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Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing from America's Favorite Hardcover – Large Print, February 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078620947X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786209477
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,847,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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. --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.

Customer Reviews

I love her humorous and sometimes poignant take on everyday life.
Tracy
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good writing and great humor found in everyday life.
BEATRICE A SUKUP
I have always loved Erma Bombeck's newspaper column and I love her books.
Beverly Foley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
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 By Annie_Xmas on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
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 By Sandra D. Peters on August 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
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
Erma.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Lloyd on May 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By Grace Chalela on June 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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 By RHONDA NORTON on 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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