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The Zombie Survival Guide
Max Brooks
1400049628
Sept 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In this outrageous parody of a survival guide, Saturday Night Live staff writer Brooks prepares humanity for its eventual battle with zombies. One would expect the son of Mel Brooks to have a genetic predisposition to humor, and indeed, he does, and he exhibits it relentlessly here: he outlines virtually every possible zombie-human encounter, drafts detailed plans for defense and attack and outlines past recorded attacks dating from 60,000 B.C. to 2002. In planning for that catastrophic day when "the dead rise," Brooks urges readers to get to know themselves, their bodies, their weaponry, their surroundings and, just in case, their escape routes. Some of the book's more amusing aspects are the laughable analyses Brooks proposes on all aspects of zombiehood, and the specificity with which he enumerates the...


Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
Henry N. Beard
0451452615
July 1993
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Book Review
Written in the gloaming of their college days, just before they started National Lampoon, Douglas C. Kenney and Henry N. Beard wrote Bored of the Rings. It's dated--references to Nixon, drugs, and consumer products circa 1969 crowd every page--but darn it, Bored of the Rings is still funny nearly 30 years later: "'Goodbye, Dildo,' Frito said, stifling a sob. 'I wish you were coming with us.'

'Ah, yes. But I'm too old for that sort of thing now,' said the old boggie, feigning a state of total quadriplegia. 'Anyway, I have a few small gifts for you,' and he produced a lumpy parcel, which Frito opened somewhat unenthusiastically in view of Dildo's previous going-away present [the ring]. But the package only contained a short, Revereware sword, a bulletproof vest full of moth holes, and several...



How to Rent a Negro
Damali Ayo
1556525737
July 2005
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
"So we are all black people, so-called Negroes, second-class citizens, ex-slaves," Malcolm X famously reminded a Detroit audience in 1963. "You are ex-slaves. You didn't come here on the 'Mayflower.' You came here on a slave ship -- in chains, like a horse, or a cow, or a chicken." In equating the United States' treatment of slaves with the handling of livestock (and mixing his metaphors: How often has anyone seen a chicken in chains?), Malcolm's typically blunt "Message to the Grassroots" drove home the monstrous immorality at the heart of American slavery: the refusal of the slaveholding class to regard their chattel as fellow human beings. The nation's tremendous profit from its use of slaves -- a bounty from which slaves and their descendants were largely excluded -- ...


Yiddish with Dick and Jane
Ellis Weiner
0316159727
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Dick and Jane are all grown up, and they're living in the real world-and it's full of tsuris (troubles). That's the premise of this hilarious little book, which functions both as a humorous tale and a genuine guide to a language with a sentiment and world view all its own. Jane is married to Bob and has two perfect children. Dick schmoozes with business people over golf: "Schmooze, Dick. Schmooze...." Their sister, Sally, who teaches a course in "Transgressive Feminist Ceramics," can see that life is not perfect, even though dear Dick and Jane cannot. Their mother has a stroke ("Oy vey, Jane," says Dick when he learns the news). Bob's best friend's wife is having an affair because the best friend himself is gay ("'Tom is more than gay, Sally,' says Dick. 'He is overjoyed.'... 'Oy Gotenyu oh, God help us,' sighs...


The Areas of My Expertise
John Hodgman
0525949089
October 20, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In this super-literate, ultimately exhausting exercise in literary parody, New York Times magazine contributor Hodgman has produced "a compendium of COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE." From sections titled "What Will Happen in the Future" to "What You Did Not Know About Hobos," he piles up smart-alecky nonsense in layer upon layer of surreal, wholly fictional factoids. Whether highlighting American presidents who had hooks for hands, or sketching out the mythical secrets of Yale University, Hodgman creates a strange and intermittently hilarious parallel universe where lists of history's worst haircuts (in addition to the Mullet, there are the Scrape, the Scab and the Shag-Swoop) are printed alongside descriptions of "famous novels that were not originally published as books." Sprinkled throughout with breathless "factual"...


How to Speak Southern
Steve Mitchell
0553275194
Apr 1984
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The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love: A Fallen Southern Belle's Look at love, Life, Men, Marriage, and Being Prepared
Jill Conner Browne
0609804138
January 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Unlike other beauty queens, the Jackson, Miss., Sweet Potato Queens are self-crowned, rule for life (there's no "former" tag for these gals) and are real women?figure flaws and all. Originally organized in 1982, the Queens are, by their own account, "fallen Southern belles" and "female drag queens"?and as such, they are all about attitude and humor. This buoyantly funny guide to life and love is a hoot from the get-go as ringleader Browne offers queenly observations on life's most pressing issues. Some topics may seem trivial, such as tanning, making the most of big hair and delighting in "big, sturdy, serviceable, substantial Russian immigrant underwear" for pregnant women (it's so "indescribably comfy" that "you may never go back"), but they are expertly mined for laughs. Non-cooks may reconsider when reading...


