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The Erma Bombeck Collection- A Book Review

In Books on June 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm


This collection contains 3 books, all ‘ peeping through the kitchen window’ accounts of
domestic life written in Bombeck’s usual droll yet heartfelt style.

If you want to see what I though of If Life is a Bowl of Cherries Why Am I Always in the Pits, look at my post here

In Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession, Erma shows the ‘reality’ of Motherhood and sympathises with the aghast mother who has found parenting is not as easy as it looks to the child-free outsider. Learn from Erma valuable skills she has developed as a harried mum, such as;
Creative Nagging 101,Perfection: How to get it and how to convince your children you’ve got it. threats and promises and guilt the gift that keeps on giving.
But along with Bombeck’s usual wry style the heart message is clear,
“It is not until you become a mother that your judgement slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”

The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank reveals what life in the newly built and ever expanding suburbs is really like. The quest for a spot of lawn and a house with all the mod-cons in a kid-safe cul-de-sac has never been as truthful or as funny. Erma knows exactly what is like to have your husband wonder what you did all day, she has experienced the long wait for the reluctant repairman and knows firsthand how home improvement and decorating can cramp cash flow.

Find out more about this, and other ebooks by Erma Bombeck at Open Road Media


If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma Bombeck

In Books on January 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm


Oh happy days! Fans of humourist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) will be pleased with the news that Open Road Media have released a selection of her books as ebooks! No more musty library copies of Bombeck’s books for me! I have been lucky enough to revisit “If life is a Bowl of Cherries…” and would like to share some of Erma’a words to whet your appetite for a bowl of cherry-delicious humour as Erma finds the fun and beauty in domestic life.

“I worry about scientists discovering someday that lettuce has been fattening all along.”

“A woman can walk through the Louvre Museum in Paris and see 5,000 breathtaking paintings on the wall. A man can walk through the Louvre Museum in Paris and see 5,000 nails in the wall.”

“Now a fitting room to me has always been like a confessional…where my body and my contrition take up the entire room.”

” I’ve seen kids ride bicycles, run, play ball, set up a camp, and race for eight hours…yet have to be driven to the garbage can.”

“The last time my family laughed was when my oven caught fire and we had to eat out for a week.”

“The bad times I can handle. It’s the good times that drive me crazy. When is the other shoe going to drop?”

Oh Erma, I wish you were still with us… I would love to hear your take on mobile phones and texting each other when you are all in the same house, reality t.v and idol, teenage boys with the waist of their pants around their knees and botox foreheads and collagen lips. Somehow, I don’t think she would bat an eyelid.

Read more about Erma Bombeck and her recently re-released titles at Open Road Media- Erma Bombeck

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