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A few years ago, we fell pretty hard for Bernadette Fox, the hilarious (and a little unhinged) heroine of Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Now (hooray!) Semple’s new book has arrived. But we know that when we’re done, we’re going to be jonesing for more of that same warm, quirky humor. Here are 15 funny reads to ease the pain.
First on our list? Duh, Semple’s new book. This one introduces us to Eleanor, who, in the course of one terrible day, has to abandon all of her usual neuroses and think about the future in an entirely new way. Buy the book
For a brilliant scientist with Asperger’s syndrome, finding a wife is just like any other science project. At least until he figures out that love is a different discipline entirely. Buy the book
Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man, until a new family moves in next door and an unlikely friendship forms. A story can’t get any more charming than this (seriously, there’s even a lonely, blue-eyed cat involved). Buy the book
A debut novel about four girls improbably all named Guinevere who find friendship in a dark place—the Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent. Buy the book
This Australian best-selling author can always be counted on for likable characters and excellent plot twists. But her debut—about a beautiful, hilarious and very dramatic set of 30-something triplets—is often overlooked. Buy the book
In a bourgeois Parisian apartment building, the daughter of a parliamentarian has vowed to kill herself on her 13th birthday. Until she meets the lonely concierge. Buy the book
Tina Fey’s memoir isn’t just laugh-out-loud funny, it’s laugh-so-loud-you’ll-wake-the-baby funny. But, seriously, what did you expect? Buy the book
This zany debut follows an immigrant family on a cross-country road trip as they try to save face and fortune after a disastrous turn in the recession. Buy the book
Clay Jannon trades a soul-sucking Web-design career for a job at a bookstore. But he soon realizes the shop is just one piece of a much bigger puzzle, and Clay is about to get sucked in. Buy the book
A wildly inventive, big-hearted book about a Midwestern woman who becomes the world’s best chef. Warning: Don’t read when hungry. Buy the book
Sophie Straw has always been beautiful, but she’d rather make people laugh. And in 1960s London, that’s not something that many women do. Buy the book
The title of this irreverent, deadpan story collection kind of says it all. Buy the book
Wunderkind Blue van Meer is struggling socially at her new prep school….until she gets entangled in a group of elite students and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Buy the book
Pretty much anything by Ephron will do, but we especially like her only novel, based on the unraveling of her marriage to journalist Carl Bernstein. Never has a gut-wrenching divorce been so hilarious. Buy the book
Edie Middlestein has always had a love-hate relationship with food. Now, as her family crumbles around her, she’s gaining weight faster than ever. Attenberg is a master of dark humor and we just can’t get enough. Buy the book
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