Exit Laughing by Victoria Zackheim
How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death

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The stories offer what I would characterize as a sigh of relief, a sense that life will go on.
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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 Laughing shows us that in times of grief, humor can help us with coping and even healing. 
Best-selling author Amy Ferris explains how her mother’s dementia led to a permanent ban from an airline. Ellen Sussman writes of flying her mother's body home and watching the burial wardrobe spill out on the baggage carousel. Broadway and television actor Richard McKenzie shares the riotous story of a funeral procession led by a lost hearse. Bonnie Garvin even manages to find a heavy dose of dark humor in her parents’ three unsuccessful attempts at a double suicide. These stories, along with tales from Joshua Braff, Barbara Graham, Dianne Rinehart, and more, constitute a book whose purpose is to remind readers that when dealing with illness, aging, and dying, there is an important place for laugh-out-loud humor.

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About Victoria Zackheim

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Victoria Zackheim is author of The Bone Weaver, a novel, and the editor of five anthologies: The Other Woman, which was on the national bestseller list in Canada for several weeks, For Keeps, The Face in the Mirror, and He Said What?. Her play based on five essays from The Other Woman will begin a six-week theater run in summer 2012. Zackheim teaches Personal Essay in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences, non-profit educational and philanthropic organizations, and book fairs. A 2010 San Francisco Library Laureate, she is actively involved in social media including Facebook, Goodreads, Redroom, Shewrites, and the AARP Writers Forum. A graduate of UCLA (BA) and San Francisco State University (MA), she lives in San Francisco.
Published May 8, 2012 by North Atlantic Books. 305 pages
Genres: Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Aron Row on Jun 29 2012

While most of the narratives are tempered by amusing incidents, others unfortunately dwell uncomfortably on the ordeals of caregivers managing declining seniors.

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Reviewed by Janet Caplan on Jul 11 2012

The stories offer what I would characterize as a sigh of relief, a sense that life will go on.

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