The 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor

The Thurber Prize is one of America's premier awards for humorous literature.  A single winner is selected by a panel of humor writers (often past prizewinners themselves), and receives a $5,000 prize purse.

This past week, the 2018 prize was awarded to Patricia Lockwood for her memoir Priestdaddy.


About the Book

"Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates “like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972.” His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church’s country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, their two worlds collide. 
 
"In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence—from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group—with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents’ household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. 
 
"Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition."

 

Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

Winner, 2018 Thurber Prize for Humor


Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374537777
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 5th, 2018

Runner Up, 2018 Thurber Prize for Humor
 


Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735224827
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2018

Runner Up, 2018 Thurber Prize for Humor