Book Lists for All Humans #3


Today’s list comes in reaction to this list on Publishers Weekly: The 10 Funniest Books, only two of which are written but women and none by writers of colour. Note to us all: only  white men are funny.

Or not. I’m struggling a little with this one as funny isn’t my go-to so please add your suggestions, especially books by women of colour from beyond the UK and USA.

Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth
friends, booze, debauchery

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day – Pearl Cleage
HIV, religion, love

Love, Nina – Nina Stibbe
nannying, working class nanny meets the literati

Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? – Mindy Kaling

Crooked Heart – Lissa Evans
war, evacuees, survival

Mr Loverman – Bernadine Evaristo
homosexuality, London, family, Caribbean

The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
quests, feminism, sexuality

Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu – Yi Shun Lai
dating, mothers, following your dreams

Yes, Please – Amy Poehler
memoir, feminism

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged – Ayisha Malik
hijabs, dating, writing

Links are to my reviews

0 thoughts on “Book Lists for All Humans #3

  1. Will check out the others, but I read Cleage’s, What Looks Like Crazy at least once a year, because it’s just that good.

  2. Dorothy Parker – simply one of the funniest, most satirical and brilliant writers who sadly is better known for her biographical details and sharp tongue than for her poems and stories.
    I also really liked Shappi Khorsandi’s A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English – just so funny and insightful!

    • I have some Dorothy Parker – a collected thing, I think – languishing on my shelf; I need to do something about that.
      Making a note of the Khorsandi. Thank you!

  3. I love Firmin Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage – it’s about a rat raised in a second hand bookshop. Having worked in bookshops I identified very strongly with the rat! Also a big fan of Bechdel’s books and as my friends and family know I have the same attitude as D. Parker to the phone ringing – “What fresh hell is this?”

    • Mavis Cheek was on the longlist! I could’ve filled it all with white women but that would defeat part of the object. Thanks for the additions, you’ve reminded me I’ve been meaning to read Lightning Rods for ages.

  4. Helen DeWitt – both her books (The Last Samurai and Lightning Rods) are very funny/ Also Jenny Diski. And I’ve always found Muriel Spark to straddle the gap between funny and horrifying quite nicely.

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