Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.



Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson

"Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos."



Secondhand Souls – Christopher Moore

If you are into bizarre, slightly raunchy, chuckle-inducing tales of the dead and almost dead, then Christopher Moore's Secondhand Souls is the book for you. The sequel to A Dirty Job continues Charlie Asher's story as he tries to keep the forces of evil at bay, although it is admittedly tougher in a cobbled-together body of animal parts and lunch meat. No review could possibly do the plot and cast of characters justice as this definitely falls under the You Just Have to Read It category. The icing on this literary cake? The cover glows in the dark. - DJ, Schlow Centre Region Library

The Bear Went Over the Mountain – William Kotzwinkle

Once upon a time in rural Maine, a big black bear found a briefcase under a tree. Hoping for food, he dragged it into the woods, only to find that all it held was the manuscript of a novel. He couldn’t eat it, but he did read it, and decided it wasn’t bad. Borrowing some clothes from a local store, and the name Hal Jam from the labels of his favorite foods, he headed to New York to seek his fortune in the literary world.



Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart

In a near future hilariously reflective of contemporary trends and fears, middle-aged Lenny Abramov falls for younger Eunice Park. Separated by sensibilities as much as by years, anxious, book-loving Lenny and unfulfilled, hyper plugged-in Eunice both struggle with where they fit in their world and who they can be to each other. Shteyngart ably satirizes the preoccupations of the Information Age while also giving us its first great romance. -- Julia S., DC Public Library staff




A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

"This debut novel demonstrates the author's outstanding talent with phrasing to portray the characters' personalities. Funny, sweet, sad, laugh-out-loud in many instances, I have recommended this book to many friends who want a thoughtful, engaging, yet playful story about human nature and people interacting with each other." - Schlow Library Staff

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

Now a New York Times Bestseller A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices



Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson

From The Bloggess: In this irreverent book, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.


True Story: A Novel – Bill Maher

Bill Maher, the hilarious, irreverent star of the hit ABC talk show Politically Incorrect, is one of America's hottest comics. But like many of today's late-night humor kings, Maher began his career navigating New York City's seedy stand-up comedy circuit. He was there back in the Golden Age of comedy, when everybody wanted to be Eddie Murphy, and even the laundromat had its own open-mike night.



Sick in the Head – Judd Apatow

“Sprawling and insightful . . . The candidness of the interviews also exposes the peculiar community of comedians with anecdotes and cameos unlikely to be heard elsewhere. A delightful and hilarious read for anyone interested in what makes comedians tick.”—Kirkus Reviews

Run, Wrexsome … Run! – Sylvia FitzSimons

2015 Summer Book Awards Winner: When Oliver, a shy and somewhat socially-challenged fourteen-year-old with an over-active imagination gets his first dog - an adopted Lurcher - he soon begins to see his new canine companion as a 'very special dog indeed', capable of great achievements.