What are the best humorous memoirs?

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    #1Bossypants

    Bossypants
    Bossypants is an autobiography by American actress and comedian, Tina Fey. Written in a comedic style, Bossypants includes stories of Fey's childhood aspirations, her career, and her advent into motherhood.
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    Jack Bailey
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Tina Fey is amazing and hilarious. She has incomparable wit and unparalleled comedic chops. This is a highly rated memoir that keeps it on the lighter side of things. "
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    #2Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Me Talk Pretty One Day is comedian and author David Sedaris' book containing snippets from his life, particularly his move to Paris and his experience of learning French from a teacher who did not like their sessions.
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    Rubén Guillén
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "My daughter read this book for her literature class and she said she really enjoyed it. She even bought a copy for her friend's birthday so that she can read it too. It's a very good book because the humor is so good and on point "
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    #3Naked

    Naked

    Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview-a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic companion; a family gathers for a wedding in the face of imminent death. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without doubt one of the freshest in American writing.

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    Grace Moreno
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Really anything David Sedaris writes is amazing! This is a hilarious collection of personal stories guaranteed to have you in stitches. I am on my third of this and still find myself laughing out loud! This fresh read would make a great gift for the reader on your list!"
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    #4A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods is an autobiographical novel by Bill Bryson, who wanted to rediscover his country upon his return from Britain. With his friend from college Stephen Katz, the two men hike the 2,100-mile long Appalachian Trail.

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    Denise Tran
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I do not read a lot of memoirs. However, I found this one very interesting. The story and the information about the trails was interesting. It added to the book."
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    #5Yes Please

    Yes Please

    The coolest mom of all time writes this inspirational text which explains how did she manage to succeed in the show business. Amy Poehler shares stories, lists and pictures that will help anyone who wants to start their actin career. 

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    Shreyas Jhadav
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book isn't exactly intended for comedy; she's writing about her own experiences, and is offering a little advice. The author is quite famed, having been in numerous comedy shows and series."
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    #6Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson is a cult classic of gonzo journalism. It chronicles a drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times of a road trip that went down in the annals of American pop culture.

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    Francisco del Ángel
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Your conscious, in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is in the form of the hitchhiker. Metaphorically speaking, without mescaline that is, a choice is made when the reader decides to become induced by Thompson’s story, and vicariously stay in the “Red Shark” on its way to Las Vegas…leaving behind all fears in the desert. "
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    #7Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson is a non-fiction book that was originally published in 2015. This book is about learning to embrace joy despite dealing with mental illness.

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    Marilyn Cook
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is, as the title indicates, funny. It also has a good message about being positive about who you are. It can help a lot of people."
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    #8Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is a non-fiction book by American actress Mindy Kaling. It tells about her life as a comedian and the pains of growing up when you are full of doubt.

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    Eric Carroll
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "a great read for teens"
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    #9When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    When You Are Engulfed in Flames is the sixth essay collection of the famous writer David Sedaris. The book contains 22 essays with different topics and has become an international bestseller.

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    Larry Dean
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Wouldn't say it's humorous so I can't say this is the best in that category. It's a memoir of someone's life that doesn't have much humor in it at all."
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    #10Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir-novel originally published in 2006. This book has a film adaptaion released in 2010 under Columbia Pictures.

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    Graciela Quezada
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book is a good book and has a lot of positive messages. I never seen the movie, and did not realize it was also a book. This book is one that people usually love or hate."
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    #11Cheaper by the Dozen

    Cheaper by the Dozen

    Cheaper by the Dozen is an autobiographical novel written by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. It tells the story of the happy life of the Gilbreth family, composed of two parents and their twelve kids.

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    Helen Johnson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I love Cheaper By the Dozen because it is a family-oriented book. It is wholesome and the story is rooted in a time period of forward-moving American optimism. This book, although suitable for kids, will really be cherished by nostalgic adults who can really appreciate the clean, funny moments."
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    #12Let's Pretend This Never Happened

    Let's Pretend This Never Happened
    Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a bestselling memoir written by Jenny Lawson. First published in 2012, it tells stories about the author's childhood and the challenges she faced while growing up.
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    Christian Chen
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Funny, relatable, and extremely witty, you're missing out if you've overlooked Jenny Lawson and her work. Her completely offbeat sense of humor is a delightful change of pace over other mundane to the point humor you'll find in most novels. This is also a real and serious tale, so prepare for tears and laughs all along the way."
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    #13The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir is a memoir written by iconic author Bill Bryson. It was originally released in 2006 and it is about the childhood of the author, who grew up during the Boomer Generation.

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    Doris Chapman
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If you were alive in the midwest in the mid twentieth century, many parts of this book will either have you laughing out loud or feeling sentimental. The author must have been a thoughtful child and keen observer, though he portrays his child-self as carefree and heedless. Bryson described what I believed, while growing up, was the life of everyone's family but mine. The large and small details of everyday life that are described in the book make the times come to life for the reader. I find myself telling my children about things that existed then, and I have forgotten, because the book ignited those memories for me. The book is definitely written from the perspective a boy of the fifties and sixties, which is fine. He was a boy. I would be interested to read a book from the same era written by someone who was a girl at that time. I think it would include many of the same details and events peculiar to that time, but might be expressed in as a very different experience for the author, maybe not as humorous. That said, Bryson is also insightful in pointing out absurdities, incongruities, and consequences of the culture of that time in America"
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    #14Running with Scissors

    Running with Scissors

    Running With Scissors is a New York Times bestselling memoir written by Augusten Burroughs, originally published in 2002. In 2006, a film adaptation of the book came out, directed by Ryan Murphy.

