Only When I Laugh
by Elouise Bell
Paperback / 136 pages / 1-56085-013-2
BEST ESSAYS, ASSOCIATION FOR MORMON LETTERS
If people can “power lunch,” how about making room in the work day for a “power-nap”? If women receive flowers in church on Mother’s Day, should men receive something along the lines of a garden tool on Father’s Day? Delighting readers of network magazine for years, she has compiled twenty-five of her most memorable articles—including “Zzzzzuchini”; “Christmyths”; “What Makes Botticelli Blush?” and her most popular essay, “The Meeting,” in which gender roles are reversed in an LDS worship service. As charming and light-hearted as these are, there is an implied caveat: anyone who cannot visualize bishops in high heels, house husbands, or a Mormon Democratic caucus should seek razor-sharp social commentary elsewhere.
Elouise Bell is a retired professor of English and Associate Dean of General and Honors Education at Brigham Young University. She is the editor of Will I Ever Forget This Day? Excerpts from the Diaries of Carol Lynn Pearson and a contributor to Harvest: Contemporary Mormon Poems and The Wilderness of Faith: Essays on Contemporary Mormon Thought.