A Confederacy of Dunces
By John Kennedy Toole
DB 15948, BR 13109, Available as BARD download
Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about slovenly, obese Ignatius Reilly, who is forced to seek employment in New Orleans after his tipsy mother has a car accident. Reilly, a medievalist who hates everything modern, runs through a succession of jobs in which he wreaks havoc. Some strong language. 1980.
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Dirty Job
By Christopher Moore
DB 62451, Available as BARD download
San Francisco secondhand dealer Charlie Asher becomes Death's helper after witnessing the Grim Reaper claim his wife, Rachel. Charlie balances duties of single father and soul collector as he prepares to battle forces of darkness for both Rachel's soul and all of humanity. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
By Douglas Adams
DB 18339, BR 14438, Available as BARD download
When the Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, sole earth survivor Arthur Dent is forced to take up a life of hitchhiking around the cosmos with the aid of an alien friend and a book called Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy. Deadpan science fiction parody. 1979.
Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim's Progress : Being Some Account Of The Steamship Quaker City's Pleasure Excursion To Europe And The Holy Land; With Descriptions Of Countries, Nations, Incidents And Adventures, As They Appeared To The Author
By Mark Twain
DB 36186, Available as BARD download
A satirically humorous account of a voyage through the Mediterranean and travel in the bordering countries, and a classic study of the differences between Americans and Europeans. 1869
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns
By Mindy Kaling
DB 74046, Available as BARD download
Known for her role as Kelly Kapoor on television's The Office--and her Emmy-nominated writing for the show--Kaling expands on her blog and tweets with tidbits about sitcom life, her "normal American woman" body type, fashion faux pas, and her eleven favorite moments in comedy. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
By Bill Bryson
DB 63131, BR 16929, Available as BARD download
Travel humorist and author of A Short History of Nearly Everything (DB 56241) reminisces about growing up in 1950s middle America. Recalls the simple pleasures of family life and teen culture under the shadow of the Cold War. Commercial audiobook. 2006.
Me Talk Pretty One Day
By David Sedaris
DB 50514, BR 20805, Available as BARD download
A comic essayist and public radio commentator recalls having speech therapy forced upon him (and other "future homosexuals" with lisps) as a child, acquiring his lifelong hatred of computers, failing in an attempt at teaching, and trying to learn French while living in France. Strong language. Bestseller. 2000.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
By B. J. Novak
DB 78397, BR 20595, Available as BARD download
Sixty-four short stories by writer and actor best known for the television series The Office. In "Romance, Chapter One" two friends discuss their romantic prospects. "If I Had a Nickel" contemplates the economics of being paid five cents for every time a cup of coffee is spilled. Strong language. Bestseller. 2014.
By Paul Beatty
DB 81300, Available as BARD download
In this satirical novel, a black man raised by a radical sociologist on the outskirts of Los Angeles attempts to segregate the local school and keep a slave. His efforts lead to a lawsuit heard before the Supreme Court. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.