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These 13 Books Are So Funny They'll Make You Ugly-Laugh
There are books that make you smirk quietly to yourself, and then there are the funniest books ever—the ones that make you shake with laughter, cry tears of joy, and send hilarious paragraphs to the group text. Considering a lot of us have nothing but time right now (how many seasons of Real Housewives can I watch, really?) (Don’t answer that), we should put it toward something productive, like reading a book.
If you’ve been having a hard time reading during the pandemic, a light, funny book is just the thing to help you get back on track. These are the tried and true titles that make us howl with laughter every time we read them. Because lord knows we could all use a laugh right now.
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1) The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
You might not know it from watching Insecure or The Lovebirds, but Issa Rae is a self-described unabashedly awkward introvert. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, her collection of essays that shares a name with her Shorty Award-winning web series, is equal parts hilarious, insightful, and wonderfully self-deprecating. We dare you not to laugh at her essay about discovering cybersex as a teenager during the early days of the internet.
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You know Tina Fey. You love Tina Fey. And if you haven’t read her memoir yet, which starts with her upbringing, gives you a peek at her personal life at home, and takes you behind the scenes at SNL, it’s an absolute must. Big LOL at the chapter about what being in a high-profile photoshoot is REALLY like. (Spoiler: It’s awkward AF.)
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3) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays
Samantha Irby has an unparalleled talent for making us burst out laughing. Is it her willingness to overshare? Her unapologetic vulgarity? Her ability to find the humor in the tough stuff? It’s definitely all of the above. We are never meeting in real life. truly has it all, from Irby’s application to be the next Bachelorette to a story about the time she pooped her pants on the side of the road.
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4) Wishful Drinking
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Wishful Drinking shouldn’t be funny: It tells the true story of how Carrie Fisher battled addiction, struggled with depression, and balanced being a single mom with a demanding career. And yet, thanks to her charming, thoughtful wit, it’s one of the funniest books ever. Fun fact: Wishful Drinking was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. (Fisher lost, but she won a few years later for The Princess Diarist, which is similarly LOL-inducing.) “Grammy Award winner Carrie Fisher” has a nice ring to it.
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5) You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
If you speak exclusively in pop culture references, Phoebe Robinson will be your best friend. In her first collection of essays, You Can’t Touch My Hair, she writes about everything from coded language and maintaining natural hair to why she worships Lisa Bonet and how U2 is her favorite band of all time (like, for real). Robinson writes with such familiarity, it’s as if you’re having a conversation with her as you read. Warning: Your cheeks will hurt from laughing.
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6) I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
Even if you’ve never read one of Nora Ephron’s essay collections, you’re already familiar with her work: She’s the brain behind some of your favorite rom-coms, from Sleepless in Seattle to You’ve Got Mail. Do yourself a favor and read her other works, starting with I Feel Bad About My Neck. Nobody tells the candid, hilarious truth quite like she did.
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7) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
If you’ve ever watched The Office or The Mindy Project and thought, “I’m absolutely positive Mindy Kaling would want to be my best friend if she met me IRL,” you’re definitely right. But while you wait for her to text you back, reading her first memoir will hold you over. Whether she’s detailing her rise in the comedy world or describing the qualities of the perfect boyfriend, it’s her details that will make you laugh on every single page. Might we recommend the audiobook? Kaling’s stories hit you in the funny bone even harder when you get to listen to her tell them.
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8) Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
Chelsea Handler has been making us laugh for years on TV and on Twitter. But nothing makes us laugh quite like her books, of which there are many. And Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea is our eternal fav. One minute she’s convincing her classmates she’s been cast in a Goldie Hawn movie; the next she’s pretending to be her dad’s trophy wife to upgrade to first class on an airplane. She’s so damn inappropriate, and we love her for it.
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9) The Last Black Unicorn
Tiffany Haddish is magic, and so is her book. If you didn’t know, the comedian is resilient as hell: She suffered abuse at the hands of her mentally ill mother, was placed in foster care, and was homeless. But she’s unbelievably strong, and for all of the heavy topics she touches on in The Last Black Unicorn, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud funny moments, too—especially if you listen to her read the audiobook. We hope Haddish writes another book very, very soon.
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10) Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
If we had to imagine what the inside of Lauren Graham’s mind looks like, we’d picture cups of coffee spilling all over the place, shiny objects shimmering in the light, and a bunch of hamsters running on hamster wheels at full speed. Reading Talking as Fast as I Can is like witnessing Lorelai Gilmore deliver one long, run-on monologue—but in the absolute best way possible. Her book isn’t exclusively about Gilmore Girls, but that’s what we came for, and it did not disappoint.
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11) Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Remember Jenny Lawson’s blog, The Bloggess? Ten years later, Lawson is still making us erupt with laughter at every turn. Whether she’s getting brutally honest about mental illness or sharing anecdotes from her marriage, she never fails to make us laugh in the most unexpected ways.
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12) Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use
Amanda Seales is only in her thirties, but she’s already lived a full life in Hollywood—and has enough stories about acting, writing, performing standup, DJing, and hosting to fill a book. The best part about Small Doses is that Seales keeps it real no matter what, and her humor and heart shine through on every page.
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13) I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays
Sloane Crosley has been compared to everybody from David Sedaris to Dorothy Parker, and the hype is real. She’s so goddamn funny. In I was Told There’d Be Cake, she invites you into her wonderfully weird, quirky brain and tells stories ranging from the time she accidentally agreed to be a distant friend’s maid of honor to the time she found poop on her bathroom floor after hosting a dinner party.
