Books that help you laugh through the hard times

During this challenging time, it is easy to lose our sense of humor. Will we ever get back to normal? Will the libraries ever fully reopen? Will we ever get our hair cut again? Humor is an effective coping strategy and aids in making us more resilient, being able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. It is important, especially when things are uncertain in our lives or if we face our own personal struggles.


The following books are written by authors who have been able to find humor in their own personal challenges, ranging from difficult childhoods to mental illness. 


If you are interested in one of these books, click on the book cover or title to bring you to the item's record in our catalog.  Most are also available as audiobooks or ebooks. Place items on hold for curbside service or check out using OverDrive or Libby. For more recommendations, please call us at 352-495-3367, email us at, or chat with us Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 



Sleepwalk With Me


Sleepwalk With Me by Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia recounts his experiences with rapid eye movement behavior disorder, a sleep disorder that caused him to act out his dreams in a way that could cause serious harm.



Hyperbole and a Half



Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Comic artist, and writer of the blog Hyperbole and a Half, writes about her struggles with depression. This book is illustrated with her signature quirky artwork.



Born a Crime



Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, comedian and host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, was born during the final years of apartheid in South Africa. In this memoir, he recounts his experiences growing up and being hidden from the outside world. His existence was proof that his parents committed a crime punishable by prison time, being a biracial couple.




Furiously Happy


Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson, author of the blog The Bloggess, examines her lifelong battle with severe depression and anxiety.