Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget

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Remember ironing your hair? Rolling it in soda cans to straighten it? Lacquering it with enough spray that it could ward off bullets? Ever slather on cement-colored lipstick so heavy, you looked like a zombie princess? Remember hot pants and platform heels? The danger of patent-leather shoes? Were you a secretary, nurse, or teacher, but only, as our mothers urged us, until you found “Mr. Right.” In her new book, LAUGH OUT LOUD: 40 WOMEN HUMORISTS CELEBRATE THEN AND NOW…BEFORE WE FORGET, Allia Zobel Nolan and 40 funny ladies from the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop chronicle these blips in time as they look back at life in the past lane. Zobel Nolan and the other dancing queens then fast forward to today and write about what it’s like to blink and wake up to be 50, 60, 70, and beyond—experiences ranging from cremation ceremonies to marrying younger men, from senior online dating to finding yourself a menopausal maniac in Mexico.

Laugh Out Loud was a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Humor Book Awards.

Praise for Laugh Out Loud

“In the spirit of Erma Bombeck, one of the greatest humorists of all times, this collection celebrates the voice of women who are smart, strong and funny,” writes Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, New York Times’ bestselling authors of I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses, in the opening pages of the book. “From yoga poses to funeral arrangements to dating mishaps, these stories will not only entertain but also remind us that life is too short not to laugh.”

Betsy Bombeck, Erma’s daughter, says Laugh Out Loud  honors her mother’s “sense of the ridiculous and shines a brilliant spotlight on the inane.

“The stories in this book reflect a philosophy she always believed: ‘If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.’”

“Don’t read it with a mouthful of coffee,” says authors Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff.