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Best Humor Books: The Ultimate List

There are countless Humor courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work (2019)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListIf you want to increase team productivity, relieve stress, and be happier at work, you could hire a bunch of workplace consultants, invest in scream therapy, and put Pharrell Williams on repeat—or you could just read Humor That Works.Written by Andrew Tarvin, the world’s first Humor Engineer, this a business book on humor. No, that’s not an oxymoron. It really is a business book and it really is about getting better results by having more fun.
Author(s): Andrew Tarvin

Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere: Tales of Humor and Healing from Rural America (2016)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListCrowded in the Middle of Nowhere: Tales of Humor and Healing from Rural America is a collection of humorous and poignant stories from a veterinarian in a small, dusty farming and ranching community in rural West Texas. Dr. Brock gives you an intimate look into his small-town and big-hearted perspective on life, animals, and their owners.
Author(s): Dr. Bo Brock

Healing Through Humor: Fabulous Jokes From the Happy Hunters (2003)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListJoin the Happy Hunters in some healthy amusement!Humor strengthens the immune system, enabling the body to fight sickness and disease. Drawing from two lifetimes of joyful ministry, Charles and Frances Hunter have compiled some fabulous jokes, anecdotes, musings and mind twisters to make your heart merry and speed healing to your body and soul. Get ready to laugh! “Positive emotions invoked by humor have healing effects.
Author(s): Charles Hunter

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir (2013)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListWhen Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood.
Author(s): Jenny Lawson

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information (2013)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListA devastatingly important encyclopedia from America’s Finest News Source that contains the sum total of mankind’s knowledge. Are you tired of stumbling around blindly, in an ignorant haze, perplexed by the world around you? What if there was a book that could make sense of your ultimately meaningless existence? Fortunately, The Onion, bastion of unbiased, reliable, and definitive news, has produced just such a book: an encyclopedia containing all of mankind’s known knowledge.
Author(s): The Onion

Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year (2017)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListNational Geographic author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year.
Author(s): Michael Farquhar

Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget (2018)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListRemember ironing your hair? Rolling it in soda cans to straighten it? Lacquering it with enough spray that it could ward off bullets? Ever slather on cement-colored lipstick so heavy, you looked like a zombie princess? Remember hot pants and platform heels? The danger of patent-leather shoes? Were you a secretary, nurse, or teacher, but only, as our mothers urged us, until you found “Mr.
Author(s): Zobel Nolan, Allia

Stories I’d Tell in Bars (2017)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListUnfiltered. Unapologetic. Older – but arguably not wiser – Lancaster gets back to basics in this hilarious essay collection about everything from taking community policing classes to accidentally getting stoned with her waiter after a fancy dinner. These are the tales she’d tell if she met you in a bar if she weren’t too lazy to put on pants and go to a bar.
Author(s): Jen Lancaster

Well, Doc, It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time!: The Unexpected Adventures of a Trauma Surgeon (2017)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListIn 1976, Paul Waymack began chronicling his experience as a third-year medical student, and for the next 20 years, he kept a journal filled with crazy stories of unusual patients, maladies, and international espionage.
Author(s): J. Paul Waymack, Elayne Wells Harmer

The Big Book of Jewish Humor (2006)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListTwo rival businessmen meet in the Warsaw train station. “Where are you going?” says the first man.”To Minsk,” says the second.”To Minsk, eh? What a nerve you have! I know you’re telling me you’re going to Minsk because you want me to think that you’re really going to Pinsk. But it so happens that I know you really are going to Minsk. So why are you lying to me?”Four men are walking in the desert.The German says, “I’m tired and thirsty.
Author(s): William Novak, Moshe Waldoks

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (2017)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListIn Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:”I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy i…
Author(s): Jenny Lawson

Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health (2010)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListWe’ve all heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine”. Readers Digest has been telling us this for years, but until recently there was no real evidence to back up the claim. This book discusses the exciting findings scientists have obtained over the past 25 years for how your sense of humor supports good physical and mental health. A separate chapter discusses humor and the brain.
Author(s): PhD Paul McGhee

How I Learned I’m Old (Pretty Good, Slightly Unpleasant and Surprisin) (2019)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListHOW I LEARNED I’M OLD is a collection of humorous essays embedded with a smattering of serious insights. Together, they tell the tale of about what happens when middle age mysteriously departs and old age claims its territory.For this country’s topics like ‘The New Party Game’ (counting wrinkles on other women’s faces), the insulting arrival of chin hairs and the sudden inability to monitor personal opinions in the presence of strangers have universal appeal.
Author(s): Romney Humphrey

Fahrenheit 451 (2012)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate ListRay Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out.
Author(s): Ray Bradbury

Isaac Asimov’s Treasury of Humor (1991)

 Best Humor Books: The Ultimate List640 jokes, anecdotes, and limericks, complete with notes on how to tell them, from America’s leading renaissance man.
Author(s): Isaac Asimov

Best Humor Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some humor books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Managing Humans: More Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager

Author(s): Michael Lopp
ID: 3178488, Publisher: Apress, Year: 2022, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Anti-Proverbs in Five Languages: Structural Features and Verbal Humor Devices

Author(s): Anna T. Litovkina, Hrisztalina Hrisztova-Gotthardt, Péter Barta, Katalin Vargha, Wolfgang Mieder
ID: 3197398, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2022, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Humor and Horror: Different Emotions, Similar Linguistic Processing Strategies

Author(s): Straßburger, Lena
ID: 3239192, Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton, Year: 2022, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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