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    Rodrigo Huerta
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "never heard of this before. the link does sell it quite nicely though, it really does come across as a funny book"
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    #15God Said, Ha!

    God Said, Ha!

    God Said, Ha! is a humorous memoir written by Julia Sweeney wherein she shares her journey along with her family how they deal with the diagnosis of her younger brother Mike with terminal cancer. 

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    Emma McDonald
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "God Said, Ha! by Julia Sweeney is a hilarious book if you are looking for laughs. She was on SNL back in the day and this is filled with so many great quips. It's also a touching story as well about her brother's cancer diagnosis. Check it out!"
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    #16Santaland Diaries

    Santaland Diaries

    Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris is a humorous novel originally published in 1999. This essay book tells the story of Sedaris as a Christmas elf in Macy's department store which he fictionally calls "Santaland".

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    Adam Brown
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "If you want a funny memoir, check out Santaland Diaries. The story will captivate you and make you laugh as well"
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    #17Cancer Is a Bitch

    Cancer Is a Bitch

    Cancer Is a Bitch is a humorous memoir written by Gail Konop Baker wherein she shares her journey following her diagnosis of breast cancer and its fallout. 

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    Michael Newman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Cancer is a bitch is the best humorous memoirs that will go in my book of humor that I have read. Focusing on the life of a mother who developed breast cancer. The book is quite heartwarming but filled with humorous comments that wouldn't leave you disappointed as you understand the life of a person and the things they went through. Would recommend."
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    #18The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    The Partly Cloudy Patriot is a non-fiction historical memoir written by Sarah Vowell. This comedic biography is first published in 2002. 

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    Andrea Pena
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Sarah Vowell is truly awesome. Awkward in the best way possible and highly entertaining and uniquely funny. Her books are just like her, The Partly Cloudy Patriot included. I highly recommend."
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    #19Getting it Off My Chest

    Getting it Off My Chest

    Getting It Off My Chest is a humorous memoir written by Janice Day wherein she shares her accounts in being a breast cancer survivor from undergoing chemotherapy and all. 

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    Phillip Powell
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A good laugh is always nice for the soul. This read is fun for anyone going through a tough time."
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    #20The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town: Rehoboth Beach Stories

    The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town: Rehoboth Beach Stories

    The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town: Rehoboth Beach Stories is a biography book written by Rich Barnett. This book was published on June 12, 2012 by Go Cup Publishing.

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    Anthony Carroll
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I thought this was a pretty good book, I really enjoyed the writing style of the author and the description of the town he is writing about. It's almost like having a tour of the town while you are reading the book and i's something I've never actually experienced before. I'd give this a second read."
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    #21As I Lay Frying: A Rehoboth Beach Memoir

    As I Lay Frying: A Rehoboth Beach Memoir

    As I Lay Frying: A Rehoboth Beach Memoir is a nonfiction humorous biography written by Fay Jacobs. This humorous memoir was published on May 20, 2004 by A&M Books.

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    Alfredo Castellanos
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This was an interesting read; I'm not one who usually goes in for biographies in general, and unknown to me biographies in particular. But something about the title stuck with me, and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the tales of her family and such more than her views, but still, it was entertaining."
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    #22Cancer Schmancer

    Cancer Schmancer

    Cancer Schmancer is a humourous biography-memoir written by Fran Drescher wherein she shares her experience after her cancer diagnosis and her survival.

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    Rose Barnes
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I just love Fran Drescher and I really loved this book. I can remember when it was first announced that she had cancer and how she said that she had to fight to get the doctors to even check her for it. Reading this book gives all the details of her ordeal. "
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    #23One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

    One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

    One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul is an autobiography and humor novel originally published in March 2017. In this book, Koul discusses her insights on death and momentary fears.

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    Melissa Tran
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This was a boring book and did not meet my expectations. It's hard to find a good book to laugh along with and this isn't one of them"
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    #24Assassination Vacation

    Assassination Vacation
    Assassination Vacation is a non-fiction historical memoir written by Sarah Vowell. This comedic book is first published in 2005. 
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    Lisa Perkins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was hoping for a humorous memoir when I purchased this book, but that is not what I got. This was a historical memoir, not a humorous memoir. Will be returning."

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Best What are the best humorous memoirs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BossypantsBooks 30 Paid
2Me Talk Pretty One DayBooks 28 Paid
3NakedBooks 25 Paid
4A Walk in the WoodsBooks 25 Paid
5Yes PleaseBooks 24 Paid
6Fear and Loathing in Las VegasBooks 22 Paid
7Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsBooks 21 Paid
8Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)Books 20 Paid
9When You Are Engulfed in FlamesBooks 18 Paid
10Eat, Pray, LoveBooks 17 Paid
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