Two Books That Made Me Laugh

Last week, while at the library, I saw an audiobook display of humor books. I picked up a few and came home prepared to laugh. Here are two that appealed to me the most:

AMERICA AGAIN
Author: Stephen Colbert
Publisher: Grand Central, 2012
Genre: Humor

I occasionally watch the Colbert Report on the Comedy Channel. Stephen Colbert plays the part of a super-conservative who rants against supposed injustices in America. He’s a genius at what he does. I know the big question now is how he will do when he replaces Dave Letterman. I assume he will play himself rather than the role he plays on his show.

Colbert is the narrator on this audiobook. He does an excellent job of reading the book. He gives it a personal feel when he clears his throat and makes little comments right to the audiobook audience. Below is the book description. This should give you a little taste of what the book is like.

America Again
Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we’re the #1 nation at being the best at greatness.

But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can’t exchange it because we’re 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around–we don’t make anything anymore, we’ve mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders. Worse, the L.A. Four Seasons Hotel doesn’t even have a dedicated phone button for the Spa. You have to dial an extension! Where did we lose our way?!

It’s high time we restored America to the greatness it never lost!

Luckily, AMERICA AGAIN will singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink. It features everything from chapters, to page numbers, to fonts. Covering subject’s ranging from healthcare (“I shudder to think where we’d be without the wide variety of prescription drugs to treat our maladies, such as think-shuddering”) to the economy (“Life is giving us lemons, and we’re shipping them to the Chinese to make our lemon-flavored leadonade”) to food (“Feel free to deep fry this book-it’s a rich source of fiber”), Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.

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LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED
Author: Jenny Lawson
Publisher: Amy Einhorn; Putnam, 2012

Jenny Lawson has a sqeaky, childish voice that, at first, put me off. Her liberal use of the f-word also put me off. But, for some reason, her story grew on me and I gave my heart to the little girl she’d been. To hear her tell it, she lead a very bizarre childhood. This book was laugh-out-loud-funny. This book is also perfect for audio. She talks directly to the audio audience, svn describing the pictures in the book. Here’s the book description:

Let's Pretend
Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend never happened—are in fact the ones that define us. In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.(less)

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2 Responses to Two Books That Made Me Laugh

  1. kelley says:

    I love Stephen Colbert. I hope he keeps his own brand of humor when he takes over the Late Show. Both books sound great.

  2. diane says:

    We love Stephen Colbert (and John Stewart) and watch them most evenings –very funny guys. I’ll have to check out both books

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