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Deliriously Happy: and Other Bad Thoughts

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“No matter the subject, Doyle can be trenchant, funny, esoteric, and unpredictable.”
 —Publishers Weekly

A former writer for The Simpsons and winner of the James Thurber Prize for American Humor, Larry Doyle redefined end-of-school-life angst with his novel I Love You, Beth Cooper and put the alien back in alienation with Go, Mutants! And now he’s Deliriously Happy, bringing
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Ecco
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There are 54 comic essays in this book (57 if you include the hilarious "Acknowledgements", "Addendum to the Acknowledgements" and "About the Author", and really should) that range from the looney to the crass to the incredible, all extremely creative and most of the type to make you laugh out loud. This would be a great bus read (if you don't mind guffawing in public), or a even better bathroom read (Larry would approve that use, I'm absolutely certain, as long as you've purchased it first of c ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
**It should be noted that I received this book as a First Read giveaway**

Based on my previous reading of "I Love You Beth Cooper", which I was not a huge fan of, My hopes weren't very high for this nook. However, Doyle delivers a series of clever, witty, and often hilarious tales. The stories jump all over the map, written from several points of view and with several tones, from cutting edge to overdone. There is one thing that I feel would help the collection dramatically is the addition of a s
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This requires a sense of humor that I happen to share. It's zany & a little dark. Among my favorite essays is "Armchair Father." It's an absurd narrative and requires that you give up common sense (as do most essays).

Essays are are also presented as reports, depositions, meeting minutes (e.g. for a fanclub dedicated to ex-lovers of one LeAnn) and lists of rules. For example, the writer (persona) establishes a bizarrely detailed list with timetables meant to manage the development of a roman
Laura Martinelli
Sep 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, humor, dnf
This has to be my first real “Did Not Finish” in my Library project— I got this in the ARC pile at work a few months ago, thinking that I’d get to it eventually. I’ve read Larry Doyle’s other books—I Love You, Beth Cooper was okay, it was enjoyable on some level and I couldn’t get into Go Mutants!

To quote the cover copy, this is a collection of short pieces “for fans who just want the satire, wit, merciless humor.” Which I’m assuming means anyone whose sense of humor has never expanded beyond f
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
*I received this book as a First Reads giveaway.*

When I received Larry Doyle's "Deliriously Happy: and Other Bad Thoughts" in the mail, I didn't know what to expect. I knew it was a humor collection, but humor varies on the individual perceiving it. I, for one, did not find the collection laugh-out-loud funny. I recall little spurts of laughter coming to me while reading this book, but nothing too insane. I suppose if one is into the whole over-the-top, skit-like parodies, one would find this bo
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short, comic pieces from the author of I Love You Beth Cooper and Go Mutants, Larry Doyle. This was my least favorite of the three. Perhaps the pieces would read better in a different context, say as stand-alone pieces in a magazine, but for me, presented in collection form, they just sort of ran together -- which made for a less than enjoyable read. More to the point, however, I just didn't find them all that funny.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this in a first reads giveaway. I wasn't sure how I would react to a humor book, but I was excited to give it a try. I tarted out liking it, but that didn't last too long. It was written well, and was creative, but I just didn't get the humor, which is not necessarily to say it wasn't funny. Some pieces I enjoyed and thought were comical, but I guess I just don't have the same idea of humor.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories, humor
The back cover of this made me smile, with its reference to "baby dogs", so I checked it out of the library. Most of the essays inside did not make me smile, much less laugh, though I did enjoy the two which featured a dog as the main character. This collection just wasn't a good fit for my sense of humor.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I won this book as a first reads giveaway. This is a collection of short humor writing, gathered from over the years. It has short entries about haphazard ideas, like "how to communicate with your dog". Each entry is pretty quick which makes it even more fast-paced... an entertaining book :)
Mark Hammond
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it

I enjoyed the variety of short pieces by this smart and funny writer. Larry Doyle has written for Beavis and Butt-head, the Simpsons,the I Love You, Beth Cooper screenplay. It ranges from fun absurdity to the awkward discomfort/mundane horror of post-modern comedy.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
had to give up on this one...
Dec 25, 2011 added it
Reminds me a little of Dave Barry but not as funny.
Dec 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ugh! I received this book in a goodreads giveaway and it is hard to find anything good to say about it.
Erika Flachskam
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yes. Hilarious.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished, humour
Intermittently it's pretty funny, but taken as a whole, a third of the book rough I decided its time to stop. With so much to read, I couldn't see a point in continuing with this.
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Larry Doyle's first novel, I Love You, Beth Cooper, won the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

His second novel, Go, Mutants!, was named one of the best novels of 2010 by the Washington Post.

Deliriously Happy, a 2011 collection of humor pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, didn't win any awards but some people liked it.

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