Looking for a good laugh?
Check out this list of side-splitting nonfiction and fiction books that are here for the LOLs.
Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them by Maeve Higgins
Deeply funny, moving, and urgent writing about a country that can feel broken into pieces and the light that shines through the cracks, from Irish comedian Maeve Higgins, author of Maeve in America.
As an eternally curious outsider, Maeve Higgins can see that the United States is still an experiment. Some parts work well and others really don’t, but that doesn’t stop her from loving the place and the people that make it. With piercing political commentary in a sweet and salty tone, these essays unearth answers to the questions we all have about this country we call home; the beauty of it all and the dark parts too.
Most of all, Maeve wants to leave this country and this planet better than she found it. That may well be impossible, but it certainly means showing love. Lots of it, even when it’s difficult to do so. Threaded through these pieces is love for strangers, love for friends who show up right on time, love for trees, love for Tom Hardy, love for those with differing opinions, love for the glamorous older women of Brighton Beach with tattooed eyeliner and gold jewelry, love for everybody on this train.
Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain by Ryan North
A book this informative should be a crime!
In this introduction to the science of comic-book supervillainy, he details a number of outlandish villainous schemes that harness the potential of today’s most advanced technologies. Picking up where How to Invent Everything left off, his explanations are as fun and elucidating as they are completely absurd.
“Comic book fans will fall hard for this delightfully daffy guidebook . . . Exuberant, optimistic, and just plain fun, How to Take Over the World will both surprise and delight.”—Esquire
“How to Take Over the World lays out a hilarious, but totally factual, blueprint for all the ways aspiring supervillains could seize power, control minds and dominate the earth. It’s a little dangerous, but all in good fun—so long as Pinky and the Brain don’t catch wind of it.”—BookPage
Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Easy Crafts for the Insane: A Mostly Funny Memoir of Mental Illness and Making Things by Kelly Williams Brown
From the New York Times bestselling author of Adulting comes a story about how to make something when you’re capable of nothing.
“Clever and whimsical and insightful and honest and charming and darkly funny–there is not a wrong note in the entire blessed thing. This is a perfect book. Read it immediately.”—Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Get Your Sh*t Together and the No F*cks Given Guides
“Kelly’s hilarious, inspiring, and instructional memoir not only adds an important new voice to the cultural conversation on mental health and self-care, it also taught me how to make a nail polish dragon egg, which I never knew I needed in my life until now.”—Alexi Pappas, author of Bravey
Available May 3rd in Trade Paperback.
Now Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Everyone Is Awful: How People Fail—and So Can You! by Natalya Lobanova
A book to help you laugh about your insecurities, doubts, and sore spots, reminding you that it’s not just you—everyone sucks a little bit!
In this world, there are two inescapable truths. First, you will die someday. And second, you suck at a lot of things.
In this hilarious and relatable book, popular artist Natalya Lobanova invites readers to revel in the harsher realities of life. Through a mixture of comics, infographics, and activity pages, you can explore the myriad ways you may not be living up to your expectations, and ultimately (hopefully) learn how to accept your flaws and failures with a good self-deprecating chuckle.
Available August 2nd in Trade Paperback and eBook Editions.
The viral video star behind Dude Dad offers a humorous and heartfelt guide to helping expectant fathers survive and thrive during the wild ride that is forty weeks of pregnancy.
“As a dad, I find the biggest gift another dad can give me is their honesty. The assignment of caring for another human being can be insanely daunting, and knowing that other dads, like Taylor, are dealing with the same stuff and able to encourage and joke about it is all I want to hear.”—Tony Hale,actor and comedian
“This is the book I needed fifteen years ago. New parenthood books scared the crap out of me, but Taylor’s book gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling and helps me realize everything will be okay. It makes me want to have another baby, except there’s nothing in the book about how to reverse a vasectomy.”—Penn Holderness, chief creative officer of Holderness Family Productions and coauthor of Everybody Fights: So Why Not Get Better at It?
Available May 10th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Cat and Nat’s Mom Secrets: Coffee-Fueled Confessions from the Mom Trenches by Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer
The bestselling authors of Cat and Nat’s Mom Truths go deeper than ever before with outrageous revelations and relatable stories that let every mom know she’s not alone.
Remember when you were first expecting, and it seemed like every woman on the planet who had ever given birth felt the need to warn you? Your life is about to change forever!
With seven kids between them, Cat and Nat know a thing or two about the way motherhood turns your life upside down. Fiercely committed to dismantling the pressure to be perfect, they’ve connected with their audience by sharing their completely real take on the stress, guilt, and joy of being a mom. One might even say they’ve made a brand of oversharing.
These moments of truth are wildly funny, but also universal and oh-so-relatable. Grab a weighted blanket and curl up with this book for the comfort and camaraderie every mom needs.
Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Four Aunties and a Wedding: A Novel by Jesse Q. Sutanto
The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe—even the mafia—in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties.
“Sutanto deftly blends preposterous humor (British slang, mafia posers) with enduring devotion to prove ‘there is no right or wrongway to ‘being Asian.’”—Booklist
“Sutanto pushes you to the edge of your seat with this suspenseful rom-com that infuses humor and heritage.”—USA Today
Available in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Rock of Ages: A Novel by Timothy Hallinan
Junior Bender, Los Angeles burglar and off-the-books detective to the felonious, is reminded that rock and roll will never die (no matter how fervently he wishes some of it would) when Hollywood’s most dangerous geriatric mobster, Irwin Dressler, retains Junior’s investigative services to solve a rather unharmonious problem.
“[A] toe-tappingly entertaining comic mystery . . . The one-liners come as if fired from a gatling gun in this gem of a novel that will leave Junior’s fans wishing they’d read it a whole lot slower.”—Booklist, starred review
Available June 7th in Hardcover and eBook Editions.
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The Novelist: A Novel by Jordan Castro
In Jordan Castro’s inventive, funny, and surprisingly tender first novel, we follow a young man over the course of a single morning as he tries and fails to write an autobiographical novel, finding himself instead drawn into the infinite spaces of Twitter, quotidian rituals, and his own mind.
“Brisk and shockingly witty, exuberantly scatological as well as deeply wise, The Novelist is a delight. Jordan Castro is a rare new talent: an author highly attuned to the traditions he is working within while also offering a refreshingly fun sendup of life beset by the endless scroll. —Mary South, author of You Will Never Be Forgotten
“Genuinely clever . . . Deadpan and scatological.”—Kirkus Reviews
Available June 14th in Hardcover and eBook Editions.