Humor is, of course, subjective. What one person thinks is funny, the next person thinks is boring. I have often read books that people tell me are funny, only to leave the without a single chuckle. Conversely, I often find things screamingly hysterical, and other people just look at me like I’ve lost my mind when I say so.
The one exception to this rule is Erma Bombeck. I’ve yet to meet a soul who did not appreciate Erma Bombeck’s Wit and Wisdom. I have been privileged to attend the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop for two times now. While everyone who attends is different in their focus and humor, we all have something in common – a love of the funny, however we define it. Not long after the 2016 conference, Allia Zobel Nolan got the brilliant idea of making a compilation of humorous pieces written by women from the workshop.
The result is “Laugh Out Loud.” I am proud, honored, humbled, excited, and all those positive words to be in there. Not only am I in there, but I am on page 69, which makes my teenage son giggle. I hugged Allia for that one.
Because there are 40 different authors, there are 40 different styles and senses of humor. If you don’t find something in there that strikes you as funny, well, then, you can’t really claim to HAVE a sense of humor.
The ‘theme’ of the book is ‘then and now.’ There are pieces about what it was like then and pieces about what it’s like now, and pieces (like mine) about how then meets now and maybe clashes a little bit.
It’s a great book, great for gifts and for your own pleasure.
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Lori B. Duff is an award-winning author who practices law on the side. Her latest book, “If You Did What I Asked in the First Place” was awarded the Gold Medal for humor in the Foreword INDIES awards in 2019. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here. If you want Lori to help you market your book, click here.