The popular humorist offers tips and truisms on travel, discussing oddly named food, Asian bus drivers in Germany, plumbing around the world, and more.
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About the Author
Erma Bombeck, one of the most popular newspaper columnists in the United States and the author of numerous bestselling books, died in San Francisco on Monday, April 22, 1996 from complications following a kidney transplant earlier in the month.
Bombeck had been ill for some time. In 1992, after she underwent a mastectomy, her kidneys failed and she began dialysis at her home in Arizona. She suffered from polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary complaint. Even with her illness, Bombeck continued her weekly schedule of housework, her source for the hilarious columns and books for which she was widely loved.
"My type of humor is almost pure identification," she once told The New York Times. "A housewife reads my columns and says, 'But that's happened to me! I know just what she's talking about!'
"If I didn't do my own housework, then I have no business writing about it. I spend 90 percent of my time living scripts and 10 percent writing them."
Erma Bombeck's books include Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession, which spent an entire year in the Number One spot on The New York Times bestseller list; Family: The Ties That Bind...and Gag!; If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?; I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise; When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home, which was a New York Times bestseller and the sixth biggest selling nonfiction book of 1991; and A Marriage Made in Heaven...Or Too Tired for an Affair.
There are over twenty million copies of Erma shelved, and her thrice-weekly syndicated columns reached an estimated thirty million readers every week.
Bombeck was a regular on ABC-TV's Good Morning America for eleven years. She holds fifteen honorary doctorates, has been named to the list of the 25 Most Influential Women in America by the World Almanac since 1979, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President's Advisory Committee for Women when it was formed in 1978.
She is survived by her husband, William Bombeck, her mother, Erma Harris, and her three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Every now and then I stumble upon a book that makes me laugh out loud, and even, at times, brings tears. Ms. Bombeck was so realistic in her descriptions that I felt I had been along with her and her husband on their trips, and I know I would have laughed during the entire vacation. Even though this was written in 1993, most of it is relevant to today's problems encountered when traveling. The only sad note is a mention of terrorists(or the dismissal of such a thing), for as we know, later, traveling becomes more difficult due to restrictions. For a reminder of how innocent we all were before 9-11, read this book and get copies to share with your friends. We all need to laugh, and Erma Bombeck will make you do that with this book..
true Erma Bombeck-style, we take a look at the humorous side of travel. Some parts were laugh-out-loud funny and I really enjoyed relating her experiences to my own. There are a couple of cruises thrown in for good measure, giving a light and easy read; perfect for a vacation.
This is a book on traveling from Erma's humorus adventures. If you like Erma's humor you will find this entertaining.