LIGHTEN UP!
Wit & Humor from the '90s


Dave Barry is From Mars and Venus, by Dave Barry
Crown, 1997
The latest collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist.

Joy Shtick, or What is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?, by Joy Behar
Hyperion, 1999
Straight talk, advice, and random thoughts from one of the co-hosts of TVs The View.

UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to be Crazy to Believe, by Richard Belzer
Ballantine, 1999
"The Belz" takes a cynical look at some of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups this side of Roswell.

All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room, by Erma Bombeck
HarCol, 1995
Demonstrates that humans and animals have more in common than we think-such as flying south for the winter.

The Cosmic Wisdom of Joe Bob Briggs, by Joe Bob Briggs
Random, 1990
Witty, in-your-face commentaries on designer hippies, Prozac, the latest exercise equipment, Jessica Hahn, and flag burning.

The 2,000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000 (Including How Not to Die and Other Good Tips), by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner
Cliff Street, 1997
The famed 2,000 year old man offers his unique wit and wisdom on everything from the Mars landing to shopping malls, from homeopathy to the informercial; from dieting to the real "Crime of the Century" (Audrey Hepburn winning out over Julie Andrews for the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady).

Lighten Up, George, by Art Buchwald
Putnam's, 1991
Irreverent columns on politics, current events, and the effect Kitty Kelly's book on Nancy Reagan on the environment.

Wry Martinis, by Christopher Buckley
Random, 1997
A collection of parodies, satires and pastiches by one of the best social satirists of the 90s.

I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me: Daily Affirmations by Stuart Smiley (really Al Franken)
Dell, 1992
Wisdom, survival tips and practical advice from one of Saturday Night Live's Stuart Smalley, a caring nurturer and member of several 12-step programs.

Uh-Oh, by Robert Fulghum
Villard, 1991
Ruminations on watches without hands, leftovers, and a dog named Gyda.

If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground, by Lewis Grizzard
Villard, 1990
All about the anger, humor and passion associated with the never-a-dull-moment newspaper business.

The Fred Book, by Fred Imus
Doubleday, 1998
Discourses on '57 Chevys, turquoise buffaloes, frontier salsa, a four-legged dog named Fred and a two-legged brother named Don.

Bald As I Wanna Be, by Tony Kornheiser
Villard, 1997
Further insightful musings (Pumping Iron) from the Washington Post columnist on such subjects as marriage, children, politics, sports, and the meaning of life.

Headlines III: Not the Movie, Still the Book, by Jay Leno (comp.)
Warner, 1991
True-but ludicrous-samplings from newspapers such as: "Mimes Banned for Abusive Language," "East Principal Bans Student Mural About Censorship," and "Iowa Cemeteries are Deathtraps."

I Thought He Was a Speedbump...and Other Excuses from Life in the Fast Lane, by Terry Marotta
Ravenscroft, 1993
Scattered thoughts on the Chaos Factor in our lives, bonking, and parenthood ("...what would kids do without parents to whine and complain at, to grouse about with friends, to blame in later life for all their own unsavory quirks?").

Pure Drivel, by Steve Martin
Hyperion, 1998
What else would you expect?

Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing, by Patrick McManus
S&S, 1997
In McManus's tenth collection, he shares his iconoclastic view of outdoor adventure taking on everything from an Idaho crime wave to his friend's atomic-powered huckleberry picker to the uncertain joys of standing waist-deep in icy water, watching the fish go by.

The Rants, by Dennis Miller
Doubleday, 1996
A collection of more than 40 monologues from Miller's popular HBO television series, Dennis Miller Live. Followed by: Ranting Again (1998) and I Rant, Therefore I Am (2000).

Downsize This!: Random Threats from an Unarmed American, by Michael Moore
Crown, 1996
Moore gets under the skin of corporate giants, politicians, lobbyists, and the media-anyone who has made life tougher for working-class America.

Food and Whine: Confessions of an End of the Millennium Mom, by Jennifer Moses
S&S, 1999
Speaks to the generation Erma Bombeck left behind!

Don't Count the Candles...Just Keep the Fire Lit!, by Joan Rivers
HarCol, 1999.
The truth and nothing but the (hilarious) truth about how women really feel when it comes to getting older.

Everything and a Kite, by Ray Romano
Bantam, 1998
Ray (Everybody Loves Raymond) draws on his real-life experience as a husband, a father, a father of twins and a son with parents living very (very) close at hand as the source of comic inspiration.

Sweet and Sour, by Andrew Rooney
Putnam's, 1992
More trenchant observations of politics and modern life by America's favorite curmudgeon.


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