LIGHTEN UP! PART DEUX
Wit & Humor for the 21st Century


The North Beach Diet, by Kim Bailey
Rutledge, 2005. [818.607 Bailey]
This parody of the South Beach Diet celebrates everything high-fat, high-salt and all things filled with sugar (real sugar, not that fake stuff) and carbohydrates.

Dave Barry is Not Making This Up, by Dave Barry
Ballantine, 2001. [814.54 Barry]
More the the columnist's goofy anecdotes and observations from the Miami Herald, ruminating on everything from UFO's in Florida and combustible Pop-Tarts to snakes in the toilet. By the same author: Dave Barry is Not Taking This Sitting Down (2000), Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway (2001), and Dave Barry's Money Secrets (2006).

Real Men Don't Apologize!, by Jim Belushi
Hyperion, 2006. [306.70973 Belushi]
In addition to talking about life, career, and famous brother, Belushi (who once played second fiddle to a dog in three K-9 films) gives a"guy's guy's" take on dating, marriage, and sex.

Rome, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation, by Stanley Bing
Norton, 2006. [937.00207 Bing]
"To Julius Caesar, for showing what happens when a senior officer grossly overestimates the affection in which he is held by his subordinates." Thus begins, Bing's
hilarious re-telling of the history of Rome in terms of a family business gone wrong.

Nothing's Sacred, by Lewis Black
Simon Spotlight, 2005. [818. 5407 Browne]
A hilarious, Southern fired take on planning the perfect wedding...and the perfect divorce. By the same author: The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either MArried, Gay or Dead (2004), The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook--and Financial Planner (2003), and God Save the Sweet Potato Queens (2001).

Stories from a Moron: Real Stories Rejected by Real Magazines, by Ed Broth
St. Martin's, 2005. [818.602 Broth]
A collection of the rejection letters from editors--some bemused, some condescending, some downright irate--sent to the author, who has a penchant for submitting his stories to completely inappropriate magazines (such as an "I Love Dogs" piece to I Love Cats magazine).

The Sweet Potato Queens' Wedding Planner/Divorce Guide, by Jill Conner Browne
Crown, 2005. [814.6 Black]
The comedian/commentator's collection of rants against stupidity and authority in all things politically and culturally relevant.

Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade: How to Survive Life's Smaller Challenges, by Guy Browning
Gotham, 2005. [828.9202 Browning]
The essential rules for living life with a sense of humor.

The Government Manual for the New Superheroes, by Matthew David Brozik & Jacob Sager Wienstein
Andrews McMeel, 2005. [818.607 Brozik]
Required reading for anyone who wants to become a caped crimefighter and fight evil wherever it lurks, with plenty of sound advice on selecting a cool name, designing a costume with memorable logos, and choosing an appropriate sidekick.

Beating Around the Bush: The Cockeyed World According to Art Buchwald, by Art Buchwald.
Seven Stories, 2005. [814.54 Buchwald]
More barbed commentary about the ridiculous people and preposterous events that we call our daily reality. By the same author: Too Soon to Say Goodbye (2006).

What the L?, by Kate Clinton.
C&G, 2005. [818.6 Clinton]
Whether the topic is gay marriage or the War on Terrorism, nothing is sacred from the rapier wit of columnist Clinton, who writes for the Progressive and the Advocate.

I Am What I Ate--And I'm Frightened!!! and other Digressions from the Doctor of Comedy, by Bill Cosby.
HarEnt, 2003. [817 Cosby
Hoagies, stogies, ham and spam...The 65-year-old comedian looks back on his lifetime of eating all the wrong foods. By the same author: Cosbyology: Essays and Observations from the Doctor of Comedy (2001).

Life's a Stitch: The Best of Contemporary Women's Humor, ed. by Anne Safran Dalan
RH, 2002. [817.5408 Life's]
A compilation of wit, wisdom, and wackiness from the likes of Wendy Wasserstein, Delia Ephron, Anna Quindlen, Kathy Najimy & Elizabeth Rapoport.

In Our Humble Opinion: Car Talk's Click & Clack Rant and Rave, by Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Perigree, 2002, 2000. [791.4472 Magliozzi]
They're wild and crazy and definitely have a few bones to pick with overpaid Hollywood actors, the coffee culture, and, of course, politicians.

New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer, by Bill Maher
Rodale, 2005. [791.4572 Maher]
Riffs and rants taking aim at celebrities, pop culture, consumerism, and politics. By the same author: When You Ride You Ride with Bin Laden (2002).

Dude, Where's My Country?, by Michael Moore
Warner, 2003. [320.973]
Moore takes no prisoners in his skewering of the Bush administration and the state of affairs an America run by Big Business and Little Minds. By the same author: Stupid White Men--and Other Excuses for the State of the Nation (2001).

Funny Letters from Famous People, ed. by Charles Osgood
Broadway Books, 2003. [826,008 Funny]
A humorous collection of correspondence from politicians, writers and show business figures by the likes of Mozart, Groucho Marx, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Eugene O'Neill, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Bob Hope, and many more.

Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, by Tyler Perry.
Riverhead, 2006. [818.6 Perry]
Uninhibited indeed! Madea, that marijuana-smoking, pistol-packing, trash-talking matron, shares more than you probably want to know about herself, and about what she thinks of everyone around her.

Years of Minutes, by Andy Rooney
Public Affairs, 2003. [814.54 Rooney]
Pithy essays adopted from Rooney's commentaries on 60 Minutes. By the same author: Common Nonsense (2002).

101 Damnations: The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells, ed. by Michael J. Rosen
Public Affairs, 2003. [814.54 Rooney]
Writers and humorists air their pet peeves and talk about all those things that drive them crazy from loud cell phones users in public places to Reality TV.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim, by David Sedaris
LB, 2004
The author of Talk to Me Pretty One Day (2000) Sedaris shares all the absurdity--both funny and bittersweet--in the personal lives of himself and his family.


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