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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 http://www.thethingis-thenovel.blogspot.com.

Charmed

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.

Another Erma

book jacket coverLori Duff’s work has been compared (not by her mom) to Erma Bombeck and David Sedaris. In her two books, Mismatched Shoes and Upside Down Pizza and The Armadillo, the Pickaxe and the Laundry Basket, she writes about her “life in the burbs, a la Erma, only it is 2016 and I am a lawyer and my husband is the one who stays at home.”

Laugh With Kathy

Laugh With KathyBeing diagnosed with cancer can be frightening, but it also gives you license to get away with a lot of things you wouldn’t do otherwise. Kathy Lariviere finds humor in the diagnosis, treatment and survival of the disease in Laugh With Kathy. Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving, Kathy gives us a glimpse of what it takes to beat breast cancer.  Read along as she blows up pumpkins, throws eggs and uses her bald head to shame bad drivers. Laugh with her as she finds interesting ways to thumb her nose at some of cancer’s indignities. Lariviere began publishing stories about her journey through breast cancer in her blog, whose 5,400 followers include patients, caregivers, friends and medical professionals.

Extravagant claims

Hippocampus MagazineDr. David Novick’s article, “Stakeholders,” appears in the March 2016 issue of Hippocampus MagazineThe piece captures some of the absurdities in medical practice today, especially electronic health records.

Grandfatherly advice

Grandfather Knows BestWhat guy takes his granddaughter to the aquarium and spouts fish puns all day? In Grandfather Knows Best: A Geezer’s Guide To Life, Immaturity, And Learning How To Change Diapers All Over Again, nationally syndicated humorist Jerry Zezima writes about the joys of grandparenthood and the things one man will do for the little girl who has captured his heart. He’s the author of the Leave It to Boomer and The Empty Nest Chronicles and serves as president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Wipe that smile off

Wipe That Smile Off Sammy SportfaceBlogger Sammy Sportface has published his first ebook, Wipe That Smile Off Sammy Sportface. The self-published tome is a scattershot compilation of sports and everyday life humor essays.

Reflections of Erma