Whether we’re escaping from our kids, our bosses or our twitter feed, one thing is for sure: we all need a little time to unwind. One of our favorite ways to slough off the stress is to disappear into a good book and it’s even better if that book is one that will make us smile. When we read Samantha Irby’s We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., it did exactly that. Through personal essays that cover topics as far-ranging and intimate as embarrassing bodily functions and online dating, Irby tells stories that made us laugh and cry and want to be her best friend. After we wiped our tears and finally stopped giggling, we were hungry for more. Not only that, we thought that a side-splitting collection would be the perfect thing to breathe new life into our most favorite of activities: our book club meetings. To help make your next get-together especially enjoyable, we gathered together a list of books by women who confront life’s ups and downs with hilarity and wit. Fame, motherhood, aging and more are explored in these personal essays and memoirs by writers whose raw, personal stories are deeply funny and true.
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby
“As close to perfect as an essay collection can get.” —Roxane Gay
Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., “bitches gotta eat” blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form.
Live Fast, Die Hot by Jenny Mollen
“Mollen employs her singular wit to confront the anxieties of motherhood and finally growing up.” —People
By the author of I Like You Just the Way I Am and a frequent Chelsea contributor, an outrageous collection of personal stories about motherhood, responsibility, and other potential disasters.
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
“Wickedly witty. . . . Crackling sharp. . . . Fireworks shoot out [of this collection].” —The Boston Globe
With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older.
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer
“Will make you wish Greer was your wacky best friend.” —People
Judy is a refreshingly honest, self-deprecating, and totally relatable guide to Hollywood life, speaking candidly about what it’s really like to shoot on location, to go to the Oscars, and to feel like you’re building a tortoise career in a town full of hares.
Shiksa Goddess by Wendy Wasserstein
“Gut-wrenching, life-affirming . . . show[s] how powerful good writing can really be.” –New York Post
Shiksa Goddess collects thirty-five of playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s urbane, inspiring, and deeply empathic essays–all written when she was in her forties, and all infused with her trademark irreverent humor.
The Slippery Year by Melanie Gideon
“A self-deprecating, wickedly funny and mildly philosophical reflection on marriage, mothering, middle age and the march toward life’s meaning.” —Bookpage
Melanie Gideon’s hilarious memoir is a disarmingly honest take on marriage and motherhood by a woman who realized she was sleepwalking through life and decided she needed to do something about it.