Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood's Messy Years

Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood's Messy Years

by Catherine Newman


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Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood's Messy Years by Catherine Newman

A comic and heartwarming memoir about childhood's second act from Real Simple journalist Catherine Newman.
Much is written about a child's infancy and toddler years, which is good since children will never remember it themselves. It is ages 4-14 that make up the second act, as Catherine Newman puts it in this delightfully candid, outlandishly funny new memoir about the years that "your children will remember as childhood." Following Newman's son and daughter as they blossom from preschoolers into teenagers, CATASTROPHIC HAPPINESS is about the bittersweet joy of raising children--and the ever-evolving landscape of issues parents traverse. In a laugh out-loud, heart-wrenching, relatable voice, Newman narrates events as momentous as grief and as quietly moving as the moonlit face of a sleeping child. From tantrums and friendship to fear and even sex, Newman's fresh take will appeal to any parent riding this same roller coaster of laughter and heartbreak.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316337502
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Catherine Newman is the author of the memoir Waiting For Birdy. She is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine, a regular contributor to the New York Times Motherlode blog, and editor-in-chief of the James Beard Award winning kids cooking magazine ChopChop. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her family.

Table of Contents

Prologue: It Gets Better 1

I Civilizing 11

II Enduring 43

III Learning 69

IV Inquiring 101

V Launching 125

VI Faltering 147

VII Becoming 177

Epilogue: And Better Still 203

Acknowledgments 212

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