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The long view

Ebook Cover Echoes of Your ChoicesDrawing from the pain and joy of her own life experiences, Sharon Dillon teaches practical methods for living a peaceful and balanced life in her first book, Echoes of Your Choices: Laughter, Peace, and Joy. She’s been a reporter for several newspapers and magazines in Wisconsin and Virginia.

Page turner

Laugh 'til You DieNew England author Sharon Love Cook has published her third Granite Cove mystery: Laugh ’til You Die. Protagonist Rose McNichols, a reporter for the Granite Cove Gazette, moonlights as a stand-up comic at nursing homes. “I actually did this not too many years ago. It’s not a career path I’d encourage, however,” says Cook, who designs her own book covers. Previous Granite Cove mysteries include A Nose for Hanky Panky and A Deadly Christmas Carol.


Where are Pat and Ernie Now?Award-winning humorist Ernie Witham has published his third book, Where are Pat and Ernie Now? He writes a syndicated humor column, “Ernie’s World,” for the Montecito Journal that is syndicated through Senior Wire Service. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Barbara News-Press, various magazines and more than two dozen anthologies. He serves on the faculty of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, where he has taught humor for more than 10 years.

Find your funny

Find Your FunnyBarb Best, 2010 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner, has a new book, Find Your Funny: The Humor Survival Guide for Teens. Co-written with Joanne Jackal, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and former stand-up comedienne, Find Your Funny is a humor survival guide for ages 12 and up. This fun guide is designed to help kids develop a robust sense of humor and empower themselves with the positivity of humor. Larry Wilde, declared “America’s Best Selling Humorist” by The New York Times, calls Find Your Funny, “The quintessential book on the importance of humor in our lives.” No kidding!


MissOMG BOB CoverOlivia Michele Giacomini “Miss OMG” has been writing for decades as a journalist, and in more recent years as a “bloggist.” In her new book, she celebrates the humor of life’s mundane events. From battling belly bulge, to mulling over man-scaping, to conquering the nightmarish fear of bathing suit shopping, she proves that you can either find the bright side to the bull crap in life, or at least find the “funny $#!+.”

Parenting mishaps

CoverSyndicated humor columnist Dorothy Rosby’s new book, I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake From Scratch: Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest (HumorOutcasts Press) is billed as the book for every parent who ever tried to crowdsource her child’s braces, or told her child to be quiet so she could finish reading a parenting magazine, or ever stuck a candle in a peanut butter sandwich and called it a birthday cake.

A little Prozac

TheThingIs-KGerard-300 pixelsThe Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard is a romantic comedy about a crafty therapy dog named Prozac who sets off on a mission to rescue a canine-averse, blocked romance writer who is suffering from protracted grief. The novel deals with serious issues in a hopeful, heartwarming way. Gerard’s work has been awarded many prizes and was a finalist for the Mark Twain House Humor Prize. Learn more at


charmjacketMemoirist and humorist Wade Rouse’s debut novel, The Charm Bracelet, is a tribute to his beloved grandmothers — as well as all our elders — whose stories and lessons helped shape us and make us the people we are. Rouse, a former EBWW faculty member, chose to write under his grandmother Viola Shipman’s name as a way to celebrate her and the bracelet that inspired the book.

Reflections of Erma