Recommended Reading List

Resources for your personal and professional development

Books Related to HumorFunny and insightful resources

Achor, Shawn (2010). The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. Crown Books.

Allen, Steve (1998). How to Be Funny/Paper. Prometheus.

Antion, Tom (1997). Wake ’em Up! How to Use Humor & Other Professional Techniques to Create Alarmingly Good Business Presentations. Anchor Publishing.

Apatow, Judd (2015). Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy. Random House.

Bianculli, David (2009). Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”.  Touchtone

Carter, Judy (2001). The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom–The Comedy Writer’s Ultimate “How To” Guide. Fireside Book.

Cousins, Norman (1979). Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient.  New York: W.W. Norton and Co.

Frazier, Ian (2010).  Humor Me: An Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing (Plus Some Great Old Stuff Too).  Seattle:  CCC.

Frieberg, Kevin & Freiberg, Jackie (1996)  Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.  Bard Press.

Garland, Ron (1991). Making Work Fun Doing Business With a Sense of Humor.  Shamrock Press.

Gilbert, Daniel (2006). Stumbling on Happiness. Vintage

Gostick, Adrian & Christopher, Scott (2008).  The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up.  Wiley.

Hemsath & Yerkes (1997). 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work. Barrett Koehler.

Klein, Allen (1989). The Healing Power of Humor.  Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.

Katz, Mark (2003).  Clinton & Me.  Miramax Books.

Knoedelseder, William (2009). I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era. Public Affairs.

Kushner, Malcolm (1990). The Light Touch: How to Use Humor for Business Success.  Simon & Schuster.

Lamott, Anne (1994). Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor Books.

Martin, Steve (2007).  Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life.  Share Productions, Inc.

McGhee, Paul E. (1996). Health Healing and Amuse System: Humor As Survival Training.  Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

McGraw, Peter & Warner, Joel (2015). The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. Simon & Schuster.

Nesteroff, Kliph (2015). The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy. Grove Press

Orben, Robert (2000). Speaker’s Handbook of Humor. Merriam Webster.

Peale, Norman Vincent (1952).  The Power of Positive Thinking. Fawcett Columbine.

Perret, Gene (2007). The New Comedy Writing Step by Step.  Quill Driver Books.

Robertson, Jeanne (1998). Don’t Let the Funny Stuff Get Away. Rich Publishing Company.

Ross, Bob (1998).  Funny Business Solutions &: The Art of Using Humor Constructively.  Arrowhead Publishing.

Sacks, Mike (2009).  And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft [Paperback]. Penguin Books.

Sacks, Mike (2014).  Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers. Penguin Books.

Schimmel, Robert (2008). Cancer on Five Dollars a Day (chemo not included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life.  Decapo Long Life.

Weinstein, Matt (1996).  Managing to Have Fun: How Fun at Work Can Motivate Your Employees, Inspire Your Coworkers, and Boost Your Bottom Line. Simon & Schuster.

Weinstein, Matt & Goodman, Joel (1980).  Playfair: Everybody’s Guide to Noncompetitive Play.  Impact Publishers.

Wilde, Larry (2000). Great Comedians Talk About Comedy. Executive Books.

Books Related to LeadershipGreat management and supervisory resources

Bennis, Warren (1994).  On Becoming a Leader.  Addison Wesley.

Bethel, Sheila Murray (1990).  Making a Difference 12 Qualities That Make You a Leader. Berkley Books.

Brown, W. Steven (1985).   13 fatal errors managers make and how you can avoid them. Berkley Books.

Carnegie, Dale (1956). How to Develop Self-Confidence And Influence People By Public Speaking. Pocket Books.

Collins, Jim (2001). Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t.  Harper Business.

Colvin, Geoff (2008). Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. Portfolio.

Covey, Stephen (1989). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Simon and Schuster.

Frieberg, Kevin & Freiberg, Jackie (1996)  Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.  Bard Press.

Pohlman, Randolph & Gardiner, Gareth (2000). Value Driven Management: How to Create and Maximize Value Over Time for Organizational Success. AMACOM.

von Oech, Roger (1983).  A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative. Warner Books.

Books Related to Presentation SkillsSpeak gooder with these resources

Glickman, David (2018).  Speaking of Comedy: 77 Ways to Add Humor to Any Presentation. Book Baby.

Hoff, Ron (1988).  I can see you naked: A fearless guide to making great presentations.  Andrews and McMeel.

Maguire, Jack (1998).  The Power of Personal Storytelling. Tarcher/Penguin.

Morgan, Nick (2005).  Give Your Speech, Change the World: How To Move Your Audience to Action.  Harvard Business Press.

Reynolds, Garr (2008).  Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery.  New Riders Press.

Other RecommendationsBooks in a variety of categories


Bolts-Weber, Nadia (2015). Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. Convergent Books.

Lamott, Anne (1999).  Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.  Anchor Books.



Bosker, Bianca (2017). Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommelier, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists who Taught me to Live for Taste. Penguin Random House.

Bourdain, Anthony (2001). Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.).  Harper Perennial.

Maclean, Natalie (2006). Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass. Bloomsbury, USA.



Cain, Susan (2013). Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Broadway Books.

Chapman, Gary (1992).  The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.  Northfield Publishing.

Frankl, Viktor E. (1959).Man’s Search for Meaning. Washington Square Press.

Grenny, McMillan & Switzler (2011). Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition. McGraw Hill.

Hanh, Thich Nhat (2015). The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation. Harmony Books.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon (2013). Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Bantam.

Pressfield, Steven (2002). The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Warner Books

Rinpoche, Sogyal (2012). The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller: 20th Anniversary Edition. Harper Collins.

Tolle, Eckhart (2004).  The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. New World Library.



Bryson, Bill (2006). A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.  Anchor Books.

King, Stephen (2000).  On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.  Scribner

Lamott, Anne (1994).  Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  Anchor Books.