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Growing up, every Wednesday morning started with my father reading B.C., The Far Side, Beetle Bailey and Hagar the Horrible in the Sunday edition of the Anchorage Daily News. Reading the news three days late was how life happened in Alaska in the 80s. It took that long for the mail plane to arrive to our village (in good weather). Listening to our father explain the intricacies of B.C.’s prehistoric life problems or The Far Side’s sciencey observation jokes certainly shaped the sense of humor my brother and I have today.

Probably the funniest book I’ve ever read was Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods.” Bryson’s hilarious descriptions of trail life, camping gear, blisters, animal encounters and other hikers had me laughing out loud in many sections. In rural Alaska, most people are outdoorsy and prepared for survival situations because they live it every day. To read Bryson’s stories of inexperience in the wilderness was shocking and entertaining.

If you like humor, wit and wacky observations, there are several books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing that might tickle your fancy in just the right place. Try these and if you’re not in stitches by the end of the first chapter, you let me know!

You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday SuitYou Can’t Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit by Sharon Phennah

WARNING: POSITIVE IMAGES OF OLDER FOLKS AND INTELLIGENT PETS INSIDE

If you’re alive, you’re aging . . . but You Can’t Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit smashes senior living stereotypes! Zany families, eccentric friends, and ne’er-do-well neighbors inhabit the labyrinthine lives of three women friends as they live through one puzzling “Golden Year.”

A surprise visit from local law enforcement, a younger friend’s romantic disasters, and the death of a parent all combine with daily life—laundry, scones, senior sex—to create one walloping, raucous read. Loquacious pets—critics and alter egos—offer a rich counterpoint to the human dramas affecting their lives. Unfiltered and compelling, this entertaining saga provides readers of all ages with a new and positive view of growing older.

nerdythirtyNerdy Thirty by Wendy Townly

Set primarily in Omaha and small towns throughout Nebraska, “Nerdy Thirty” comically recounts the author’s “nerdy” experiences in elementary school, high school, college, and her twenties, leading up to her 30th birthday. The book celebrates awkward and unusual situations she found herself in, including: camping for the first time; spending a weekend at a rodeo; masquerading for a night as Audrey Hepburn; socializing at a lesbian bar; and finding her voice as a writer.

pieI Hope There’s Pie by Tony Endelman

Tony Endelman is not a rockstar, an athlete, an actor, or a hero of any kind. He’s a twenty-something guy, living in the Midwest, stumbling through life like many of us do and hoping to learn something along the way. I Hope There’s Pie is a collection of eleven personal essays in which Endelman recounts experiences with family, friendship, depression, failure, work, sex, and drugs – and does so with such affecting honesty and utter hilarity that, by the last page, it’s impossible not to feel like you’ve been hanging out with him for years. With a knack for turning the seemingly mundane into the vastly amusing, Tony Endelman just might be one of the next great comedic voices.

randypennyRandy Penny: Cordially F@*#ing with People by Tony Endelman

When Tony Endelman gets bored, he tends to cause trouble. On the internet, at least he can do so under a different name. Randy Penny: Cordially F*#@ing With People Vol. 1 is the first collection of hilariously wacky and all too real email exchanges between Endelman’s alter ego and people that, among other things, use the internet to sell worthless crap. The book, which is sure to make you laugh from first page to last, contains nearly 40 conversations, full-color doodles, and hardly any vulgarities.

– All BQB and WriteLife Publishing books can be purchased at Amazon.com or ordered through your favorite local bookstore. –

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