Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death

Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death

by Victoria Zackheim (Editor)
Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death

Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death

by Victoria Zackheim (Editor)


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There’s nothing funny about dying … or is there? Malachy McCourt, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and 22 more share hilarious and moving stories of confronting death. Exit Laughing makes death more approachable as it reveals the funny side of “passing on.” As painful as it is to lose a loved one, Exit Laughing shows us that in times of grief, humor can help us with coping and even healing. 
Best-selling author Amy Ferris explains how her mother’s dementia led to a permanent ban from an airline. Ellen Sussman writes of flying her mother's body home and watching the burial wardrobe spill out on the baggage carousel. Broadway and television actor Richard McKenzie shares the riotous story of a funeral procession led by a lost hearse. Bonnie Garvin even manages to find a heavy dose of dark humor in her parents’ three unsuccessful attempts at a double suicide. These stories, along with tales from Joshua Braff, Barbara Graham, Dianne Rinehart, and more, constitute a book whose purpose is to remind readers that when dealing with illness, aging, and dying, there is an important place for laugh-out-loud humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583944073
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Series: Io Series , #71
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Victoria Zackheim is author of The Bone Weaver, a novel, and the editor of five anthologies: The Other Woman, which was on the national bestseller list in Canada for several weeks, For Keeps, The Face in the Mirror, and He Said What?. Her play based on five essays from The Other Woman will begin a six-week theater run in summer 2012. Zackheim teaches Personal Essay in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences, non-profit educational and philanthropic organizations, and book fairs. A 2010 San Francisco Library Laureate, she is actively involved in social media including Facebook, Goodreads, Redroom, Shewrites, and the AARP Writers Forum. A graduate of UCLA (BA) and San Francisco State University (MA), she lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Another Expiration Date Malachy McCourt 1

The Last Laugh Jacquelyn Mitchard 7

Up Here Amy Ferris 13

Kitty... Mimi Karen Quinn 21

A Cold Awakening Dianne Rinehart 31

Baby Blues Jenny Rough 47

Cleavon Victorious Michael Tucker 59

Into The Light Barbara Lodge 65

Caraway Seed Cake Carrie Kabak 81

Death and Denial Barbara Abercrombie 97

Suburban Animation Joshua Braf 109

Measuring Grief Benita Garvin 117

Decca's Potty Kathi Kamen Goldmark 137

My Pet Dead Mole Zoe Fitzgerald Carter 145

Have Fun at The Funeral, Girls Sam Barry 157

Death With Dignity Sherry Glaser-Love 165

My Grandfather's Chicken Soup Aviva Layton 175

She Laughed Until She Died Victoria Zackheim 187

Tragedy Plus Time Christine Kehl O'Hagan 199

I Could Die Laughing Leon Whiteson 213

The Belle of Pittsburgh Barbara Graham 225

Burial Ground Richard Mckenzie 237

Virgo Starhawk 249

Fly With Me Ellen Sussman 271

Acknowledgments 275

About The Contributors 277

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