Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death
by Victoria Zackheim (Goodreads Author)
There’s nothing funny about dying … or is there? Malachy McCourt, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and 22 more share hilarious and moving stories of confronting death. Exit Laughing makes death more approachable as it reveals the funny side of “passing on.” As painful as it is to lose a loved one, Exit Laughingshows us that in times of grief, humor can help us with coping and even heal...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by North Atlantic Books
(first published January 1st 2012)
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It just seems wrong to enjoy a book about death as much as I enjoyed Exit Laughing edited by Victoria Zackheim. The authors wrote true short stories about the death of someone meaningful in their life. All of the authors were authors I knew or authors I will want to know. There were short bios at the end of the book which aided in this-many of these authors I am going to want to look up and read further. I admired all of the contributors for sharing often private, intimate moments. The subtitle...more
Victora Zackheim shares true stories from some of our country’s finest authors, including Malachy McCourt, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Barbara Graham, Ellen Sussman, and so many others. Exit Laughing makes death more approachable as it reveals the funny side of “passing on.” As painful as it is to lose a loved one, Exit Laughing shows us that in times of grief, humour can help us with coping and even healing. Exit Laughing is beautifully written, giving the reader permission to laugh and allowing them t...more
My family & I are big advocates of using humor to cope. I find it especially interesting that I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway right after my dad died. I recommend this book be read a few stories at a time, rather than sit down and read all at once, as I found some of the stories & personalities started to run together in my mind if I read too many in a row. If I were to rate the stories individually, they would run the whole scale from 1 - 5 stars, as some of them I had...more
Wonderful collection of stories by mostly famous writers. The tales told by Jacquelyn Mitchard (a visit to a state mental institution following the death of her young husband), Barbara Abercrombie (unexpected love for an unexpected near stepfather) and Dianne Rinehart (a father's unexpected death after finally finding love and happiness after years of abuse from her unhappy mother) make the book. Recommended for all, whether you've lost someone close to you (yet) or not.
I think the topic is an excellent one, but I didn't really find it funny as some supposedly did. There were moments of irony and absurdity (of sorts), but not the "laugh out loud" experience I was expecting. The selections - some excellent, some so-so, which of course, is often the case with anthologies. Having spent time with my mother when she was dying, I can say that the things that were recounted were very real - and for that I give it three stars.
I picked this book up looking for essays to use in a class I was teaching on Writing Grief. I found several essays that I enjoyed in this book that I was able to use, and one I could not use, but that is because each time I read an excerpt to someone, or even recounted the story, I laughed so hard that tears streamed down my face. In fact, I don't even know if I can type "Kitty...Mimi" without laughing. Not all of the essays were gut-achingly funny,some only offered a chuckle or two, but overall...more
It seems strange to say there can be humor in death but I've found this true myself (more after the fact.) These authors tell such personal, poignant, and yes funny accounts. At first I jotted down names of the authors whose stories I really loved, but before long I realized that was most of them. I was particularly delighted see Starhawk included in this wonderful collection.
Victoria Zackheim is the editor of four anthologies: The Other Woman, For Keeps, The Face in the Mirror, and He Said What? (2011). She is also the author of The Bone Weaver, a novel, and story developer/writer of the documentary film Tracing Thalidomide: The Story of Frances Kelsey (On the Road Productions) and writer of the film More Than A Lord's Daughter: Ida Byron Lovelace (On the Road), as we...moreMore about Victoria Zackheim...