Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America's Favorite Humorist

Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America's Favorite Humorist

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by Erma Bombeck
     
 

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An anthology of Erma Bombeck’s best writing, and a tribute to one of America’s sharpest wits

When she began writing her regular newspaper column in 1965, Erma Bombeck’s goal was to make housewives laugh. Thirty years later, she had published more than four thousand columns, and earned countless laughs—from housewives,See more details below

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An anthology of Erma Bombeck’s best writing, and a tribute to one of America’s sharpest wits

When she began writing her regular newspaper column in 1965, Erma Bombeck’s goal was to make housewives laugh. Thirty years later, she had published more than four thousand columns, and earned countless laughs—from housewives, presidents, and everyone in between. With grace, good humor, and razor-sharp prose, she gently skewered every aspect of the American family. This collection holds the best of her columns—not just her famous quips, but also the heartbreaking observations that gave her writing such weight. In 1969, Erma wrote: “screaming kids, unpaid bills, green leftovers, husbands behind newspapers, basketballs in the bathroom. They’re real . . . they’re warm . . . they’re the only bit of normalcy left in this cockeyed world, and I’m going to cling to it like life itself.” Three decades later, Bombeck’s writing remains a timeless examination of the still-cockeyed world. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erma Bombeck including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The housewife columnist whose gently subversive humor has won her a prominent niche in American culture is commemorated in this collection of over 120 of her most popular and memorable essays. Bombeck, whose bestsellers include All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room, died in 1996. Trained as a newspaper reporter, she honed her skills into a unique blend of humorous social commentary based on the quotidian passage of domestic life and an empathy with women in their relations with the larger world, including spouses and children. Much honored, quoted and sought after for advice, Bombeck had an infectious sense of human absurdity that is highlighted in this collection celebrating her 25-year career as a low-key enforcer of the positive in the face of adversity, whether it be her own terminal illness, or "missing socks, promiscuous hangovers and other unexplained phenomena" that were grist for her reporter's mill. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Women lost a champion and the world lost a humorist when Bombeck died at age 59 in April of this year. Exiting life as selflessly and graciously as she lived it (she refused to use her celebrity status to "jump the line" for a much-needed kidney transplant), Bombeck left us more than 4500 columns, 12 books, countless public appearances, and a glimmer of optimism intrinsic to her writings. Her latest book takes readers on a journey through a collection of her favorite writings compiled by Donna Martin (formerly a vice president of Andrews & McMeel) and journalist Alan McDermott with the assistance of Bombeck's secretary, Norma Born; Bombeck's husband, Bill; and Bombeck herself. This anthology runs the gamut of Bombeck's career, both chronologically and thematically, with tributes from Ellen Goodman and Art Buchwald, among others. Many public libraries already possessing Bombeck's works (most recently, All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room, HarperCollins, 1996) will want to make their collection complete with this selection.Kay Meredith Dusheck, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453290095
Publisher:
Open Road Media
Publication date:
01/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
143,394
File size:
5 MB

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