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Stories around the table

Stories-Around-the-Table-coverLisa Smith Molinari, author of “The Meat & Potatoes of Life” award-winning blog and column, has written the essay “Secrets of My Success” in the new book Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life. This unprecedented collection of personal stories from more than 40 military family writers became available this fall from Elva Resa Publishing, an independent publisher based in St Paul, Minn.

Humor and hope

Big C, little ta-taFrom leaky prosthetics to DIY tattoos, Janet Sheppard Kelleher takes readers on a zany journey through her breast cancer experience with Big C, little ta-ta: Kicking Breast Cancer’s Butt in 7 Humorous Stories. It’s the perfect elixir for the newly diagnosed, the survivor and the caregiver.

Can anyone say Kahlua?

Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the HolidaysNew York Times’ best-selling author Jill Smokler’s new e-book Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays (Simon and Schuster) is filled with “relatable, hilarious essays on everything from the Santa myth to being seated at the dreaded kids’ table.” A portion of the sales benefits Scary Mommy Nation’s Thanksgiving Project.

Bless Y’Alls

Bless Yalls HeartsLeslie F. Cox recently published her first novel, Bless Y’alls Hearts: When Momma’s A Tarnished Southern Belle. One Amazon reviewer described her writing as “Erma Bombeck meets Lewis Grizzard.”


How I Earned My WrinklesHumorist Anne K. Bardsley‘s book, How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood and Menopause, is inspired by everyday life. Available for the Kindle and in paperback, it’s been described as “funny, wise and open-hearted.”

Death by toilet paper

death_by_toilet_paperDonna Gephart’s new book for tweens, Death by Toilet Paper, has been published by Penguin Random House. She’s celebrating its release by supporting Bess the Book Bus, a mobile literary outreach program that gets books into the homes of underprivileged children and families around the country. You can help promote literacy by either making a donation or buying a copy for a child in need.

We are not all winners

We Are Not All WinnersColumbus writer, two-time winner of the Thurber Treat Award and 14-time runner-up for Father of the Year (as voted on by his family), Noell Wolfgram Evans has just released a collection of short stories entitled We Are Not All Winners. The collection focuses on those everyday moments that are too often overlooked such a stone statue that comes alive with the sole intent of playing bingo or the struggles a spy undergoes when choosing his own torture method.

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.

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