“America (The Book)” by Jon Stewart. A full color, satirical textbook of history and democracy by the writers of “Comedy Central” and Stewart, the popular host of “The Daily Show.” “America” is so full of silly sidebars, study guides and witty captions that it will keep you laughing for weeks.
“How to Remodel a Man” by W. Bruce Cameron. If Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura still can’t help you understand male pattern thinking, lighten up and give this new book a try. It’s by the author of “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.”
“Skinny Dip” by Carl Hiassen. After her husband pushes her over the side of a cruise ship on their anniversary, heroine Joey not only survives the fall, but lives to impose cruel but comic revenge. A mystery lover’s treat, garnished with disarming wit and bizarre characters.
“Walter the Farting Dog” by William Kotzwinkle. Walter has gassed his way to the national children’s best-seller list. Despite the odorous title, “Walter” is a sweet story that teaches acceptance. Readers will discover how any weakness can become a strength in the right circumstances.
“Furry Logic” by Jane Seabrook. Here’s a sweet, laugh-out-loud gift book for anyone who needs a little lift! It features endearing drawings of animals facing the challenges of everyday life.
“Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld” by Hart Seely. Did you know that Rumsfeld is a poet? Well, he’s not, but this editor has taken Rummy’s quotes and formatted them into poetic forms such as haiku, Zen verse and sonnets. Humorous regardless of political affiliations.
Winner of the National Book Award by Jincy Willett. A dark, sarcastic, intelligent and hilarious book about twin sisters living in Rhode Island. When a Hollywood hack writer enters the scene and marries one sister, the end result is murder and a great story!
“Diary of A Worm” by Joanna Cotler. Parents and kids alike will get a good chuckle out of this perspective on the everyday life of a young worm. We learn that worms not only have friends, family and feelings, but problems unique to their species.
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. A new, 25th anniversary edition of this science-fiction classic is now available. This book is funny in an illogical, ridiculous, totally off-the-wall sort of way, and new readers of all ages are welcome to “share and enjoy” this wacky tale of a hapless human’s (mis)adventures in outer space.
Compiled by Kim Carrow of Odyssey Books, 989 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The phone number is 477-2856.
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