Have a Laugh

In honor of National Humor Month, I asked the staff of the Milford-Miami Township Branch to recommend some of their favorite funny books.  Here are their suggestions; what are yours?

Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter by Lisa Patton.  Leaving her beloved Memphis to help her husband’s pipe dream of running a Vermont inn, southern belle Leelee Satterfield discovers numerous unanticipated challenges and is forced to apply her southern-style wits in the wake of a cruel swindle.

Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson.  Jim Pike, the disillusioned manager of a hotel that is hosting a Star Trek convention, finds himself leading a ragtag crew of survivors as a strange virus turns the convention-goers into zombies.

Fans of satiric, offbeat humor will enjoy Carl Hiaasen’s Florida capers.  Try Native Tongue, Skinny Dip, or his latest, Star Island.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  Traces the author’s adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell.  The carefully orchestrated life of Manhattan emergency room doctor and witness-protection program participant Peter Brown unravels in the course of a day that begins with a mugging and a new patient who knows him from his previous existence.

Those interested in humorous books about family life and relationships, written from a Christian perspective, might enjoy the works of Barbara Johnson.  Titles include I’m So Glad You Told Me What I Didn’t Wanna Hear and Where Does a Mother Go to Resign?

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.  Mrs. Threadgoode’s tale of two high-spirited women of the 1930s, Idgie and Ruth, helps Evelyn, a 1980s woman in a sad slump of middle age, to begin to rejuvenate her own life.  And the movie’s good too!

For mystery fans, Lisa Lutz’s stories featuring Izzy Spellman, a private investigator working for the firm owned by her dysfunctional family, are a possibility.  With a fast pace and smart dialog, there are four titles so far in this series: The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, and The Spellmans Strike Again.

Bad Cat by Jim Edgar.  Presents photographs of mischievous kittens and cats, along with quotations describing the intentions and attitudes of the feline subjects.



  1. The book that made me laugh the most was “The Last Days of Summer” by Steve Kluger. It’s a story told in epistolary/scrapbook style of a lonely boy in 1940 latching onto a famous baseball player. I recommend it to anyone who’ll listen.

  2. I like this blog post. We all need a good laugh often to pump us up and keep us awake. They say that laughter is the best medicine, right? Perhaps, these humorous books can let us see the brighter side of life.

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