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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (October 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449215296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449215296
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Syndicated columnist and bestselling author (Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession Bombeck here takes a look at the family grown and comes up with characteristically incisive, irreverent and pertinent wisdom. Her three children, now adults, and herself at the age where "you look wonderful," she provokes thought about the shifting family. Intergenerational relationshipsBombeck's with her parents; hers with her childrenand the amorphous family constellations of the '80s are explored by a master of the art of domesticity. Adult children who return to the empty nest, technology that needs to be mastered in kitchen and family room are grist for Bombeck's ever-ready mill. "Family is a perennial that comes up year after year" demonstrates matriarch Bombeck. First serial to Redbook; author tour.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

As always Bombeck fans will welcome her latest book and there will be no disappointment. This time, she has emphasized the grown familya blend of generations in which the parents visit their son's first apartment and find it furnished with a card table, four folding chairs, two cereal bowls, three spoons, a phone with a 50-foot cord, and a $4000 stereo. Looking back on the ups and downs of 30 years of motherhood, she sometimes envies Jane Goodall, Vanna White, Charles Kuralt, and even the statue of Justice, the latter because she always wears a blindfold when she's near a scale. A mix of nostalgia, humor, and a touch of pathos, Family should appeal to anyone who has ever been a parent, a child, or both. Highly recommended. Ken Phifer, Montgomery Cty. P.L. & Montgomery Coll. Lib., Rockville, Md
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Beloved for her wry yet warm look at family life, Erma Bombeck was America's favorite humorist at the time of her death in 1996. Ten of her 13 books, including Forever, Erma, appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. She claimed her first fiction writing was the weather forecast in the Dayton Herald. Her favorite food was pasta, and her hobby was dust.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1998
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I loved this book. She puts all the pressures of raising a family and looking after kids into perspective. And you will chuckle a lot because in her novel you will see glimpses of your own family. Family quirks and eccentricities are universal and I simply cannot think of anybody who could possibly dislike this book. She has a lovely, irreverent sense of humour.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on May 11, 2006
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I grew up reading Erma Bombeck. I have always loved her columns and her books. My parents and I would sit around the dinner table and discuss her columns ~~ but now as a mother and a wife, I have a much better appreciation of Erma's writing.

This one is about her kids coming home in 1987 and one of them announced that he's moving back in permanently ~~ and it's a rundown of all the things that family members do. Sometimes, it's funny and sometimes, it's annoying. But what are you going to do? Throw them out on the streets? Erma had me laughing all night while laying in the hospital bed with a sick preschooler. She's been there and I am going through it. It's a honest, refreshing look at parenting and marriage ~~ everyone should read Erma. She gets her points across with humor and statire.

I am reading three others of her books ~~ and can't wait to read them. She's the perfect medicine for this housewife!

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan Attebery on April 14, 2004
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One of the funniest humor columnists of all time, Erma Bombeck has scored again with this funny snapshot of family life.
It's 1987, and all three Bombeck children have come home for a visit (one of whom has decided to make his visit permanent). Not only does Erma provide us with a timeline of the events of this particular weekend, she also delves back into her memories of the years gone by as she routinely attempts to defend her parenting skills (or lack of them) to us.
It's been several years since Erma Bombeck passed away. But her books continue to be as funny and relevent today as they were back then. "Family - The Ties That Bind and Gag" is no different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Franklin the Mouse on February 21, 2011
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The late Ms. Bombeck wrote this little gem back in 1987. This is pre-Internet, DVDs, cell phones and, god help us, Lady Ga Ga. However, much of the ground she covers about family dynamics is timeless. I kept getting up and reading out loud to my wife and two sons some truly hilarious observations. If you are not familiar with Ms. Bombeck's style, it is an acerbic, yet, sprightly read. The backdrop for her musings is a weekend in which her three, "grown-up" children come home to pose for their traditional Christmas photo. Generational conflicts ensue. This is a fast, funny book and will show the reader that many things about raising a family are universal and timeless.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R. Andersen VINE VOICE on December 22, 2002
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Just the thought of a family re-union sends Erma Bombeck reliving her family's past. And it is _hilarious_!
This is a great book if you ever had or currently have a family or know somebody who has a family. It makes you laugh out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Tennyson on January 24, 2014
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There's a very good reason this book was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 6 months -- this lady was FUNNY!
This book is Erma Bombeck's take on family dynamics -- & she knows her subject well.
Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cate's Book Nut Hut on January 14, 2014
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This is the first book that I’ve read by this Author, and it had me chuckling happily from start to finish. What needs to be remembered though, by any reader picking it up, is that it is a 1980’s book filled with 1980’s humour and references.

As it is a hilariously funny snapshot into the Authors Family life during this time period, there are no characters that have to be developed, as each member of the clan brings their own baggage with them which is tipped out in front of the washing machine for the reader to pick through, or not as they see fit. It is a book to appeal to everyone, regardless of the type of Family they were raised; anyone that reads this will be able to relate to and recognize at least one member of the Authors’ Family that resides in their own. The book also has appeal across the genders; women will recognize their part in the whole play unfolding before them and men will be able to know profess to understanding the reasoning behind why their womenfolk do the things they do.

It doesn’t matter that, at times the stories being told in this book appear to go off at a tangent and never return, it just adds to the humour and reality of what is being written about; after all how much of our own families lives follow a logic and direct route to any point in time, I know our family doesn’t. Through the laid back writing style of this Author, the reader is shown that’s is OK to have a dysfunctional family and that it’s also OK to be able to laugh when things go wrong; even in the most mundane of situations humour is always there to be found.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys laughter in their lives, and doesn’t mind laughing out loud in public.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VALERE TOWNSEND on June 15, 2013
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I LOVED THIS BOOK ONE OF ERMAS FUNNIEST BOOKS. I COULDN'T STOP LAUGHING I LAUGHED SO HARD I FELL OFF THE BED AND WENT ROLLING ON THE FLOOR. I LOVED THIS BOOK BY A GREAT LADY WHO KNEW HOW TO BE HILARIOUS.WE ALL MISS YOU ERMA LOVE ERMA LOVE HER BOOKS.
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