Humor Writing and Biographies
Stories and Essays
Paperback ISBN: 0316779423
Short stories and essays by an apartment cleaner and a popular commentator for National Public Radio highlight the absurd behavior of modern Americans, such as the suburban dad who saves money by performing surgery at home. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
A Treasury of Royal Scandals
The Shocking True Stories of History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors
Paperback ISBN: 0140280243
Profiles the lives and convoluted relations of notorious rulers including Catherine the Great, King George III, and Joanna the Mad.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Hardcover ISBN: 0316143464
In a collection of whimsical essays by the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, the Rooster gets married at an uproarious wedding, an estrangement occurs over a rubber vs. plastic debate, and the author gets the upper hand during a slumber party game of strip poker. 450,000 first printing.
The Can-Do Town That Just May Not
Paperback ISBN: 078688696x
A hilarious lampoon of a town gone wrong profiles Wigfield, in danger when the government tears down the dam re-opening the salmon run but demolishes Wigfield in the process, until smug, self-important journalist Russell Hokes appears hoping to save the day. Reprint. 50,000 fist printing.
A Fistful of Fig Newtons
Paperback ISBN: 0385188439
From the wild and wacky world of a favorite funnyman, a dozen truer-than-life tales of tailgating on the Jersey Tumpike, infuriating infants, and other everyday catastrophes, defeats, and humiliations that are the familiar fate of Americans everywhere.
The Encyclopedia of Stupidity
Paperback ISBN: 1861891970
Matthijs van Boxsel believes that no one is intelligent enough to understand their own stupidity. In The Encyclopædia of Stupidity he shows how stupidity manifests itself in all areas, in everyone, at all times, proposing that stupidity is the foundation of our civilization. In short sections with such titles as 'The Blunderers' Club', 'Fools in Hell', 'Genealogy of Idiots', and 'The Aesthetics of the Empty Gesture', stupidity is analysed on the basis of fairy tales, cartoons, triumphal arches, garden architecture, Baroque ceilings, jokes, flimsy excuses and science fiction. But Van Boxsel wants to do more than just assemble a 'shadow cabinet' of wisdom; he tries to fathom the logic of this opposite world. Where do understanding and intelligence begin and end? He examines mythic fools such as Cyclops and King Midas, cities such as Gotham, archetypes including the dumb blonde, and traditionally stupid animals such as the goose, the donkey and the headless chicken. Van Boxsel posits that stupidity is a condition for intelligence, that blunders stimulate progress, that failure is the basis for success. In this erudite and witty book he maintains that our culture is the product of a series of failed attempts to comprehend stupidity.