Sometimes Half The Fun Is Justn In The Counting Of "Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault"

Title:  Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault
Author:  Cathy Guisewite
Length:  336 pages
Publisher:  G.P. ,Putnam & Sons
Rating:  5 Stars

from the creator of the iconic "Cathy" comic strip comes her first collection of funny, wise, poignant, and incredibly honest essays about being a woman in what she lovingly calls "the panini generation."

As the creator of "Cathy," Cathy Guisewite found her way into the hearts of readers more than forty years ago, and has been there ever since. Her hilarious and deeply relatable look at the challenges of womanhood in a changing world became a cultural touchstone for women everywhere. Now Guisewite returns with her signature wit and warmth in this debut essay collection about another time of big transition, when everything starts changing and disappearing without permission: aging parents, aging children, aging self stuck in the middle.

With her uniquely wry and funny admissions and insights, Guisewite unearths the humor and horror of everything from the mundane (trying to introduce her parents to TiVo and facing four decades' worth of unorganized photos) to the profound (finding a purpose post-retirement, helping parents downsize their lives, and declaring freedrom from all those things that hold us back). No longer confined to the limits of four comic panels, Guisewite holds out her hand in prose form and becomes a reassuring companion for those on the threshold of "what happens next." Heartfelt and humane and always cathartic, Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault is ideal reading for mothers, daughters, and anyone who is caught somewhere in between.

Praise For
  Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault

“Absolutely brilliant!”
— Cathy’s Mother

“She’s ba-AACK! ‘Cathy’ creator returns to humor writing with her first book of essays.”
The Washington Post, read more

“Laughter is the best proof of freedom, and Cathy has written a book that will help keep us free to the very end.”
— Gloria Steinem

“There is humor; there is comedy, there is Cathy, who gives us laughter but reaches way beyond the funny bone to touch us with her humane, entertaining, and satisfying collection.”
— George Hodgman, author of Bettyville

My Thoughts
They say that after a certain age, the many molehills that seemed Everest sized mountains in one's youth.  Once again become the simple molehills they where.  Or, cease to draw even the slightest blip of awareness on one's importance radar altogether.

Cartoonist and essayist, Cathy Lee Guisewite.  Once again employees her trademark depricating wit, and unabashed frankness. As she takes readers on a tour of the issues that she and many others of adult age are now facing.  As they navigate such issues as: aging parents, adult children, and whether or not pasta is or is not the next super food.

Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault allows readers to stop, look, and smell the proverbial bullshit.  Meaning all of the baggage that we as people, and more often than not, as woman carry in the form of guilt.
Heaped upon us by the truck load via society, religion, our families, and ourselves.
This book offers a chance to takes a collective breath, wiggle your toes, and have a much needed chuckle about the complete absurdity of just about everything that we can't possibly control.  But we freely allow to control us.

about Cathy
Cathy GuisewiteCathy Lee Guisewite is the cartoonist who created the comic strip Cathy in 1976. Her main cartoon character (Cathy) is a career woman faced with the issues and challenges of work, relationships, her mother and food, or as Guisewite herself put it in one of her strips, "The four basic guilt groups."

Guisewite was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Midland, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Guisewite received her bachelor's degree in English in 1972. She also holds seven honorary degrees.

In 1993, Guisewite received the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society. In 1987, she received an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special Cathy, which aired on CBS. Guisewite was a frequent guest in the latter years of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Guisewite and her husband Chris Wilkinson reside in Los Angeles. She has a daughter and a stepson.

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