vermontcozy
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Re: Can you recommend a funny book?

I absolutely love his "Macys Christmas Job" monologue(Not the  real name,but I am sure you know what I mean,Vtc

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Tequila_Mockingbird
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Registered: ‎11-09-2008
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Re: Can you recommend a funny book?

There are loads and loads of funny books out there.  I suppose it all depends on what you're looking for.  Some author suggestions:

 

Funny Chick Lit:  Marion Keyes  (not side-splitting funny, but still quite amusing)

 

Funny Memoirs: Jen Lancaster (witty and sarcastic); David Sedaris (also witty and sarcastic)

 

Funny Humor:  Ant Farm by Simon Rich; My Dog Ate My Nobel Prize by Jeff Martin

 

Funny Mystery:  Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann

 

Also, if you like Janet Evanovich, you might like Lisa Lutz.  She writes a series called The Spellman Files about a dysfunctional family in the private detective business.  Hilarious! 

 

Hope these help you find what you're looking for!

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JL_Garner
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Registered: ‎04-09-2009
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Re: Can you recommend a funny book?

I'm a big fan of the book Letters from a Nut, by Ted L. Nancy, along with its follow-up volumes More Letters from a Nut and Extra Nutty!

 

The premise is this: a man writes to various companies, government agencies, etc. making absolutely absurd requests (a few examples include asking Greyhound if it's okay to ride the bus dressed like a giant stick of butter, checking with one of the DisneyWorld hotels to see if he can bring his own ice machine, and a request to open a kiosk that sells single pairs of men's underwear at the mall). He then gets these totally straight-faced replies back, because of course these companies have no way of knowing whether he's yanking their chain or not. You'd be surprised how accomodating some of these folks can be (Greyhound said yes to the butter costume!) in the name of good customer service and public relations.

 

I made the mistake of reading these on the train during my commute, and got lots of weird looks from my fellow passengers, so be careful when reading it in public!

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pjpick
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Re: Can you recommend a funny book?

I agree. I have a copy of More Letters from a Nut and would read it out loud to my co-workers during slow times at work. It had us giggling uncontrollably. There are theories the books are actually written by Jerry Seinfeld.


JL_Garner wrote:

I'm a big fan of the book Letters from a Nut, by Ted L. Nancy, along with its follow-up volumes More Letters from a Nut and Extra Nutty!

 

The premise is this: a man writes to various companies, government agencies, etc. making absolutely absurd requests (a few examples include asking Greyhound if it's okay to ride the bus dressed like a giant stick of butter, checking with one of the DisneyWorld hotels to see if he can bring his own ice machine, and a request to open a kiosk that sells single pairs of men's underwear at the mall). He then gets these totally straight-faced replies back, because of course these companies have no way of knowing whether he's yanking their chain or not. You'd be surprised how accomodating some of these folks can be (Greyhound said yes to the butter costume!) in the name of good customer service and public relations.

 

I made the mistake of reading these on the train during my commute, and got lots of weird looks from my fellow passengers, so be careful when reading it in public!