“The Winter Laugh Book” by Fay Jacobs— Her Favorite Stories

Jacobs, Fay. “The Winter Laugh Book”, A and M Books, 2016.

Her Favorite Stories

Amos Lassen

I always look forward to a new book by Fay Jacobs (who probably, I am sure, forgot to send me a copy of this one. Every once in a while I have to dig deep in my pockets to actually buy a book) but the expense here was well worth it. “The Winter Laugh Book” is something of an anthology of Jacobs’ favorite stories that totally entertain and make us wonder how she does it. (There is also a special bonus— a look at the author’s upcoming “Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked!”.

The stories included here are from Jacob’s four published books and her newspaper columns. Centered around her home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the stories give us a whole new look at the town. Jacobs seems to have the ability to find humor in everything but more importantly, she is able to share that humor with us. She can be acrid when writing about politics and she is downright hysterical in writing about relationships or just people watching.

Jacobs shares life’s most embarrassing moments and she also shares herself and her sexuality as well as the sexuality of those who live around her. She is able to take the mundane and the need to fix the world and turn them into wonderful stories that keep us laughing.

I could relate some of the wonderful stories here but that would ruin your reading experience. I remember in college that my Shakespeare professor once took three classes to explain how difficult it is to write comedy. Tragedies, he said, happen every day, but to laugh is a created experience and everything has to in place if it is to work. Fay Jacobs manages to do that—- not only is she a wonderful storyteller, she is a creator and a very rare person who makes us laugh from cover to cover.