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08/21/2012 02:00 pm ET Updated Oct 16, 2012

7 Funny Books

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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Maria Semple's Funny Novel Selection