Several months ago there was a lovely post on this site touting The Ultimate Comedy Library. As a print humorist, I couldn’t help but note, tears-in-eyes, that it was mostly books by contemporary actors and standups. Not people who wasted their one and only life sitting alone in front of a computer trying to think up jokes, in the vain hope, not of fame or fortune let’s not be silly, but someday, maybe, if they’re lucky, making it onto someone’s list of… The Ultimate Comedy Library.
Now just because your dreams are microscopically small doesn’t mean you’re going to get them, and we’re all responsible for our own [...]
This week Julie Klausner’s new book Art Girls Are Easy is out and available to be ready by you. Art Girls is Klausner’s second book, following the How Was Your Week host/Billy on the Street writer/Vulture contributor’s 2010 heartache-chronicling memoir I Don’t Care About Your Band. After Klausner announced the novel’s release date in March, Rookie ran an excerpt from of the novel, which takes place at an all-girls arts camp. If you enjoy Klausner's aforementioned podcast or writing, or just like reading about smart young girls, this is a book that you should read.
Jen Kirkman isn’t asking you to agree with her decision to not have kids. Just quit grilling her about it.
That’s the main point she’s trying to get across in her very funny new book: I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids.
The book is a first for Kirkman, an LA-based comic best known for her Funny or Die Drunk History sketches and, most recently, as a writer and panelist on Chelsea Lately. Like her popular standup act, whose die-hard fans include Paul F. Tompkins, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself includes hilarious perspectives and anecdotes about the confrontations she’s [...]
This week humorist David Sedaris has a new book out called Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. The collection marks Sedaris’s return to his celebrated style of unique personal essays found in his previous books like Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and When You Are Engulfed In Flames after his recent foray into fable-like short stories about animals with his 2010 collection Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. This newest title also has an animal in it, but the book's not necessarily about talking animals, unless maybe Sedaris has encountered one in real life, which could be interesting. His regular non-fiction stories [...]
A lot of people ask stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman about when she’s going to have a baby, even though she doesn’t have any interest in doing so. In order to better explain herself, she's written a book about it. In her new book I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, Kirkman writes about her choice to live child-free, especially in the face of a lot of people all the time asking her why she’s made that choice. A few weeks ago Simon & Schuster released the first thirty pages to read on the Internet, but now you can have a [...]