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From humorist/storyteller Dylan Brody comes the opposite of a self-help book. The Modern Depression Guidebook promises to help readers get the deepest possible lows and experience the darkest possible blues in a joyous and darkly funny exploration of life’s inherent sadness.


Mike Sacks’ newest book, Stinker Lets Loose!, is described as “the outrageous 1977 filmatic smash in book form.” A former writer for The Washington Post, he’s currently part of the editorial staff of Vanity Fair magazine. He has written for The New Yorker, Time, EsquireVanity FairGQ, Radar, Believer, Vice, Women’s Health, Salon, PremiereNew York ObserverMcSweeney’sThe New York Times, The Washington Post, Cracked, MAD and other publications. In addition, he has published four humor books: And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft (F+W Press); SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk (Random House); Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason (Tin House) and Poking a Dead Frog: More Conversations with Humor Writers (Viking/Penguin.) The book is a sequel to And Here’s the Kicker. His podcast, Doin It With Mike Sacks, can be found on Itunes.

Of mice and me

Omaha humorist Michael B. Campbell’s offbeat observations have been published in Reader’s Digest and Parent Magazine, and his “Dumpster” essays close every issue of Food & Spirits magazine. His newest book, Of Mice and Me: Thought Droppings, presents 70 new essays, many inspired by his popular humor blog and his coveted weekly email rants as owner of Mick’s Music & Bar.


Julia S. Mandala and Linda L. Donahue’s new humorous fantasy book, Villains in Training, pits bad guys against some nosy do-gooders. “Cooperation” isn’t a recommended course for villains, though.

Almost missed you

Jessica Strawser’s debut novel, Almost Missed You, is an “expertly woven tale of a marriage in crisis with elements of daring, danger, mystery and secrets that will surprise and delight you,” says New York Times’ bestselling author Adriana Trigiani. By day, Strawser is editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine. By night, she is a fiction writer, and, by the minute, she is a proud wife and mom to two super sweet and super young kids in Cincinnati, Ohio. She blogs at There Are No Rules on

Misery Manifesto

Barb Best, who turns hassles into humor one laugh at a time, is the author of the new humor book, The Misery Manifesto: A Self-Help Parody for the Self-Absorbed with cartoons by Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly and Andrew Genn. Her comedy material has been performed by Joan Rivers and her essays, and light verse have been published in numerous print and digital publications. Barb’s books include Find Your Funny: The LOL Survival Guide for Teens with Joanne Jackal, Ph.D., Smiles to Go: Take-Out for the SMILE Hungry with Barbara Grapstein and 100 Fast & Funny: Ha-Musings. She is proud as spiked punch to be an Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner.

THAT shirt?

Told over two summers three years apart, Is That The Shirt You’re Wearing? is a collection of Kristen Hansen Brakeman’s funny and poignant essays about her life and family. From a laugh-out-loud debate with her potty-mouthed first grader to the hazards of shopping in an overly perfumed clothing store with her tween, to helping her husband cope with his diagnosis of prostate cancer, Brakeman tackles it all with wit and humor. The book, to be published in May 2017, is available for pre-orders here.

Hot tamale

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.

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