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Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America's Favorite Humorist [Paperback]

By Erma Bombeck (Author), Alan McDermott (Foreword by) & Donna Martin (Foreword by)
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Featuring a chapter of tributes to the late humorist by such friends as Phil Donahue, a collection of nearly two hundred of her columns includes her first and last, which treat her trademark subjects, children and family. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.

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"A lot of columnists write words to end up in the Congressional Record or on the president's desk or at the Pulitzer Committee's door. But Erma Bombeck went us all one better. Her words won her the permanent place of honor in American life: the refrigerator door. Now we are again at wit's end."--Ellen Goodman
"Erma Bombeck may be gone, but she'll live forever in her columns. A fitting finale for the much-loved humorist." --"Booklist"
""Forever, Erma" is a modest measure of our loss." --"The New York Times Book Review"
Erma Bombeck's own aversion to producing books of column collections over the years made the family and publisher of the hardcover "Forever, Erma" apprehensive about its public acceptance.
The pubic proved Erma's misgivings were unfounded. Within nine weeks of the publication date, the book had climbed to number three on "The New York Times" best-seller list. It remained on the list for a total of fifteen weeks. Over 400,000 copies had been bought by her loyalists and their friends and families.
The success of the hardcover edition expands Erma's literary legacy. Now the paperback edition of "Forever, Erma" will reach new generations. We all see ourselves in her words.
Only the emotional spectrum of this book matches its topical diversity. One's feelings are reminiscent of the same warmth and tenderness only Erma could portray, and readers will be delighted to find their favorite selections. Included with 188 other columns are her first, "Children Cornering the Coin Market," from January 1965, and her last one, "Let's Face It," from April 1996.
As in the hardcover edition, a tribute chapter includes remembrances from some of Erma's family, friends, and colleagues, including Phil Donahue, Art Buchwald, and Ellen Goodman.
Readers around the world loved Erma Bombeck and cherished every one of her columns. "Forever, Erma," will give them a classic way to hold on to this most gifted writer. As Phil Donahue said, "We shall never see the likes of her again. She was real and she brought us down to earth--gently, generously, and with brilliant humor. When the scholars gather hundreds of years from now to learn about us, they can't know it all if they don't read Erma."

Citations And Professional Reviews
Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America's Favorite Humorist by Erma Bombeck, Alan McDermott & Donna Martin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • New York Times - 10/19/1997 page 44
  • NY Times Notable Bks of Year - 01/01/1997 page 97
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 614
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 634

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pages   273
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1997
Publisher   Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN  0836236734  
ISBN13  9780836236736  

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More About Erma Bombeck, Alan McDermott & Donna Martin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Erma Bombeck was born in 1927 and died in 1996.

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2Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Humor > General
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States

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Erma is my hero!  Mar 17, 2007
I bought this book recently in honor of Erma's birthday. The stories bring me back to my childhood. I remember reading the columns when I was younger, and now that I have my own children I can really relate!
A must for for Erma fans  Mar 8, 2007
I loved this book. Erma wrote about every day happenings that you will recognize instantly. While reading the book I got the feeling that Erma must have spied on me! You are left with a lovely feeling that someone understands you. Many were the times I actually laughed out loud. I truly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor!
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.
Why we loved Erma  May 31, 2006
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!
Erma wasn't the best, she was the only.  Oct 22, 2002
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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