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  • Mark Twain's Library of Humorby Mark Twain; Steve Martin; Roy Blount; E.W. Kemble; Washington Irving

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 19.00

    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$ 13.99

    #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$ 7.99

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

  • Humor in Contemporary Junior Literatureby Julie Cross

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 48.95

    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...

  • Notes On Democracyby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 12.95

    [Democracy] is, perhaps, the most charming form of government ever devised by man... It is based on propositions that are palpably not true and what is not true, as everyone knows, is always immensely more fascinating and satisfying to the vast majority of men than what is true... H.L. Mencken, America's greatest journalist and critic, wrote... 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...

  • Secret Lives of Great Authorsby Robert Schnakenberg; Mario Zucca

    Quirk Books 2014; US$ 16.95

    Strange-but-true tales of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and other literary legends.   With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from William Shakespeare to Thomas Pynchon, Secret Lives of Great Authors tackles all the tough questions your high school teachers were afraid to ask: What’s the deal with Lewis Carroll and little girls?... more...

  • The Wisdom of Oscar Wildeby Philosophical Library

    Philosophical Library/Open Road 2010; US$ 7.99

    A comprehensive selection of his quips, aphorisms, and wit One of the most well known personalities of his day, Oscar Wilde charmed and beguiled readers and audiences with his eloquent and biting observations, his smart quips, and the witticisms peppering his own speech and the speech of his characters. The Wisdom of Oscar Wilde collects both... more...

  • Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)making of Genderby Anna Foka; Jonas Liliequist

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 95.00

    Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. Throughout history, it has played a crucial role in defining gender roles and identities. This collection offers an in-depth thematic examination of this relationship between humor and gender, spanning a variety of historical and cultural backdrops. more...