10 Books for Fans of Maxine Cartoons

    Books by 10 hilarious ladies who tell it like it is

    Crabby Road sourpuss cartoon Maxine has no patience for sugarcoating the truth. And her feistiness has been making the world snicker one Hallmark sentiment–or, as she’d likely put it–one insignificant specialty tchotchke at a time. Her tell-it-like-is ‘tude reverberates through some of today’s funniest ladies. Below, a list of reads written by such female voices that tap into the gripe that dwells in us all. Give ‘em a go. Or don’t. Big whoop if we care.

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    Forever, Erma, by Erma Bombeck

    Take a trip down memory lane with this collection of the celebrated humorist’s blissfully ridiculous columns. Tackling everything from dust to Dear Old Dad, Erma Bombeck’s musings about family life are wry, satirical, and tender all at once. She made millions of Americans of all ages chuckle for decades, and with Forever, Erma, she continues to crack us up from the beyond the grave.

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Open Road Media.

     

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    I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron

    It’s all downhill from here. Literally. The skin will sag, the boobs will hang, and the lids will droop. With dry humor and a hilarious take on all of the things that make womanhood the best and worst, author and filmmaker Nora Ephron chronicles her own peaks and valleys–menopause, aging, empty nest–with laugh-out-loud wit and unflinching honesty.

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

     

     

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    I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me, by Joan Rivers

    If there’s anyone who could get crab-apple Maxine to crack a smile, we imagine it’d be legendary stand-up comedienne Joan Rivers. In the multi-hyphenate icon’s uncensored “love letter to the hater in all of us,” no one is off-limits, not children, not herself, not even Anne Frank. This one’s pee-your-pants hysterics you’ll finish in one sitting.

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

     

     

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    If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t), by Betty White

    A candid memoir from everyone’s favorite Golden Girl, Betty White’s If You Ask Me covers everything from the mystery color of her hair to the tell-all turbulence that goes down behind the scenes of red-carpet affairs. A glorious force of nature, White crafts a collection of thoughtful mini essays that would have even the Queen of Crabbiness in a pool of melt.

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

     

     

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    Bossypants, by Tina Fey

    In this No. 1 national bestseller, Tina “Can Do No Wrong” Fey hits us with her best shot. And it’s a knockout. A biography that trails her path from oddball outcast to household name, Bossypants pulls the curtain back on the fascinating world of modern comedy, and does so with laughs every step of the way. One chapter, and you’ll understand why Elizabeth Stamatina Fey is so universally adored.

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

     

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    Rude Bitches Make Me Tired, by Celia Rivenbark

    If Maxine is the voice of mumbling blue-haired curmudgeons everywhere, consider Celia Rivenbark the authority on how to deal with them. In Rude Bitches, the Southern humorist answers all of the etiquette questions you’re too afraid ask, like “May I have sex in my aunt’s bed on vacation?” and “Who had the Gorgonzola crumbles, and should we really care?” Gym nudity, braggy moms, check splitting–it’s all on the effing table.

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

     

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    Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse, by Phyllis Diller

    The rapid-fire genius who blazed a trail for funny females in the ‘50s and ‘60s and became the zany legend we know her as today co-penned this tell-all, which navigates her pillage to the top. Diller brashly outlines her struggles, both personal, pornographic, and professional, and we can’t help but knee-slap and twitch our smoke-free cigarette holder along the way.

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

     

     

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    Don’t Sleep with a Bubba: Unless Your Eggs Are in Wheelchairs, by Susan Reinhardt

    Syndicated columnist Susan Reinhardt is the Southern-twanged voice echoing the humorous sentiments of such icons as Erma Bombeck and David Sedaris. Here, the funny lady puts her funny bone to work with personal essays detailing love, marriage, and depression. And, like Maxine with her pup Floyd, Reinhardt is also a dog lover, as the hilarity involving a Norelco and her fluffy Pomeranian will reveal.

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

     

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    Secondhand Smoke, by Patty Friedmann

    Author Patty Friedmann delivers a dark comedy about a Southern family whose chronic dysfunction can be traced back to the maternal poison at its epicenter. A hate-spewing cynic who forever dwells within a cloud of cigarette smoke, Jerusha “Ru” Bailey is on her way to bury her military husband and meet up with her two now-grown children, who–of course–continue to bear the scars of her upbringing.

    Download on Amazon.

     

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    The Portable Dorothy Parker, by Dorothy Parker

    Would-be supercentenarian Dorothy Parker was a wickedly funny poet, short-story writer, and satirist, whose brilliance is continually quoted today. Take, for instance, “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone” and “Their pooled emotions wouldn’t fill a teaspoon.” In The Portable Dorothy Parker, trust us, the laugh-‘til-you-cry tears will not only fill a teaspoon, they’ll runneth over.

    Buy it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

     


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