Books marked with an * are ABTA Book of the Year Award Winners.
Bridge in the Menagerie
by: Victor Mollo
Victor Mollo’s Bridge in the Menagerie is on any list of the all-time top ten books on the game. The stories it contains, originally published in Bridge Magazine and The Bridge World, found a world-wide audience in book form. Everyone can relate to the characters (the Hideous Hog, the Rueful Rabbit, Oscar the Owl, and the rest), the bridge hands are brilliant, and the stories themselves hilarious. This is the book against which all subsequent attempts at bridge humor are measured.
The Hog takes to Precision
by: Victor Mollo
Just about every bridge player in the world has read Victor Mollo’s Bridge in the Menagerie, a book that is on any list of the all-time top ten on the game. Towards the end of his life, Mollo continued to write stories about the same well-loved characters (the Hideous Hog, the Rueful Rabbit, Oscar the Owl, and the rest), but some appeared only in the pages of obscure magazines, while others were never published. Now, for the first time, these lost Menagerie gems are available collected in book form. Victor Mollo is everyone’s favorite bridge humorist, and a genuinely new book from him will be greeted as something to be treasured.
by: Eddie Kantar
Eddie Kantar is not only one of today's best bridge writers, he's also one of the funniest. His two previous collections, Bridge Humor and The Best of Eddie Kantar, have been out of print for some years, and are still much sought after. For Classic Kantar, Eddie has selected the very best stories from the two previous books, and has added many new ones. As always, he pokes fun at the top experts, and chronicles some of the bids and plays they hoped would never come to light (typically, though, there are more of his disasters in here than anyone else's).
The Principle of Restricted Talent (IBPA Book of the Year 2005)
by: Danny Kleinman and Nick Straguzzi
An anthology of humorous stories featuring Chthonic, the bridge-playing robot. The stories draw unmercifully funny portraits of human bridge players, as Chthonic's bridge brilliance and abrasive and ill-concealed contempt for his human creators leave them all in his wake. A particular target is the pompous Director of the Cybernetics Research Institute, whose opinion of his own bridge expertise differs greatly from that of his protégé. Some of these stories have appeared in The Bridge World magazine, where the characters are established as firm reader favorites.
Tales out of School
by: David Silver
Tales out of School is a collection of humorous bridge stories from the witty and satirical pen of David Silver. It will delight readers with the adventures of his alter ego, the hapless Professor Silver, as he struggles towards his own version of excellence despite a malevolent and incompetent administration and a D-grade student body. And as with Mollo and Bird, Silver's selection of fascinating bridge hands makes his stories even more enjoyable. If you enjoyed A Study in Silver, you will love this one too!
A Study in Silver
by: David Silver
This is a second collection of humorous bridge stories from the author of Tales out of School. This time Silver turns his satirical eye on the classics of film and literature: Sherlock Holmes, Moby Dick, and even Dracula cannot escape involvement in Professor Silver's adventures. As always, a wide selection of fascinating bridge hands makes the stories even more enjoyable.
Out of Hand...and Off the Fairway
by: Bill Buttle
Canadian cartoonist Bill Buttle is well-known to readers of The Bridge Bulletin in the USA for his trenchant lampooning of bridge and bridge players. In this, his first collection, he aims his darts not only at bridge players but golfers. This book of hilarious one-panel cartoons will make a great gift for any bridge nut or golf addict.
Go Ahead, Laugh!
by: Jude Goodwin
Jude Goodwin's Table Talk cartoons have been appearing for more than 30 years in the American Contract Bridge League's Bulletin. They capture life the way it really is at the bridge table, whether you play in tournaments or with your family in the kitchen. Flip through the pages, and you'll see familiar situations, partners and opponents. And Jude will make you laugh at yourself for taking this game so seriously...
How to Play Bridge with your Spouse and Survive
by: Roselyn Teukolsky
Even social bridge can be like a roller coaster, where partners rocket up and down together from euphoria to 'you idiot' - while club and tournament bridge are worse still. Indeed, when a married couple play bridge together, they tend to drag the marriage along with them - for better or worse. For the answer to the social dilemma of how to survive bridge games with your spouse, read this book. You will learn to deal with such situations as premarital bridge, bridge with another couple, disaster recovery, romantic weekends, mid-life crises and even children as the critical phases of a bridge marriage are subjected to Ms. Teukolsky's witty and engaging analysis and advice.
Surviving Duplicate Bridge
by: Kathleen Vishner
"Bridge partnerships can be fun. We all know that. Of course, they can also be difficult, maddening, disappointing, and frustrating. We all know that, too. But when the players of these partnerships are also spouses—well that's when things can get downright tricky—and only some of us know that. In this book, Kathleen Vishner shares with you the highs and lows of learning duplicate bridge while partnering with her ever-patient husband, Andy. Follow his attempts to teach her the game himself (not a good idea) and share the emotion that somehow escaped his notice when Kathy played her very first game. And for you teachers out there—helpful 'Hints' throughout the book will remind you of the beginner's mindset and suggest techniques to help students learn and become more comfortable with the game. Many illustrative bridge hands pinpoint typical areas of confusion and explain the reasoning behind the many misunderstandings of a less experienced player."