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If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1985
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Betty Crocker (apron and waffle iron included).
Doris Day. This phase included a beehive do, box suits and pillbox hats. Que sera, sera
It's a story of a lady who looks like Carol Brady.
Schlemiel, schlamazel look at me I'm dressing like Penny Marshall.
Nancy Regan reds. Alternating with Barbara Bush blues. (Hairstyles not included).
Golden Girl wanna be. Mom's outfits include Bea Arthur gray hair and designer seat suits.
-- Louis Mendez, editorial
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The enchanting lady of laughter has done it again--this time taking a hilarious swipe at husbands, honeymoons, tennis elbow, marriage, lettuce, the national anthem, and a host of other domestic dilemmas.
"It's fun from cover to cover."
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That's because though we have other things to worry about, some basic things stay the same. And maybe it's not stated in the current trend of the week, but life is still life and family is still family.
So buy this book, read a bit and see if you don't laugh out loud over it. I'm betting you will.
This book made me laugh and made me cry. I think my absolute favorite chapter would be: I am Laughing So Hard that I Can't Stop Crying. I think I cried and laughed throughout that whole chapter. There's one where the father grumbles about the grass being torn up because of the wading pool, the sledding parties and beach parties. Then there's the one where it says, I love you enough to say no .... truths that my parents have always said to me and truths that I plan to pass onto my kids.
This book is heartfelt and witty. I wish there are more writers like Erma still out there. Sometimes, it seems like not everyone has a sense of humor anymore about life ~~ and even though life was hard, Erma made it all worthwhile. It still rings true today.
This book is a combination of a collection of her column writings, mixed in with some new (at the time) observings. Her reflection of husbands, kids, friends, and her own sanity (or lack thereof) will have you rolling on the floor with laughter (or, at least, giggling fairly loudly).
A great book to add to your collection.
I am not sure which was the first of Erma's that I read. But I do remember that I couldn't put it down and that I was constantly laughing out loud. I read this book about the Cheeries, "the Grass is always Greener over the Septic Tank" and at least 5 or 6 more on that visit.
Erma was just a funny lady. Her sense of humor and her style on putting that humor down on paper is a study in the art of writing humorously.
From that time on I read her newspaper columns and listened to her commentaries when she was on TV. Her style and her attitude have become a part of the female culture of the American housewife. She made a bigger impact culturally than she even accomplished in the literary field.
Any "funny" female writer that you pick up today will contain shades of Erma. She is now a part of Americana and deservingly so. We often hear the phrase "So and so is/was an American treasure." Well, Erma was without any doubt an American treasure. I love Erma!
If you can read any of her books without spiting up laughing at some point, then you do not have a sense of humor. Sorry, but that the way it is. I love Erma.
Richard Noble - The Hobo Philosopher - Author of:
"The Eastpointer" Selections from award winning column.
Bombeck takes on the topics like housecleaning, childrearing and the day-to-day sagas of the American housewife. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, that job, in and of itself, is just as full time and demanding as any out-of-the-house kind of work. Bombeck depicts her experiences, as a housewife, with a combination of wit and sensitivity that also makes her exceptionally engaging as a wonderful storyteller. A fast and entertaining read!!
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Because this book is both more modern (by about 20 years) and less dense than Erma's first book, "At Wit's End", this book might be the one to read if you just want a quick introduction to Erma and her zany post-Phyllis-Diller sense of housewife-humor before you delve into one of her earlier, longer works. And if you're a die-hard fan you'll like it because hey, it's more of Erma. I like the book, but I think her previous books, including "At Wit's End" and "I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression" have much more meat and are more developed and funnier. This one is more like something a busy author would dash off and go on a talk show with, or something to read in one sitting on an airplane ride.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I read this years ago, I couldn't stop laughing; now all I see is a negative, disgruntled wife/mother venting her feelings for humor's sake.Published 23 days ago by Sharol Omer
I ran across an item online that mentioned Erma Bombeck. I thought it might be interesting to see what her writing was like, so I gave this book a try. Read morePublished 1 month ago by María Camp
This book was used to teach author's tone to a GED class, whose impressions of E.A. Poe were not positive. This connected to them all.Published 5 months ago by Fond Reader
Erma Bombeck is one of my favorite authors!! This book is just hysterical! You'll need a box of Kleenex and an empty bladder. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Sarah - Michigan
I normally love Erma Bombeck but this book really wasn't all that funny.Published 10 months ago by Dr. Kristi S. Fowler
Wonderful Erma Bombeck humor but unfortunately most of the topics discussed are very out of datePublished 11 months ago by Cmp