Quick Reviews: A Little Comic Relief

I’ll tell you what I need sometimes. A little comic relief! The three books I’ve listed below have been my escape from stress — and from other books that require more concentration than I have to give on some days.

“People I Want to Punch in the Throat” by Jen Mann

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My Thoughts

Book Cover: "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" by Jen Mann
“People I Want to Punch in the Throat” by Jen Mann

For all the wives and mothers out there who live in suburbia, this book is for you. Who doesn’t want to throat punch the overly sweet mother with the bully for a child? How about the well-dressed, always beautiful, perfect mother who works 80 hours per week and still manages to bake homemade goodies (when you pick up you child from school in pajamas and buy your cupcakes from the grocery store bakery)? And come on! Who hasn’t wanted to throat punch your husband? All you want is to go to the store by yourself to have a few hours alone, but he doesn’t want to be home with the kids, so he makes it a headache-inducing family outing. This book is for you! It’s for all suburban mothers who don’t care to fit into the mom-cliques, but love their families and lives just the same.

Although some of Jen Mann’s suburban mom tales seem a little exaggerated, they are still laugh-out-loud funny and something every suburban mom will relate to in one way or another.

From Amazon

Jen Mann doesn’t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers’ night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker’s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her book.

“All My Friends are Dead” by Avery Monsen & Jory John

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts

Book Cover: "All My Friends are Dead" by Avery Monsen and Jory John
“All My Friends are Dead” by Avery Monsen and Jory John

I discovered this book accidentally. It was used in a hilarious meme posted to Facebook. I don’t typically read children’s books or anything so short in length. However, the title had my attention, and I knew I had to find it. Turns out, it’s adult dark humor that’s written like a children’s book with illustrations and minimal words.

In the book, people and inanimate objects reveal that all their friends are dead. It doesn’t sound like it would be comical, I know, but yet it is in the most corny of ways. For example, there’s an illustration of a gallon of milk with a sad face. Below it, it’s written, “All my friends expired on Tuesday”. A chicken says all his friends are Kentucky fried. It’s a extremely quick, giggle-inducing read for those who enjoy the simplicity of children’s books and a little dark humor.

From Amazon

If you’re a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you’re a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you’re a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children’s book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character’s unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable.

“Dilbert Gives You the Business” by Scott Adams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts

Book Cover: "Dilbert Gives You the Business" by Scott Adams
“Dilbert Gives You the Business” by Scott Adams

I’ve always loved Dilbert, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a collection in book format. “Dilbert Gives You the Business” didn’t disappoint. The comics are arranged by job description instead of date. Some comics appear more than once for this reason. One thing I couldn’t help but notice is the book is a bit dated (beepers are still used). But if you’re old enough to remember using the relics, you won’t mind and will laugh anyway. 

From Amazon

veryone who reads DILBERT and works in an office will appreciate this collection, Dilbert Gives You the Business.

Creator Scott Adams tells it like it is through the insane business world inhabited by Dilbert. If frustration and lunacy are an inevitable part of your workday, appropriate measures must be taken immediately. Andrews McMeel has the perfect antidote to your workplace stress. Dilbert is universally recognized as the definitive source of office humor. What makes this 14th Dilbert book so unique is that it is a collection of the most popular strips requested by fans for reprints and downloads from Dilbert.com gathered together. Arranged by topics for quick reference, this hilarious book is the comprehensive Dilbert source book, sure to alleviate work burnout.

Packed within these colorful pages, fans will find all their favorite characters, including Dilbert, as he encounters daily issues from delegating to decision-making, trade shows to telecommuting, and downsizing to annoying coworkers. It’s business as usual for the Dilbert clan. . . . Dilbert is continually updating his resume, Dogbert continues his pursuit of world domination, Wally strives to do the least amount of work possible, and Alice is eternally frustrated by the Boss. Welcome to the all-too-familiar world of Dilbert-the lowly engineer who has become an icon for oppressed and burnt out workers everywhere!

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