Funny women: a reading list

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Since the internet decided that 2016 was the worst year ever (although I tend to agree with this New Yorker article when it says that no, in fact, it wasn’t), perhaps now is a good time for everyone to turn their attention away from negativity and instead focus on the escapism that books can provide. The kind of escape I’m talking about isn’t sci-fi or fantasy. I’m talking about non-fiction. Specifically, memoirs written by funny women. Even more specifically, audiobook versions of memoirs that are narrated by the funny women who write them.

I became an audiobook convert years ago and haven’t looked back since. I listen on my walk to and from work, while I’m cooking or cleaning, and when I’m standing in line for any reason and want to ignore the mindless conversations of those around me. So basically all the time.

Once I discovered the joy of listening to audiobooks narrated by people who make you laugh, I was hooked. I didn’t know who Jenny Lawson or Caitlin Moran were but I still listened to them narrate their own stories, and now I love them. These women have brought me so much joy through their words, and they’ve made me look completely nuts while walking down the street, laughing out loud or just smiling from ear to ear, which tends to weird people out. Since I’m sure we have some pretty shitty days ahead of us in 2017 (has anyone checked if Madonna is feeling okay? How about Stevie Nicks?), take my advice and start listening to some of these audiobooks ASAP.

If you know of any amazing memoirs that I’ve missed, I hope you’ll leave me a comment so I can add it to the list.

by Tina Fey

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson

Yes Please
by Amy Poehler

How to Be a Woman
by Caitlin Moran

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
by Lauren Graham

Seriously… I’m Kidding
by Ellen DeGeneres

Wishful Drinking
by Carrie Fisher

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
by Mindy Kaling

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer

I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
by Nora Ephron

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