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Funny Girls

By Julie Rand

They say laughter boosts energy, strengthens the immune system and reduces stress. While we can't guarantee these audiobooks will have that effect, they should keep you entertained while you're in the car, exercising or doing boring chores. An added bonus: all the books are comprised of short (but funny, of course) chapters and essays so you can squeeze in a laugh any time you want.

  • Yes Please

    2014 by Amy Poehler

    You don't have to be a fan of the TV show "Parks and Recreation" to enjoy Amy Poehler's take on life, love, parenting, and friendship. Read by Amy herself with her signature wit and dry humor, the audiobook also includes guest appearances by such stars as Seth Myers, Patrick Stewart and Carol Burnett.

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  • Bossypants

    2011 by Tina Fey

    If Tina Fey's name alone won't persuade you to listen to this audiobook, maybe the fact that Bossypants was named Audiobook of the Year at the 2012 Audie Awards will. Fey talks about her life, career, motherhood, and rise to fame but this isn't your typical celebrity bio! She makes you laugh, and her intelligent observations will have you thinking, too. Who could ask for more?

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  • I Like You: Hospitality under the Influence

    2006 by Amy Sedaris

    Comedy Central star? Check. Second City star? Check. Accomplished actress? Check. But what you may not know is that Amy Sedaris is also a lifestyle expert, albeit an unconventional one, who will help you cook "15-minute meals in 20 minutes" and figure out what to serve a bunch of lumberjacks who may just pop in for dinner. If you like the audiobook, check out the lavishly illustrated print edition that includes recipes for such tasty morsels as Broiled Frozen Chicken Wings with Applesauce (a special favorite created especially for alcoholics).

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  • I Know I Am, but What Are You?

    2010 by Samantha Bee

    You might know her as a former senior correspondent for the Daily Show, but did you know that Samantha Bee grew up in Toronto, Canada and used to work as a Japanese anime character? Bee's hilarious memoir about growing up in the "great white north" is dark and slightly cynical but her ability to laugh at herself and life makes it all worth while.

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  • Not That Kind of Girl : a young woman tells you what she's "learned"

    2014 by Lena Dunham

    Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO series, Girls, is known as a fearless commentator on contemporary American life and love, baring not only her soul, but her body. This collection of essays about growing up, brutal in their honesty, tells it like it really is to be young and female in America. But rest assured, it is also really funny.

    Dunham wants to help others avoid making the same mistakes she did. She writes, “... if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)

    2011 by Mindy Kaling

    Autobiographical, witty, and funny (of course) Mindy Kaling is, as the NY Times describes her, "like Tina Fey's cool little sister." Fans of The Office will enjoy her bubbly Kelly Kapoor voice telling true stories from her life, and offering tips on dating, romance, friendships, shopping, and more.

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