Library staff members recommend these books and movies for times when you could use a good laugh.

Books | Movies


Kate Atkinson. Emotionally Weird (fiction). 

Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice* (fiction).

Lawrence Block. Burglar series* (mysteries).

Lawrence Block. Hit Man* (fiction).

Bill Bryson, especially A Walk in the Woods* (917.4) and Notes from a Small Island* (914.1).

Sarah Caudwell, especially Thus Was Adonis Murdered (mystery).

Eoin Colfer. The Legend of Spud Murphy (J fiction). 

Christopher Paul Curtis. Bucking the Sarge* (Y fiction). 

Richard Dooling. White Man's Grave (fiction). 

Louise Erdrich. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse (fiction). 

Janet Evanovich. Metro Girl* (mystery).

Janet Evanovich. One for the Money* (mystery) and other Stephanie Plum mysteries.

Al Franken, especially Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them* (320.52).

Michael Frayn. Headlong (fiction).

Helen Fielding. Bridget Jones's Diary* (fiction).

Helen Fielding. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination* (fiction).

William Goldman. Princess Bride* (fiction, Y fiction). 

Olivia Goldsmith. Marrying Mom* (fiction). 

Carl Hiaasen, especially Tourist Season (pb) and Skinny Dip* (mystery).

Nick Hornby. High Fidelity (fiction).

Susan Isaacs. Long Time No See* (fiction).

Walter Kirn. Up in the Air (fiction).

Harley Jane Kozak. Dating Dead Men (fiction).

Billie Letts. Where the Heart Is* (fiction).

David Lodge. Changing Places (fiction).

Loretta LaRoche. Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal* (155.9) and others, including audiobooks, videos.

Alexander McCall Smith. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency* (mystery); Morality for Beautiful Girls* (mystery) and others in the Ladies Detective series.

Michael Malone. Handling Sin (fiction). 

Charles Portis, especially Dog of the South (fiction) and Norwood (fiction).

Richard Russo. Straight Man* (fiction). 

David Sedaris. Holidays on Ice* (817). 

David Sedaris. Me Talk Pretty One Day* (817). 

Suzanne Strempek Shea. Selling the Lite of Heaven (fiction).

Calvin Trillin. Tepper Isn't Going Out (fiction); and his food writing--Feeding a Yen (641.59), etc.

Donald Westlake. The Ax (fiction). 

Bailey White, especially Mama Makes Up Her Mind (fiction).

*Books marked with an asterisk are also available in audiobook format. 



Amelie. Video, DVD. 

Annie Hall. Video.

Arsenic and Old Lace. Video.

Beetlejuice. Video. 

Big. Video, DVD. 

The Birdcage. Video.

Blast From The Past. Video.

Blazing Saddles. Video, DVD. 

Bringing Up Baby. Video, DVD.

Bubba Ho-tep. DVD. 

City Slickers. Video, DVD.

Clerks. Video, DVD. 

Clueless. Video, DVD.

Dick: The Unmaking of a President. Video.

Dodgeball. Video, DVD.

Fargo. Video, DVD.

A Fish Called Wanda. Video, DVD.

Flirting with Disaster. Video, DVD.

Galaxy Quest. Video, DVD.

Ghostbusters. Video, DVD.

The Gods Must Be Crazy. Video.

Groundhog Day. Video, DVD 

Harvey. Video.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Children's Room Video.

The Lady Eve. Video.

Liar Liar. Video, DVD.

Life is Beautiful (Video, DVD) and anything with Roberto Benigni.

Living Out Loud. Video. 

Manhattan Murder Mystery. Video, DVD.

Meet the Parents. Video, DVD.

Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Video, DVD.

My Cousin Vinnie. Video.

Napoleon Dynamite. Video, DVD. 

Ninotchka. Video, DVD.

Office Space. Video, DVD. 

Pink Panther. Video.

Rushmore. Video, DVD.

Shanghai Noon. Video, DVD. 

Shaun of The Dead. Video, DVD. 

Steamboat Bill, Jr. Video, DVD. 

There's Something About Mary. Video, DVD.

This is Spinal Tap. Video, DVD. 

What About Bob. Video.

Young Frankenstein. Video, DVD.