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Today, my prescription for holiday stress: a healthy dose of laugh-out-loud humor.

Cool, Calm & Contentious (Villard) by Merrill Markoe is a mordant memoir by the Emmy-winning comedy writer and novelist about her permanently angry mother, her beloved spoiled dogs and her teenage desire to be Jack Kerouac.

The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor From Mark Twain to the Onion (Library of America), edited by Andy Borowitz, is the satirist's tribute to a wide range of very funny people, from S.J. Perelman and Dorothy Parker through Woody Allen and Molly Ivins to Wanda Sykes and David Sedaris.

Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff (Random House) by Calvin Trillin is a selection of the New Yorker writer's wittiest work (and there's a lot to choose from), including his "Deadline Poet" satirical poems for the Nation and pieces on food, money, family and much more.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: much merriment 12/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2011 3:30am]

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