Reading Lists

Humorous (RD 80 and 90)

Why my third husband will be a dog : the amazing adventures of an ordinary woman

Scottoline, Lisa

St. Martin's Griffin 2010

An anthology of "Philadelphia Inquirer" columns includes stories about the author's experience of being caught braless in an emergency room, what she identifies as a man's most important body part, and interrupting as an art form.

The internet is a playground : irreverent correspondences of an evil online genius

Thorne, David

Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin 2011

The Internet personality and creator of presents an uproarious collection of online mischief and comedy that includes such viral successes as "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead" and "Missing Missy.".

Home to Harmony

Gulley, Philip

HarperSanFrancisco 2004

The new pastor in a small Indiana town experiences one humorous adventure after another as he acclimates to his new congregation and lifestyle.

Someone killed his boyfriend

Stukas, David

Kensington Books 2001

Robert tags along as his friend Michael Stark goes in search of the man who left him standing at the altar and stole his priceless Matisse. They track him to Provincetown, where he turns up dead and Michael and Robert become the chief suspects.

Bridget Jones's diary : a novel

Fielding, Helen

Penguin Books 2001

Bridget Jones takes readers on a tour of a hilarious year-in-the-life of a confused thirty-something singleton who would have all the answers if she could just lose seven pounds, stop smoking, and attain inner poise.

The reformed vampire support group

Jinks, Catherine

Graphia 2009

Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them--until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

Dog on it

Quinn, Spencer

Atria Books 2009

Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

Suicide notes : a novel

Ford, Michael Thomas

HarperTeen 2010

Brimming with sarcasm, fifteen-year-old Jeff describes his stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Alexie, Sherman Forney, Ellen

Little, Brown and Co. 2009

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Star Island

Hiaasen, Carl

Alfred A. Knopf 2010

Ann DeLuisa, body double for drug-addled pop star Cherry Pye, is kidnapped by an obsessed paparazzo, and Cherry's entourage must rescue her while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's public--and from Cherry herself.

Holidays on ice

Sedaris, David

Back Bay Books 2010

A best-selling classic features six additional works on the joys and embarrassments of favorite holidays, in a volume that includes tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to another culture, and a barnyard Secret Santa scheme gone awry.

A dog's purpose

Cameron, W. Bruce

Forge 2010

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Brains : a zombie memoir

Becker, Robin, M.

Eos 2010

After the zombie apocalypse, can zombies and humans live together in peace and harmony? College professor-cum-zombie Jack Barnes is determined to try, in this wonderfully stylish and humorous debut novel.

Dead until dark

Harris, Charlaine

Ace Books 2010

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life. When one of her coworkers checks out, she decides that maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

Me talk pretty one day

Sedaris, David

Back Bay Books 2001

In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals.

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