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Project Ex

Project ExHelen Reese recently published her debut novel, Project Ex. She’s also a contributor to Listen to Your Mother, a collection of essays released last spring that highlights motherhood’s joys and challenges. In addition to her day job as social worker, Helen has worked as a freelance writer and publicist.

Rural rituals

Whitley County KidAmy McVay Abbott’s entertaining book, Whitley County Kid, is now available on Kindle. It’s her fourth collection of essays about life in the rural Midwest in the 1960s.

A change of plans

There's Been a Change of PlansBlogger Amy Koko bears her soul in her witty, bittersweet memoir, There’s Been A Change of Plans: Divorce, Dating & Delinquents in Mid-life. In the literary tradition of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Koko’s memoir details her journey from hearing the news that her husband is in love with a blonde, thirty-something Swiss pastry chef to trying everything from thong underwear to a mini-facelift to save her marriage, only to see it die in the parking lot of gas station.

Mr. Selfie

Mr. SelfieThurber Prize-winning humorist Dan Zevin has published The Little Miss and Mr. Me Me Me Parody Series, described as hysterical parodies that feature “adorably damaged adults who’ll make you laugh (and cringe) in recognition.” Two of his previous books, Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad and The Day I Turned Uncool, were optioned by Adam Sandler, and the latter is now being developed as a sitcom by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Furiously happy

Furiously HappyIn Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson (“the Bloggess”) explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny says she does best. O, The Oprah Magazine says “Lawson’s self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak…in a real and raw way.” In 2012, she published the wildly popular Let’s Pretend This Didn’t Happen: A Mostly True Memoir.

Getting schooled

Preschooled“Captivating and relentlessly funny, Preschooled is a brilliant, sublime romp through today’s Pre-K jungle,” says author Jenna McCarthy of Anna Lefler’s new comic novel. She’s also the author of The Chicktionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, The Words Every Woman Should Know, which the Chicago Tribune called “a wry celebration of modern femininity.” Click here to watch the hysterical book trailer.

Plan B

The Promise in Plan BMary I. Farr’s latest book, The Promise in Plan B: What We Bring to the Next Chapter of Our Lives, has been published by Shorehouse Books. She is the author of five books including the critically acclaimed If I could Mend Your Heart and Peace (Intersections Small Group Series). She has dedicated her life to exploring the worlds of hope, healing and humor.

A pile of BS

The Road to SuccessThe “BS” stands for “Business Stories.” But these aren’t tales about working in the Depression, spun by your grandfather as he dreamily inhales from his pipe. The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar is a chance for corporate America to laugh at itself through observations gleaned from Greg Schwem, a stand-up comedian who has spent nearly 20 years performing for some of the nation’s largest and most profitable companies. He’s also a nationally syndicated humor columnist for Tribune Content Agency. View a funny video about his newest book here.

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