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In a world turned upside down, maybe the best thing you can do is laugh. Or roll up your sleeves and get to work, as comedian-turned-senator Al Franken did when he ran for office in 2008. His wry perspective on the halls of government makes fascinating reading in his new memoir, which we are proud to offer as a signed first edition. We also have a signed first edition of Theft by Finding from David Sedaris (who as far as we know has never been a politician), collecting 25 years' worth of his much-vaunted (and hilarious) diaries.

Here too are memoirs by politically opinionated comedian John Cleese and politician impersonator Amy Poehler, comical punditry by Stephen Colbert, political cartoons, more David Sedaris, laughter from The Onion and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, gifts by Anne Taintor and the Unemployed Philosophers Guild, and other signed first editions by Jonathan Safran Foer, Elizabeth Strout, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jane Smiley, and Emma Donoghue.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl  

Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl

Jenny Wren. Jenny Éclair, foreword.

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Essentially a female riposte to Jerome K. Jerome's Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, this 1891 book by the pseudonymous Jenny Wren presents her amusing thoughts on matters ranging from love and ... ... read more

 
The <I>Onion</I> and Philosophy: Fake News Story True, Alleges Indignant Area Professor  

The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True, Alleges Indignant Area Professor

Sharon M. Kaye, ed.

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This book, part of the Popular Culture and Philosophy series (in which scholars introduce authentic philosophical thought through famous voices in entertainment) is full of philosophical chutzpah ... ... read more

 
The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia of Existing Information (Unabridged Selections)  

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia of Existing Information (Unabridged Selections)

Read by Avery Sanford & June Bunt.

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Leave it to The Onion to have the final word on the value of knowledge: "Knowledge is that supple fruit upon which the mind feasts as though it were a dog eating fruit from the kitchen's ... ... read more

 
The <I>Onion</I> Magazine: The Iconic Covers that Transformed an Undeserving World  

The Onion Magazine: The Iconic Covers that Transformed an Undeserving World

Johannes Gutenberg, foreword. Cole Bolton, ed.

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From America's Finest (Satirical) News Source comes this compilation of the most important, most influential, certainly the glossiest magazine covers ever produced by the hand of humankind. It's ... ... read more

 
Are You Dissing Me?: What Animals Really Think  

Are You Dissing Me?: What Animals Really Think

Simon Winheld.

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At first you might think this is a children's picture book, since Simon Winheld's illustrations are realistic, finely detailed portraits of animals in colored pencils and watercolors. But when paired ... ... read more

 
 
First Jobs: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks  

First Jobs: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks

Merritt Watts. Hanya Yanagihara, series editor.

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A future mayor shining shoes; an atheist shilling Bibles; a housewife heading to work during World War II; a now-famous designer getting fired: we all got our start somewhere, notes Merritt Watts. ... ... read more

 
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Weird Inventions: Bizarre Gadgets You Can't Live Without  

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Weird Inventions: Bizarre Gadgets You Can't Live Without

Bathroom Readers' Institute.

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Eureka! In their ongoing effort to bring you the cutting edge in trivia technology (or at least in technology trivia), the brains behind Uncle John's Bathroom Reader have developed Weird ... ... read more

 
Business Baby: Getting Things Done, One Tantrum at a Time  

Business Baby: Getting Things Done, One Tantrum at a Time

Alex Beckerman.

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It's not a far leap to imagine the tiny tyrants who rule our lives at home also taking charge in the office world; after all, they're highly goal-oriented, incredibly good at delegating ... ... read more

 
Mrs Weber's Omnibus: Mrs Weber's Diary; True Love; Pick of Posy; Very Posy; Pure Posy; Mustn't Grumble  

Mrs Weber's Omnibus: Mrs Weber's Diary; True Love; Pick of Posy; Very Posy; Pure Posy; Mustn't Grumble

Posy Simmonds.

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In May 1977, young illustrator Posy Simmonds drew her first weekly comic strip for London's Guardian. It began as a parody of girls' adventure stories, commenting on contemporary life, but ... ... read more

 
Rubes Cow Tipping Mega Mini Kit  

Rubes Cow Tipping Mega Mini Kit

Leigh Rubin, illus.

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Rural pranksters have been bragging about their cow-tipping adventures (with varying degrees of credibility) for almost as long as there have been cows. You too can go cow-tipping like an udder fool ... ... read more

 
 
H is for Hummus: A Modern Parent's ABC  

H is for Hummus: A Modern Parent's ABC

Joel Rickett & Spencer Wilson.

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An ABC not for toddlers but rather for their beleaguered mums and dads, this hilariously askew book looks at the realities of modern parenting by illustrating pertinent vocabulary words. A is for au ... ... read more

 
Barnaby: Volume Two: 1944–1945  

Barnaby: Volume Two: 1944–1945

Crockett Johnson.

