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Cue the Laughter: Thurber Award Highlights Humor

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We could all use a good laugh, so why wait until Dec. 5 for Thurber House to announce the winner of its 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor? More is funnier, so here are the three finalists for this honor, the highest recognition of humor writing in the U.S. Would Everybody Please Stop? (Sarah Crichton) by Jenny Allen is her debut essay collection, many of which first appeared in The New Yorker. Allen proves to be the type of humorist who can wring a laugh from the most depressing situations. A to-do list left in a grocery cart inspires “Can I Have Your Errands,” as she compares a stranger’s chores (“Take in Lexus, Derm—filler, Take R to groomer, B Bros ­—…

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Going South: 3 Books That Explore Life Below the Mason-Dixon Line

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In The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir author Harrison Scott Key tries to explain the southern United States: “The South is a strange place, one that can’t be fit inside a movie, a place that dares you to simplify it, like a prime number, like a Bible story, like my father.” For our latest round of Shelfie picks, we return to our friends at Square Books, located in the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi and boasting three separate buildings and its own café. Back in September, they gave us three great books to keep you up past your bedtime. This week manager Lyn Roberts is focusing on the rich tapestry of the South. South Toward Home: Travels in Southern…

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