Reader’s Lounge

by Renee Franklin

With Laughfest yucking it up in Grand Rapids, March truly is the funniest time of the year. Get into the spirit of things and check out these weekend reads for a good laugh and some insight into the personal lives of the reigning queens of comedy.

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Comedy queen Tina Fey takes readers on a hilarious journey from her adolescence in Pennsylvania to performing amateur improv in Chicago to taking the stage as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and beyond. With chapters on the difference between male and female comedians, her near fatal honeymoon and life as a mother eating food off the floor and planning birthday parties, Bossypants has been hailed as sweet, serious, straightforward and “impossibly funny.”


Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler got her start on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade and rose through the comedy ranks on Saturday Night Live to produce and act in movies like Baby Mama and Blades of Glory, and most recently as beloved character Leslie Knopes on Parks and Recreation. The pages of Yes Please are chock full of hilarious anecdotes from her personal life and career, along with photographs, mantras, poetry and advice.


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project actress and producer and star of The Office, delivers a memoir that is hailed as a true original. The book deatils her life growing up in New England as the overweight child of immigrant parents to the working as a production assistant on a psychic-TV cable show to rocketing to fame via a Ben Affleck impression. Kaling skillfully weaves together observations about body image angst, best-friend duties, women in rom-coms and much more.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

by Amy Schumer 

Schumer’s collection of essays muses on everything from self-love to the hustle of Hollywood. Described as a “poignant, yet shockingly amusing book,” a steady stream of subtle and not-so-subtle jokes flows through the pages of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo while the author explores feminism, politics and her personal life.


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