A selection of comedic memoirs for adults. (2014)

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I Know I Am, But What Are You?
Samantha Bee

BIOGRAPHY BEE

Bee delivers hilarious essays on everything from her parents’ views on religion and sex to her pre-Daily Show stint as a Japanese anime character.


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Running with Scissors: A Memoir
Augusten Burroughs

BIOGRAPHY BURROUGHS

A true story of a boy whose mother gave him away to be raised by a psychiatrist. He had to survive a bizarre household where there were no rules.


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Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?
Billy Crystal

BIOGRAPHY CRYSTAL

Billy Crystal outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally and his long run as host of the Academy Awards.


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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Craig Ferguson

BIOGRAPHY FERGUSON

The hose of The Late, Late Show traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood, revealing his personal story of becoming an American citizen.


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Wishful Drinking
Carrie Fisher

BIOGRAPHY FISHER

Carrie Fisher, forever immortalized by her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, reveals her turbulent life, from her superficial Hollywood upbringing to her addiction to alcohol. With scathing humor, Fisher chronicles her declining acting career and subsequent tribulations, including mothering the child of a gay man.


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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
Jenny Lawson

BIOGRAPHY LAWSON

In an illustrated memoir, the creator of the Bloggess blog shares humorous stories from her life, including her awkward upbringing in Texas and her relationship with her husband.


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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Steve Martin

BIOGRAPHY MARTIN

Martin reflects on over 30 years in the comedy business, from writing to performing and everywhere in between. He offers listeners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look into the mind of an artist at the top of his game.


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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
John Elder Robison

BIOGRAPHY ROBISON

The author describes life growing up different in an odd family, his unusual talents, his struggle to live a “normal” life, his diagnosis at the age of forty with Asperger’s syndrome, and the dramatic changes that have occured since that diagnosis.


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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
Sarah Silverman

BIOGRAPHY SILVERMAN

Comedian Silverman’s memoir that mixes showbiz moments with the more serious subject of her teenage bout with depression, as well as stories of her childhood and adolescence.


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Sleepwalk with Me: and Other Painfully True Stories
Mike Birbiglia

HUMOR BIR

Birbiglia shares stories about his childhood, girls, parents, and, of course, his bouts with sleepwalking.


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Seriously...I'm Kidding
Ellen DeGeneres

HUMOR DEG

Degeneres’ first book in eight years brings us up to date about the life of a woman who bowed out of American Idol because she didn’t want to be mean.


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I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections
Nora Ephron

HUMOR EPH

A humorous collection of personal essays discusses the author’s career in journalism, divorce, a long-anticipated inheritance with unanticipated results.


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Bossypants
Tina Fey

HUMOR FEY

Comedian Tina Fey reveals all, including her youthful days as a vicious nerd, her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live, her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty, and her life as a mother.


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Dad Is Fat
Jim Gaffigan

HUMOR GAF

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan expresses the joys and horrors of life with five young children.


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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling

HUMOR KAL

Kaling shares her observations, fears, and opinions about a wide-ranging list of topics she thinks about the most. From her favorite types of guys to life in The Office writers’ room, her book is full of personal stories and laugh-out-loud philosophies.


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It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy
Laurie Notaro

HUMOR NOT

Focuses on the author’s haphazard efforts to fit into her ultra-liberal Oregon community, an endeavor marked by everything from stolen trees and a ban from the post office to dental implants and closed neighborhood parties.


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Naked
David Sedaris

HUMOR SED

A riotous collection of memoirs which explores the absurd hilarity of modern life and creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior to where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the company of lunatics.


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