Humorous Fiction

Humorous Reads (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary (for most) for funny novels in these categories: Dark Humor, General Fiction, Mystery and Suspense, Romance, and Familiar Favorites. Over 50 books listed.

Funny Fiction (Seattle Public Library): Author, title, short summary for about 30 books, from Elizabgeth Adler's Summer in Tuscany to Alan Zweibel's The Other Shulman.

Comedies of Manners (Reader's Advice): 'Stories involving humorous treatments of social codes, especially of the upper classes.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 100 novels, from Warren Adler's Mourning Glory to P.G. Wodehouse's The Cat-nappers. Compiled Feb. 2000; updated 2005.

Hysterical Fiction (Denver Public Library, CO): Author, title, summary, webcat link for about 25 books, most fiction, from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams to Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin. Updated Jan. 2006.

Humorous Fiction (Sue Geiger, Durham County Library, NC): Author, title, paragraph-length summaries of 17 funny books. From Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones Diary to Lawrence Shames' Mangrove Squeeze. Compiled November 2000.

It's a Laughing Matter: Humorous Fiction (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 35 books, from Dave Barry to Wodehouse. Updated Feb. 2006.

Black Humor Booklist (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, and brief reviews, for 'works in which humour is derived from the author's sense of the absurdity or total meaninglessness of existence. Themes in black humour include death, personal misfortune and other morbid subjects.' More than 30 novels listed.

Get into a dark comedy (Des Plaines Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for almost 25 books, from Elect Mr. Robinson For A Better World by Donald Antrim to Worst Fears: A Novel by Fay Weldon. Compiled 2002.

Laugh it Off: The Booklist with a Sense of Humor (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Author, title, and link to catalog data for nine books that 'run the gamut from sarcasm to slapstick,' from How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Marc Acito to The Day I Turned Uncool by Dan Zevin.

Humorous Fiction (Monroe County Public Library, IN): Author and title(s) listed only for about 50 novels, including books by Bailey White, David Sedaris, Daniel Pinkwater, Terry Pratchett, India Knight, Nick Hornby, Jill McCorkle, Peter Mayle, Delia Ephron, Janet Evanovich, Helen Fielding, etc. Updated Dec. 2004.

Contemporary Funny Fiction (Johnson County Library, KS): Lists almost 40 novels, with authors and webcat links. From Brad Barkley's Money, Love to Mary Wesley's An Imaginative Experience. From the same library, A Touch of Humor, with author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 25 books, by authors including Dave Barry, Steve Martin, Tom Robbins, Calvin Trillin, Donald Westlake, Jane Heller, Carrie Fisher, Jennifer Crusie, etc.

Funny Fiction (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author and title of about 100 works of humourous fiction or series in these categories: Historical Fiction, Horror and Supernatural Fiction, Mysteries and Suspense, Romance and Relationships, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Westerns, Old-Fashioned Humor, and Regional American Humor). From Thomas Berger's Little Big Man to tales by T. R. Pearson.

Laugh and Be Well: Humorous Writers (Williamsburg Public Library, Virginia): List of over 35 authors, with comments about the type of humor they feature. Some write fiction, some essays or satire, some anecdotes, etc.

Humour (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN): Author, title, and webcatalog link for about 55 stories to make you laugh, including works by Richard Russo, Anne Tyler, Fannie Flagg, Sarah Bird, Nancy Livingston, Mark Twain, PG Wodehouse, more.

Humourous Canadian Fiction (Vancouver Public Library): List of 15 books, with author, title, publication year, summary, and webcat link, from 2000% cracked wheat : [breakfast for the millennium] by Edna Alford (editor) to Roxane Ward's Fits like a rubber dress : a novel. Compiled Dec. 2002.

Humorous Fiction (Liz Ferrari, Wilmette Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, webcat link, and summary for about a dozen books, all published in 2003 or 2004, from Mary K. Andrews's Hissy Fit to Donald Westlake's The Road to Ruin. Last revised Jan. 2006. Also: On the Lighter Side: Humorous Fiction, with another 10 titles, published from 1997-1999.

Books to Brighten Your Mood (Omaha Public Library, NE): Author and title only for over 40 funny novels/series, from Cathryn Alpert's Rocket City to PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster series. Compiled Nov. 2001.

Sarcastic Reads (Fiction-L): Compiled Sept. 2006. Author and usually title for about 35 fiction and about 25 non-fiction authors/titles. Fiction from Douglas Adams' The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy to Donald Westlake's Sacred monster.

Unscrupulous, But Funny: Fictional Rascals (AART, Rolling Meadows Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, and page count for 12 novels, from Lawrence Block's The Burglar In the Closet to Donald Westlake's Good Behavior. (Not all are mysteries.)

If You Like ... Douglas Adams (Overbooked): 'Books packed with outrageous, zany fun and/or an out of the world sense of humor.' Author, title, publication info, and summary for 10 novels and 2 non-fiction titles.