Sunday, August 14, 2016

Eight top funny books for dire times

Eight Star Tribune critics tagged a funny book for readers anxious about our supposedly dire times. One recommendation:
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple.

When the world seems insane, and depressingly so, it’s good to laugh and better yet to get away. “Family trip to Antarctica!” Fifteen-year-old Bee’s parents promise her anything if she aces her report card, and that’s what she wants. But first she takes us on a nightmarishly hilarious journey through the story of her disappearing mother, neighborhood intrigues, school politics and high-tech romance via e-mail, FBI reports, memos and letters.--ELLEN AKINS
Read about another entry on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue