Funny Bone

Pick one of these reads for a little pick-me-up or for pure laughs.

  • The Humans

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of humorous science fiction Readers interested in an alien sent to inhabit the body of a professor to stop the world from learning about his mathematic discovery. Fans of stories that tackle the existential questions.


  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of graphic novel memoirs Readers who enjoy the true story of a father’s death soon after he comes out of the closet. Anyone wondering what it would be like to grow up in a funeral home.


  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of whimsy, humour and fantasy Readers interested in the long and very fruitful life of a resourceful blue bear Fans of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared


  • Revenge of the Vinyl Café

    Dave and Morley and the rest of the gang are back, this time confronting some of their deepest fears: Dave’s of dolls and germs; Morley’s of public nudity and drop-in visits. In this Vinyl Café collection (McLean’s seventh) Dave falls into the sewer, is haunted by his sister, Annie’s, life-size...


  • Still Life with Woodpecker

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of linguistic wit who are young at heart Readers looking for a story about the moon, a modern-day princess, and a Twinkie-loving criminal Fans of authors who don’t take themselves too seriously


  • Dad is Fat

    Jim Gaffigan is living the dream: he’s earning money as a comedian, has a smart, beautiful wife, and lives in Manhattan . . . in a small, two-bedroom fifth-floor apartment with five children, ages newborn to eight. He’s baffled by the incongruity of it all, and puzzles over the dangers...


  • How to Be a Woman

    Caitlin Moran has done it all – well almost all – and she’s happy to write about it for her readers’ amusement and education. In this memoir, she reveals many of her life’s most embarrassing moments alongside her witty observations about being a woman. If you’re not a feminist, she...


  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

    Fans of Allie Brosh’s lauded blog – Hyperbole and a Half – will be familiar with her brutally honest, outrageously funny, often cringe-worthy, sometimes-tragic stories from her child / young adulthood in this fantastic graphic memoir. Bouts of depression, questions of self-identity, whether her dog may be of lower-than-normal intelligence...


  • The Divorce Papers

    29-year-old criminal lawyer, Sophie Diehl, is asked to take on a divorce case for the daughter of her law firm’s most prestigious client. The problem? Sophie is not a divorce lawyer. Using Sophie's own relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend, readers will smile as she navigates the sticky world...


  • Don’t Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems

    Whether he’s taking off on one of the Concorde’s last flights, observing Playboy models in Belize or pondering the irony of the American citizenship process, humerous wit, David Rakoff, offers punch and sass in these clever and thought-provoking essays on elitism, consumerism and patriotism – to name a few ideas.Perfect...


  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

    Popular columnist and creator of It Gets Better, Dan Savage, tackles some of the issues surrounding sexuality, religion and politics in this brutally honest collection of humourous personal essays and advice. Perfect for: • Liberals looking for a laugh • Parents, educators and teenagers – it has something for everyone!...


  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

    When Allan Karlsson decides to avoid his 100th birthday party by climbing out the window of his retirement home, adventure ensues. To say more would be to ruin it. Great for: • Readers who enjoy humerous books with a touch of the bizarre. • Those interested in quirky European books...


  • Wife 22

    This is the loveable story of Alice Buckle: mother, teacher, failed playwright and, now, Wife 22 – an anonymous participant in an online study about marriage. Through emails and playful dialogue, Gideon writes the perfect book for kicking back, relaxing, laughing and, yes, rethinking those views on what constitutes a...


  • Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of An Overachiever

    In this hilarious account of everything that's awry with our present-day obsession with getting praise rather than learning anything, Kirn gives an indicting yet honest portrayal of the shallow underbelly of the North American education system - specifically, the Ivy Leagues. Great for: -Anyone who's looking for a collection of...


  • Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

    You either love Klosterman or don’t: but who else weaves Saved by the Bell, Billy Joel & Pamela Anderson’s sex tape together with such seemingly continuous ease? It’s fun. Especially if you don’t take it too seriously: there are some golden nuggets to be found in his writing. Great for:...


