Book Lists for All Humans #3

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Today’s list comes in reaction to this list on Publishers Weekly: The 10 Funniest Books, only two of which are written but women and none by writers of colour. Note to us all: only  white men are funny.

Or not. I’m struggling a little with this one as funny isn’t my go-to so please add your suggestions, especially books by women of colour from beyond the UK and USA.

Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth
friends, booze, debauchery

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day – Pearl Cleage
HIV, religion, love

Love, Nina – Nina Stibbe
nannying, working class nanny meets the literati

Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? – Mindy Kaling
memoir

Crooked Heart – Lissa Evans
war, evacuees, survival

Mr Loverman – Bernadine Evaristo
homosexuality, London, family, Caribbean

The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
quests, feminism, sexuality

Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu – Yi Shun Lai
dating, mothers, following your dreams

Yes, Please – Amy Poehler
memoir, feminism

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged – Ayisha Malik
hijabs, dating, writing

Links are to my reviews

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17 thoughts on “Book Lists for All Humans #3

  1. Dorothy Parker – simply one of the funniest, most satirical and brilliant writers who sadly is better known for her biographical details and sharp tongue than for her poems and stories.
    I also really liked Shappi Khorsandi’s A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English – just so funny and insightful!

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  2. I love Firmin Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage – it’s about a rat raised in a second hand bookshop. Having worked in bookshops I identified very strongly with the rat! Also a big fan of Bechdel’s books and as my friends and family know I have the same attitude as D. Parker to the phone ringing – “What fresh hell is this?”

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    • Mavis Cheek was on the longlist! I could’ve filled it all with white women but that would defeat part of the object. Thanks for the additions, you’ve reminded me I’ve been meaning to read Lightning Rods for ages.

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  3. Helen DeWitt – both her books (The Last Samurai and Lightning Rods) are very funny/ Also Jenny Diski. And I’ve always found Muriel Spark to straddle the gap between funny and horrifying quite nicely.

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