When you need a good laugh, do you reach for a book? I don't. I expect books to move me deeply and submerge me in another reality. So when a novel makes me roar with laughter, it's always a delightful surprise.
Here are seven I found utterly hilarious.
Maria Semple is the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (Little, Brown, $25.99)
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