Fiction with a side of wry: Five books our librarians love

Smart, witty and fun to read: That’s the criteria my fellow librarian Misha and I used when selecting books for our newest “Humor” list. Here are some of our favorites from that list.

Middle Men by James Gavinmiddle men
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.

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
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.

Truth in Advertising by John Kenney
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.

Treasure Island by Sara Levine
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!

last girlfriend on earthThe Last Girlfriend on Earth and Other Stories by Simon Rich
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.”

Find these and 18 more new (or fairly new) books with a bit of humor in this Seattle Picks: Humor list.

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One Response to Fiction with a side of wry: Five books our librarians love

  1. David W says:

    Great titles, Linda – we all DESPERATELY need this list!!!

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