1) The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius by David Thorne. The chapter about the lost cat may be the funniest thing I’ve ever read. I read it for the first time at BookBar in Denver and I was laughing so hard that I was crying, gasping for breath, clutching my stomach in pain, and most likely being monitored by staff as a potential 911 call.
2) Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. It’s David Sedaris. That should be all I have to say. But I will add that when I listen to Sedaris read the audio version, I have to pull over if the Halloween chapter comes on. Side-splittingly funny.
3) Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore The title tells all: irreverent, weird, funny—like only Christopher Moore does.
4) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. SIx words for you: Free food in the break room. Anyone who has ever worked in an office setting, preferably in a cubicle, will laugh out loud at Ferris’ achingly funny office satire.
5) Bossypants by Tina Fey. I’m declaring her America’s sweetheart. She’s self-deprecating and hilariously funny and we all wish you could hang out with her.
6) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This classic science fiction spoof is a wild, hilarious ride with some of the all time best literary quotes: “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
7) Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. I have to include something by Vonnegut on this list; he is the master at blending the absurd and the profound, making us laugh and making us think.
8) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. I’m not a cartoon kind of person, but Brosh immediately won me over with her neurotic, weird, poignant, uniquely hilarious voice.
9) How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young. Young’s memoir of his fall down the corporate ladder of New York media offers scathing, self-deprecating, amusing insight into the lifestyles of the rich and undeserving, Vanity Fair, and Condé Nast.
10) Don’t Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff. Intelligent, humorous, autobiographical essays by a quintessential New Yorker who died too young.