Friday Book Club is going on a bit of a vacation, but we will be back in January with a three-month series that features humor writing. If the last series, Gothic Literature, made you mopey, then January should perk you right up.
Our January book will be: Thank You, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse.
This classic British comedy is the first full-length Jeeves novel, and what a joy it is, as the unflappable butler, Jeeves, has not one but two upper-class idiots to take care of. Thank You, Jeeves was published in 1934. I’m still waiting for the final Jeeves installment, which I’m sure will come any day now: Jeeves, Put Down that Uzi!
The February Book Will Be: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
I can’t imagine humor, or science fiction, or…well, anything, without this delightful book. The Guide has been a radio show, a TV show, and audiobook, a hollywood film, a stage play, and of course a trilogy consisting of five books (not a typo). Follow the insane adventures of Arthur Dent, Earthman, as he travels though space with his friend Ford Prefect, fellow earthling Trillian, the two-headed party boy and President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox, and the eternally depressed robot Marvin (“Life. Don’t talk to me about Life”).
And for the Grand Finale: 700 Sundays, by Billy Crystal
700 Sundays is a change of pace, from wacky madcap British comedy to bittersweet autobiography from one of America’s most beloved comics. In this book, Billy Crystal talks about the family and friends who supported and inspired him.
So, start reading now, and join us back here for Friday Book club, starting January 3rd!