The author of Family: The Ties That Bind . . . and Gag! turns her eye on the institution of marriage, charting her own wedded bliss from ""Living on Love"" to the stage of ""Get a (Mid) Life."" 500,000 first printing. $350,000 ad/promo.
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Erma Bombeck, one of the most popular newspaper columnists in the United States and the author of numerous bestselling books, died in San Francisco on Monday, April 22, 1996 from complications following a kidney transplant earlier in the month.
Bombeck had been ill for some time. In 1992, after she underwent a mastectomy, her kidneys failed and she began dialysis at her home in Arizona. She suffered from polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary complaint. Even with her illness, Bombeck continued her weekly schedule of housework, her source for the hilarious columns and books for which she was widely loved.
"My type of humor is almost pure identification," she once told The New York Times. "A housewife reads my columns and says, 'But that's happened to me! I know just what she's talking about!'
"If I didn't do my own housework, then I have no business writing about it. I spend 90 percent of my time living scripts and 10 percent writing them."
Erma Bombeck's books include Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession, which spent an entire year in the Number One spot on The New York Times bestseller list; Family: The Ties That Bind...and Gag!; If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?; I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise; When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home, which was a New York Times bestseller and the sixth biggest selling nonfiction book of 1991; and A Marriage Made in Heaven...Or Too Tired for an Affair.
There are over twenty million copies of Erma shelved, and her thrice-weekly syndicated columns reached an estimated thirty million readers every week.
Bombeck was a regular on ABC-TV's Good Morning America for eleven years. She holds fifteen honorary doctorates, has been named to the list of the 25 Most Influential Women in America by the World Almanac since 1979, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President's Advisory Committee for Women when it was formed in 1978.
She is survived by her husband, William Bombeck, her mother, Erma Harris, and her three children.From AudioFile:
One doesn't have to be a fan of Erma Bombeck to find something interesting and compelling in this audio. With all-knowing sarcasm and wit Bombeck serves up timeless tales of laughter and love which have defined couples since Adam and Eve. Some of her observations will have you laughing out loud. Bombeck's narration is truthful and real in a way no actor could improve on. This is a wonderful text for audio presentation with stylish music added. If your life is filled with kids, dogs, neighbors and a mate who needs to control the television remote, Bombeck explains it all to you. M.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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