15 Humor Books That Will Make You Smile

Looking for laughs? Crack open one of these books. We promise you’ll LOL.
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Eccentric Glamour by Simon Doonan

"I love this book for its take on personal style and glamour. I love it even more for the author. Simon Doonan is a true original who’s the kind of funny you only get from someone who’s truly comfortable with themselves." -Leah Melby, editor Buy it here.

Roll Around Heaven by Jessica Maxwell

"If you want laughs, you don’t usually turn to spiritual memoirs. But Jessica Maxwell’s Roll Around Heaven is so full of LOL moments, it fits the bill. Her adventure starts after her father dies and she sees his face up in the sky, and over the next few years she has one passing strange encounter after another. Think Dave Sedaris meets Eat, Pray, Love. Or Lucille Ball (Maxwell’s also a redhead) meets Tuesdays with Morrie. Maxwell is exuberant, grumpy, skewering, wise and so gosh-darn good-hearted in her quest to understand the universe, I couldn’t help wanting to tag along for the ride-er, roll." -Stephanie von Hirschberg, editor Buy it here.

The Woman Who Is Always Tan and Has a Flat Stomach by Lauren Allison and Lisa Perry

Underachievers will rejoice in reading these short essays about annoyingly perfect soccer moms and Martha Stewart wannabes. Buy it here.

My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

"Fans of the comedian’s memoir Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea will love her sexy debut about bed-hopping. In it, Handler details her most memorable one-night stands and all of the hilarious incidents that occurred before and after." -Gabrielle Frank, editor Buy it here.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

"There’s something wrong with you if you don’t find Sedaris taking French lessons side-splittingly hilarious." -Genevieve Monsma, editor Buy it here.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

"Witty, sarcastic, and downright excellent, this classic is a quick and easy read that will keep you entertained." -Daniela Jelaska, editor Buy it here.

They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They? By Patrick F. McManus

"I first listened to these stories, about an adventurous outdoorsman, as books-on-tape. It was like having an especially hilarious grandfather read to you. I appreciate that it’s not dirty humor." -Leah Melby, editor Buy it here.

Dump ‘Em: How to Break Up with Anyone from Your Best Friend to Your Hairdresser by Jodyne L. Speyer

As the song goes, breaking up is hard to do. But it doesn’t have to be! Speyer provides anecdotes, scripts and interviews with experts that will help you effectively dump your therapist, trainer, best friend and anyone else you want. Buy it here.

I’m So Happy For You by Lucinda Rosenfeld

Rosenfeld chronicles the darker side of female friendships and what happens when friends become frenemies. Besties Wendy and Daphne had a great relationship-Daphne’s life was a mess and Wendy was always there to pick up the pieces. Then Daphne’s luck changes; she meets a new man and is quickly married and pregnant. Overcome with jealousy, Wendy struggles to act ‘so happy’ for her friend. Buy it here.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

"In a sharp, original storytelling style, Crosley recounts her victories and catastrophes with an irresistible voice that is all her own, finding genuine insights in the most unpredictable places. Like your best friend telling you her hilarious anecdotes of moving to the big city, getting locked out (many times), having a crazy boss, and collecting toy ponies, these stories are recognizable, loveable, and full of humor and life." -Jennifer Braunschweiger, editor Buy it here.

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

This blockbuster book about aging from author and noted screenwriter Nora Ephron never gets old. Buy it here.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Tool

"This hilarious, brilliant book about the misadventures of a hopeless mama’s boy in New Orleans who is forced to get a job won the Pulitzer for fiction. It stands up to repeated readings. How can you not love a book that begins: ‘A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once.’" -Nanette Varian, editor Buy it here.

Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me by Ben Karlin

Essays from male comedians and writers (Nick Hornby, Stephen Colbert, Andy Richter and more) share the lessons they’ve learned from past relationships: "A dog is no reason to stay together," and "Persistence is for suckers." Buy it here.

The Slippery Year by Melanie Gideon

"It’s an incredibly honest and witty take on a year in her life as a 40-something mom/wife/writer. It made me laugh out loud and want to be her friend." -Nikki Ostasiewski, editor Buy it here.

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

"America views itself as a Puritan nation and Vowell looks into what that really means-or what it really should mean. Among the pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and stories of bloody vengeance, she discovers something far different from what the Puritans’ uptight shoe-buckles-and-corn reputation might suggest." -Jennifer Braunschweiger, editor Buy it here.

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