The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Zadie Smith (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, humor (anthology) Published: 2003 I read it: May 2017 2003. The first year of the Iraq war. The release year of a bunch of my favorite albums before I turned more noticeably into new tastes. A full decade before my first…

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Author: Mindy Kaling Type: Non-fiction, humor, memoir Full title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Published: 2011 I read it: April 2015 I’m finally catching up to this books written by comedians thing. I think I’m generally pretty slow about trying out new genres, and the biography/autobiography stuff just isn’t my thing.…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Matt Groening (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, humor (anthology) Published: 2006 I read it: April 2015 This issue was apparently the first to feature the now-deceased front section. Well its inception here is strong, with an exchange between Stewart and Colbert from The Daily Show, transcipts from…

Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler Type: Non-fiction, humor, memoir Published: 2014 I read it: November 2014 Amy Poehler has written a memoir from the “middle.” Right off the bat she acknowledges that at 42 she has a lot of experience but not really enough to do a wisdom-filled autobiography. She is arguably at the peak of her career,…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Walter Mosley (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2013 I read it: August 2014 Nonrequired reading. You know I love this series. Let’s get to the good stuff: Right out the gate, the first entry in the front section is the Best American American…

Dad Is Fat

Author: Jim Gaffigan Type: Fiction, non-fiction, humor, memoir Published: 2013 I read it: July 2014 Why is Jim Gaffigan an appropriate author for a comedic memoir about parenting? Because he has five children and his family lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York. The premise fits Gaffigan’s dry style particularly well. It’s also an…

That Is All

Author: John Hodgman Type: Fiction, humor Part of series: Complete World Knowledge (#3) Published: 2011 I read it: July 2012 The deranged billionaire John Hodgman has written a book that you should read NOW. For it is 2012, the year of our reckoning, and here is the definitive guide through everything EVIL AND UNNATURAL that…