I take reading seriously, which is why I like to read things that make me laugh. So, I offer you a list of what has made me laugh–all awesome, some laugh-sad, others bittersweet-happy–all heart-filled and real.
- Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell. Her first essay, “Shooting Dad”, makes me laugh-cry (every time). It involves politics, her dad, a canon, and respect.
- Anne Lamott…. Uh, all of her books? My favorite is: Operating Instructions where she recounts the birth of her son, Sam, and how her life changed. Written with authentic hilarity.
- Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, by Michael Perry. Perry returns to his hometown in Wisconsin where he joins the volunteer fire department and really sees his community for what it is: awesome, strange, and real.
- Confessions of a Recovering Slut by Hollis Gillespie. It’s as interesting as the title. Gillespie decides to settle down and the antics ensue piled on top of stories of her interesting upbringing. Written with rawness and moments of “wha?” interspersed.
- Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Who doesn’t want to read about a herd of goats, an old Victorian mansion, dream chasing, love, the land, and the most unlikely of scenarios? The opening chapter will be sure to pull you in with a smile on your face.
- The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker. Imagine how lonely it must be to be a young, overweight, female, Mormon in New York City. This is Baker when we meet her, and she shares her story full of transformation, and courage as she unpacks her past and who she is in a wonderful and candid way.
- A Girl Named Zippy and She Got up off the Couch and Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel. I really appreciate Kimmel’s voice and ability to tell her story about growing up in a small-town in the Midwest. She was a quirky kid whose youthful observations are a joy to read.