12 Funny Books About Dysfunctional Families

Families are often depicted as picture-perfect, but the truth is, dysfunction can lurk behind even the most cheerful smiles. Embracing the humorous side of familial chaos, these 12 books delve into the riotous realm of dysfunctional families, offering uproarious tales that will have you laughing out loud. Ranging from fiction to memoirs, this curated list guarantees a rib-tickling exploration of family dynamics that will leave you chuckling and nodding your head in recognition.

“The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls recounts her unconventional upbringing in a family led by eccentric parents. This memoir captures the hilarity amidst the chaos, as Walls navigates a childhood filled with eccentricities and audacious adventures.

“Running with Scissors” by Augusten Burroughs

Prepare for unapologetic laughter as Augusten Burroughs takes you on a wild ride through his unusual childhood. In this darkly humorous memoir, Burroughs shares absurd anecdotes about his turbulent upbringing, highlighting the eccentric characters he encountered.

“The Family Fang” by Kevin Wilson

Combining humor and heart, Kevin Wilson weaves an unforgettable story about a family of performance artists. This offbeat novel captures the quirks and shenanigans of the Fang family as their unconventional artistic endeavors intersect with their personal lives.

“The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel is a wickedly funny portrayal of a dysfunctional family battling over an inheritance. With a cast of flawed but endearing characters, this book delves into the hilarious and often absurd dynamics that unfold when money is at stake.

“This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper

Jonathan Tropper delivers a darkly comedic tale of a dysfunctional family forced to come together for a week of mourning. As tensions rise, awkward moments ensue, resulting in a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud exploration of family bonds.

“The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin

While not solely focused on family dysfunction, Gabrielle Zevin’s charming novel brings forth a motley cast of characters who influence the life of a curmudgeonly bookseller. This heartwarming and witty tale will have you grinning from ear to ear.

“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson, known as “The Bloggess,” shares uproarious tales from her unconventional upbringing in this memoir. With a delightful mix of absurdity and wit, she presents a laugh-out-loud account of her quirky family’s antics.

“We’re All Damaged” by Matthew Norman

In this hilarious novel, Matthew Norman crafts a tale of a man returning to his dysfunctional family in Omaha after a failed marriage. As he tries to rebuild his life, he confronts a parade of absurdities that will keep you giggling throughout.

“Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan

While primarily a satirical look at the world of extreme wealth, Kevin Kwan’s novel also explores the complexities of familial relationships. With extravagant humor and jaw-dropping scenarios, this book provides a fresh and funny take on family dynamics.

“Dad Is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan

Comedian Jim Gaffigan channels his trademark humor into this hilarious memoir about life with his large and raucous family. Gaffigan’s witty observations and self-deprecating anecdotes make this a must-read for anyone who loves a good laugh.

“The Wangs vs. the World” by Jade Chang

Jade Chang’s debut novel follows the Wang family as they embark on a cross-country journey to reclaim their lost fortune. This witty and touching story explores cultural clashes, generational conflicts, and the absurdities that arise along the way.

“Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a master of crafting humor out of everyday life, and his collection of essays in this memoir is no exception. With biting wit and self-deprecating humor, he shares hilarious stories about his dysfunctional family and his own misadventures.

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