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Seattle Picks: Humor

Insane City
Insane City By Barry, Dave (Book - 2013 ) FIC BARRY 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Seth is on his way to Florida to marry Tina, a rich beauty he never dreamed would go for a schmo like him, when he is waylaid by an angry ex, a violent mobster and general mayhem.

Ride, Cowboy, Ride!
Ride, Cowboy, Ride! 8 Seconds Ain't That Long : A Rodeo Novel By Black, Baxter (Book - 2012 ) FIC BLACK 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde
Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde A True Story By Dana, Rebecca (Book - 2013 ) 070.92 D193D 2013 Available in some locations

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.

The Riptide Ultra-glide
The Riptide Ultra-glide By Dorsey, Tim (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY DORSEY 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Middle Men
Middle Men Stories By Gavin, Jim (Book - 2013 ) FIC GAVIN 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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.

That Is All
That Is All By Hodgman, John (Book - 2011 ) 814.54 H6681T 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 15 copies

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.

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared By Jonasson, Jonas (Book - 2012 ) FIC JONASSO 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 92 on 23 copies

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.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) By Kaling, Mindy (Book - 2011 ) 818.602 K1249i 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 29 on 26 copies

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.

Truth in Advertising
Truth in Advertising By Kenney, John (Book - 2013 ) FIC KENNEY 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 14 copies

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.

Here I Go Again
Here I Go Again By Lancaster, Jen (Book - 2013 ) FIC LANCAST 2013 Available in some locations

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?

Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (a Mostly True Memoir) By Lawson, Jenny (Book - 2012 ) 818.602 L445L 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 17 on 24 copies

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.

Treasure Island!!!
Treasure Island!!! By Levine, Sara (Book - 2012 ) FIC LEVINE 2012 Available in some locations

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!

I Can't Complain
I Can't Complain (all Too) Personal Essays By Lipman, Elinor (Book - 2013 ) 814.54 L664i 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 31 copies

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.

Farewell, Dorothy Parker
Farewell, Dorothy Parker By Meister, Ellen (Book - 2013 ) FIC MEISTER 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Lauded film critic Violet Epps writes cutting reviews but can’t say what she wants in real life – until the sharp-witted Dorothy Parker materializes from the Algonquin Hotel’s guest book.

Sacré Bleu
Sacré Bleu A Comedy D'art By Moore, Christopher (Book - 2012 ) FIC MOORE 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 22 copies

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.

It Looked Different on the Model
It Looked Different on the Model Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy By Notaro, Laurie (Book - 2011 ) 814.6 N843N 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 2 copies

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.

The Last Girlfriend on Earth
The Last Girlfriend on Earth And Other Love Stories By Rich, Simon (Book - 2013 ) FIC RICH 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

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.”

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Book - 2013 )

Annotation:Costco, Beijing, the English countryside and a taxidermy shop are a few of the places that just became funnier than most of us ever imagined, thanks to Sedaris. Need we say more?

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Novel By Semple, Maria (Book - 2012 ) FIC SEMPLE 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 30 on 64 copies

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.

Miss Buncle's Book
Miss Buncle's Book By Stevenson, D. E. (Book - 2012 ) FIC STEVENS 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 15 copies

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.

Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin
Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin Forty Years of Funny Stuff By Trillin, Calvin (Book - 2011 ) 814.54 T735T 2011 Available in some locations

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.

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine A Novel By Wayne, Teddy (Book - 2013 ) FIC WAYNE 2013 Available in some locations

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.

This Book Is Full of Spiders
This Book Is Full of Spiders Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It By Wong, David (Book - 2012 ) FIC WONG 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 7 copies

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.

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