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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erma Bombeck Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436143882
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You can count on bestselling author Erma Bombeck to show you the funny side of any situation—no matter how ordinary or difficult. In this collection of heartwarming essays, she ponders what it takes to survive the rigors of contemporary living. As Erma shares her worries about the American way of life, she’ll have you chuckling right out loud. You’ll view cherished traditions such as the joys of motherhood, TV game shows, family togetherness, and the overworked phrase “Have a good day!” in a completely different light. So get ready to trade your stale outlook for a hilarious new one. Whether America’s first lady of humor is poking fun at family life or taking a poignant look at the difficulties of aging, you’ll laugh until the tears stream down your face. And with Barbara Rosenblat’s rib-tickling performance, you’ll feel as if you are sharing a cup of coffee with Erma herself.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 2/19/2014

    " Everyone should have an Erma Bombeck in their lives.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena Lott | 2/16/2014

    " How can we have EVERYTHING as we do in America, and still be so depressed and downtrodden? Although these are older books, they are still very pertinent today. Besides getting a laugh, you will love her in your face style which questions just what we as women should find important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/11/2014

    " If you love laughter , this is and other of Erma Bombecks books are great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/2/2014

    " Thirty years after first reading this, I can still reread and laugh. What a gift Erma Bombeck had for the understated phrase that puts us in the middle of her life and makes it feel like our own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Collette | 2/1/2014

    " I read this for a book club, I don't know if I would have ever picked it up otherwise- mainly because I thought the material would be outdated. But I actually found myself really relating to Erma and her hysterical outtakes of motherhood, husbandry, and basic household chores...I found myself laughing right outloud! In one chapter she gives specific instructions to her children on how the dirty clothes hamper works, which CRACKED me up! There were a couple of chapters that left me unsure of the specific events related to the 70's, because back in the day I wasn't concerned with meat prices, etc. But what a funny lady she was & wow- what a great way to look at life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/30/2014

    " My first favorite book. The best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariana | 1/21/2014

    " "...every time I turn around a new research study is taking away something that has added to my pleasure in the past, but is bound to make me sick in the future." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/15/2014

    " I went through an intense Erma Bombeck phase when I was twelve. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara Rice | 1/10/2014

    " All her books are the same, I'm afraid. I never did think she was very funny, though I tried to read several. Does anyone read her any more? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 11/10/2013

    " pretty dated stuff, but clasically funny nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandice | 10/23/2013

    " I read all of her books I oculd get my hands on when I was about 14. I had just come to realize that a bad situation can actually be pretty funny, and much easier to deal with if you thought so! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/9/2013

    " Another really good book my erma bombck, she always makes me laugh : ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/25/2013

    " This is one lady I really miss!!! I have read all of her books and probably 3 times each! You don't get funnier, more real, and more touching then her stories. It makes you feel like you are hearing the confidences and real life fiascos of your best girl friend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Klemm | 8/21/2013

    " it was the only thing i could find at grandma's but i'm glad i did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 7/18/2013

    " Really like Erma dry sense of humor! A fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/3/2013

    " Loved it!!! She never fails to make me smile!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snarky's | 3/4/2013

    " In the mid 80s I found a copy of this book at laundro-mat in Twenty-nine Palms, California. I knew nothing of "Housewife Humor", but I remember laughing hysterically at the book. I didn't have a husband or a marriage or even a period, but the book somehow resonated with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 10/29/2012

    " Awesome read, I never laughed so hard in my life! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 9/5/2012

    " Read this in 1978 or so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 8/20/2012

    " One of the funniest, thoughtful books I had ever read. I've read it several more times over the years as I have gotten older and I appreciate more and more each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Kent | 6/7/2012

    " Even though these are dated there is a humor in all Erma Bombeck books that will never cease to make me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/28/2012

    " This was my first Erma Bombeck book and I love this funny, funny lady. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francie | 3/4/2012

    " Sometimes you just need to read something that makes you laugh. Laughter can be great therapy, right? This book is a great option if you are looking for that kind of release in your life. Read and laugh and be happy. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 9/17/2011

    " She could make anything funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 8/17/2011

    " Probably no one reads Erma Bombeck these days, but once upon a time she was ubiquitous. Would-be bloggers of home life would do well to study her brief and well-crafted essays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Ballard | 8/12/2011

    " great hilarious read! anything by this now deceased author is recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 5/23/2011

    " Someone asked me why I love her so much when she wrote all of these even before I learned how to read (some even before I was born). I just find her really hilarious. The first Erma Bombeck book I read. After this I was hooked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna | 5/10/2011

    " Erma Brombeck was just real, know what I mean? Life as it really is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie Hetherington | 4/29/2011

    " erma is just so cute. er was... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena | 4/12/2011

    " How can we have EVERYTHING as we do in America, and still be so depressed and downtrodden? Although these are older books, they are still very pertinent today. Besides getting a laugh, you will love her in your face style which questions just what we as women should find important. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sera | 3/2/2011

    " I thought that this book was funny when I had read it as a teen. I think that I was a weird kid sometimes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonia | 1/5/2011

    " This was my favorite book when I was about 12 or 13. It had so many dog ears that I could have submitted it as an origami project for my 7th-grade art class. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kat | 12/14/2010

    " this was a great book when i read it thirty years ago. funny. irma bombeck was a prize at helping to see the funny side of mundane life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MisterFweem | 11/6/2010

    " In another thirty years, I'm sure -- if not so now -- people will read Erma Bombeck and be as flabbergasted that people lived like that as we are now considering the paintings on the walls of Lascaux. Bombeck speaks from a different era, and in some ways, an era that was better than ours now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 8/6/2010

    " Classic witty humor by Erma Bombeck. Bombeck touches on marriage,family,
    travel,employment, children and motherhood with her funny tales of day to day life in amusing and clever stories. A quick light read that will put a smile to your face.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 7/13/2010

    " Very clever and humorous and sometimes poignant--I learned that many famous women didn't get started until later in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 6/24/2010

    " I absolutely loved Erma Bombeck. I wish she could have lived longer and published more books. Her brand of humor can give everyone an uplift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/21/2010

    " Who is I dunno is amazing. Everyone should read this book. it makes all of us crazy women realize we're okay. It also makes us see the humor in the horror that is sometimes motherhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ticka | 6/15/2010

    " Classic book from my Gram. I bet this book has been in these hands of mine so many times. Good tales from the older generation on how to live with a simple, yet witty sense of humour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 6/8/2010

    " The humor doesn't age well. It just wasn't that funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cece | 4/25/2010

    " considering this book was written in 1985....it is still very much up to date when it comes to some of the questioning about life Bombeck asks....it is a good read...i recommend the book "

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About the Author
Author Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck (1927–1996) is primarily known for her syndicated humor columns which appeared for over twenty years in newspapers throughout the US, to the delight of millions of housewives and mothers from more than one generation. Her many bestsellers include Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession and When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.