Days Like This

Good Writers on Bad Luck, Bum Deals, & Other Torments

A collection of personal essays (and a few short stories) by many of our favorite writers who were given the prompt, “My ________ From Hell” and set loose. The results—which cover everything from online dating to the death of a childhood classmate—are often laugh-out-loud, frequently heart-rending and sometimes downright jaw-dropping.

Contributors include: James Patterson, Anne Lamott, Mary Roach, Yiyun Li, Meghan Daum, and many others.


The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater

21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image, and Other Hazards of Being Female

In this collection of laugh-out-loud essays, nothing is sacred, and nothing is unsaid. Brazilian bikini waxes; nursing nightmares; boob jobs; jiggly thighs; overzealous sweat glands; and pure, shameless vanity—it’s all in here. These smart, honest tales from 21 hilarious writers take a close look at our obsessions with the physical, from the horrors of adolescence to the heartbreak of stretch marks. We all know we worry about our looks too much, but these women tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth about our tragicomic relationship with our bodies. Reading this book is like a great night out with your best friends—only funnier, and without the ensuing hangover.

Contributors include: Samantha Schoech, Beth Lisick, Laura Fraser, Tara Bray Smith, Molly Watson, and Mary O’ Connell


Tied in Knots

Funny Stories from the Wedding Day

In stories that expose the less-than-fairy-tale side of the Big Day, guests, brides, moms, and maids describe dysfunctional dresses and indecisive brides, odd-ball in-laws and disappearing rabbis, unsuspecting grooms and drunken dancing all in uproariously funny detail. The frazzled bridesmaids, dictatorial wedding planners, worried mothers, and berserk brides herein resurrect an old truism: we will look back on this and laugh.

Whether you’re an invitation-obsessed bride-to-be or a wannabe bridesmaid, a groom who’d rather be married in swim trunks or a Xanax-packing mother of the bride, these real-life wedding stories will ring true for anyone who’s ever planned for the Big Day.

–Stephanie Rosenbaum, author of The Anti-Bride Guide


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