The 50 funniest books we've ever read

Sometimes, you want to delve into a serious, thought-provoking book that make you question everything you've ever known about humanity. This is not one of those times. Below, in no particular order, books that are guaranteed to crack you up. (And maybe make you pee your pants.)

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The 50 funniest books we've ever read
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Any of Sedaris’ hilarious books could’ve made this list, but this one’s titular story (about the author’s attempt to learn French after moving to Paris) puts it over the edge. 

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Bossypants by Tina Fey

Before she was Liz Lemon or Sarah Palin, Fey was a quirky kid from Pennsylvania who dreamed of becoming a comedian. Her book, about everything that happened in between, is incredible. 

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Ignatius J. Reilly, a lazy eccentric who lives with his mother, is the unforgettable protagonist of this riotous book that was published posthumously by Toole’s own mother. (And won a Pulitzer. NBD.) 

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I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

Crosley’s debut essay collection is wry and witty about everything from horrendous first jobs to the Oregon Trail computer game. (Ford that river!) 

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You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

Proof you can be funny and inspiring? Robinson discusses serious issues like institutionalized racism and misogyny along with lighter ones like being U2’s biggest fan and her Magic Mike movie obsession. 

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The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

The movie version is fabulous, but Updike’s original source material about three spurned women is even more satirical and wonderful. 

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette is a reclusive architect and mother who goes missing. Her daughter tries to find her, compiling a funny portrait of a misunderstood woman along the way. 

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You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

The head writer of Inside Amy Schumer muses on everything from being the adult version of a tomboy (a tom-man) to why some women are wolves and others are poodles. (We’ll let her explain.) 

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I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

From one of our favorite writers of all time, a candid and dryly funny look at women who are aging and dealing with all the stuff that goes along with it.

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The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty

A scathingly funny debut novel about an awkward, black surfer bum as he transforms from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar to reluctant messiah. 

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The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The quintessential British humorist writes about Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves, as the latter saves the former from being arrested, lynched and accidentally engaged. Buy the book
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

The Bard’s slapstick farce is about two sets of twins who were separated at birth. Watching his hapless characters encounter each other through a series of escalating misunderstandings is a delight. 

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Named after her popular web series, Rae writes about what it’s like to balance being an introvert (read: kinda weird) with being black (read: supposed to be cool). 

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The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Based on Twain's letters to newspapers about a voyage to Europe, Egypt and the Holy Land, The Innocents Abroad sharply critiques tourists who base their travels on guidebooks. (That’s not you, is it?) 

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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Jim Dixon is a lecturer at a fancy university. In this laugh-out-loud debut novel, Amis skewers the over-the-top English characters with whom Dixon interacts as he tries to hold on to his cushy job. 

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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Despite being published in 1899, Jerome’s spectacularly comedic account of a three-man boat journey holds up shockingly well in 2017. 

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Working alternative title: 242 Pages That Will Make You Want to Become Mindy Kaling’s Best Friend

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One More Thing by B.J. Novak

Speaking of Office alums, you know those random thoughts you have in the shower but quickly forget about? Novak has similar thoughts, but he turns them into short story gold. 

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The first in a five-book trilogy (no, that’s not a typo), The Hitchhiker’s Guide is one of those rare science fiction-y books that pretty much every reader on earth can appreciate. 

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Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

A satire of sensationalist journalism and foreign correspondents, Scoop is partly based on Waugh’s experience working for the Daily Mail. Ooo, juicy. 

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The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman

Candid, poignant and occasionally filthy, Silverman’s memoir covers everything from her childhood penchant for swearing to her unfortunate propensity for bedwetting. 

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Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

OK, you might not want to read this bedtime book to your toddler. But it’s profane, honest, and really damn funny for adults. 

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I Like You by Amy Sedaris

You thought David was the only hysterical Sedaris? Nope. This offbeat guide to entertaining will have you rolling on the floor, then digging your Jell-O mold out of the garage. 

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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

This unlikely writing partnership produced an outlandish, fake-serious book about the birth of the son of Satan and the coming of the end of times. 

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This book has everything: a haiku about plastic surgery, a satirical birth plan, a brainstormed list of hypothetical books about divorce and tons more. 

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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

A funny and tragic examination of her own severe depression, Lawson’s memoir makes light of mental illness without trivializing it. 

