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Memoirs, essays and life lessons from the women we love

Memoirs, essays and life lessons from the women we love. It’s always easier to pick something to read when someone thrusts a list at you. And so, in the order of preference, here’s our recommendation of the funnies.

brunch Updated: Jun 20, 2015 17:25 IST
Saudamini Jain
Saudamini Jain
Hindustan Times
Brunch Book Challenge

Memoirs, essays and life lessons from the women we love. It’s always easier to pick something to read when someone thrusts a list at you. And so, in the order of preference, here’s our recommendation of the funnies.

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1. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran: There’s nothing more annoying than dumb women who hate being called feminists. So hand them a copy, and tell them that “Without feminism, you wouldn’t be allowed to have a debate on women’s place in society. You’d be too busy giving birth on the kitchen floor – biting down on a wooden spoon, so as not to disturb the men’s card game”.

2. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman by Nora Ephron: Essays about growing old, it’ll charm you with its honesty. It’s full of great advice like “Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from”.

3. Bossypants by Tina Fey: For anyone who loves 30 Rock or Saturday Night Live. This isn’t Fey at her best but “it’s an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove that it doesn’t exist”. Listening to her narrate the audiobook is incredible, though.

4. If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma Bombeck: This book, a compilation of essays on family and motherhood, was published in the 1970s and you’ll love it as much as your mum or grandmum would, even though it’s a bit dated.

5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: Vera Mindy Chokalingam is not your average Indian-American and this memoir is not an immigrant story. But if you watched The Mindy Project, you already knew that. It’s part how to be a comedian and part how Mindy got so funny. (It is funny.)

6. Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart: You probably haven’t watched her sitcom, Miranda, but you should because it’s very, very British and very, very amusing. And Hart is very much the queen of British comedy.

7. Not That Kind Of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham: If you’re a 20-something, you have got to watch Girls, because the show is either about you or people you know. She does come across as selfish and self-obsessed (like her character on the show) but isn’t that what they say about all millennials anyway?

8. Yes Please by Amy Poehler: The unfunniest on the list, which is a pity because it is also the newest. It would’ve been much funner if we didn’t have to hear her whining about how hard writing is. If you read Bossypants, read this next.

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