Recommended Reading List

Below are recommended books related to humor, leadership, presentation skills, and others.

Books Related to Humor

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. Amherst, NY:  Prometheus.

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

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

Bianculli, David (2009). Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”.  New York:  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.  Austin, Texas:  Bard Press.

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

Gilbert, Daniel (2006). Stumbling on Happiness. New York: 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.  San Francisco: Barrett Koehler.

Klein, Allen (1989). The Healing Power of Humor.  Los Angeles:  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. New York: Public Affairs.

Kushner, Malcolm (1990). The Light Touch: How to Use Humor for Business Success.  New York:  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.  Dubuque: Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

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

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

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

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

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

Ross, Bob (1998).  Funny Business Solutions &: The Art of Using Humor Constructively.  San Diego:  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.  New York: Simon & Schuster.

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

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


Books Related to Leadership

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

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

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

Carnegie, Dale (1956). How to Develop Self-Confidence And Influence People By Public Speaking. New York:  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.  New York:  Simon and Schuster.

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

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

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


Books Related to Presentation Skills

Glickman, David (2003).  Punchline Your Bottom Line (76 Ways To Get Any Business Audience Laughing).  Keynote Comedy.

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

Maguire, Jack (1998).  The Power of Personal Storytelling. New York:  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.


Miscellaneous Books

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

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

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

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.

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

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.