The Deer on a Bicycle: Excursions into the Writing of Humor
Patrick McManus
0910055629
April 2000
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Book Description
For his fourteenth book, Patrick McManus lets us inside the laughs. This guide, by one of the world's best-known and respected humorists, is an insightful and entertaining book for anyone who writes humor or has ever wanted to.

About the Author
Patrick McManus's has been an editor-at-large of OUTDOOR LIFE for the last two decades and is also a professor emeritus of Eastern Washington University.


How To Survive a Robot Uprising : Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion
Daniel H. Wilson
1582345929
November 1, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In this uncomfortably humorous survival guide, Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, reminds readers that "any machine could rebel, from a toaster to a Terminator," and though the forms our future robot enemies may take are manifold, they each have exploitable weaknesses that, fortuitously, match our natural human strengths. So, if a two-legged android gives chase, seek out a body of water, as "most robots will sink in water or mud and fall through ice." It also may be a good idea to carry around a pair of welder's goggles, as lasers will likely be robot attackers' weapons of choice, and even a weak laser can cause blindness. Options for fighting back are plentiful, though not everyone will be relieved to learn the standard kitchen microwave can be retrofitted into a...


What to Expect When Your Wife Is Expanding
Thomas Hill
0836280180
May 1993
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Book Description
Our newest delivery is a hilarious send-up of the perennial bestseller, What To Expect When You're Expecting. Just as that title has informed millions of new mothers about neonatal care, What to Expect When Your Wife Is Expanding addresses issues that confront new fathers. A funny but practical manual to guide expectant fathers through the joyous yet traumatic period of impending parenthood, it reviews issues like "what you wife will be complaining about" and "how to avoid sympathetic pregnancy." What to Expect When Your Wife Is Expanding informs, entertains, and gives fathers one last laugh.


The Complete A**Holes's Guide To Handling Chicks
Dan Indante
0312310846
May 2003
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Book Description
Congratulations, man! By picking up The Complete A**hole’s Guide to Handling Chicks, you are just pages away from finally understanding:

- How a five-dollar date can get you laid
- How to stop being friends with girls and start getting them in the sack
- Where you’ll have the best odds of finding a one-night stand, and how to get rid of the chick the next morning
- How to trick a woman into thinking you’re classy, even if you have holes in your underwear
- Why fat chicks always try to keep you from banging their hot friends, and how to finally stop these evil creatures
- How to stop your wife from nagging you into an early grave
- Why it’s possible to watch six hours of football, put the moves on your neighbor’s hot daughter, and leave the toilet seat up...


Chicken Poop for the Soul: Stories to Harden the Heart and Dampen the Spirit
David Fisher
0671014420
September 1997
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Book Description
Is "Chicken SOup" Too Sweet for Your Soul?When you take the road less traveled, do you get lost? When bad things happen to other people, do you feel good? Do self-help books make you feel selfish and helpless? Congratulations, you're one of us. Welcome to the farthest side of reality -- and the first collection of stories sure to harden your heart and dampen your spirit.Chicken Poop for the SoulHere is the story of "Step-Mother Teresa" who turned an orphanage in Calcutta into a sweatshop...and "The True Meaning of Love," romance as seen from a stalker's point of view. Explore the positive side of feeling bad in "The Joys of Depression." Learn the code of the urban teacher who vows "I will never respond to a student's demands, no matter how outrageous, with the phase 'Over my dead body.'" Read the multimillion-dollar...


X-Treme Latin: Unleash Your Inner Gladiator
Henry Beard
0641679327

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The Batman Handbook
Scott Beatty
1594740232
Feb 2005
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Book Description
At one time or another, we've all fantasized about being super heroes. The problem has always been that radioactive spider bites and sun-inspired superpowers are a bit hard to come by. But with The Batman Handbook, this lifelong fantasy can finally become a reality.

With sections on "How to Throw a Batarang," "How to Make a Batsuit," and "How to Bulletproof Your Batmobile," this is the ultimate real-world training manual for any aspiring caped crusader. You'll discover how to:

- Train a Sidekick
- Execute a Backflip
- Survive a Poison Gas Attack- Throw a Grappling Hook
- plus dozens of other crucial skills

With original two-color illustrations by a DC Comics artist, The Batman Handbook has the information you'll need to emerge victorious against any criminal mastermind. And with Batman Begins...



