Multcolib My Librarian Karen S: Humor for the harried or healing
Annotation:Barry lets his humor loose upon the idea of actually purchasing a house. He offers essays on, for instance, ``How to Pretend to Look Knowledgeably at a House'' and ``Moving: A Common Mistake.'' One of his funniest offerings.
Annotation:Bill Bryson decides to walk the entire Appalachian trail in order to get to know America and nature better. The journey also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.
Annotation:"I am not given to exaggeration, and when I say a thing I mean it," says Mark Twain in this almost true travelogue. His almost-true but always funny adventures out West begin with the indignities of stagecoach travel and end up with failure on the gold fields.
Annotation: Each August, from 1929 to 1935, Joey and his sister travel by train from Chicago to spend a week with Grandma in her small Illinois town. In seven short stories that read like tall tales, Grandma lies, cheats, trespasses, and contrives to help the town underdogs outwit the establishment.
Annotation:Meg Lanslow, maid of honor for three impending weddings, returns to her home town. Amidst the near disasters and many live peacocks, murder and romance strike. A fun, breezy read. (Later titles in this series are available in audio.)
Annotation:Narrator Chet is a dog who never met a smell he couldn't analyze or a perp whose pant leg didn't look appetizing. Never mind that he is occasionally interrupts the story to gulp down tasty morsels he finds on the ground--or on someone’s plate.
Annotation:Twenty-eight-year-old Izzy works at San Francisco's Spellman Investigations, where her parents are her bosses, and her fellow employee is her 14-year-old sister. Most of their work is punctuated by surveilling each other. Can the family that snoops together stay together?
Annotation:When her notorious, hilarious, talented, and agoraphobic mother goes missing from their Seattle home, teenage Bee begins a search that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her. The Northwestern lifestyle is artfully skewed by Semple as this mystery leads to an unexpectedly satisfying ending.
Annotation:Legal whiz Samantha, escaping a disaster at work, ends up being mistaken as an applicant for domestic help. Needing to hide, and knowing absolutely nothing about cooking or cleaning, she accepts the job. Belly busting funny enough to override any doubts about the implausibility of the story.
Annotation:Poppy gets her hands on corporate executive Sam's cellphone, and apalled by his texts and emails, decides to take matters into her own hands. Like the Undomestic Goddess (but not all of Kinsella's titles) any skepticism about the outlandish premise soon gives way to laughter.
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Funny and light books for reading aloud to grown-ups who are healing or just want to share a laugh. Many of these are audiobooks, but are also available in book form. Karen S