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Cascade FallsCascade Falls, Bruce Ferber’s second novel, explores the failed promise of the American dream. Raised to believe that with hard work, anything is possible, a staggering number of Americans hate their jobs and see little chance of ever escaping the grind. In his tragicomic follow up to the laugh-ridden Elevating Overman, Ferber asks the question: “How does giving up our dreams affect our relationships and our psyches?”

That’s Paris

That's ParisThe newly published anthology, That’s Paris: Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light (Velvet Morning Press), includes a story by Lucia Paul. Her piece, “Chaperon et Liberté,” is a fictional story of a mother chaperoning her son’s trip to Paris, and how she spends the one afternoon she has to herself. Author proceeds from sales of That’s Paris benefit the charity Room to Read, which supports literacy and gender equality in education.

Survival of the fittest

Shopping Survival Guide for MenHumorist Dan Van Oss has published a frank and hilarious guide to every man’s mind-numbing nemesis — shopping.  Shopping Survival Guide for Men uncovers the hidden history and insidious psychology of shopping, including comical bonus quizzes (“Shoe Brand, Kentucky Derby Horse or Hipster Band Name?”) to help men pass the time until they’re asked to haul the bags out to the minivan.

Extraordinary stories

The Message of You JournalLily Tomlin says Judy Carter “is not just funny but she also knows how to help others find their authentic message and communicate it in a way that makes audiences laugh.” Her newest book, The Message of You Journal: Finding Extraordinary Stories in an Ordinary Day, is available in paperback on Amazon and as a downloadable interactive PDF.

A patchwork memoir

You Fall Off, You Get Back OnKirkus Review calls columnist Mary Stobie’s debut book, You Fall Off, You Get Back On: A Patchwork Memoir, “a humorous, thoughtful account with many memorable vignettes.” Her writing has been described as “a cross between Will Rogers and Lenore Skenazy” and “part Annie Oakley, part Erma Bombeck and 100 percent original.”

Loose ends

Keep the Ends LooseMolly D. Campbell’s newest book, Keep the Ends Loose, is now available for pre-ordering. A longtime blogger and lover of quirky characters, she wrote her first book, Characters in Search of a Novel, with illustrator Randy Palmer. She is the winner of two Erma Bombeck Writing Competition awards.

TMI

Too Much InformationLois Swagerty, a humorist from Carlsbad, Calif., has published the first volume of Too Much Information, a collection of humor from her weekly newspaper columns. From aphids to zits, and chin hair to underwear, she serves up a hefty helping of hilarious insights on the world.

Mommy martydom

Tales From SuburbiaBrandi Haas, who blogs at Tales From Suburbia, has published her first book, Tales from Suburbia: You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Live Here, But it Helps. It’s a collection of hilarious stories about surviving motherhood.

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