The best books by authors who make me laugh

Marilyn Simon Rothstein Author Of Crazy to Leave You
By Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Who am I?

Children were seen and not heard when I was growing up in Flushing, Queens, where I had one tree in front of my house. I moved to Connecticut as an adult and now I look out on woods and bears sneaking into my garage. The result of my silent childhood is I’m an excellent listener and an even better eavesdropper—superb traits for a writer. I owned a Connecticut advertising agency for most of my adult life then realized I could make less money if I became an author. My first book was published when I turned 63—which is amazing because I'm only 40. 

I wrote...

Crazy to Leave You

By Marilyn Simon Rothstein,

Book cover of Crazy to Leave You

What is my book about?

Forty-one years old, the last of her friends to marry, and down to a size 12, Lauren Leo is in her gown and about to tie the knot. There’s just one thing missing: the groom. With one blindsiding text, Lauren is unceremoniously dumped at the altar. In the aftermath, her mother is an endless well of unsolicited advice. Her sisters only add to the Great Humiliation: one is planted on Lauren’s couch while the other is too perfect.

Picking her heart up off the floor, Lauren turns to her work in advertising as she gathers the courage to move on and plan her next step. With a new way to measure love and success, Lauren chucks her scale―and finds a second chance in the most unexpected place.

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High Maintenance

By Jennifer Belle,

Book cover of High Maintenance

Why this book?

Let me start by saying I adore every book by bestselling author Jennifer Belle, from her debut, Going Down, to her latest, The Seven-Year Bitch. Belle is witty, wonderful, and truly New York, New York. Here I will discuss High Maintenance, her top-of-the-charts, five-star love story between a woman—and an apartment. Protagonist Liv Kellerman is engrossing. Upon leaving her husband and a fabulous penthouse, Liv relocates to a hovel in Greenwich Village that is certainly from the “beat” generation. In her efforts to be top floor again, she becomes a realtor in the cutthroat Manhattan market. You won’t want to put this one down.


Small Admissions

By Amy Poeppel,

Book cover of Small Admissions

Why this book?

Have you ever read a book by Amy Poeppel? Well, her books are humorous, and I am partial to smart New York writers who make me laugh. I love when a reader tells me she had to get out of bed while enjoying one of my books because her husband complained about her laughter. Amy’s first book, Small Admissions, reveals the killer race to be admitted to the toniest private schools in Manhattan. Do you have a spouse? Get out of bed to read Small Admissions.


Last Summer at the Golden Hotel

By Elyssa Friedland,

Book cover of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel

Why this book?

I want to go to the Catskills with Elyssa Friedland. I need to do some dirty dancing and eat until I can’t eat anymore. Not this weekend. But maybe back in 1970. I just know Elyssa and I would have a fabulous time. The best I can do now is to recommend Elyssa’s charming book, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel. I laughed and so will you when you read about one family’s effort to save their ramshackle Catskills hotel.


A Replacement Life

By Boris Fishman,

Book cover of A Replacement Life

Why this book?

Boris Fishman made his debut with the story of Salva, a journalist for a long famous magazine asked to forge Holocaust-restitution claims—by and for his grandfather, a Russian immigrant living in South Brooklyn. Soon Salva achieves the American dream—a something from nothing business writing false claims.  It seems there’s a neighborhood full of people who can use his writing services. I loved this novel, a tender and wise study in the meaning of family, loyalty, and justice. Tragedy meets comedy in A Replacement Life.


Let's Go for a Drive!

By Mo Willems,

Book cover of Let's Go for a Drive!

Why this book?

My family loves to laugh, and we introduce our children to books that build the funny bone. For this reason, I have a copy of every picture book written by the delightful Mo Willems. Hands down, my favorite is Let’s Go for a Drive! Here’s the story: Elephant and Piggie amass the accessories necessary to spend a day tooling around town. We’re talking sunglasses, a map, an umbrella. They are set to go when they realize they don’t have a car. Somehow, the two friends make the best of it. Good news: There are 25 Elephant and Piggie books to enjoy again and again.


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