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I live to observe love. Rom Coms à la When Harry Met Sally are my drug of choice. I watch YouTube wedding videos. I don’t even mind PDA. When I see crazy kids heavy petting in the corner of a bar, I think it’s more sweet than gross. So, it’s no surprise that I subscribe to several sex and relationship podcasts. You don’t need a significant other to find them interesting. Many of these podcasts offer a fascinating, voyeuristic window into the human condition. Others offer tips that are applicable to any relationship, romantic or otherwise. Some make you cry, some are kind of a turn on, and my very favorites are just out-and-out funny.If you’ve burned out on your usual true-crime podcasts, trust me: Give the “couples therapy” genre a listen. Here are the absolute best sex and relationship podcasts of 2020 to cue up first. Modern LoveEach week, a different celebrity reads an essay from The New York Times‘ eponymous column. You might find yourself laughing one minute and tearing up the next. The podcast explores everything about love, from the first butterfly to the bone-aching loneliness of love lost. (My suggestion: Start with Vulture‘s roundup of the Modern Love team’s favorite episodes.) Death, Sex, & Money Host Anna Sale dives into topics that would make most people squirm at a dinner party. With precise reporting, each episode dissects a taboo such as why people cheat, sex ed fails, and sugar babies. Dyking OutStand-up comedians Carolyn Bergier and Melody Kamali dig into conversations about intimacy and finding yourself, focusing mainly on the queer community. They bring levity to each discussion, and interview a wide range of guests including Erika Owens of 90 Day Fiancé: Before The 90 Days and political commentator Jess McIntosh. This is LoveThis addictive show offers and incisive look into “sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we bet everything on each other.” Dying for SexThis podcast tells the story of a woman who goes by only the name Molly, who was diagnosed with stage IV terminal breast cancer. She leaves her troubled marriage, and decides to embark “on a series of sexual adventures to help her feel alive.” Interviewed by her best friend, Nikki Boyer, Molly shares tales of making connections, tackling a tickle fetish, trusting in friendship, and feeling like herself while dying. Sex with EmilyHost Emily Morse, PhD, brings her expertise to discussions on everything from interracial relationships to coming out to virtual dating. Where Should We Begin? with Esther PerelThe absolute classic. This podcast offers everything you could possibly want from the genre. During each episode, you listen in on an actual couples’ therapy session with a real duo, struggling through the rawest of life’s obstacles, including separation, loss, and trouble in the bedroom. Her insightful wisdom can be applied throughout your own life, too. Dear Sugars Most of us know Cheryl Strayed from her book Wild. Long before she became famous for losing a boot, she ran The Rumpus’s anonymous advice column, “Dear Sugar,” taking over from her wise predecessor Steve Almond. Now Strayed and Almond offer empathic, compassionate advice to the “lost, lonely, and heart sick.” They dish out guidance on handling feelings of jealousy, and even getting through emotional abuse. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?These Comedy Podcasts Will Absolutely Crack You UpThe Best New Podcasts Coming In 2020The Best Podcasts For Relationship Advice
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Like a scene out of the least-beloved Christopher Guest movie ever, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted a blue curtain during his Monday afternoon press briefing to reveal a giant model mountain meant to represent the peaks and valleys of the state’s COVID-19 cases.“Do you know what this is?” Cuomo asked the room of assembled reporters; one curtly replied: “No.” “This is the mountain,” Cuomo supplied, helpfully. “This is the mountain that New Yorkers climbed. You know how I keep showing the curve? This is the curve. It’s actually proportionate. We started on Day 1, and the numbers kept going straight up for 42 days.”Cuomo’s science fair-looking model of the COVID-19 curve was on full display at Monday’s press conference, during which the governor used his platform to boast about how the state of New York has battled the novel coronavirus in recent months.After a mandatory stay-at-home order that spanned some 78 days, New York has largely flattened its number of coronavirus cases. The state has commenced with the beginning phases of its reopening plans and, according to the governor, the number of confirmed cases fell to 391 on June 28. When compared with the more than 10,000 confirmed cases in New York in April, the numbers tell a promising story: As states across the U.S., including Florida, California and Texas, continue to experience alarming spikes in new infection rates, New York’s numbers appear to be holding steadily low — for now.But while Cuomo’s installation — not his first foray into mixed-media art, it must be noted — appears to be a good-natured way to keep daily press briefings lighthearted during what remains a time of great stress for many New Yorkers, the governor’s many and well-documented missteps should be enough to keep anyone from laughing too hard. As ProPublica has reported, during the pandemic’s early, but vitally important stages Cuomo initially rebuked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to shut down the city as a part of an ongoing “intrastate cold war” between the two elected officials, failing to act for another week and in the process delaying action at a critical juncture when New York’s coronavirus cases were doubling near-daily. Cuomo and his health commissioner, Howard Zucker, are also liable for the decision to make it mandatory for nursing homes to readmit residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 after they had been discharged from the hospital, as long as they were stable — a policy that enabled the virus to ravage New York’s assisted care facilities after as many as 4,500 COVID-19 infected patients were sent to stay at nursing homes across the state.To date, more than 31,000 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19, all while Governor Cuomo has sat at the helm of the response team. It’s nice that he can goof off and commission his interns to construct what looks like a glorified seventh-grade science project, or perhaps like a lost scene from Parks and Recreation, but the many thousands who have lost loved ones as a result of his negligence probably aren’t laughing.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Trump Tweeted A Video In Support Of "White Power"New Yorkers Protest Rent In Front Of Cuomo's HouseTrump Is Willing To Protect Monuments Over People
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