Self-Help/Coping, Humor, and Travel Books by Annette Langer

Healing through Humor: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life!


What could possibly be funny about a traumatic brain injury or breast cancer? You might not associate either one with humor, but you'll be surprised.  Annette Langer has boldly turned on its ear the notion that the topics of brain injury or cancer have only serious components and must remain by their nature "unfunny." She has softened the edges of her true-life inspirational stories with lighthearted pokes at herself. 

Healing through Humor: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life! has been praised by reviewers and readers alike for its humorous, yet insightful, common-sense approach to living and staying positive while facing obstacles and setbacks. Annette Langer's stories show the lighter side of some not-so-funny circumstances and demonstrate the upside to facing obstacles and the triumph in learning how to cope with them. She stays upbeat and positive throughout, guiding readers to discover the inner strength to meet their own challenges in life.

Healing through Humor: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life! is the perfect gift to anyone struggling to overcome many of life's challenges or even as a reward for yourself when you too are facing less than sunny times. Langer has created just the right "portable support group" a person needs to get through hard times with her easy-to-read, sometimes laugh-out-loud, book. Let her positive energy carry you on the journey to self-empowerment, even in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances, with a good laugh along the way.

Healing through Humor: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life! is available in both print and e-book formats. Scroll down to order your autographed copy of the print version. 

Reader Reviews

  • "Annette Langer provides a running string of humorous comments, based on her multiple and serious medical experiences, including many comical nuggets and examples of engaging self-denigration. The humor, however, is often couched with valuable tips and pointers that show readers, by example, how to effectively use a more humor-oriented mindset with various medical problems and setbacks to alleviate and overcome suffering. The commentary throughout is sprinkled with engaging asides that provide words of encouragement through a vivid sense of the author's life, her medical travails, and how she herself coped."


  • "Annette Langer's trials and tribulations will bring a tear to your eye as her ever-present positive outlook will bring a smile to your face. Read her book, learn from her, and you, too, will be healed through humor."


Author and Past President of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

  • "Langer's joy, grace, and zest for living despite her own challenges shine through on every page."


Author and Producer/Co-Host of Cable TV Program, In a Word

  • "Langer's words are an art form used to paint her stories, drawing readers into a vivid world of wamth, humor, and healing. This is a must read!"


RN Practitioner

  • "Langer is a survivor and will help you to be one too, providing a good laugh in the process."



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A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the World: Diary of a Fearless Travel Agent

Every travel agent has proclaimed at one time or another, "Someday I'm going to write a book about all of this!" Well, here it is. 

Annette Langer travels the world and takes you along on her visits to all seven continents. Through her stories, you'll share her colorful and crazy adventures as she transports you to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, and even Antarctica. 

Humor plays a prominent role in her stories once again, but she also details many unusual and, at times, sobering situations in which she's found herself. You'll shake your head over such bizarre experiences as being held hostage during a workers' strike in Tahiti or managing to sleep through an earthquake in Peru!

Langer's spirit of adventure and positive attitude, coupled with her trademark brand of humor and ability to laugh at herself, shine through on every page. Annette Langer "reveals all" in her Diary of a Fearless Travel Agent, just as it happened, sometimes in a flattering way and sometimes not — warts and all! Whether you're an armchair traveler or an experienced explorer, this book offers something for everyone.

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the World: Diary of a Fearless Travel Agent is available in both print and e-book formats. Scroll down to order your autographed copy of the print version. 

Reader Reviews

  • "Annette Langer's book is a must for readers who love to learn about our world. Her captivating tales about all seven continents include adventure, humor, priceless perspectives, and helpful travel tips. But be warned! The book may literally carry you away to other lands and inspire you to travel in her footsteps."


Bay Area News Group Correspondent

  • "Langer's superior storytelling ability makes turning the pages of her book a joyous and engaging experience."


Professor and Travel & Tourism Program Coordinator

  • "An unabashed delight to read! Langer's stories are funny, scary, and heartwarming with an innocence that even a seasoned traveler experiences at times."


Travel Projects Coordinator

  • "Langer has captured the essence of being a good traveler in a world of unfamiliar customs and traditions. Whether you are an armchair traveler or an experienced one, you'll enjoy this book from cover to cover."


Travel Agency Owner

  • "Langer's aventures keep you laughing at times and shaking your head at others. This is a 'must read' for anyone who loves to travel or just explore the world from the safety of an easy chair."


Romance Author

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Shorter Works Appear in these Anthologies

Annette Langer's writings also appear in the following anthologies, most of which can be purchased through your favorite book seller.

  • O'Brien's Literary Speculator
  • ValleyCare Physician Heroes
  • Livermore Wine Country Literary Harvest
  • Not Your Mother's Book Working for a Living
  • Voices of the Valley First Press
  • Voices of the Valley Encore
  • Voices of the Valley Word for Word
  • Voices of the Valley Journeys
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Inspiration for the Young at Heart
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Say Goodbye to Back Pain
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Random Acts of Kindness