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Book club books worth a chuckle

February 22, 2012
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The types of books we tend to read in book clubs are not usually funny. The books you can hold meaningful and sustained conversations about are usually on the serious side, sometimes to the point of being depressing. The Riverina Regional Library Book Club list of 148 books , however, isn’t completely devoid of laughs.

For some of the books, humour is not, perhaps, the first characteristic you think of. Jasper Jones, for example, deals with racism, abuse and broken relationships, so can hardly be called all sweetness and light, but the interaction between Charlie and Jeffery made me laugh out loud and certainly helped me (as it helped them) to cope with the darker issues.Other books are funny all the way through, even if the humour is rather black. Catch 22, as satire, takes very pointed swipes at all sorts of things while being absurdly hilarious and David Sedaris is so self-deprecatingly amusing about even serious topics.

If you are looking for books that are great to discuss at book club and will also have you laughing, these are the funny books we have available for our book clubs:

Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford    

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

The Happiest Refugee by Ahn Do

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

When you are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

    Join our twitter conversation about books that make us laugh on Tuesday 28th February, 8pm AEST til 10pm AWST. Use #NYR12.                                                                                                           

Amy

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