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  • Rabbitby Patricia Williams; Jeannine Amber

    HarperCollins 2017; US$ 19.49

    “I know a lot of people think they know what it’s like to grow up in the hood. Like maybe they watched a couple of seasons of The Wire and they got the shit all figured out. But TV doesn’t tell the whole story.” -- Ms. Pat They called her Rabbit. Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack... more...

  • Rabbit: A Memoirby Patricia Williams

    Ebury Publishing 2017; US$ 23.96

    That’s how things go in the ‘hood: It’s a never ending cycle of trouble, and once it grabs you, it won’t let go. Patricia started life on the lowest rung of society: poor, black, and female. With an alcoholic for a mother and four siblings, she was raised on a steady diet of welfare, food stamps and cigarette smoke. By the age of 15 she had two... more...

  • Playboy Laughsby Patty Farmer

    Beaufort Books 2017; US$ 14.99

    Following her success with Playboy Swings , Patty Farmer looks at Playboy’s relationship with comedians and cartoonists in her new book Playboy Laughs .   Playboy Laughs  invites readers onto the sets of the organization’s groundbreaking TV shows,  Playboy Penthouse  and  Playboy After Dark . These popular variety series brought top-tier comedians,... more...

  • Don't Panic, I'm Islamicby Lynn Gaspard; Carol Ann Duffy; Chris Riddell; Alex Wheatle; Sjón; Alberto Manguel; Moris Farhi; Leila Aboulela; Sabrina Mahfouz

    Saqi 2017; US$ 12.49

    ‘Bursting with creativity, wit and intelligence’ Brian Eno How can you tell if your neighbour is speaking Muslim? Is a mosque a kind of hedgehog? Can I get fries with that burka? You can't trust the media any longer, but there's no need to fret: Don't Panic, I'm Islamic provides you with the answers. Read this book to learn how you too can spot an... more...

  • Groucho and Meby Groucho Marx

    Muriwai Books 2017; US$ 3.99

    The “Me” in the title is a comparatively unknown Marx named Julius (1895-1977), who, under the nom de plume of Groucho, enjoyed a sensational career on Broadway and in Hollywood with such comedy classics as Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, and A Day at the Races. His solo career included work as a film... more...

  • The Complete A–Z of Everything Carry Onby Richard Webber

    HarperCollins Publishers 2017; US$ 15.43

    The complete guide to everyone’s favourite films… saucy! more...

  • Screen Comedy and Online Audiencesby Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    The question of why we laugh (or don't laugh) has intrigued scholars since antiquity. This book contributes to that debate by exploring how we evaluate screen comedy. What kinds of criteria do we use to judge films and TV shows that are meant to be funny? And what might that have to do with our social and cultural backgrounds, or with wider cultural... more...

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senateby Al Franken

    Grand Central Publishing 2017; US$ 30.00

    #1 New York Times Bestseller "Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." - Louise Erdrich, The New York Times p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Tahoma; color: #212121;... more...

  • That’s Your Lotby Limmy

    HarperCollins Publishers 2017; US$ 12.46

    This is Limmy’s second book. It’s a whole load of new, odd, and hilariously grim short stories. more...

  • Last Man Standingby James Curtis

    University Press of Mississippi 2017; US$ 25.00

    The story of the comic who took the stage with nothing but a newspaper and gave America an entirely new way to laugh more...