Humor Book Reviews

Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying
by Alen Klein

An excellent book helping you to benefit from the therapeutic use of humor to handle stressful situations.  In addition to helping someone cope with the death of a loved one, it would also be a valuable book for dealing with other forms of loss.   Loss of a job.  Loss of a relationship.  Loss of health.

The book is divided into five sections:  Losing, Learning, Letting Go, Living and Laughing.  The content is delivered in bite-sized pieces which make it easy-to-read and also adaptable to being read in a daily-devotional format, allowing you to reflect and implement a tip-a-day.  It’s also sprinkled with dozens of uplifting quotes from well-known people in the field of self-help.

Allen is an award-winning author and speaker.  I loved the book.  It was inspiring, fun, and motivating.  Highly recommended.

 And Here’s the Kicker
by Mike Sacks

The book features 21 interviews with top humor writers.  Although you’ll probably recognize some of the writers (Dave Barry, Dick Cavett, Al Jaffee), it’s likely that you won’t immediately recognize many of the writers’ names , unless you’re a person who is glued to the credits at the end of a TV show or movie. 

Each writer’s interview is introduced with a one-page biography which will impress you and put the writer’s experience into perspective.  Although some of the names will be new to you, they are the magic behind-the-scenes, responsible for dozens shows you will recognize and love.  Lots of great insights into the craft of writing humor from experts in the trade.

The book includes a six part segment on, Quick and Painless Advice for the Aspiring Humor Writer (finding an agent, getting published, getting a writing job, etc.).

A lengthy book filled with insights for the serious student of humor.  Highly recommended.