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Do you have a millennial child or grandchild? Check. Do you want to be the world’s coolest parent or grandparent this holiday season? Check. Carry this Book (Viking, $25) is your golden ticket and hands-down the quirkiest, winningest stocking stuffer of the year. Sprung from the effervescent imagination of Abbi Jacobson, one half of the feminist comedy super-duo behind the Comedy Central hit Broad City, Carry this Book is filled with beautiful, pen-streaked, hand-drawn illustrations. Jacobson imagines what lies in the bags and pockets of the famous; here are her renderings of the things carried by historical figures ranging from Gandhi (a soccer ball and fake teeth) to Anna Wintour (Chipotle Burrito card, “extra guac always”). This is a sly and warm commentary on our new celebrity culture—on the things that truly make us all who we are, when social media isn’t watching.

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ISBN: 9780735221598
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Published: Viking - October 25th, 2016

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The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor (Touchstone, $26) is the first anthology ever produced by the venerable humor magazine, which began in 1876. President Ulysses S. Grant is said to have been warned against reading the Lampoon as it would leave him “in stitches” and unable to lead the government. Since then, contributors to the magazine have gone on to write for The National Lampoon, The New Yorker, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and many other publications, movies, and TV shows. Included here are some very funny people, including B.J. Novak, Henry Beard, Andy Borowitz, George Plimpton, Conan O’Brien, John Updike, and Patricia Marx to name just a few.

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ISBN: 9781501109850
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Published: Gallery Books - November 15th, 2016

I’m familiar with Aziz’s standup and TV characters, so I picked up Modern Romance expecting to laugh a lot. I did, but what I didn’t count on was how much I would learn. Ansari’s trademark excitable humor acts as a palatable sidekick to a nobler goal than mere comedy. He blends the laughs with some actual sociological insights into relationships in the 21st century—how has technology changed us? What are the differences in the ways millennials pursue love versus the way their grandparents found it? He answers these questions, and raises other important ones for you to dwell on—and still gets you to chuckle the entire time.

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ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780143109259
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2016