Start With A Laugh:
An Insider's Guide to Roasts, Toasts, Eulogies and Other Speeches

by Liz Carpenter


Eakin Press, 2000. ISBN 1571684115.
Reviewed by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
Posted on 10/02/2007

Nonfiction: Active Life; Nonfiction: History/Current Events

When I met Liz Carpenter at the 2004 Story Circle Writers Conference, I was completely blown away by her dynamic personality. True to her formula for giving a speech, she "started with a laugh, put the meat in the middle, and waved the flag at the end." After listening to her, I knew I had to get this book, and am I glad I did.

You would think that a book about speechwriting, speechmaking, and speeches would put you to sleep. On the contrary, it is laugh-out-loud funny with a few tears thrown in, in addition to being very instructional. It also covers fifty-odd years of Liz's association with American political figures, background on some important historical events, and a wealth of personal anecdotes about her life. But what I love most is that she is not ashamed to say that she is an active crusader for women's rights.

If you like reading about a strong, competent woman, get this book.


Liz Carpenter is a sixth-generation Texan, a political artifact, an aging feminist, author, and lecturer. She's been a spokeswoman, press secretary, staff director, assistant Secretary of Education for Public Affairs. She was named to the advisory committee of the White House Conference on Aging. And so much more...

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