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Hey, I'm in desperate need of a good story with lots of laughs. Non Fiction Please. I love strong, witty, women authors. I'm 29 and kind of at a turning point in my life, where I want to travel and try new things before I have kids. Any suggestions?

Well, the obvious choices for funny—Sloane Crosley and Sarah Vowell—are really, really funny. But I'm not sure what they can do about the turning point at which you find yourself.

So we need to find some women who are funny who are also going through crises. One of the first books that jumps to mind is A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance by Jane Juska. It's about how Juska placed a personal ad in the New York Review of Books that read: "Before I turn 67—next March—I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me." She gains control of her sexuality and her life in a very interesting way.

And Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life looks at a life in a very interesting way. She categorizes all kinds of different subjects in alphabetical order, surveying all the tiny things that make up her life. It's funny and sweet and tender.

If your sense of humor goes to the dry, I'd like to recommend Sylvia Smith's Misadventures, too. It's a memoir about an incredibly dull woman's life. It's not funny in that it's full of zingers. It's more like a very serious person explaining a joke to you in a very, very boring way. And by the end, you've gained more insight than in a million "My Year of..." memoirs. Any of these three would be transformative, I think. And when you want to relax, look up Crosley and Vowell. You'll forget all about your problems.

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