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Though best known as the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon and its sequels, Crockett Johnson's first triumph was a wryly thoughtful, slyly observant newspaper comic strip starring a ... ... read more

 
A Guinea Pig Oliver Twist  

A Guinea Pig Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens. Retold by Alex Goodwin. Tess Gammell, photog.

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After we giggled our way through A Guinea Pig Nativity and nearly swooned over A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice, all we could think was "Please sir? We want some more!" Happily, our pleas ... ... read more

 
Mr Key's Shorter Potted Brief, Brief Lives  

Mr Key's Shorter Potted Brief, Brief Lives

Frank Key.

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Having considered writing an update of John Aubrey's Brief Lives, Frank Key concluded that some books are unimproveable, and instead opted to collect a single, unadorned fact about each of his ... ... read more

 
Born to Be Wild Knee Socks  

Born to Be Wild Knee Socks

Anne Taintor.

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"Born to be wild," these conservatively swimsuit-clad girlfriends splash through the surf at the top of these knee socks, in pale turquoise with white bubbles and yellow and brown trim and a ... ... read more

 
 
I Love Not Camping Knee Socks  

I Love Not Camping Knee Socks

Anne Taintor.

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"I love not camping," says a too-elegant redhead, summing up her disdain for the outdoor life; these bright blue knee socks sport red and green trim with a pattern of tents, trees, and canoes. It's ... ... read more

 
You're Never Too Old... To Try Something Stupid Knee Socks  

You're Never Too Old... To Try Something Stupid Knee Socks

Anne Taintor.

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"You're never too old ... to try something stupid" avows this trio of tiara-topped waterskiers, gracefully zipping across these knee socks of sea- and sky-blue, with red and gold trim and a ... ... read more

 
If You're Going to Kick Ass, You Need Kickass Shoes Knee Socks  

If You're Going to Kick Ass, You Need Kickass Shoes Knee Socks

Anne Taintor.

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"If you're going to kick ass, you need kickass shoes," proclaims a blonde in a white dress and killer heels, dancing the night away on a bright yellow floor with a star-spangled blue backdrop. It's ... ... read more

 
I Have What One Might Call  

I Have What One Might Call "Special Needs" Emery Board Travel Pack: 12 Purse Size Emery Boards

Anne Taintor.

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"I have what one might call 'special needs'," advises the dramatic Hollywood brunette on the cover of this matchbook-style pack of mini emery boards. Illustrated with Anne Taintor's witty, ... ... read more

 
Wow! I Get to Give Birth and Change Diapers! Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues  

Wow! I Get to Give Birth and Change Diapers! Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues

Anne Taintor.

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Moms and babies are the theme here, with one smiling mother exclaiming "WOW! I get to give birth AND change diapers!" Whatever you might need to tidy up, having this petite 3-inch tissue box handy ... ... read more

 
 
It's So Involved Being Me Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues  

It's So Involved Being Me Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues

Anne Taintor.

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Sure, she's a titian-haired beauty—but maybe her garden path isn't all that perfect, as she admits, "It's so involved being me." Wherever you find yourself feeling things a little too deeply, ... ... read more

 
Old Enough to Know Better... Too Young to Give a Rat's Ass Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues  

Old Enough to Know Better... Too Young to Give a Rat's Ass Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues

Anne Taintor.

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Sometimes a little trouble is just what you're looking for—like the leggy blonde in her swimsuit here, who admits she's "old enough to know better" but "too young to give a rat's ass." Whenever ... ... read more

 
Inner Beauty is for Amateurs Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues  

Inner Beauty is for Amateurs Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues

Anne Taintor.

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A tropical beach might be lovely, but be sure you've got your face put together, as this perfectly done brunette advises: "inner beauty is for amateurs." Wherever you might need a teensy little fix, ... ... read more

 
You Know Me... Busy, Busy! Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues  

You Know Me... Busy, Busy! Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues

Anne Taintor.

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"You know me ... busy, busy!" proclaims this vacationing bather, busily paddling her inflatable raft. Whatever may be causing you to need a little dab, having this petite 3-inch tissue box handy ... ... read more

 
Was She in Love... Or Was it Just Allergies? Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues  

Was She in Love... Or Was it Just Allergies? Mini Tissues: Unscented White 30 Individual 2-Ply Tissues

Anne Taintor.

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"Was she in love ..." wonders this radiant brunette in the garden, "or was it just allergies?" Whatever might be causing you to sniffle, having this petite 3-inch tissue box handy could prove your ... ... read more

 
 
The Voices in My Head Are All Demanding Drinks Juice Glass Set (6 glasses)  

The Voices in My Head Are All Demanding Drinks Juice Glass Set (6 glasses)

Anne Taintor.

