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And here’s the kicker

And Here's the KickerMike Sacks has re-released a longer version of his 2009 book, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers, complete with an extra 200 pages and never-before-seen interviews. In June, Viking/Penquin published his fourth book, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers. He has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Radar, Funny or Die, MAD, New York Observer, Premiere, Believer, Vice, Maxim, Women’s Health and Salon. He has worked at The Washington Post, and is currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair.

It’s a book!

Kin We're Not Related ToWanda M. Argersinger and Jody Worsham credit the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop for bringing them together to collaborate on the newly published Kin We’re Not Related To As Told By Mabel and Maybelle. Even though Jody claims, “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthing no book,” the two have sent out a “birth” announcement. Congrats to the proud authors!

Rants and reflections

Wholehearted LivingJennifer Grant has two new books coming out in fall 2014. Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels releases in October and is endorsed by theologians of various flavors — and even comedy talk show host Pete Holmes. Her other new release, Wholehearted Living: Five-Minute Reflections for Modern Moms, lands in November. Jennifer is the author of two previous works of nonfiction: Love You More and MOMumental. She lives with her husband, four children (and a mutt named Shiloh) outside of Chicago. Find her online at and on Twitter @jennifercgrant.

Humor on a slice of wry

Helene Cohen BludmanHelene Cohen Bludman recently reviewed several humorous books — Delia Ephron’s new book of essays, Sister Mother Husband Dog and Stacia Friedman’s Tender is the Brisket and Nothing Toulouse — on her blog, Books is Wonderful: Telling My Story One Page at a Time. She gives a thumbs up.

Are you kidding me?

Gustafson_Front_LO 092614Stacey Gustafson, author, humor columnist and blogger, has published her debut novel, Are You Kidding Me? My Life With An Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives. It’s available on Amazon and Kindle. You can also check it out by visiting her blog, Are You Kidding Me?

A hero’s journey

The Evil Stepmother SpeaksBarbara Goldberg, a mom, stepmom, business woman and life coach, has published a book, The Evil Stepmother Speaks: A Guide for Stepfamilies Who Want to Love and Laugh. It’s in paperback and on Kindle and other e-readers. It’s also available by visiting the Evil Stepmother Speaks blog.

A haven for columns

ColumnistsGarret Mathews, a retired Courier and Press (Evansville, Ind.) metro columnist, has published Columnists: While We’re Still Around. The book provides “a haven for columns of more than two dozen men and women of similar mind who entertain (or entertained) countless readers with their prose,” he says. His first book, Favorites, is available online for free.

Manliness to Manilow

JFrom Manliness to Manilowoel Schwartzberg’s second book, Small Things Considered: Moments From Manliness to Manilow, is now available from Wyatt-McKenzie Publishing. An award-winning humorist, essayist and screenwriter, Schwartzberg has published work in NewsweekThe New York Times MagazineNew Jersey Monthly, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, The Star Ledger, and “in the flimsy pages” of regional parenting magazines around the country. In 2009, he published his first book, The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad.

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