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Good Omens
The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (Cover may vary)
Neil Gaiman - Nov 28, 2006 (first published in 1990)
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Armageddon only happens once, you know. They dont let you go around again until you get it right.People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so its only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive n...
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Born a Crime
Stories from a South African Childhood
Trevor Noah - Feb 12, 2019 (first published in 2016)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times - USA Today - San Francisco Chronicle - NPR - Esquire - Newsday - BooklistT...
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The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore - May 25, 2004 (first published in 2002)
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The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing yearsexcept Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of V...
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Sick in the Head
Conversations About Life and Comedy
Judd Apatow - May 31, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE A.V. CLUB • Includes new interviews!From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon S...
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Cruel Shoes
Steve Martin - Jun 01, 1979 (first published in 1977)
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With Cruel Shoes, Steve Martin proves that his humor more than translates to the written page; it excels there. Since he has always written his own material, books are a natural medium for Steve's comic genius. And his extravagant wit shines brightly indeed in this rollicking collection of short fabulous pieces....
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The Code of the Woosters
P. G. Wodehouse - Jul 05, 2011 (first published in 1938)
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Take Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, old Pop Bassett, the unscrupulous Stiffy Byng, the Rev., an 18th-century cow-creamer, a small brown leather covered notebook and mix with a dose of the aged aunt Dahlia and one has a dangerous brew which spells toil and trouble for Bertie and Jeeves....
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I Can't Make This Up
Life Lessons
Kevin Hart - May 08, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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New York Times bestselling author, superstar comedian, and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have a “hilarious but also heartfelt” (Elle) memoir on survival, success, and the importance of ...
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Based on a True Story
Not a Memoir
Norm MacDonald - Jun 13, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Driving, wild and hilarious" (The Washington Post), here is the incredible "memoir" of the actor, gambler, raconteur, and Saturday Night Live veteran. Don't miss Norm's new Netflix special, Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Treachery!When Norm Macdonald, one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, was approached to write a ce...
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Jon Gabriel
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The Martian
Andy Weir - Oct 28, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, h...
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Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach - Jun 14, 2011
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Go the Fuck to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach's verses perfectly capture the familiar -- and unspoken -- trib...
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Charlize Theron
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
A Novel
Gail Honeyman - Jun 05, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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No ones ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fineMeet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what shes thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. Bu...
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Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition HC by William Goldman
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
Shrill by Lindy West
Our Dumb Century by The Onion
Something Fresh by P. G. Wodehouse
The Hidden Tools of Comedy by Steve Kaplan
How To Write Funny by Scott Dikkers
How to Write Funnier by Scott Dikkers
And Here's the Kicker by Mike Sacks
My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum
The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff
I'm Dying Up Here by William Knoedelseder
The Comedy Bible by Judy Carter
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Worth It by S. M. Shade
Breaking Even by C. M. Owens
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
Sweet Possession by J. Daniels
Sustained by Emma Chase
Gangsta Granny. David Walliams by David Walliams
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
The Worst Best Man by Lucy Score
The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
That Guy by Kim Jones
Impro by Keith Johnstone
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by L Pichon
I, Partridge by Alan Partridge
Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe
We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider
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You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart
Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery
Boomtown by Lani Lynn Vale
Forever, Erma by
Tempt The Boss by Natasha Madison
My Commander by Alanea Alder
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Dork Diaries by
The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber
The Daily Show by Chris Smith
The Consequence of Revenge by Rachel van Dyken
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1 by Rachel Renée Russell
Hissy Fit by Lani Lynn Vale
Egghead by Bo Burnham
Every Time We Fall In Love by Bella Andre
Instant Temptation by Jill Shalvis
Breaking the Rules by Crystal Kaswell
The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
The Collected Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Not So Perfect Mother by Kerry Fisher
Real Fake Love by Pippa Grant
Our Dumb World by The Onion
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods
Melody Bittersweet and The Girls' Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French
Critical Failures VI by Robert Bevan
My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong, As I Expected, Vol. 6 by Wataru Watari
The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French
Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer
Judy Blume's Fudge Box Set by Judy Blume
Poking a Dead Frog by Mike Sacks
Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan W. Stokes
Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
Be My Valentine by Blue Saffire
Once Upon A Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely
National Lampoon's 1964 High School Yearbook by P. J. O'Rourke
Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV by Joe Toplyn
#1 Crush by T Gephart
Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
Diary of a Soccer Star by Shamini Flint
The Late Shift by Bill Carter
SCTV by Dave Thomas
#TripleX by Angelisa Stone
Tell Me You Love Me by S. Ann Cole
On the Real Side by Mel Watkins
Head Over Heels by Cindy Procter-King
Hamster Princess by Ursula Vernon
Undead and Unwed by