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BookTrib Fictional Bookshelf: Diabolically Funny Reads for Michael of ‘The Good Place’

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Uncommonly good and diabolically funny, The Good Place is filled with more twists and turns than we can see coming. Based on the idea that sometimes, Hell really is other people, Michael, played to perfection by Ted Danson, is the standout character who is enjoying every second of not only his life, but the lives (or afterlives) of the people around him. After last season’s shock finale, we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next. The Good Place returned to NBC this fall for it’s second season, and is already living up to everything we loved about the first season. Smart, funny, and kind of evil, Michael is one of the most humorous and twisted characters to ever hit…

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Author Steven Gaines Tickles the Funny Bone and Tells His Truth

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Steven Gaines is the bestselling author of Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons, The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of The Beatles, and many others. As a journalist Gaines has written for many publications, most notably Vanity Fair, New York Times and New York Magazine where he served as contributing editor for 12 years. A native New Yorker and graduate of NYU Film School, Gaines’s background in film is what helps him to be such a graphic storyteller to where readers are witnesses to the movie in his mind he then so eloquently puts on paper. In his memoir, One Of These Things First, Gaines looks back at childhood in 1960s Brooklyn with a humor…

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The Two Funniest, Quirkiest Humor Books Coming This Fall!

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In the midst of the latest crime novels, the new rom-com books, and the just-released dramas, it can be easy to miss the small, hardback, humor books at the bookstore. Because we don’t want you to miss out, here are two of the newest, funniest, quirkiest humor books coming this fall! If My Dogs Were A Pair of Middle-Aged Men,  The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman This is a satirical comic, depicting the classic and universal behaviors of man’s best friend, but re-imagined as if your dogs were a pair of middle-aged looking men. Shedding a whole new light on the behavior of dogs, this comic comes from author Matthew Inman, best known for creating The Oatmeal, a web comic and humor website,…

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Steven Gaines is Insightful and Hilarious in ‘One of These Things First’

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In the memoir One of These Things First, Steven Gaines, a gay 15-year-old boy from a conservative Jewish family in the 1960s, humorously shares a bizarre account of his teenage years in Brooklyn and a stint at Payne Whitney, a private mental institution in NYC. Steven recalls a multitude of childhood memories, some disturbing, many sexually charged (think Augusten Burroughs and Running With Scissors). Gaines’ memories include his fantasies about the lawnmower guy, agonizing time spent in his grandfather’s bra and girdle store where he spies on shoppers while hidden from view, befriending an aspiring actress at the empty theater in town, dealings with a claustrophobic cooped up in a small apartment with his parents, and the mean boys in the neighborhood who…

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Life is Funny: 5 Tips on How to Write Humor in Your Work

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People like to give advice on how to try to be funny when they write. Here’s the short version of my advice: Don’t. Humor happens, so let it, don’t force it. Turn on a TV, or a video streaming site, even if only for an experiment and drink in how we can, in an instant, flip our viewing screens from the horrors of war, to a speech by some dude extolling the virtues of war, to a drama in which tears are shed about someone renovating a home, to another in which tears are shed about baking a cake, to another in which tears are shed about getting fit, and back to the stone-faced guy talking about war—and shedding not…

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The Best of Twitter’s ‘Ten Things Not To Say To A Writer’

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Don’t you just love it when a Twitter trend is so brutally honest, it kind of hurts? Such is the currently trending hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. This trend is exactly what it sounds like: writers ranting about things they hear all of the time and legitimately loathe. We’ve spent all day laughing and cringing at the entries in this trend, so we thought it’d be a good idea to throw together some of our favorites. Enjoy!                                                              

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Have Lunch with Stephen Colbert on Us

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“I’m trying to drop a few pounds…so I’m practicing portion control. I’m only eating small-sounding foods,” says comedian Stephen Colbert as he removes a Little Caesar’s pizza, a box of Thin Mints, and some baby back ribs to wash it all down. Now, just nearly a month and a half before he takes over the reins for David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show, Colbert is doing everything in his power to reintroduce his sharp-featured mug to the American public. This week, he’s hosting a five-installment lunch series officially titled, “Stephen Colbert has Stephen Colbert’s Daily Lunch with You, Starring Stephen Colbert.” The first and second installments have been posted and are, as you’d expect, wildly funny. My favorite bit from…

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8 funny videos to spread some holiday cheer

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We here at the BookTrib Nerd Squad love our books. Heck, books are an integral part of our very name. But every now and then we enjoy a good video, especially during the holiday season when all kinds of seasonal goodies come down the chimney. So, save these for your lunch hour if you must (they’re all safe for work) then enjoy a little seasonal cheer on us.

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