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Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America's Favorite Humorist [Kindle Edition]

Erma Bombeck
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews Review

Erma Bombeck occupied a seat of honor in the homes of millions of Americans. Hers was inevitably the column you read aloud at the breakfast table, the piece you tore out on the bus to send to your mother, or the clipping you stuck on the fridge as a chuckling reminder of our modern lives' sublime ridiculousness. Bombeck had an eye for our common experience and a knack for throwing it into touching relief; we laughed because we saw ourselves in her work. She died last April, and this collection--the profits of which benefit her favorite charities--pulls together some of her best loved columns. The columns span Bombeck's career and the book includes tributes delivered at her memorial service.

From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1447 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0836236734
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; 1st edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Perceptive, Keeps Life In Perspective June 23, 1998
By A Customer
After Erma Bombeck's death, editors Donna Martin and Alan McDermott created this collection of best Bombeck stories. It blends her life experiences and philosophies, and those of others close to her by weaving the former news articles and stories with her unique thread of humor and poignancy. The reader can enjoy watching the pitfalls and highlights of a growing family and the author growing both as a woman and an a writer. Pick it up on your next trip to the bookstore or library. You'll laugh, cry, and be totally delighted.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erma wasn't the best, she was the only. October 22, 2002
I loved Erma Bombeck from the beginning. Her ability to make you laugh without being mean or crude, to see the humor in any situation, to be dignified and tolerant without being forceful about it. These make her a unique person.
This is a collection of some of her best columns. She knew the world could be mean, cruel, bitter, and unfair, yet she never was any of these things. She was a great writer and a great person.
I love the tribute section of this book, though the story from her husband made me cry. It was April 22, 1996 and the ride was over.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where IS that other sock??? October 26, 1997
By A Customer
I am not a Mother, I do enjoy a good humorist though, and Erma delivered. This is the first Erma book I've read, and I am saddened that she won't be around to write more! However I am happy to know that she left plenty of books to keep me busy!! I especially appreciated her commentary on the socks that go in the drier as a pair and don't come out as a pair! Good argument for never having to wear socks!! I also appreciated her ability to speak freely about the Catholic church, and what Catholicism has meant for her. She didn't "force" her religion on others, yet gently stood firm in her belief, and in no uncertain terms, documented her strong faith in the Catholic church and in God. I am sad to see her go. If God only knew how funny Erma was, he probably would have taken her long ago! Thanks for giving us one last chance to laugh! Read it for the laughs, and remember, life is temporary, no one gets out alive! Erma lived life to the fullest, in this book, Erma promises each one of us, that we can do the
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO A POWERFUL LADY August 10, 2006
When it comes to humour, there is no one who could pack a more powerful punch than Erma Bombeck. In this collection of essays, Erma tackles children, motherhood, fatherhood, neighbours, family gatherings and then finds the humour in life's most ordinary events. Five days before her passing, Erma wrote her final message and still, she faced life with amazing courage and wit.

As the years pass by, we still miss Erma deeply. She became a part of our own family and mothers could read her words of wisdom and come to the conclusion, "It puts my mind as ease to know that I am not the only one who fells this way about...."

Erma was a lady ahead of her time and a primary lesson we learn from her is "don't fret the small stuff; look at each day as a new experience and enjoy it to the fullest. Soon, our children will leave the nest; we will grow older and develop wrinkles but become more tolerant and accepting of ourselves. Even in her last days, she managed to find the beauty and humour in life...what better legacy could she leave us? The book, like Erma, is deserving of a thousand twinkling stars. No wonder the Heavens shine so brightly.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have loved Erma since the early years of motherhood.
I was so saddened by her death. This book, however,
has allowed me to remember how much I could
identify with her writings. I could relate to the early
years since the date of each of the entries was listed.
I recommend this book to anyone who loved and enjoyed
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why we loved Erma May 31, 2006
Why we loved Erma and miss her is right here. She made you feel good about your mistakes. Suddenly being a fallen human made you feel superior to those who were too perfect to admit it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, dear Erma. June 21, 2013
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What a joy to read this book even though I have read so many of Erma's columns through the years. She made me laugh out loud when she was alive and she does it again even after her passing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest real book ever!! May 5, 2013
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I would recommend this book to any Moms ---Grandmothers--Aunts--Mothes to be----puts the real into Motherhood--helps you see that life is not always so serious---
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Go Wrong With Erma!
From the first moment I read Erma Bombeck's column in the very early 1970's, I've been crazy about her. Read more
Published 8 days ago by A Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor never goes out of style
I keep this on my Kindle for those moments when you don't have wifi-connections (e.g., during some travels) and I want to be humored. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it.
Published 1 month ago by virginia collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful trip down memory lane
Wonderful trip down memory lane. I was such a huge fan of Erma when she was alive, it was nice to re-read some of her best pieces.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I always loved her tho
read all her stuff as a young married. I'll keep to read a chapter now and then, but it' a little outdated. I always loved her tho!
Published 2 months ago by Pauline A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars She gave us many laughs and good times together
My Mom and I used to read Erma Bombeck's column in the Toledo Blade. She gave us many laughs and good times together. I highly recommend this book.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 2 months ago by Constance B. Clifford
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a little goes a long way.
Published 3 months ago by P. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so glad that I read this book
I am so glad that I read this book. I had forgotten how much she made me laugh! A great read!
Published 3 months ago by JoAn Galinowski
5.0 out of 5 stars ... clearly shows why Erma Bombeck was and is America's Favorite...
This collection clearly shows why Erma Bombeck was and is America's Favorite Humorist. She can make you laugh and cry with one sentence. Wonderful book!
Published 4 months ago by Carol A. Madden
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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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