Seattle Picks: Humor
Annotation:Rodeo circuit stars Cooney Bedlam and Straight Line wind up in a barrel of trouble trying to clear Pica D’TroiT before the big National Rodeo Finals. Black, a cowboy poet and veterinarian, once again brings madcap laughs.
Annotation:In this saucy memoir, a young journalist examines her life and the meaning of success with the help of Cosmo, a disillusioned, jujitsu-practicing rabbi working in a photocopy shop.
Annotation:Often compared to Florida compatriot Carl Hiaasen, Dorsey returns with a story starring serial killer Serge Storms who heads out with his stoner sidekick Coleman to create his own reality TV show.
Annotation:With deadpan humor, these stories of Los Angeles men of the slacker variety provide insight and wit as they follow loveable losers from the basketball court to a job as a toilet salesman to the local Del Taco.
Annotation:Hodgman returns with his third book of fake trivia. This McSweeney’s contributor and comic dynamo from “The Daily Show” delivers laughs with fabricated world knowledge that will not help you on any test.
Annotation:Allan escapes from the birthday party he never wanted and embarks on an adventure filled with criminals, a suitcase of cash and a backstory involving key people from the 20th century. An international bestseller translated from Swedish.
Annotation:Kaling, a comedian and actress from “The Office” and “The Mindy Project,” brings her self-effacing wit to this memoir that, like Tina Fey’s "Bossypants," you will read in delectable, bite-size chunks. Think donut holes for the soul.
Annotation:Finbar Dolan isn’t the ad agency’s first choice for a copywriter, but he’s the only one available to join the agency’s team to create a Super Bowl-worthy diaper commercial.
Annotation:In high school, Lissy Ryder reigned supreme as a popular, beautiful bully. At her 20-year reunion, recently divorced Lissy realizes she is universally reviled. Can traveling back in time save her from herself?
Annotation:If you like warts-and-all memoirs in which an author reveals her most embarrassing moments in hilarious detail, then this is the memoir for you. Lawson, a Texas blogger mom, lets it all hang out for laughs.
Annotation:With a good dose of gusto (three exclamation points worth!!!), a woman adopts the core values she sees in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure tale. Boldness! Resolution! Independence! Horn-blowing! In fewer than 200 pages!
Annotation:Readers who enjoy Lipman’s modern comedy of manners novels ("The Family Man," "My Latest Grievance") are in for a treat with this collection of essays on family, life, TV and writing. A good match for Nora Ephron fans.
Annotation:Moore visits the 19th century with his witty, irreverent style in this story about French artist Lucien Lessard and his quest to delve deeper into the mystery of Van Gogh’s death and the color blue.
Annotation:With her trademark sarcasm and conversational style, Notaro makes forwarded emails from parents, wrestling out of a shirt in a dressing room and Ambien adventures all seem hilarious. See also her “Idiot Girl” titles.
Annotation:Wildly imaginative stories by a former “Saturday Night Live” writer tackle the three phases of relationships: meeting, loving and breaking up. Not to be overlooked is the Craigslist factor, as seen in “Dog Missed Connections.”
Annotation:In this satiric novel set in Seattle, written by a former writer for the TV series “Arrested Development,” Bernadette goes missing after some truly uproarious incidents and it’s up to her daughter Bee to find her.
Annotation:Meet Barbara Buncle, a novelist whose stories begin to come true for the people of her small village. This charming English tale, originally published in 1936, was reissued in 2012.
Annotation:Revisit Trillin’s witty take on food, family and political foibles in this collection of essays that originally appeared in The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Nation and in his syndicated columns.
Annotation:YouTube videos propel unknown singer Jonathan Valentino to tween heartthrob status in this coming-of-age novel. Re-branded “Jonny Valentine,” the young star faces more than just celebrity pressure: his micromanaging mother/manager.
Annotation:In this sequel to the satiric horror novel "John Dies at the End," the giggles and gore continue as John and Dave battle the weird and creepy beings that seem to abound in their Midwest town.