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A Fine and Pleasant Misery

by Patrick F. McManus & Jack Samson Henry Holt and Co. (April 15, 1981)

“A hilarious compilation” (Los Angeles Times), A Fine and Pleasant Misery gathers twenty-seven witty, cautionary tales of the outdoor life from beloved humorist Patrick F. McManus in a collection edited...

They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?

by Patrick F. McManus Henry Holt and Co. (September 15, 1982)

With tongue pressed firmly in cheek and a gentle but penetrating eye for human foibles, Patrick F. McManus celebrates the hidden pleasures, unappreciated lore, and opportunities for disaster to be found in the...

Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs

by Patrick F. McManus Henry Holt and Co. (October 15, 1988)

America's favorite outdoor humorist is back with an outrageously fresh collection of stories. He introduces a variety of friends old and new, and takes readers to many exotic locales outdoors and indoors.

The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw

by Patrick F. McManus Henry Holt and Co. (May 15, 1990)

America’s “most gifted outdoor humorist” (Detroit Free Press) regales readers with this collection of gut-busting, man vs. nature tales originally published in such magazines as Field & Stream and Outdoor...

The Grasshopper Trap

by Patrick F. McManus Henry Holt and Co. (September 15, 1986)

Patrick F. McManus, the “funniest guy in the Outdoor Life and Field & Stream gang…offers another bag of whimsy in the Great Outdoors”* with The Grasshopper Trap.

In this collection of thirty zany stories,...

Real Ponies Don't Go Oink!

by Patrick F. McManus Henry Holt and Co. (June 15, 1992)

Bestsellers by America's favorite humorist:

A Fine And Pleasant Misery

They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?

Never Sniff A Gift Fish

The Grasshopper Trap

Rubber Legs And White Tail-hairs

The Night The Bear Ate Goombaw


Never Sniff A Gift Fish

by Patrick F. McManus Henry Holt and Co. (September 15, 1984)

More humorous observations and insights into the agonies and ecstacies of hunting, fishing, and camping by the author of They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?and other celebrations of life in the wild.

The Good Samaritan Strikes Again

by Patrick F. McManus Henry Holt and Co. (August 15, 1993)

With “a style that brings to mind Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, and Garrison Keillor” (People), Patrick F. McManus delivers another stellar collection of witty cautionary tales of the great outdoors in The Good...

Timing of Biological Clocks

by Arthur T. Winfree Henry Holt and Co. (November 15, 1986)

"A clock," writes Arthur T. Winfree, "is not much good if you can't pull out its stem and set it."

Similarly, the most critical property of biological clocks--which rhythmically organize the processes of life--is...

Bad Bridesmaid

by Siri Agrell Henry Holt and Co. (February 06, 2007)

A laugh-out-loud look at the most underrated supporting role in today's maxed-out wedding world, featuring "bad bridesmaids" who've had enough taffeta to last a lifetime

I just can't have any negative energy...

Hottest Heads of State

by J. D. Dobson & Kate Dobson Henry Holt and Co. (January 30, 2018)

TigerBeat for U.S. presidents—a tour of our nation’s history through its irresistible commanders-in-chief

Is there anything hotter than former U.S. presidents? Obviously, there is not. And yet, until now,...

Queenan Country

by Joe Queenan Henry Holt and Co. (April 01, 2007)

In this hilarious romp through England, one of America's preeminent humorists seeks the answer to an eternal question: What makes the Brits tick?

One semitropical Fourth of July, Joe Queenan's English wife suggested...

Balsamic Dreams

by Joe Queenan Henry Holt and Co. (June 01, 2002)

The author of the bestselling Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon takes aim at the boomer generation in a hilarious work of social commentary.

It's become fashionable to vilify baby boomers. Professional...

Talk Show

by Dick Cavett Henry Holt and Co. (November 09, 2010)

The legendary talk show host's humorous reminiscences and pointed commentary on the great figures he has known, and culture and politics today

For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation's most famous personalities...

True Believers

by Joe Queenan Henry Holt and Co. (April 01, 2004)

Bestselling author Queenan explores the world of sports fans in an attempt to understand the inexplicable: What does anyone get out of it?

For Yankee, Cowboy, and Laker fans the answer is fairly clear: the return...

If at Birth You Don't Succeed

by Zach Anner Henry Holt and Co. (March 08, 2016)

“Hilarious and inspiring, Anner has made a life filled with fans, love, and Internet fame—reminding us that disability is no match for dreams.”—People (Book of the Week)

“Zach Anner is way more than...

It Ended Badly

by Jennifer Wright Henry Holt and Co. (November 03, 2015)

A history of heartbreak-replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip-and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time

Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval...