Stop by an OC Public Library and pick up a book that will make you laugh
By Chris Wright
Whether it’s a quiet chuckle or a laugh-out-loud cacophony of sheer delight, these three books will leave you wanting to share them with others. Sadly, not enough have heard about these gems. Be warned about reading in public as you will you break into bouts of riotous laughter and be subject to stares.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. Christopher Moore writes humorously about vampires and does spin-offs of the classics to include Shakespeare as well as this “missing gospel.”
Lamb is absolutely hilarious without being irreverent. Now we hear the truth about those missing years. With a friend named Biff how can it not be funny? WWJD without Biff.
Rowdy in Paris by Tom Sandlin. Rowdy is an American cowboy who has never won anything in the way of the rodeo circuit except maybe broken bones and hangovers. However, his luck changes one day in Colorado and he wins the event and the coveted belt buckle proclaiming him champion.
No sooner does he win it than it’s stolen during a one night stand with a sexy French tourist just passing through the American West. Rowdy is not going to go quietly into the night about this. He’s worked too hard and too long to acquire this emblem of success.
He tracks the woman and immediately departs for France to find his belt buckle. What ensues on the streets of Paris is absolutely hilarious. It’s LOL emeritus stuff as Rowdy gets drawn into a culture war involving fast food, spies, and revolutionaries.
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen. If you have ever wanted a Siberian Husky as a pet you should read this book before purchasing one. If you have owned or own a Siberian Husky than you must read this book. It will confirm everything you have discovered about this breed of dog.
My mischievous dog is a model citizen next to Gary’s dogs. Oh, and it’s absolutely hilarious at times.
Paulsen writes children’s books of the outdoors. This is a biography and adventure account for adults of his training and running the Iditarod in Alaska, no mean feat for a team of dogs and human. The actual race though arduous really takes a back seat to the story of the preparation and training for the race.
Besides hilarious antics of man learning about dogs and becoming a dog there is some serious thoughtful zen/introspection into the relationship between man and animal. Plus it’s a great adventure yarn.
Chris Wright is not sure if he lives to read or if he reads to live. He has been a public librarian with the OC Public Libraries since 2006.
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