Laugh and Learn

Who says learning can’t be fun? These witty nonfiction books will keep you laughing while teaching you something useful or just plain interesting. All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.


Adams, Douglas. Last Chance to See. 1990. (591.529 A).

Alexander, William. The $64 Tomato. 2006. (635.097473 A).

Alford, Henry. How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth). 2009. (155.67 A).

Almond, Steve. Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. 2004. (338.47664153 A).

Angier, Natalie. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science. 2007. (500 A). Also available: CD

Browning, Guy. Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade: How to Survive Life's Smaller Challenges. 2005. (158.10207 B).

Bryson, Bill. A Short History of Nearly Everything. 2003. (500 B).
Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Carr, Jimmy. Only Joking: What's So Funny about Making People Laugh?.
2006. (809.7 C).

Casagrande, June. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite. 2006. (428.00207 C).

Cathcart, Thomas. Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar—: Understanding Philosophy through Jokes. 2006. (102.07 C). Also available: CD

Geist, William. Way off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America. 2007. (917.30492 G). Also available: Large Type

Gilbert, Daniel Todd. Stumbling on Happiness. 2006. (158 G). Also available: CD

Huler, Scott. No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey through The Odyssey. 2008.
(883 H766hu).

Jacobs, A. J. The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. 2004. (031 J). Also available: CD

Lisick, Beth. Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone. 2008. (818.54 L7695.he).

Lyall, Sarah. The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British. 2008. (941.086 L).
Also available: CD

O'Rourke, P. J. On the Wealth of Nations. 2007. (330.153 O).

Roach, Mary. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. 2003. (611 R).
Also available: CD

Robin, Andy. Saving Face: How to Lie, Fake, and Maneuver Your Way Out of Life's Most Awkward Situations. 2005. (158.20207 R).

Sagal, Peter. The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them).
2007. (179.8 S).

Sapolsky, Robert M. A Primate's Memoir. 2001. (599.865 S).

Shopsin, Kenny. Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin. 2008.
(647.95068 S).

Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.
2003. (428.2 T). Also available: Large Type

Weiner, Eric. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. 2008. (910.4 W).