Creme de la Femme is a thoughtful compilation that unites the sharp writing of Gloria Steinem with the wry musings of Erma Bombeck. Here is Joan Rivers mocking institutions, Merrill Markoe educating, and many more women teaching, learning, growing, loving, leaving--in a let's-not-take-ourselves-too-seriously way.
Arranged thematically into topics like politics, equal rights, relationships, men, family, aging, you'll find humor ranging from the ironic to the sublime. In addition, all this funny business is for a good cause--all royalties and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Ever hear yourself laughing in a movie theater when no one else finds the line even remotely funny? Creme de la Femme, a compendium of cynical, light-hearted, or downright birdbrained doggerel, riffs, essays, and stories, proves once again that humor is idiosyncratic. Contributors invited to flex their comic muscles include American politicos and writers Gloria Steinem and Anna Quindlen, comedian Joan Rivers, and cartoonists Roz Chast and Lynda Barry. Certain selections cause fluttering eyelids, but others win laughs or true guffaws. Some veer between categories, such as Paula Poundstone's strictures for producing the Oscars: "... everyone will wear usher uniforms and we'll put the money saved in gowns into low-income housing." No big hair to compensate for the gowns, she adds sternly, and no squinting at teleprompters to read off immortal lines like, "It's nice to be here." Breakups, predictable sex-role foibles, pregnancy, PMS, and politics are well worked over.
-- Douglas McGrath
, writer/director Emma
"Imagine me, a liberated woman long before Women's Lib, being shocked and surprised at the brilliance, creativity, and humor of the women represented here."
--Estelle Parsons, Academy Award winning film (Bonnie & Clyde) and television (Roseanne) actress
"Sometimes edgy, sometimes gentle, full of witty women's thoughts."
--Donna Hanover, journalist, Fox TV Good Day New York
From the Publisher