Podcast fans rejoice! The first collection of excerpts from one of the world’s most popular podcasts is here! In Waiting for the Punch (Flatiron, $27.99), Marc Maron and his producer Brendan McDonald bring us highlights from their podcast, “WTF with Marc Maron.” Maron is equal parts empathy and bitterness, introspection and derision. The honest approach he brings to interviewing encourages open dialogue, not canned Q&A. That authenticity makes this greatest-hits book a treasure trove of insight, and at over 800 episodes, there are loads of interviews to choose from. Arranged by theme—parenting, mental health, success, failure, addiction, to name a few—there is something in here for anyone looking to read hard-earned and frequently humorous lessons from some the world’s wisest personalities and most entertaining celebrities.
‘In the Older Days there were no women which is why you don't come across them in history lessons at school’ is just one of many highly accurate facts you will learn from this delightful short book. Trouble with Women will not only entertain you and make you sputter and laugh, it will also perfectly explain the election results. It’s history with a heavy dose of snark and sarcasm, making fun of misogyny in the best possible way. Give it to everyone.
Luvvie Ajayi, popular blogger at Awesomelyluvvie.com, brings her wit, irreverent views, and fierce humor to her collection, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. In her collection of insightful essays, Ajayi ridicules the spectacle of pop culture, from the never-ending iterations of The Real Housewives series to click-bait headlines driving fake news. This is Ajayi’s guidebook for navigating our super-connected digital world. However, it’s not all jokes in this poignant debut. Ajayi shines brightest when she takes on racial justice. In a moving essay about the story of Sandra Bland and policing in America, Ajayi gets at the core of what is so jarring about the current state of the country. It’s a brilliant strategy; by discussing the ludicrous, Ajayi creates a bond with the reader, allowing space for more difficult and transformative conversations. In a world full of judgment, Luvvie is here to remind us of our flaws, our mistakes, and how we are in need of deep reflection. More than anything, she’s here to remind us there is still a space, and hope, for meaningful connection, and we can still laugh while doing it.