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Let Me Off at the Top!

There is certainly no disputing that a major media icon like Ron Burgundy deserves to have his stellar life enshrined in prose, and no one other than comedian Will Ferrell could convey the magnificence associated with this titan of journalism.

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Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

As two founders of the National Lampoon, Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf are responsible for some of the sharpest satirical humor of the past forty years.  Their latest opus is a tongue-through-the-cheek encyclopedia of modern neuroses -- a work that will both confirm all your fears, then dispel them with fits of laughter.

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Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin

At age 75, with new comedic material still flowing freely, Calvin Trillin shows no signs of halting his droll observations on modern life. But he and his fans can certainly be afforded a look backwards at his past four decades of brilliant humor writing, sampled in this hefty new volume. Poems, essays, and song lyrics vie to generate laughs aplenty, each barbed with a small quill of hard-earned wisdom.

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This Is a Book

Stand-up comedian Demetri Martin, known for his contributions to The Daily Show, translates his on-air riffs to cartoon-supplemented essays traversing such fertile humorous ground as transient exotic lifestyles and eternal philosophical conundrums.

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The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

In this irreverently respectful celebration of the wisdom of antiquity, British stand-up comedian (and Cambridge Classics scholar) Natalie Haynes demonstrates how the teachings of Greece and Rome can help us better understand the modern age—and how prevalent their influence remains, in pop culture as well as more studied settings. Great fun.

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Turning his hand to one of the oldest forms of allegory, the beast fable, ultramodern humorist David Sedaris produces the anticipated blend of eternal humor and fashionable wryness as his animal cast reflects human foibles and virtues.

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The Oxford Book of Parodies

Former TLS editor John Gross offers a rich compendium of an underrated genre. From Beowulf to Harry Potter, no literary monument is left unscathed. A fun, surprisingly illuminating take on literary history.

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Tiny Art Director

Based on the popular, eponymous blog, this small and hilariously charming book collects the demanding assignments -- and unequivocal critiques -- toddler Rosie Zeman has directed at her artist father. Marvelous. Read more...

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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