Who Stole My Cheese
Ilene Hochberg
0762412364
June 2003
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Confessions of a Teen Sleuth: Nancy Drew Tells All! a Parody
Chelsea Cain
1582345112
April 2005
Hardcover
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Review
New York Times Book Review : "Chelsea Cain's gleeful parody affectionately hits all the formulaic high points of a Nancy Drew mystery."
Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust, on "The Beat," KUOW (Seattle NPR station) : "A wonderful send-up of the Nancy Drew novels.tremendously entertaining reading."
The Onion : "[A] loving parody.breezy fun with a heart of gold."
Oregonian : "Irresistible, hilarious.Cain is a brilliant parodist.Drew fans will be inspired by Cain to revisit their old faves."
Portland Mercury : "Wondrous fun. An immensely enjoyable re-visioning of the much-loved Nancy Drew, and the best kind of guilty pleasure."
Seattle Times : "A slim and delicious parody.Cain nails the tone of the vintage books with affection and wit."

Book...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Extraordinary Book of Facts : And Bizarre Information (Bathroom Readers)
Bathroom Readers' Hysterical Society
1592236057
March 28, 2006
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Book Description
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Extraordinary Book of Facts combines the most intriguing, enlightening material from nine previous Bathroom Reader favorites into one concise volume. Flush with delightfully useless — and sometimes even useful — information about sports, movies, music, politics, American and world history, and much more, the book is the most extensive reference guide in the series to date. Contained within this handy, portable tome are the fascinating narratives, terrific trivia, and easy-to-read lists that fans have come to delight in, as well as quotes, facts, findings, and historical tidbits. Weird and wonderful factoid footers on the bottom of each page are perfect for super-quick trips, while quizzes and puzzles enliven lengthier stays. Arranged for simple and speedy...


How to Be Idle
Tom Hodgkinson
0060779683
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When your alarm clock jolts you awake in the morning, do you wish you could just lie in bed, read a book, sip a cup of tea and be idle all day? Hodgkinson, founder of the Idler magazine, does. And in this book he presents 24 essays defending life's idle pleasures, which are, he says, vilified by our modern society. He meditates on sleeping in, fishing, smoking and drinking, and even waxes poetic about the hangover. The whole book is soaked with nostalgia for the turn-of-the-century English gentleman's lifestyle; Hodgkinson defends his arguments by quoting Jerome K. Jerome, G.K. Chesterton and, of course, that icon of British foppery, Oscar Wilde. Although billed as tongue-in-cheek witticisms about the idle life, the book fails to maintain the comic tone. In his chapter on the evils of the 9-to-5 job ("wage...


The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun: A Parody
Robert Kaplow
1413264786

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Phaic Tan (Jetlag Travel Guide)
Santo Cilauro, et al
0811853659
April 1, 2006
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Book Description
From the authors of best-selling Molvanîa comes another hilarious send-up of the always-culturally sensitive travel guide. Whether you'd prefer to taste the Phaic Tanese dish guoman (a local duck delicacy whereby the bird is plucked, rolled in spices, and slowly roasted over hot coals before being brought to the table and killed), or go brown-water rafting on the mudslides of the heavily deforested jungles of the north, or gain insight into the unusual customs of the Phaic Tanese people (Phaic Tanese men will often touch a blonde-headed child because so doing is believed to bring gold, and will likewise touch the breasts of a blonde-headed woman because so doing is believed to bring pleasure), Jetlag's travel guide is the essential guide for the undiscerning traveler. A fascinating land of...


Fifty Jobs Worse than Yours
Justin Racz
1582344922
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
You think your job is bad? Try being a Sherpa, a Saddam Hussein Double (now unemployed), or the person who operates the "It's a Small World" ride. Satirist Justin Racz has spanned the globe to find fifty jobs worse than yours, so we can all feel better about our own. Fully illustrated, featuring color photos of the undesirable and unfathomable, Fifty Jobs Worse Than Yours is guaranteed to make you grateful for the job you have and thankful for the one you don't.


Eats, Poops & Leaves
Adam Wasson
1400097533
May 2005
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Book Description
Because What You Don’t Know, Will Embarrass You.

What should you do if your baby shrieks at a wedding or “stealth vomits” on an innocent bystander? How can you use your child to avoid old friends you never liked in the first place? Is there a polite way to encourage cash baby-shower gifts or determine whether or not your babysitter is insane? Are there special rules for parentally impaired drivers?

Eats, Poops & Leaves has the answers to all these questions and more, offering polite yet innovative solutions to the etiquette situations—from the mundane to the bizarre—that confront all new parents, including:

Travel Etiquette: What to do when your baby screams on a plane

Workplace Etiquette: How to use your child (or your friend's!) as an excuse...

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