Laugh it off
Three new novels focus on people getting through life's aggravations with humor.
Amanda Wakes Up (Viking) by Alisyn Camerota, CNN co-anchor and former Fox News co-host, is the satirical tale of a young TV reporter who lands the job of her dreams, only to find herself dealing with sexual harassment, political high jinks and more.
Goodbye, Vitamin (Henry Holt) by Rachel Khong follows the sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant path of 30-year-old Ruth as she leaves her job after a breakup and moves back in with her parents to find surprising changes.
The People We Hate at the Wedding (Flatiron Books) by Grant Ginder accompanies Paul and Alice, struggling 30-something siblings, as they travel to London for the posh wedding of their affluent half sister; dysfunctional family dynamics and snarky comedy ensue.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor