The Benchley Roundup, by Robert Benchley
“Benchley taught me how to create and then mine a comedic worldview with details gleaned from everything all around me. As I read and reread this collection of his essays from the 1930s, I marveled at how he effortlessly blended hilarious observations about the indignities and insanities of everyday life into a larger stew of real lunacy.”
Recommended by Merrill Markoe, a humorist and the author of eight books, including, most recently, Cool, Calm & Contentious ($15, amazon.com).
To buy: $20, amazon.com.