Over the last few months, I’ve read three books of essays by three very funny women:
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
- Cool, Calm & Contentious by Merril Markoe
I think there’s somethings wrong with me. I just didn’t find any of these books laugh out loud funny. There were humorous bits, and parts that made me smile, but overall? I didn’t love them. Is it just me? I think it’s just me.
I like essay books, so I don’t think that’s what’s off. I love David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, and Laurie Notaro. Maybe I’m expecting too much. Maybe knowing how funny these women can be, I have set my expectations at unattainable levels. Poor ladies. Will Tina Fey ever forgive me for being the one reader in all of America who didn’t swoon over her book? Somehow, I think she’ll get over it.
For certain, I would recommend these books if you like funny writing. I would recommend Bossypants and Cool, Calm, and Contentious more so than Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? While that book is funny, it lacks the depth that the other two books have.This may be due to the age and experience of the writers – Tina Fey and Merill Markoe have been in the comedy business far longer than Mindy Kaling, have fought more of the gender battles, and dealt with more love, loss, and dirty diapers/dogs respectively. Mindy is no Kelly Kapoor, but her book’s level of introspection feels like a Kelly when compared to the Liz Lemon levels of the other two books. (Did I take that metaphor too far?) Any of these books would probably be good to pack with your beach gear.
So in conclusion, these are probably funny and I have no idea what I’m talking about.