Holiday for Grown Ups: Funny Girls

Two books at the top of my holiday wish-list are Cool, Calm and Contentious by Merrill Markoe and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.

I love funny books by funny ladies, and these two come highly recommended. (Here are some reviews, in case you’re on the fence about whether you want them too.)

Funny ladies are so in right now, with the success of Bride’s Maids and a slew of new female fronted comedies on the TV. If you’re looking for a gift, or if you’re into keeping all the good things for yourself, here are a couple of suggestions:

The Idiot Girl’s Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro (Her other Idiot Girl books are also fab)

From Goodreads:

“I’ve changed a bit since high school. Back then I said no to using and selling drugs. I washed on a normal basis and still had good credit.”

Introducing Laurie Notaro, the leader of the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends—and that’s before she even puts on a bra.

For the past ten years, Notaro has been entertaining Phoenix newspaper readers with her wildly amusing autobiographical exploits and unique life experiences. She writes about a world of hourly-wage jobs that require absolutely no skills, a mother who hands down judgments more forcefully than anyone seated on the Supreme Court, horrific high school reunions, and hangovers that leave her surprised that she woke up in the first place.

The misadventures of Laurie and her fellow Idiot Girls (“too cool to be in the Smart Group”) unfold in a world that everyone will recognize but no one has ever described so hilariously. She delivers the goods: life as we all know it.

Notaro is laugh out loud, pee your pants a little, and laugh some more, funny. Completely relatable, endlessly re-readable. I defy you not to giggle inappropriately while reading this book.

Are you There Vodka? It’s me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

From Goodreads:

When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power – vodka. You would too if you found out that your boyfriend was having an affair with a Peekapoo or if you had to pretend to be honeymooning with your father in order to upgrade to first class. Welcome to Chelsea’s world – a place where absurdity reigns supreme and a quick wit is the best line of defense.

Don’t get me wrong, Handler’s brand of humor is very specific and decidedly alcohol fueled, it’s also extremely subjective. I read her book My Horizontal Life and didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as this one, and in fact wouldn’t have grabbed this one if a friend hadn’t suggested it. I’m glad I did though. While not as hysterical as Notaro’s book this one by Handler is definitely a fun, funny, irreverent read.

There you have it. Eat, drink, and be funny!

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