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Old 12-28-2012, 11:33 PM
 
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Boy, it's a grey winter this year and I think I'm developing Seasonal Affective Disorder (meant tongue-in-cheek, but still . . .) All the books I have on hand to read are historical tomes or lit ra cha or non-fiction.

What are some light and funny books you think might cheer me up? I remember discovering PG Wodehouse many years ago and just drooling with laughter - that's the kind of thing I'm going for. I'm looking for fiction rather than NF.

Any advice is welcome, and books published long ago are fine as long as I can find them via ILL.

Thanks!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley is a charming book with some good chuckles in it.

The funniest book I have read in recent times is Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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Boy, it's a grey winter this year and I think I'm developing Seasonal Affective Disorder (meant tongue-in-cheek, but still . . .) All the books I have on hand to read are historical tomes or lit ra cha or non-fiction.

What are some light and funny books you think might cheer me up? I remember discovering PG Wodehouse many years ago and just drooling with laughter - that's the kind of thing I'm going for. I'm looking for fiction rather than NF.

Any advice is welcome, and books published long ago are fine as long as I can find them via ILL.

Thanks!
Saki. Chronicles of Clovis is a good place to start.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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I found the book version of the British televison series Yes, Minister to be hilarious.

Evelyn Waugh wrote a number of novels based on his WW2 experience. Put Out More Flags is extremely funny.

I know folks find the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser to be clever and witty.

I must recommend the non-fictional Memoirs of Eleanor Blaze, late Capt. of the Army of Napoleon. He is quite funny with his tale spinning.

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Old 12-29-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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Saki. Chronicles of Clovis is a good place to start.
Whew, John Dark, you are sick. (For those of you who haven't read Saki - his work is truely soul deadening.)

Go back to the end of the line, JohnD.
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley is a charming book with some good chuckles in it.

The funniest book I have read in recent times is Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.
My SIL recommended this to me - she said it was hilarious! I have it, but haven't read it yet.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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I was going to suggest Wodehouse before I read the whole post. Try something by Dave Barry.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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It's a zombie book, but it's a really funny spoof of Garrison Keillor's books called The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten. It's really well done, and made me laugh aloud a few times.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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Two words: David Sedaris
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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Two words: David Sedaris
I read Naked and was like .

I definitely got the feeling that I was not "getting" it - I have a few more books by him, maybe I should try some more.
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