Laugh Out Loud Fiction

    • Confessions of a Domestic Failure
      Bunmi Laditan

      There are good moms and bad moms--and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

    • French Exit
      Patrick deWitt

      Bankrupted by her infamous litigator husband's tabloid death, a scandal-fearing widow flees New York for Paris, where her deadbeat son and she navigate near-comic self-destructive choices.

    • Good Riddance
      Elinor Lipman

      Discarding her late mother's cherished and heavily annotated high school yearbook, Daphne is entangled in a series of absurdities when the yearbook is discovered by a busybody documentary filmmaker.

    • Hark
      Sam Lipsyte

      In a troubled America, Hark Morner is an unwitting guru whose technique of “Mental Archery”—a combination of mindfulness, mythology, fake history, yoga and, well, archery—is set to captivate the masses and raise him to near-messiah status.

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
      Douglas Adams

      Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Showcasing Douglas Adams’s quick wit, comic genius, and wide-ranging intelligence, Hitchhiker's has become nothing less than a cult classic and cultural phenomenon.

    • How Hard Can It Be?
      Allison Pearson

      In this hilarious and poignant novel, Kate Reddy finds herself in an impossible juggling act: proving herself (again) at work, dealing with teen drama, and trying to look after increasingly frail parents as the clock keeps ticking toward her 50th birthday. Then, an old flame shows up out of the blue, and Kate finds herself facing off with everyone from Russian mobsters to a literal stallion.

    • Mr. & Mrs. American Pie
      Juliet McDaniel

      In the vein of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, this whip-smart romantic comedy is as incisive as it is funny. After getting dumped by her husband, a woman sets out to prove her worth by entering a 'best housewife' pageant in 1970 Palm Springs. Maxine only has one problem: to win the crown she'll need to find--or build--a family of her own. A perfect blend of salty and sweet.

    • My Ex-Life
      Stephen McCauley

      Hitting rock bottom after his beautiful apartment is sold to his ex, David receives an unexpected call from his first wife, Julie, and agrees to help her sullen teen daughter get into college, an endeavor that brings lingering feelings and unresolved issues to light. McCauley delights with intimately, often hilariously observed characters and a winking wit that lets plenty of honest tenderness shine through.

    • Noir
      Christopher Moore

      A mad-cap noir set on the streets of post-World War II San Francisco follows a smitten barkeep and unofficial fixer-for-hire as he investigates his paramour's disappearance amid a series of weird events involving an unidentified flying object and a mysterious plane crash.

    • The People We Hate at the Wedding
      Grant Ginder

      A fractured family from the Chicago suburbs reluctantly gathers in London to attend an eldest daughter's wedding to an upper-crust Englishman, an affair that exposes secrets, triggers riotous culture clashes and tests the bonds of both families.

    • Surprise Me
      Sophie Kinsella

      With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage--its intricacies, comforts, and complications.

    • The Two-Plate Solution
      Leslie Cohen

      A cast of young talented chefs are in a high-stakes TV contest in Israel. Their culinary foes: fake “terrorists” -- that is, until real terrorists show up, and the producers must scramble to integrate them into the show or risk death. Mysteries deepen, romances bloom, and chefs cook for their lives in this laugh-out-loud adventure. Fully human characters make this hilarious send-up a standout.

    • This Love Story Will Self-Destruct
      Leslie Cohen

      A pair of acquaintances who did not initially hit it off romantically, Eve and Ben, keep running into each other over and over while they navigate their new adulthoods of first jobs, dates, breakups, reunions, betrayals and eventually love. It’s When Harry Met Sally for a new generation, an edgy, updated take on Nora Ephron that's full of humor and wit.

    • White Elephant
      Julie Langsdorf

      When the owner of a gaudy monstrosity of a house compromises suburban aesthetics to sell the property, his fed-up neighbors stumble over private challenges to orchestrate an increasingly hostile, laugh-out-loud turf war.