Who are you laughing at?
Three books serve up sardonic, often NSFW hilarity from women who live by their wit.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying: Lessons From a Life in Comedy (Quirk) by Carol Leifer is a smart, name-dropping and entertaining memoir about the career of an actor, comedian and television writer whose resume includes SNL, Seinfeld and Modern Family.
I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50 (Blue Rider Press) by Annabelle Gurwitch, actor and humorist, is a mordantly witty look at the perils and, perhaps, pleasures of aging — in Hollywood, no less.
Uganda Be Kidding Me (Grand Central Publishing) by Chelsea Handler is a collection of the exuberantly rude late-night TV host's essays about her global journeys, complete with awkward snapshots and ridiculously bad travel tips.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor