“Do you know what depression is? It's sitting in your doctor's examination room. In a paper dress. On a cold table. And it's the high spot of your week.” (from "Dumpy Paper Dress--March 31, 1977," which appears in Forever Erma)
Kim Bongiorno, author, freelance writer and award-winning blogger behind Let Me Start By Saying, is best known for her parenting humor, from 140 characters on Twitter to essay form in The New York Times bestseller, I Just Want to Pee Alone. She has had more than 1,000 articles published online and in print, appeared in eight humor anthologies, self-published a collection of short fiction, wrote a young adult novel, taught writing and online presence at conferences, received praise for her social media presence from the likes of Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and The Today Show, and creates something new every day. Kim lives in New Jersey with her handsome husband and two charmingly loud kids, who she pretends to listen to while playing on Facebook and Twitter.
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An everyday suburban housewife liberates herself from her peanut-butter-and-jelly life and flees to Mexico to pursue her dream of living as a hot tamale in Dr. Linda Sonna’s latest book, Tortillas & Peanut Butter: True Confessions of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler.
With Midlife Happy Hour — Our Reward for Surviving Careers, Kids, and Chaos, Elaine Ambrose boldly writes her latest kiss-my-attitude book as a sassy sequel to Midlife Cabernet. Ambrose shares her festive life experiences and career-crushing anecdotes as she explains how to remain relevant after age 50, why grown children make great travel companions, and how to balance midlife without falling over. She includes humorous accounts from her various speaking engagements, including some silly events at the recent Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Ambrose notes that her feminine mystique sprung a leak after years of competing as a funny female in a serious male job market. Now the hard work is done, and she invites midlife women to join her for Happy Hour. The book is available in paperback, eBook and in audiobook as read by the author.
Life doesn’t end at 40. It just gets really, really weird. In Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age, humorist Kara Martinez Bachman takes on middle age with a kick-a** Generation X attitude and a willingness to try anything. Bachman’s comic essays recount her many absurd adventures in her forties, providing a field guide for women blazing their own unconventional trails through the jungle of middle age.
Angie Klink served as an editorial adviser for a 48-page commemorative book, Celebrating the Historic Presidential Campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Other First Women in Government published by the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), of which she is a board member. Available in hardcover or an e-book, it can be ordered here.