Jerry Lewis has it wrong. For years he’s been stumbling over the idea that women can – or can’t – be funny. OK, he’s 88 years old, so maybe we should cut him a little slack and not go straight to what an uber-schmuck. On the other hand, come on dude! It’s almost 2015, do we really need to have this discussion?
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Today’s literary world offers an abundance of evidence that women have not only cracked the comedy glass ceiling, they have busted right through that bitch. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham, Chelsey Handler, and Sara Silverman are just a few of the many women who have penned hilarious best sellers and have sold millions (not a typo) of copies.
In the interest of sharing the love, supporting the sisterhood, and promoting laughter for all, I present to you Kimba’s 12 Broads of Christmas. All of these women have written heartfelt laugh-out-loud books, many of them published just this past year. Most of these gals also have wonderful blogs that are worth following and sharing.
Looking for some ideas for presents for the women in your life? Check out these books and maybe pick up something for yourself because you deserve to laugh too.
The 12 Broads of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas… yeah, I’m not going to do that. You’re welcome.
1. A personal favorite is Vikki Claflin’s new book Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s. My father-in-law had Parkinson’s, so I’ve seen it up close and personal. I’m in awe of Vikki’s gift for portraying life with this disease in a way that makes you laugh, not cringe.
2. Leslie Marinelli is the editor of You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth, and Other Things You’ll Only Hear from Your Friends In The Powder Room. This anthology of witty short stories from 39 funny-as-hell women writers definitely dispels any misconceptions about the abilities of women to make you laugh.
3. Gina Barreca has penned several books, my favorite being It’s Not That I’m Bitter Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World. You should also check out They Used to Call Me Snow White… But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor. Gina is the godmother of funny women writers.
4. This past year I discovered Elaine Ambrose and her wonderful Midlife Cabernet Life, Love & Laughter After Fifty. This is not Elaine’s first book; I plan to check out her other books in 2015.
5. Tracy Beckerman’s Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs is a fun read with chapter titles such as Sometimes Eating Like a Grown Up Means Giving Up the Cheez Doodles.
6. Crystal Ponti is a contributing author for Clash of the Couples: A Humorous Collection of Completely Absurd Lovers’ Squabbles and Relationship Spats. Crystal, Meredith, and Camille will have you smiling, laughing and uttering Oh, I SO get that.
7. Jen Mann’s national best seller People I Want to Punch In the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges, was just released this past September and it’s already garnered over 200 reviews – 144 five-star endorsements! It’s a laugh riot, I promise. 144 people can’t be wrong.
8. Marcia Kester Doyle’s Who Stole My Spandex?: Midlife Musings from a Middle-Aged MILF is a first for Marcia, though she has contributed to several anthologies. I see many funny books in her future.
9. The Big Book of Parenting Tweets: Featuring the Most Hilarious Parents on Twitter (edited by Kate Hall) has been out less than a month and it’s already generating exceptional buzz.
10. The “Bloggess” – aka Jenny Lawson – took the publishing world by storm in 2012 with her NYT bestseller Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Nearly 2500 reviews! She’s the gold standard for funny, smart writing.
11. Stacey Gustafson’s Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives covers the bases when it comes to all methods by which a gal can lose her mind. It’s a hilarious send-up of what women deal with on a daily basis.
12. To round out our dirty dozen (and to also make my publisher happy) I’ll add my book I Was In Love With a Short Man Once. It’s not that I’m in the same league as these women, I’m just a broad wannabe. But, a gal can dream, right? Be on the lookout for the second book – Magic Fishing Panties – in 2015.
BTW, book reviews are the gift that keeps on giving for authors. Please consider posting a few reviews for these books. I know these women will most definitely appreciate your kindness.
Do you have a favorite woman writer you would like to recommend?