Humor

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“In the end the real question is: What would happen if we were to throw away caution and good sense and choose instead to enjoy a moment—albeit a delectable one—in time?

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“So if you possess a penis, are a bathroom bibliophile with the attention span of a gnat, and happen to be looking for a read that is as timely as, say, feather hair extensions, then perhap

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“This highly recommended book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will delight readers ages 8–12.”

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“Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide for No-Limit Texas Hold ’em is highly recommended for the neophyte or even for someone disinterested in poker, for transferring knowle

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“Fraught with doubts, broken dreams, deep desires, and heartbreaking realizations, rather than poke fun at the human condition, I’ll Be Dead unwittingly epitomizes the strength and

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“To read these comic poems in blank verse again is to live childhood again, when the surly, often irate insect was first discovered.

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“So sit back, pour yourself a glass of fine wine—that requires time, grapes, yeast, feet, and “an enormous amount of pharmaceutical-grade pseudoephedrine and various beakers and Bunsen burn

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“At its core this is the story of an adult looking back at her parents’ choices and trying to make sense of ‘how people with their kind of talent, charm, intelligence and privileged backgro

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“The anarchic breakdown of law and order captivated anyone with a television set, perhaps becuase watching lawless chaos provides us with an unusual, vicarious thrill.

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Colson Whitehead is one of a few writers who understand New York.

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“It has huge strengths: a fascinating and original book concept, great wit, and an author writing with a sense of purpose. . . . the originality and audacity of Mr.

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If a typical plot structure is and then, and then, and then, Jennifer Close’s plot in Girls in White Dresses might be described as and again, and again, and again, and again.

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“The Family Fang is the sort of perfectly idiosyncratic thing that comes along only ever so often. . . . This book should succeed spectacularly. . . .

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“As with all great literary agitators, Mr. Palahniuk tests how far he can take his humor—and then pushes further. . . .

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“Nicely—even elegantly—written, well edited, and consisting of material not published elsewhere, this is an entertainingly rare gem of a book.

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“Had this collection not been packaged as it is, the reader might feel rewarded at some of the cleverness, but if you’re looking for truly funny, there’s a strong probability you’ll be disa

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“Mr. Lerner can set aside the self-doubt: Leaving the Atocha Station proves he’s a droll and perceptive observer, and a first-rate novelist.”

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“All of these fascinating experiences and relationships described in Loose Diamonds . . .

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“Helen Schulman effectively portrays a birds-eye view of modern life and the fragile nature of living in our contemporary society.”

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“Eat Slay Love is written in a snarky, flippant, and relaxed style that makes reading it quick and easy. Ms.

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“This ironic and absurdist highbrow little sex novel is a hoot. . . . Mr.

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“There is much to like about Tassy Morgan’s Bluff . . .”

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“OMG! I think I just peed my pants!”

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The year is 1947. America is basking in the afterglow following the successful end of World War II. Life is simple and so is the entertainment, but Americans had changed and so had their tastes.

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In her first novel, Victoria Patterson returns to Newport Beach, California, the setting of her linked story collection, Drift.

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