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Humour that Punches Up

Humour that Punches Up

Here are some books that have kept us laughing even in hard times. Sometimes these books are just silly, but when they turn to serious topics, we found that the butt of the joke was people with more social power, not folks on the margins.

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Ten Steps to Nanette

A Memoir Situation

By Hannah Gadsby
Narrated by: Hannah Gadsby
Length: 13 hours 47 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Multi-award-winning Hannah Gadsby broke comedy with her show Nanette when she declared that she was quitting stand-up. Now she takes us through the defining moments in her life that led to the creation of Nanette and her powerful decision to tell the truth—no matter the cost.

“Hannah is a Promethean force, a... Read more »

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Shit, Actually

The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

By Lindy West
Narrated by: Lindy West
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

Shit, Actually

“Lindy West is a blast. Shit, Actually is basically CinemaSins, but but more (self-described) Femi-Nazi. I lol-ed through most of it. I recommend just reading everything she writes and, if you can listen to it, even better, as West's delivery is the pitch-perfect sarcasm that makes this such a fun reading experience. It'll make you a better person and you'll have a great time doing it.”

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Wow, No Thank You.

Essays

By Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby.

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and... Read more »

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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

By Anonymous
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, J. Smith-Cameron & Lyle Lovett
Length: 5 hours 30 minutes

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

“After the collapse of her marriage and her whole life, the anonymous author of Becoming Duchess Goldblatt started a Twitter account, speaking in the voice of an imperious, slightly dotty, always caring 81-year-old writer. The Duchess became the focus of intense adoration and eventually helped her creator to reconnect with the ‘real world’ even as she kept her identity a secret. Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is a glorious memoir, a truly 21st-century tale of life both online and off.”

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Shrill

Notes from a Loud Woman

By Lindy West
Narrated by: Lindy West
Length: 6 hours 9 minutes

Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can't be funny.

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible -- like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you -- writer and humoristLindy West... Read more »

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Essays

By Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

“There are many ways to craft a humorous essay. One of the most straightforward is to harness the clarity to tell it exactly like it is. You know, through the warped lens of personality. Samantha Irby sees all, and she sees it through wickedly potent bifocals.”

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Yearbook

By Seth Rogen
Narrated by: Seth Rogen & Full Cast
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

Yearbook

“So funny. I couldn’t stop listening until I had heard all of his anecdotes. Loved it.”

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