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The Unhoneymooners Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501128035
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2019

If you're looking for a romance you can root for, pick this one up. This book called my name because it had a Hallmark movie premise that sounded fun during a very unfun time in the world. Right off the bat, I was hooked by the two main characters being sworn enemies who had lots of snarky banter together (I'm a sucker for a classic hate to love situation). It's also set in Hawaii, a definite plus, where these two foes go on a fake honeymoon together to redeem a free trip where there are lots of couples-only activities where they maybe, possibly start to not hate each other as much. I recommend it if you want a funny, sexy, good time. 


Review by Nicole

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Love Poems for People with Children Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780593085240
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 15th, 2019

Full of relatable and hilarious observations on parenting, this book had me laughing long after I'd finished it (and then recited each poem to my equally hysterical husband). With titles ranging from "I am fully aware the wheels on the bus go round and round" to "Is your sense that you will ever move out of the house?", this book is perfect for anyone in the midst of parenthood, no matter what season they find themselves in.


Review by Claudia

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One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder Cover Image
By David James Duncan (Introduction by), Brian Doyle
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316492898
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 3rd, 2019

Brian Doyle spoke more or less exactly the way he wrote, a fact that I always found kind of remarkable. It's easy to imagine him reading - performing, really - any of the short, poignant essays collected here. Doyle died way too soon, in 2017, but he left us with an incredible body of work - sublime, hilarious, tragic, beatific - the very best (non-fiction) examples of which are collected in this volume, with help from David James Duncan. Keep these close and read (and re-read) them frequently - as meditation, as comedy, as guiding beacons in dark times. Thanks, Brian, for everything. 


Review by Sam

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Loudermilk: Or, the Real Poet; Or, the Origin of the World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593763909
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Published: Soft Skull Press - May 7th, 2019

This may be a very funny novel about art and idealism. Or it may be a very serious novel about how our work defines us - albeit one that will make you laugh uncontrollably and at random. Either way, the joke's on us: gleeful, satirical and disarmingly sincere, profound and bombastic in equal measure, and so, so familiar to anyone who has been in their twenties, or nursed a beer in the corner at the party and watched their friends hold court, or contemplated the big questions about whether we are what we create or whether, maybe it's the other way around, Loudermilk is refreshing and incisive.


Review by Sam

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Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250178954
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Published: Forge Books - May 28th, 2019

With the same refreshing honesty, wit, and fierce feminism that fans have come to love in their wildly successful podcast, Georgia and Karen present a blueprint for how to stay sexy and stay alive. From mental health to addiction; family, relationships, and loss, these autobiographical essays offer advice and commiseration without sacrificing self awareness and humor. Much of what makes their podcast so popular can be found in these pages-- perhaps most importantly, the gentle yet insistent reminder that we are not alone.


Review by Erin

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Belzebubs Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781603094429
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - March 19th, 2019

You don't have to be a metalhead to fall in love with this adorably dark family of loons. Sweetly subversive a la The Adams Family, this book make me cackle aloud approximately 666 times. 


Review by Dean

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A Short History of the Girl Next Door Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524716103
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Ember - December 24th, 2018

I have now read this book twice and, with both readings, finished it in one sitting. This hilarious and heartbreaking novel will make you laugh out loud and then cry so much you'll go through an entire box of Kleenex (or, maybe that's just me). Anddddd that's all I'm going to tell you because I promise it's just one of those books that is best approached--like most worthwhile things in life--by taking a chance and letting the story lead you where it will.  


Review by Claire

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Frankland Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780743244497
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Free Press - January 1st, 2006

Whorton is one of those rare authors I read and lose the sensation of turning pages, slipping into his quirky worlds past the printed page. Here he creates a kind of redneck "Alice in Wonderland," each character more startling and vivid than the last. But what most surprises is how deeply Whorton causes you to care about--and cheer on--these fragmented but tenacious and hopeful personalities.  


Review by Adam

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The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501187292
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Published: Atria Books - October 15th, 2019

If watching the Daily Show in 2018 feels like pelting rocks against the bloodstained blade of an IDF bulldozer, Chapo is here with a dose of the hard stuff. 


Review by Stephen

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The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393339710
Availability: Unavailable - due in 2-4 weeks
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 9th, 2011

I'm cracking up right now just thinking of this book. It's hilarious. And big-hearted, with wonderful characters and yes, some tragedy. And did I mention it's funny? One of my favorite books of the last ten years. 

  • Yes, the author is related to the famed Udall political family of the west!
  • His New Yorker article, "Big Love," was the basis for the HBO series of the same name!


Review by Zak

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