Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Humor for the Holidays

The holiday season is chaos. Cooking major feasts, fighting hoards of shoppers, wrapping the presents you've been collecting for weeks (months?), decking the halls, finding an outfit for New Year's Eve... It starts in November and doesn't stop for more than a month.

Okay, maybe that's a bit of a humbug way to put it. But there's no doubt that this time of year can be hectic and stressful, even if you're no Scrooge. Maybe some seasonal comic relief can help you find Christmas cheer this year. Check out one of these books to keep you laughing.

David Sedaris' Holidays on Ice is a comedy classic. The collection includes a number of hilarious Christmas-themed non-fiction pieces, including "Let it Snow" and "Six to Eight Black Men." This title is also available in downloadable audiobook format through our Overdrive service. You definitely want to celebrate the holidays with this book.

Garrison Keillor fans will love his holiday novel, A Christmas Blizzard, a funny and heart-warming story about a holiday traveler who gets stuck in North Dakota during a blizzard. Keillor's trademark nostalgia-laced writing is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
 Follow the story of a young boy and his Christmas pageant-wrecking dog in Dave Barry's semi-autobiographical holiday tale, The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog. The Pulitzer-prize winner author creates a funny and nostalgic little novel that takes place in 1960. It's sure to be a favorite.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays will prepare you to survive the many perilous dangers of the holiday season. This ever-entertaining guide from the best-selling "Worst-Case Scenario" series will have you laughing even while you learn some actually helpful information. You never know when you might need to escape from an angry reindeer or extinguish a burning turkey.

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