  • Tepper Isn’t Going Out

    Murray Tepper lives in New York. And he won’t give up his parking spot. So he starts to read his newspaper. And, despite drivers pleading for the desirable piece of property, he refuses to leave. With his funny commentary on how people behave in big cities while doing absurd things,...


  • I Feel Bad About My Neck

    Beloved director, screenplay writer, essayist and thinker, Ephron stamps her signature honesty-yet-witty writing on this collection of personal essays ranging from interning at the White House to the collapse of her marriage to her body image. Great for: • A gift for any reader who enjoys comic writing that has...


  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

    Jenny Lawson – known to most as The Bloggess – offers her hilarious, raunchy and, at times, poignant personal stories. Her narratives cover everything from growing up with a taxidermist father, her time working in HR, how wild turkeys scarred her for life, pregnancy, her compulsive need to make up...


  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

    Who knew grammar could be this fun? Anticipating the inevitable groans that come from the words: ‘it’s time to work on our grammar,’ Truss combines humerous anecdotes with accessible lessons on all things topical ranging from the apostrophe to the comma to that hard-to-master semicolon. Great for: • English language...


  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    Science Fiction meets humour in this beloved classic: when Arthur Dent wakes up to his house’s demolishment, he is whisked away by his alien friend, Ford Prefect. The two embark on an uproarious intergalactic journey to escape earth’s destruction only to encounter more bizarre characters along the way.Great for:• Most...


  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    Colbert’s alter ego gives his hilarious take on the concerns facing the United States. Take it with a grain of salt. Great for: Lovers of Colbert’s show A gift for that sarcastic family member Anyone looking to laugh while learning about different political and social issues.


  • When I was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School

    Whether you were popular in high school or not, chances are you had your own brush with ‘loserdom’ at one point or another: in this meticulously-arranged anthology, McNally brings together talented writers who muse on everything from humerous humiliations with first sexual encounters to the painful disintegration of the family...


  • S*it my Dad Says

    The title speaks for itself but you will also find some touching nuggets in Halpern’s hilarious send-off (if that’s what one can call it) to his father, a Vietnam war-vet. Great for: Reluctant readers A free afternoon A funny read If you loved the book, rent the movie(s): 


  • Bossypants

    Former SNL head writer, Fey offers a wonderfully fresh, funny perspective on working in comedy, on motherhood, and on life itself.Great for:Those looking for a quick yet substantial readLovers of Saturday Night LiveAnyone who’s ever loved Tina Fey If you loved the book, rent the movie(s): 


  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

    Kaling, who plays on (and writes for) NBC’s The Office, provides a hilariously honest and upbeat series of essays on everything ranging from dating to defying stereotypes.Great for:Readers looking for real comedyThe Office fansThinking about substantial ideas in an accessible way If you loved the book, rent the movie(s):  


  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

    As a former writer for television’s delicious comedy, Arrested Development, we can trust that Maria Semple knows a thing or two about using family dysfunction as a backdrop for telling a really good, really funny story. She does just this in her wonderfully written novel, told from the perspective of Bee,...


  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    Meet Junior: through cartoons and insight, he shares with us his often-times hilarious, but always-challenging, life as a teenager who leaves his Indian reserve to go to an all-white school. Great for: Teens and adults who would like to learn more about reserve life from one of the leading First Nations writersThose...


  • An Almost Perfect Moment

    Valentine Kessler looks an awful lot like the Virgin Mary in this comedy with a dark undercurrent.  Great For:  A funny beach read Readers who don't take themselves too seriously Lovers of Disco kitsch If you loved the book, then rent the movie(s):    


  • A Year in the Merde

    British author Stephen Clarke gives himself an alter ego who moves to France for the year: what ensues is a series of funnily observed stories on what it means to be a foreigner in Paris (taken with a grains of salt, of course). Great for: Those familiar with Franco-British dynamics...