9 Books by funny women

books by funny women

Who couldn’t use a laugh now and then? We all know that besides books, laughter is the best medicine. Here are some selections from notoriously funny women that you may know about, and some you may not know about. Whether it’s self-help, humorous inspiration or just plain old good fiction, you’ll be laughing when you read these books by funny women.

Mi Diarrhe by Miranda Sings

From YouTube famed comedienne Miranda Sings comes her personal ‘diarrhe’ for your entertainment and enjoyment. Read Miranda’s story through her eyes, complete with baby book photos, emotional teen angst, dating scene drama and how she became famous. She tells about some of her very funny ‘firsts’ and shares secrets that will have you cracking up.


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

If you loved her on Saturday Night Live and in Baby Mama, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please should be next on your #TBR list! This inspirational humorous book is filled with personal stories, lists, poetry and the only type of advice Amy can deliver. Chapters include “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” where you’ll find her writing honest and real. Ahem, Yes Please!


The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

If you’ve seen the movies Girls Trip and Night School, you may be familiar with Tiffany Haddish’s off-beat humor. In The Last Black Unicorn, the actress opens up about her life – from making people laugh at a young age in order to survive to how she made money, to wanting a boyfriend. Her stories of how she came from nothing to becoming a household name will inspire and uplift.


Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

A classic in its own right, if you haven’t read Bridget Jones’s Diary, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. Bridget, a self-aware ‘singleton’ is always looking to improve herself. She resolves to lose some weight and find someone to have a relationship with. Enter two men, and well, if you don’t know the rest, get the book now for tons of laughs as Bridget Jones navigates work, love and life.


The Pisces by Melissa Broder

We’ve all heard the story of The Little Mermaid, but The Pisces brings us the fantastical story of an entrancing ‘Merman.’ Lucy has gone to Venice Beach to dog-sit for her sister when she comes across a mysterious and attractive swimmer. Through realism and fantasy, Melissa Broder weaves a story about love, lust and the meaning of existence.


Bossypants by Tina Fey

Another great book from a Saturday Night Live alum – and a star in about a million comedies on the big screen – Tina Fey knows what funny is. In her bestseller Bossypants, she shares her story as no one else can. Full disclosure: I couldn’t read the book because the hands on the cover totally grossed me out (but I know it’s an amazing read!).


Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life by Laurie Notaro

Pick up any of Laurie Notaro’s hilarious books and you’re in for a good time. In Housebroken, she shares domestic bliss with readers – stories on her misfortunes when it comes to cooking, cleaning and other stuff in the domestic arts. Irreverently witty, Notaro shares her best stories on keeping house.


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

OK, so maybe a whole wedding party coming down with food poisoning isn’t all that funny. But when you throw in the bride’s sister and her nemesis the best man, now we’re talking. Olive and Ethan are the only two that haven’t been hit with the food poisoning that left everyone sick. So, why shouldn’t they go on the honeymoon planned for the bride and groom, and what could possibly go wrong when two people who can’t stand each other head to Maui pretending to be newlyweds?


You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

Personal and political, Phoebe Robinson offers a humorous look at the pop culture and politics of today’s world. She shares what it’s like to be the “black friend” who loves U2 and Billy Joel (not just for white people) and what it’s like to be followed in stores by security guards. And people ask her all the time if they can touch her hair. No! Just no! Don’t touch Phoebe Robinson’s hair, but DO read her book!

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Stephanie Elliot

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit www.stephanieelliot.com.

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