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"The voices in my head are all demanding drinks," proclaims a pretty brunette with a faraway look in her eyes. Juice glasses may be the epitome of midcentury respectability—but who says you can't ... ... read more

 
 

"Born to Be Wild" Melamine Spreader Set

Anne Taintor.

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Splashing in the surf while proclaiming themselves "born to be wild," these beach babes would love to get their hands on this quartet of swimsuit-patterned spreaders—and on the back of the package ... ... read more

 
 

"We Go Together Like Drunk and Disorderly" Melamine Spreader Set

Anne Taintor.

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"We go together like drunk and disorderly," quip the elegant and established ladies on this set of equally sophisticated spreaders, decorated with coordinated patterns and prints. Here too is a ... ... read more

 
We Came... We Shopped... We're Ready for Cocktails Melamine Spreader Set  

We Came... We Shopped... We're Ready for Cocktails Melamine Spreader Set

Anne Taintor.

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"We came ... we shopped ... we're ready for cocktails," proclaim the fashionable ladies on this set of four spreaders, patterned after their floral and polka-dot dress prints and the downtown scenery ... ... read more

 
Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book  

Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book

Diane Muldrow.

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In her delightful follow-up to Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book, children's author and longtime Little Golden Book editor Diane Muldrow helps us prepare for ... ... read more

 
 
How About Never—Is Never Good For You?: My Life in Cartoons  

How About Never—Is Never Good For You?: My Life in Cartoons

Bob Mankoff.

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Since his first published New Yorker cartoon, in 1977, Bob Mankoff has been making us laugh, and since he became the magazine's cartoon editor in 1997, he's been the one deciding what's funny ... ... read more

 
How to Shadow Puppet Mug: Add Hot Water and Learn to Make 10 Classic Shadow Puppets  

How to Shadow Puppet Mug: Add Hot Water and Learn to Make 10 Classic Shadow Puppets

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It may be that storytelling was invented when ancient hunters around the fire figured out how to cast shadow puppets on the cave wall. You can show you're at least as smart as a caveman (while ... ... read more

 
Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental: An Anthology of Comic Art, 1979–1985  

Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental: An Anthology of Comic Art, 1979–1985

Drew Friedman & Josh Alan Friedman.

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He created a strange alternate reality inhabited by B-movie stars and forgotten talents of late-night television, rendered in lush, obsessively textured pen and ink drawings that had an almost ... ... read more

 
Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy  

Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy

Adam R.S. Cornish.

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You might not have thought much about it, but the art of taxidermy is a challenging one, and not everyone gets it right. To many, the less-than-perfect result is horrifying; to some of a certain bent ... ... read more

 
Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis & Other Funny Stories  

Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis & Other Funny Stories

Joan Rivers.

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Long before she was a scathing critic of celebrity fashions, Joan Rivers was a pioneering stand-up comedian, with her unsparing wit making her a fixture on late-night television. On this 1967 debut ... ... read more

 
 
The Three Stooges Mega Mini-Kit: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil  

The Three Stooges Mega Mini-Kit: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

Sam Stall, text.

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Oh, wise guy, eh? Or maybe three of them. Filling in for the proverbial Three Wise Monkeys of Japan, the Three Stooges here enact their own version of "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" in a ... ... read more

 
The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense  

The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense

Daniel Menaker. Roz Chast, illus. Billy Collins, foreword.

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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) During his time at The New Yorker, former Random House editor-in-chief Daniel Menaker happened across a printed mistake: "The zebras were grazing on ... ... read more

 
4 3 2 1: A Novel  

4 3 2 1: A Novel

Paul Auster.

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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) (Nominated for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal) On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac ... ... read more

 
The Thirst  

The Thirst

Jo Nesbø. Neil Smith, trans.

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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) Hard-bitten Oslo detective Harry Hole returns in this eleventh installment of his electrifying series, following The Leopard, Phantom, and ... ... read more

 
Anything Is Possible  

Anything Is Possible

Elizabeth Strout.

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(First Edition, Autographed) In her Booker Prize–nominated New York Times Notable Book My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout gave us an honest, unforgettable heroine, looking ... ... read more

 
 
Commonwealth  

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett.

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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) Who really owns the stories of our lives? One of our favorite authors, Orange Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Ann Patchett follows up her Orange Prize ... ... read more

 
Here I Am  

Here I Am

Jonathan Safran Foer.

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(First Edition, Autographed) (A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016) In Genesis, when God calls out "Abraham!" before ordering him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham ... ... read more

 
Golden Age  

Golden Age

Jane Smiley.

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(First Edition, Autographed) The author of the Pulitzer Prize winner A Thousand Acres here completes the Last Hundred Years trilogy, following up Some Luck and Early ... ... read more

 
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