Julie Klausner: TOP TEN BOOKS


Comedy writer Julie Klausner developed a cult following for her podcast, How Was Your Week (“one of the few essential podcasts” according to Jason Zinoman in The New York Times), and her subsequent web series, The Cat Whisperer. Her 2010 autobiographical memoir, I Don’t Care About Your Band, recounted her travails in love and romance with razor sharp wit and a refreshing absence of self-regard. Her latest project is Difficult People, a new series for Hulu, produced by Amy Poehler, in which Kaplan stars with funny guy Billy Eichner.

Below are Julie Klausner’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.


A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole
So funny it's shocking. So brilliant it's unfair.
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John Waters
I grew up quoting this with my older brother, which is pretty much the only reason why I am not lame. Waters should be mandatory reading for every American child in danger of becoming a square.
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Love Dishonor Marry Die Cherish Perish

David Rakoff
I walked away with tears of beauty, gasping for more of him.
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Sex Tips for Girls

Cynthia Heimel
Modern, smart, funny, kind, and as ahead of its time as The Heidi Chronicles.
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Jeff Guinn
If this were the only cultural history of the 1960s you read, you'd get it a whole lot more than most white male boomers who thought the 60s were about making everything cool for everybody, man.
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Cult Movies

Danny Peary
Growing up, I'd highlight the name of every movie in here I'd see, and read the synopses of the ones I was too chicken shit to actually sit through.
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Roald Dahl
Pre-dates LOLCats.com for hilarious misspellings and grammar inconsistencies, plus there are all kinds of passages about what children taste like to monsters.
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In Cold Blood

Truman Capote
The O.G. of the True Crime genre, and literary journalism at its juiciest. Makes Serial look like a mural about drying paint.
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Yes Please

Amy Poehler
A valentine to vulnerability by a wise, strong lady. It helped me embrace my imperfections as self-care.
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I Lost it at the Movies

Pauline Kael
Hail the queen. Nobody used adjectives better, and nobody else quite showed how to make art out of writing about art quite as accessibly, or hilariously. Her ideas about the movies she saw made me understand the way the world is. I can't think of a better writer than Pauline Kael.
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