Hilarious Summer Reads from Female Comics

Books by Hilarious Women

Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (not to mention Tina Fey’s Bossypants) are the perfect summer reads. The only problem is, they’re so good you’ll devour them in a single sitting. Looking for something else to bring on the laughter pangs? Check out this list of stellar books for the funny female enthusiast!

I Was Told There’d Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley. This book of essays comes recommended by David Sedaris himself. Think of it as a better, funnier, younger, less rich version of Sex and the City. Actually, don’t think of it as Sex and the City at all. Crosley writes about her awkward years, the joys of playing Oregon Trail, and plenty of other topics that Candace Bushnell wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot stiletto.

People Are Unappealing: Even Me, by Sara Barron. You may be familiar with Sara Barron from the porn she wrote at age 11, entitled “The Porn” and featured in nostalgic embarrassment book Mortified. In People are Unappealing, you’ll see the world through Barron’s eyes, including tales about her strange parents, suburban trials and tribulations, and misadventures in the Big Apple, all buoyed by the author’s dark, bone-dry sense of humor.

I Don’t Care About Your Bandby Julie Klausner. Love books about love? Even better, love books about breaking up? If you think you’ve seen it all, think again. Subtitled, “What I Learned From Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, Felons and Other Guys I’ve Dated,” this book lets Klausner air her hilarious grievances on all manner of dysfunction and every kind of wimpy dude. If you’re tired of dating whiner after whiner, start commiserating with Klausner.

Seriously…I’m Kidding, by Ellen Degeneres. If you love Ellen’s standup and talk-show banter, then you’ll double-love her quirky, quippy take on everything from Twitter to meditation to Finding Nemo. She offers some insight into her relationship with Portia (spoiler alert: they’re the sweetest couple ever), her “diary,” and how she lives on a daily basis. Plus, there’s a coloring book inside for kids (or crayon-happy adults). Basically, this book has it all.

The Most of Nora Ephron, by Nora Ephron. If you just can’t get enough of the late, great Nora Ephron, be sure to snag this gem when it’s released in October. Explore the writer’s very best (or at least her “most”), including musings on breast size, recipes, aging, and When Harry Met Sally. This delicious collection will leave you feeling inspired, in awe, and happy to be a woman (if you happen to be one).

What’s your favorite book by a female comedian?

  • Stellargirl

    How can the Nora Ephron book be a “summer read” if it doesn’t come out until the end of October?