“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.” — Voltaire
These are troubling times and, though our physical bookstore is closed, we want to continue offering our community a respite from the stress. What better than laughter to provide that relief? From 20th century classics to contemporary favorites, escape into these absorbing comic novels.
John Kennedy Toole$16.00 $14.72
This sidesplitting masterpiece stars Ignatius J. Reilly, an instantly iconic character: a hugely overweight, mother-abusing, underemployed lazy slob who captured the hearts of readers everywhere, and won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1981.
Paul Beatty$17.00 $15.64
A stinging comic satire, Beatty brilliantly scores with his multiple award-winning, ingenious novel that culminates in a race trial at the Supreme Court and a bid to bring back slavery.
Evelyn Waugh$15.99 $14.71
No one does dry mordant wit better than Waugh in his dark comedies and this skewering of the business of journalism is both timely and timeless, and laugh-out loud funny.
Mikhail Bulgakov$24.99 $22.49
A masterwork of 20th century literature, set both in Moscow and ancient Jerusalem, and featuring the Devil and the Witch Queen. Not published until the 60s, it remains a must-read as a brilliant satire of Soviet life under Stalin.
Oyinkan Braithwaite$14.95 $13.75
Two sisters, the unstable sociopath with a penchant for murdering her boyfriends, and the protective sister who cleans up her messes are inextricably entwined in Braithwaite’s delicious literary satire.
Andrew Sean Greer$15.99 $14.71
A great topic for a navel-gazing literary parody: the ubiquitous literary boondoggle, here following a hapless, failed novelist in a full-blown mid-life crisis from France to Berlin to Morocco to India. Hilarious entertainment with a big heart.
Dorothy Parker and Seth$24.00 $21.60
George Saunders$16.00 $14.72
Douglas Adams$7.99 $7.35
P. G. Wodehouse$19.95