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Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford

Twitter sensation Oxford chats like your funniest girlfriend about everything from throwing up on Chinese food deliverymen to stalking Leonardo DiCaprio. 

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Born out of Brosh’s popular blog, this darkly funny book—illustrated with exaggeratedly childish drawings—tackles topics like the author’s depression and the “God of cake”. 

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Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

Whether analyzing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, Klosterman’s funny and discerning take on pop culture is completely one of a kind. 

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John Dies at the End by David Wong

A sarcastic paranormal horror story, John Dies at the End is hard to describe, other than to say that it’s so weird that it somehow works. 

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The love story of Westley and Buttercup is well-known to anyone who can recite the movie line-for-line (guilty), but Goldman’s richly satirical original text shouldn’t be missed. 

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Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Same goes for Helen Fielding’s introduction to floundering 30-something Bridget Jones before she was made iconic by Renee Zellweger. 

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Schumer's first book didn't disappoint, as the comic covers everything from dating an Adonis-like personal trainer who turns out to be a hoarder to how she's actually quite introverted.

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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

If you have kids, read this to them. If you don’t, reminisce over the outrageous adventures of this red pigtailed heroine with a horse on her porch and a flair for the absurd. 

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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Let’s bring it back to 1604, shall we? This timeless masterpiece tells the story of madman Don Quixote and his faithful squire Sancho Panza as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. 

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How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely

Pete Tarslaw just wants a realistic amount of fame, financial comfort and to humiliate his ex-girlfriend at her wedding. How he does it makes for a superbly entertaining novel. 

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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

A self-professed feminist, Roxane Gay loves rap music. Including--especially, even--the aggressive, misogynistic kind. But that, as she argues is this enlightening collection of essays, doesn't mean she isn't a feminist. Rather, it means she's a bad one, and that's OK.

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Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Before he was the star you know today, Steve Martin was a magician and Disneyland entertainer dipping his toe into comedy. This retelling of his pre-SNL days is fun and endearing. 

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Oscar is a nerdy, chubby Dominican kid from New Jersey who’s obsessed with science fiction and is terrified he’ll die a virgin. It’s probably more of a tragicomedy, but funny nonetheless. 

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Money by Martin Amis

John Self is a commercial director who epitomizes the greed and lust of the 1980s. His misadventures and downward spiral would be depressing if Amis’ prose wasn’t so darkly funny. 

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

As her character says on Girls, Dunham may not be the voice of her generation, but she's certainly a voice of a generation. She proves as much in her first book, a funny and insightful tale of, broadly, growing up and being a person in the world.

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Part humor, part sociological study, Ansari teamed up with NYU Sociologist Eric Klinenberg to design a massive research project to study how love and relationships have changed with the times.

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How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Journalist Moran is an unapologetic feminist--which is not, as she so delightfully proves in this book about female empowerment, sexuality, celebrity culture and more--mutually exclusive with being really (really) funny.  

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

When Rachel agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, she isn't expecting to find that he comes from on of the country's richest families. Was follows is a super fun romp complete with over the top opulence, highly competitive social climbing and sabotage (dun dun dun). 

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Little Victories by Jason Gay

Gay, a newspaper columnist, wrote this book after his father was diagnosed with cancer. In it, he demonstrates that life’s little victories are made up of tiny, perfect moments that happen when we might feel far from perfect. Never too earnest, he's always self-deprecating and wry.

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I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies) by Laurie Notaro

You know how some people console teens and 20-somethings by saying life works itself out as you get older? That's not Notaro. In her funny and relatable book, she recounts credit card debt, her canceled newspaper column, the evil moms at preschool and more, proving that while it might not get better, you can certainly laugh about it.

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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

A satire of the American workplace, Ferris' debut novel takes place in a Chicago ad agency at the end of the 90s internet boom, and concerns the weirdly close bonds that form between people who see more of each other than they see their spouses, families and friends.

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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Gibbons' 1932 book parodies the romanticized accounts of rural life that were popular at the time with the story of Flora Poste, an orphaned teenager who sets out to modernize her traditional town.

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How to Weep in Public by Jacqueline Novak

Comedian Novak’s hilarious and very real approach to dealing with her depression is refreshingly frank, and includes lists like “Ways to avoid charming your therapist,” and “top four tips for crying in restaurants.” 

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Widely considered one of the most significant novels of the twentieth century, Heller's WWII satire is about a group of airmen's repeated attempts to avoid combat missions that appear to lead to certain death. 

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