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A comic and heartwarming memoir about childhood’s second act from Real Simple journalist Catherine Newman.

Much is written about a child’s infancy and toddler years, which is good since children will never remember it themselves. It is ages 4–14 that make up the second act, as Catherine Newman puts it in this delightfully candid, outlandishly funny new memoir about the years that “your children will remember as childhood.” Following Newman’s son and daughter as they blossom from preschoolers into teenagers, Catastrophic Happiness is about the bittersweet joy of raising children—and the ever-evolving landscape of issues parents traverse. In a laugh out-loud, heart-wrenching, relatable voice, Newman narrates events as momentous as grief and as quietly moving as the moonlit face of a sleeping child. From tantrums and friendship to fear and even sex, Newman’s fresh take will appeal to any parent riding this same roller coaster of laughter and heartbreak.

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  • Catastrophic Happiness unearthed all the moments I forgot to remember, things I meant to write down and preserve before they faded out of my memory. As I read, I smiled and nodded, reliving, through Newman’s heartbreakingly beautiful prose, the most golden—and the most gruesome—moments of my parenting life.”

    Jessica Lahey, author of New York Times bestseller The Gift of Failure

  • “There is no one else who reports form the parenting trenches better than Catherine Newman. Everything that makes raising kids so wonderfully unforgettable is here—the exhaustion, the hilarity, the fear, the self-doubt, the sweetness. Especially the sweetness. Even though she sugarcoats nothing—that’s what sticks.”

    Jenny Rosenstrach, blogger and author of Dinner: A Love Story

  • “Catherine Newman could write about watching paint dry and manage to be both funny and profound. Her musings on motherhood and its attendant heartbreak will have you laughing out loud, nodding gratefully in agreement, and grasping for a Kleenex. There’s no other writer I want accompanying me through my own journey in mothering.”

    Luisa Weiss, author of My Berlin Kitchen and founder of The Wednesday Chef

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About the Author

Catherine Newman is the author of the memoir Waiting For Birdy. She is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine, a regular contributor to the New York Times Motherlode blog, and editor-in-chief of the James Beard Award winning kids cooking magazine ChopChop. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her family.