Lots of people remember the humorous things that happened when they were kids. Marlo Thomas remembers more than most.

Thomas recounts her laugh-filled childhood - and beyond - in "Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny." She takes the reader not only through her younger years, but up to present day as well.

There's her big success both in front of and behind the camera on the groundbreaking 1960s sitcom "That Girl"; the courtship with and marriage to Phil Donahue; and the ongoing work with her father's pride and joy: the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

All of that would be enough for a great read about a person who has seen and done it all in the world of show business.

But Thomas takes it a step further in "Growing Up Laughing," linking the laughter she's enjoyed in her life to how the funniest people in America found the humor in theirs.

The comedians' insights in "Growing Up Laughing" are fascinating, Thomas' recollections are endearing and the anecdotes shared by all are downright hilarious.

"Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny" (Hyperion, $26.99), by Marlo Thomas:

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