Humor & Hijinks (Adult Fiction)

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Troubles got you down? Get over it! These worked; anyway, they worked for someone.

Two suitors, one Rose and 199 species of birds combine in this charmingly entertaining, light romance set in Nairobi, Kenya. This book has been compared to Alexander McCall Smith's "Number One Ladies' Detective Agency" – not only due to its setting, but its flavor, as well. Cozy and kind, the story introduces the reader to the culture, politics, and wildlife of Kenya, as it invites you into the lives of a tight ensemble of captivating characters. When asked in an interview what feeling the author hoped readers would feel upon finishing this book, he answered, "just happy with life." For this reader, the author has succeeded.
The author's memories of his long school vacation in turn-of-the-century Provence, hunting and trapping and tormenting his younger brother. The book is a sort of French Penrod, the boy's misunderstandings and tall tales providing the humor while the situation itself explores the ethics of lying, balance of law and justice, and the respective merits of secular and religious morality. He is the author of Jean de Florette, and many of the same themes are at play in his memoirs.
George is 61, convinced he is dying of cancer, disappointed by his children, and realizing his mind is going -- a "spot of bother" for a very reserved British maker of playground furniture and a ticking bomb for his daughter's upcoming wedding. Haddon makes the truly gruesome wonderfully comic and reveals the humanity of his quirky characters.
Nick Naylor, lobbyist for the tobacco industry, meets with colleagues from alcohol and firearms -- "the merchants of death" -- to brag about who is most resented. But Nick, pursued by anti-smoking terrorists, the FBI, and ambitious but unscrupulous industry executives, is winning hands down and is, suddenly, very unhappy about it.
Thirty-something friends, deciding they're going soft, plan a river trip for their health and sport that goes hysterically wrong. Wildly popular when it first appeared in Victorian England, the story proves that neither men nor humor really change that much.