Gr 9 Up-An edifying, if somewhat dry, study in which 15 five- to ten-page essays are divided among three chapters: "Sources of American Humor," "From Regional to National Types," and "The Twentieth-Century Transformation." Specific works that are covered in depth include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Invisible Man, Catch-22, Catcher in the Rye, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Slaughterhouse Five. The articles are relatively easy to read. Each one begins with a brief summary of its main argument to help novice readers and researchers discern its value. There are only two illustrations-a photo of The Three Stooges and a drawing from Huckleberry Finn. The book does, however, include a number of valuable quotes and occasional lengthier passages from important works about humor, such as a page from Mark Twain's "How to Tell an American Story." The chronology spans the years 1637-1996, "For Further Research" is three pages long, the contents page is annotated, and the foreword discusses "The Evolution of American Humor." Absent from this volume is much consideration of the great female humorists, especially Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Parker. However, it is a solid work.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.