Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault

Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault

Essays From the Grown-up Years

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"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 freedom 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."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735218420
0735218420
Branch Call Number: 921 GUISEWITE, CATHY
Characteristics: 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 50 things that aren't my fault

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IvyDigest
Sep 24, 2019

The Cathy comic strip ran for 34 years. It dealt with a woman's struggle with her body image and relationships. Critics belittle her work as just limited to shopping, dieting, and dating, but Cathy hung her commentary on these female stereotypes.

In her signature self-effacing wit, Cathy shares her career start, failed marriage, parental blues, and creeping middle age. Her chapter on her mom's defiance of expiration dates is masterful and funny. You feel and appreciate their strong maternal bond.

As in life, it's full of heartache, frustration, hope, and love. We all have pain, but Cathy expresses hers in a cartoon for our pleasure. Thanks for the laughs Cathy!

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vickmeister
Sep 12, 2019

Disappointing. I found her "voice" whiny and juvenile, and the essays seemed to go on and on and on in a repetitive fashion. I gave up on it a third of the way in. I am sorry if Guisewite has such a negative body image, but frankly, it is quite offensive to hear this stick-figure woman crying over and over and over about how fat she is.

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darladoodles
Mar 27, 2019

The Cathy comic strip was always a favorite of mine. I even once had a Cathy shirt that encapsulated my life as a twenty something just out of college. Thus I was quite certain I would enjoy these essays by Cathy Guisewite and I really did. My favorite thing about the book was the scribbles throughout as they are such a great reminder of her strip. I was also impressed with her ability to honor her parents and her relationship with her daughter while at the same time making us laugh. She has a gift for elevating those she is making jokes about. Her essays are very relatable although at times a bit longwinded and I struggled to find any organized flow to the essays. A good book to read slowly, one essay at a time, rather than devour quickly.

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