Humor & Hijinks (Adult Fiction)
Get your laughter fix with these novels full of situational humor and exceptional wit.
THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO FISTFIGHT IN HEAVEN by Sherman Alexie
In this compilation of interlinked darkly comic stories, Alexie weaves memory, fantasy, and realism in a grim portrait of life centered around the Spoke Indian Reservation.
LUNATICS by Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel
A kind-hearted pet store owner and an antagonistic forensic plumber must come together after being accused of and chased as wanted terrorists. This will have fans of slightly off-color humor laughing out loud.
WHITE BOY SHUFFLE by Paul Beatty
When Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward black surfer bum, moves to LA, he undergoes a transformation from outcast to basketball star to reticent messiah of a “divided, downtrodden people.” Both sharp wit and social commentary come together in this novel.
NO WAY TO TREAT A FIRST LADY by Christopher Buckley
First Lady Beth McMann goes on trial when she kills her presidential husband, who is caught philandering in this satire targeting the legal profession and the Washington establishment.
BANGKOK 8 by John Burdett In this dark mystery-comedy, devout Buddhist and cop Sonchai Jitpleecheep seeks revenge for the murder of his partner in a city known for its crime and corruption.
ELECTRIC BARRACUDAby Tim Dorsey
When police begin to notice connections among the decade-long trail of bodies across Florida, will loveable vigilante Serge Storms finally be caught? Fans of Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry will enjoy this series full of kooky characters and hijinks.
I LOVE YOU BETH COOPER by Larry Doyle
Instead of a typical graduation speech, Denis instead exposes his love for fellow classmate Beth Cooper, the head cheerleader, who barely knows he exists, and whose large boyfriend is back on furlough from the Army.
F Gaiman, Neil & Terry Pratchett
This authorial dynamic duo masters dark humor in this novel about an angel, demon, and unwilling Antichrist who, having grown accustomed to their lifestyles on Earth, are not too thrilled about the upcoming End of the World. A hilarious, irreverent, and thoughtful book about the nature of Good and Evil.
F Lancaster, Jen
IF YOU WERE HERE
Amish-zombie-teen romance novelist Mia and her husband Mac buy their first home in the Chicago suburbs, encountering misadventures with unfriendly neighbors, a nasty homeowners’ association, and harrowing DIY renovations.
F Lutz, Lisa
THE SPELLMAN FILES
As part of a dysfunctional family of private investigators, Izzy Spellman lives life as a series of capers --spying on dating prospects, escaping the prying eyes of her parents, and one last case of a missing man, before she’s allowed to quit her job at Spellman Investigations. If you enjoy this, continue with Curse of the Spellmans.
F Moore, Christopher
Moore’s outrageous and bawdy writing style merges with the world of the French impressionists in this historical fantasy featuring artists Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir, and a mysterious woman called Blue.
F Moran, Caitlin
HOW TO BUILD A GIRL
When 14-year-old Johanna Morgan embarrasses herself on TV, she attempts to remake herself as Dolly Wilde, a fast-talking fast-drinking gothic hero and Lady Sex Adventurer. But what happens when she realizes that she’s created Dolly with a fatal flaw?
F Notaro, Laurie
SPOOKY LITTLE GIRL
Lucy Fisher returns from her crummy vacation and finds she’s been kicked to the curb by her fiancé and fired from her job. Despondent, she moves in with her sister and then is hit by a bus. In the afterlife, she must learn proper ghosting, and her mischievous grandmother teaches her how to have the time of her death.
F Perrotta, Tom
Perrotta explores the complications of love, thugs, higher education, and the food industry in this comic novel about Yale student Danny, whose Spring Break is spent working in his father’s lunch truck in New Jersey.
F Ribon, Pamela
GOING IN CIRCLES
When Charlotte’s flaky husband walks out of her life, she encounters crippling anxiety in facing her future. That is, until co-worker Francesca introduces her to the unpredictable world of roller derby and she learns how to stand on her own two feet.
F Robbins, Tom
FIERCE INVALIDS HOME FROM HOT CLIMATES
This is a fast-paced CIA adventure full of humor in Robbins’ traditional style, starring protagonist called Switters, who is the epitome of contradiction – an anarchist government worker pacifist who carries a gun.
F Semple, Maria
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE?
When Bee’s agoraphobic mother Bernadette disappears, she tries to track her down via emails, official documents, and secret correspondence.
F Simsion, Graeme
THE ROSIE PROJECT
Tired of dating women who don’t match up well with him, Professor Don Tillman conducts a survey to weed out unqualified candidates. But when Rosie enters the picture, he finds that outliers should not always be discarded.
F Whitfield, Van
SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH YOUR SCALE
Sonny Walker has put on 75 lbs. since he began dating Marsha, but when their relationship begins to go south, he goes on an all-out plan to lose weight in this hilarious and self-affirming tale.
F Willett, Jincy
THE WRITING CLASS
Amy Gallup is a washed-up writer whose bright spot now involves teaching a weekly writing class at a university. When she begins receiving threats and a student is murdered, she must enlist of the help of the entire class to find the killer. A strange cast of characters and witty writing make this a fun read.
Other authors you may enjoy:
Douglas Adams T.C. Boyle Jasper Fforde Carl Hiaasen James Hynes Mark Haddon Patricia Marx Courtney Maum Mil Millington Tim O’Brien John Kennedy Toole Sue Townsend