On the Hold Shelf: Funny Lady

Posted Nov 24, 2014

The 2010's have so far been the decade of the funny, smart woman. Think SNL's sketch comics turned superstars like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, TV's female-driven comedies like New Girl and The Mindy Project, and reality TV personalities like Kathy Griffin and Chelsea Handler. And then they all write books, too, because that is what smart people do these days. Can't wait to get your hands on the newest - Amy Poehler's Yes, Please and/or Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl? Satisfy your need for witty, smart, and downright powerful memoirs by comical women with these picks.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Kaling is just.plain.funny. She channels a lot of her own personality into her character on The Mindy Project, Dr. Lahiri, but reading her memoir you'll see the real Mindy is even more over the top - but more brilliant and far more put together than Dr. L. 

I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50 by Annabelle Gurwitch

Actress and comedian Gurwitch has written several humorous memoirs, but in this one which covers the topic of aging, she has really hit her stride. She's confident, bawdy and does not ask for forgiveness. At the same time, she does what any good essay writer should by touching a chord with readers over issues such as taking care of both her parents and her children.

Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin

Griffin has made a career out of making fun of herself (and others, too, but mostly herself). In Official Book Club Selection, she pays homage and says thanks to her mentors - lest we think she's heartless. In the same breath she shares insider celebrity gossip in the perfectly catty way only she can.

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