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Still crazy

Award-winning comedy writer, producer and retired stand-up comedian, T. Faye Griffin (In Living Color, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, BET’s ComicView, Black Girls Rock), celebrates her “funnyversary” with this rollicking compilation of original jokes, quips, anecdotes, wit and a smidgeon of wisdom from the pages of her favorite social media platform. Still Crazy: A Decade of Social Media Meanderings by a Recovering Stand-Up Comedian soared to the top of Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Humor and Entertainment Short Reads” after Labor Day.

Imagined dilemmas

Keys To The Truculent Me contains 50 odd (as in “off-kilter,” not “he lost count after 50”) essays in which author John Branning dissects the most mundane of topics (among them: cats, toilet paper, the Kardashians) and finds something objectionable about nearly all. He himself is not above criticism, documenting it in this collection with scrupulous accuracy before eviscerating whomever launched the unjustified attack. Often petulant, frequently irritated, occasionally profane — but always funny — whether you share John’s viewpoints or not, you’ll alternate between laughing with and at him. Mostly at him.

Angel bumps

Anne Bardsley‘s newly released Angel Bumps: Hello From Heaven features a collection of heartwarming essays that “will console anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.” Published by Mills Park Publishing, the book features a number of pieces from EBWW attendees. It soared to the top as one of Amazon’s “hot new releases” in religious essays. Read a sample essay here.

Art of caring

Life offers plenty of rewards, adventures and opportunities. It also presents us with setbacks and challenges. Eventually, we all must come to terms with loss. In a new edition of her acclaimed book, If I Could Mend Your Heart (Shorehouse Books, 2017), St. Paul author and retired pediatric hospital chaplain Mary Farr walks readers through sorrow and back to a path toward whole-hearted living. This is her fifth inspirational book.

Digital diagnosis

After his doctor makes a typo in his medical record, Mike Moskowitz almost loses his life in a most hilarious way. In the newly published The Moskowitz Codecomedic author Joel Bresler captures the essence of Jewish humor in the personalities of his characters. Bresler, whose writing style has been described as “literary silliness,” is the author of two other humorous books.

Tweeting secrets

In a newly published book, Get 10,000+ Twitter Followers Easily, Quickly and Ethically, Cathy Turney offers a step-by-step guide for building a Twitter audience. “With a disarming sense of humor” and helpful illustrations, Turney shows even the most nervous technophobe how to grow a flock of followers.

Unbucket list

Fighting midlife inertia, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley stares down a year of fear through what she calls The 52/52 Project. Her exploits range from visiting a nude beach with her 75-year-old mother to going on a raid with a vice squad and SWAT team to crashing a wedding — where she accidentally catches the bouquet. While finding her courage in the most unlikely of circumstances, Sherry ultimately finds herself.  For midlifers, fatigued parents and anyone who may be discontent with their life and looking to shake things up, try new things, or just escape, Finding My Badass Self is proof it’s never too late to reinvent yourself — and that the best bucket list of all may be an unbucket list.

SAD!

From humorist/storyteller Dylan Brody comes the opposite of a self-help book. The Modern Depression Guidebook promises to help readers get the deepest possible lows and experience the darkest possible blues in a joyous and darkly funny exploration of life’s inherent sadness.

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