April is National Humor Month, a great time to enjoy a book that makes you laugh. Laughter improves our mood, but The Mayo Clinic, WebMD and other health sources say that it can be good for our mental and physical health as well. Among other benefits, laughter helps to reduce stress, according to the Mayo Clinic article above, and who doesn't need that?
Here are some new fiction books that include humor in the telling of great stories:
- Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella is the story of a couple looking to refresh their marriage with surprises and unexpected fun.
- The Pope of Palm Beach by Tim Dorsey is a mystery novel set on the beaches of Florida.
- On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman is a romantic comedy that is both funny and moving.
- Eternal Life by Dara Horn is about a woman who cannot die, and is looking for a way to escape this fate.
- Artemis by Andy Weir is science fiction, comedy and thriller all in one.
- Meddling Kids is a horror novel as well as a tongue-in-cheek parody of Scooby Doo.
Some recent, humorous nonfiction at MPHPL will make you laugh and think about important issues at the same time:
- We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union is a collection of essays that shares "stories that are funny, complicated and true."
- Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith discusses "ten emerging technologies that'll improve and/or ruin everything."
- How to American by Jimmy Ouyang is "an immigrant's guide to disappointing your parents."
A few classic staff picks that make us laugh are:
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a laugh-out-loud funny novel about the space travels of Arthur Dent, a human who escapes the destruction of Earth.
- Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot is about a former teenage popstar who becomes a residence hall director at a university in New York City and seeks to solve murders happening on her campus.
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris is a mystery novel and vampire tale about a cocktail waitress in Louisiana named Sookie Stackhouse.
- Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding is also laugh-out-loud funny, and is the story of the triumphs and failures of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something English woman.