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1Tope96
Nov 8, 2009, 4:28pm

Hi all

I'm looking for some new funny non fiction. I love Danny Wallace and Dave Gorman from the UK - any suggestions of similar people? Or something completely different, as long as it makes me laugh.

2LitClique
Modificato: Nov 8, 2009, 5:19pm

Have you tried David Sedaris?

3pechmerle
Modificato: Nov 8, 2009, 8:48pm

I recommend Calvin Trillin. E.g., Travels With Alice.

Among the essays in that volume is one about a novelty bullfighting event he ran across in southern France. That one should have you laughing out loud.

4Tope96
Nov 9, 2009, 11:53am

Thanks for the suggestions, will check them out.

5Jarby
Nov 14, 2009, 1:02pm

I know exactly the book! I've just finished reading it and I couldn't put it down. I laughed all the way through and kept having to read bits out to people.
The book is Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead and it's very new. It's about a retired couple (English) who move into a really small village in the mountains in Spain. All the characters are hilarious, and the things that happen are hysterical.

6Tope96
Nov 14, 2009, 4:16pm

Thanks Jarby, will definitely check it out - sounds like my cup of tea.

7jlelliott
Nov 14, 2009, 6:39pm

I think Mark Twain is very funny, I've laughed out loud reading his nonfiction works (specifically The Innocents Abroad and Life on the Mississippi).

8pechmerle
Nov 14, 2009, 8:09pm

Twain's Roughing It also is very funny non-fiction.
(Skip the chapters on the Mormons and Hawaii)
And I second the nomination for The Innocents Abroad.

9keigu
Gen 6, 2010, 11:00pm

Tope96, by "new funny" do you mean new to you, a new, i.e., different than usual, or new, as in recently published?

Two of my books of poems translated from Japanese treat comic genre (senryu and kyoka) and they will almost surely be new to you in all three ways. As one of my books (the senryu) is dirty, I recall and would also recommend E.J. Burford's Bawdy Verse. Much of the bawdy is comic.

If an old book will do, I can mention one I doubt anyone would note. Aubrey's Lives is full of hilarious anecdotes.

10alu042
Gen 8, 2010, 7:06am

You should also check out Bill Bryson. His books are often hilarious. Another candidate is John Allen Paulos. He's great if you like logic and humor in the tradition of Lewis Carroll.

11Booksloth
Gen 8, 2010, 7:31am

You might find this thread helpful too - http://www.librarything.com/topic/6342

12marvinross
Feb 4, 2010, 2:50pm

I'd like to suggest (My Life and Other Lies: Tales from the Writer's List) by ((Steve Pitt)) which just came out.

He has been compared to David Sedaris and a recent review on blogcritics compared him to Garrison Keillor. It is laugh out loud stuff.

13sunny
Feb 24, 2010, 6:13am

Mary Roach's Six feet over made me laugh out more than once.

14keigu
Feb 26, 2010, 11:38am

Alu042, I cannot help saying something about Bryson.

Sure he is funny, but when I visited England and wrote some (unpublished) pages on it, a couple people told me it was better than Bryson and though I read him and found that was probably true, I still did not think my essays worth publishing.

Let me ask you -- have you ever read A BARBARIAN IN ASIA? If you have, do you think Bryson is even a tenth as funny?

Don't get me wrong, I wrote half-a-dozen bks against stereotypes in Japanese and think Michaux an A-hole. But, he is a funny A-hole.

When I write books for publication or publish them myself, I make sure I am treating a subject no one can do as well as I can. Unfortunately, this cannot be said about most authors.

ps. Yes, I know. One cannot dispute taste. Then, again, one can.