Female Hysteria

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Call us whatever you like: females, women, girls, ladies, babes. I'm sorry if any of these terms offend you. I'm not trying to make you girls angry. All I really want to do is share the names of some really funny chicks and the books they've written. By funny, I don’t mean that they are odd, although some of them might be.

It was a bit of luck when I stumbled across Cool, Calm & Contentious, the latest book by Merrill Markoe. Remember her?  She was a writer for and ex-girlfriend of David Letterman. What good luck for us that it didn't work out between the two of them. We  might never have benefited by the wisdom of her experience. Would  Merrill Markoe's Guide to Love and How to Be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me have ever been written? I think not.


Before reading Markoe, you might want to take a look at How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. Moran is pretty smart for a woman, and I'm sure she has some really sage advice to share. She was only 15 by the time she finished her first novel. (This was facilitated by the fact that, according to her, she had plenty of time on her hands due to a lack of friends.) But seriously, she must have something interesting to say, she won the British Press Awards’ Columnist of the Year award in 2010 and was named Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011.

If taste and decorum are rules to live by, then please don’t read Official Book Club Selection. All kidding aside, Kathy Griffin’s book is filled with her brand of humor, which might sometimes run toward the tasteless, but it surprised me by being a good autobiography with more than a few serious moments. On the other hand, Sarah Silverman’s The Bedwetter is a bit raw and, if you don't shock too easily, worth a peek.

If you only have time for one book written by a really funny broad, pick up Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and get a bit of insight into how the girl with the really bad haircut on the back cover of the book became one of the funniest women in America.