MWF Seeks 5 Books to Make Me Laugh Out Loud.
I am searching for a belly laugh.
Not a smirk, nope. Not a smile or giggle.
I want a deep snarky chuckle and a big guffaw.
I have been suffering through my husband’s reading of Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You.Â (Suffering, as in: he is reading it and I am not. It’s pretty obvious he’s enjoying himself.)
After I have long turned out my nightstand light, he lets me know he is going to read ‘just a few more pages’.
And then proceeds to snort, laugh, exhale, chuckle.
And, frankly, it is really starting to bother.
He reads me lines like these:
“Both the size of her heels and the size of her breasts were inappropriate for both her age and the occasion.” The occasion by the way, is a family funeral. A non-practicing Jewish family comes together after their father’s death, only to learn that his dying wish is that they all sit shiva for seven days.
He keeps referring to it as the Arrested Development book. Which, admittedly, is an outrageously funny show to me.
When I go on vacation, Ken Follett never makes the trip. Perhaps as you think about your own spring break, you’ll think about books that make you laugh out loud.
For those of you who have been following Joshua Ferris, who has a new book out called the Unnamed, ATWCTTE was his debut novel. And, it was smartly chosen as a finalist for the National Book Award. It is dark, wildly inappropriate and deeply funny. It is “The Office” type view of the workplace, taking place at an unnamed advertising agency at Chicago.
What is funny, like what’s a good read, is intensely personal.
So this is risky.
(See? Funny. Â Truly how risky is this???)
But throw your best pitch. Give me the biggest belly laugh book. Ever.
Collectively, we’ll laugh all the way from our lounge chairs.