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  • Mark Twain's Library of Humorby Mark Twain; Roy Jr Blount; E.W. Kemble

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 18.00

    Beginning with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--and ending with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 original, collects twenty of Twain's own pieces, in addition to tall tales, fables, and satires by forty-three of Twain's... more...

  • It Looked Different on the Modelby Laurie Notaro

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Everyone?s favorite Idiot Girl, Laurie Notaro, is just trying to find the right fit, whether it?s in the adorable blouse that looks charming on the mannequin but leaves her in a literal bind or in her neighborhood after she?s shamefully exposed at a holiday party by delivering a low-quality rendition of ?Jingle Bells.?... more...

  • Still Complainingby Jim Foster

    Dundurn 2001; US$ 9.99

    Another collection of columns by popular humourist Jim Foster. more...

  • Humor in Contemporary Junior Literatureby Julie Cross

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 54.95

    In this new book, Julie Cross examines the intricacies of textual humor in contemporary junior literature, using the tools of literary criticism and humor theory. Cross investigates the dialectical paradoxes of humor and debunks the common belief in oppositional binaries of ?simple? versus ?complex? humor. The varied combinations of so-called high... more...

  • The Post Office Lady with the Dragon Tattooby Laurie Notaro

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 0.99

    I had been dreading this day for more than a year.   Everyone?s favorite Idiot Girl, Laurie Notaro, is very close to wearing out her welcome in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Just a year ago, she was eighty-sixed from the local satellite post office for buying too many two-cent stamps (?The post office lady looked at me like I had just asked her... more...

  • Under The Duvetby Marian Keyes

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 12.78

    'When people ask me what I do for a crust and I tell them that I'm a novelist, they immediately assume that my life is a non-stop carousel of limos, television appearances hair-dos, devoted fans, stalkers and all the glitzy paraphernalia of being a public figure. It's time to set the record straight. I write alone, in a darkened bedroom, wearing my... more...

  • Rationale of the Dirty Jokeby G. Legman

    Simon & Schuster 2007; Not Available

    Why do people tell dirty jokes? And what is it about a joke's dirtiness that makes it funny? G. Legman was perhaps the foremost scholar of the dirty joke, and as legions of humor writers and comedians know, his Rationale of the Dirty Joke remains the most exhaustive and authoritative study of the subject. More than two thousand jokes... more...

  • Twain's Brandby Judith Yaross Lee

    University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 137.50

    Samuel L. Clemens lost the 1882 lawsuit declaring his exclusive right to use "Mark Twain" as a commercial trademark, but he succeeded in the marketplace, where synergy among his comic journalism, live performances, authorship, and entrepreneurship made "Mark Twain" the premier national and international brand of American humor in his day. And so... more...

  • A Cabinet of Greek Curiositiesby J. C. McKeown

    Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 13.99

    The ancient Greeks were a wonderful people. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and many forms of art and branches of science would be inconceivable without their influence. And yet, they were capable of the most outlandish behavior, preposterous beliefs, and ludicrous opinions. Like its companion volume, A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities,... more...

  • Comedyby Henri Bergson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00

    Henri Bergson ? Laughter George Meredith ? An Essay on Comedy Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher      Laughter is a mystery?a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter,"... more...