5 New Humour Books

how to be miserable
How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by Randy J Paterson
(30 Jun 2016)
There are stacks upon stacks of self-help books that will promise you love, happiness, and a fabulous life. But how can you pinpoint the exact behaviors that cause you to be miserable in the first place? Sometimes when we’re depressed, or just sad or unhappy, our instincts tell us to do the opposite of what we should-such as focusing on the negative, dwelling on what we can’t change, isolating ourselves from friends and loved ones, eating junk food, or overindulging in alcohol. Sound familiar?

This tongue-in-cheek guide will help you identify the behaviors that make you unhappy and discover how you and only you-are holding yourself back from a life of contentment. You’ll learn to spot the tried-and-true traps that increase feelings of dissatisfaction, foster a lack of motivation, and detract from our quality of life-as well as ways to avoid them.

So, get ready to live the life you want (or not?) This fun, irreverent guide will light the way.

Dont go to jail
Don’t Go To Jail! by Saul Goodman (13 Jul 2016)
There are some crazy laws out there. Did you know that in New Mexico there’s a law that says “idiots” can’t vote? Or that Massachusetts still has a ban on Quakers and witches? Or that in Georgia it’s illegal to put a donkey in a 1 bathtub? Even if you’re not bathing a donkey (and hey, if you are, no judgment from me!), you could be breaking the law right now and not even know it. That’s why you need Don’t Go to Jail. Now, you can carry the advice of a seasoned legal practitioner with you anywhere you go, helping you to stay out of the courts and in the good graces of the criminal j justice system. Want to be your own attorney? Want to avoid getting hauled in on a warrant? Want to find an explanation for the baggie of “your friend’s” marijuana the cops found in your car? Here’s your chance to get this and much more indispensable legal advice, and all for much less than my hourly fee.

the joy of leaving
The Joy of Leaving Your Shit All Over the Place: The Art of Being Messy
(15 Jul 2016)
The anti-clutter movement is having a moment. You may have heard about a book-an entire book-written on the topic of tidiness and how “magical” and “life-changing” it is to neaten up and THROW AWAY YOUR BELONGINGS. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s time to fight that ridiculousness and start buying even more stuff and leaving it any place you want. Guess what, neatniks? Science shows that messy people are more creative.* Being a slob is an art, and there’s a fine line between being a consumer and being a hoarder. Don’t cross that line. This book shows you how to clutter mindfully and with great joy. The results are mind-blowing. Your plants will stop dying. Your whiskey bottle will never run dry. Your drugstore points will finally add up to a free jar of salsa and some nice shampoo. You’ll go shopping and discover you’ve lost weight…It’s time to take back your life from the anti-clutter movement. *As well as smarter and more attractive.

yuge
Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump (11 Aug 2016)
Those not enthralled with Donald Trump’s ascendance have been shocked and appalled by it — and taken by surprise. Not Garry Trudeau, who honed in early, relentlessly and deftly highlighting The Donald’s profound character flaws since 1987.  It’s all there – the arrogance and narcissism, the callowness and sexism, the rudeness and condescension, the coarsening of public discourse; and a good portion of the Doonesbury cast has been tangled up in it.  Join Duke, Honey, Earl, J.J., Mike, Mark, Roland, Boopsie, B.D., Sal, Alice, Elmont, Sid, Zonker, Sam, Bernie, Rev. Sloan, and even Red Rascal as they cross storylines with the big, orange airhorn who’s giving the GOP such fits: Donald J. Trump.

sad animal facts
Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker (8 Sep 2016)
A delightfully quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations to make you laugh and cry.

Have you ever wondered how expensive a jar of honey would be if a minimum wage for bees applied, or whether a dog cares what’s on television when they sit next to you? Once you enter Brooke Barker’s world, you’ll never see animals in the same way again.

This melancholy menagerie pairs the sweet and sad facts of animal life with their hilarious thoughts and reactions. Sneakily informative, and beautifully illustrated, this the perfect book for animal lovers (and haters) everywhere.

 

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