Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault: Essays from the Grown-up Years

Category: Book
By (author): Guisewite, Cathy
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / Later Years
  HUMOR / Form / Essays
  HUMOR / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Publisher: Putnam
Published: April 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*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 with 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 which 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.
Review Quote*Praise for Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault

One of O Magazine's "25 2019 Books We Can't Wait For" 

"The creator of the iconic cartoon "Cathy" comes out of retirement to make us laugh, cry, and remind us-with humor and pathos-that yes, we all do stupid things yet live to tell the tale."-O, The Oprah Magazine

"Struggling with the indignities of aging and the stress of caring for both a teenage daughter and elderly parents, Cathy cartoonist Guisewite finds an outlet for her frustrations in this amusing debut essay collection....Women who can relate to her experiences and concerns will enjoy her girlfriendish voice and appreciate the more substantive material."-Publishers Weekly 

"Cathy Guisewite must have discovered early that laughter is the only free emotion-the only one that cannot be compelled-because she gave us the gift of freedom in her 'Cathy' comic strip. Now, in Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault, she has written a book that will help us free our lives to the very end."-Gloria Steinem 

"Cathy was always the comic-book character who summed up what we were thinking, whether it was about calories, clothing, bosses, stress, or that extra cinnamon bun. Freed from the brevity of a single frame, creator Cathy Guisewite lets her signature voice and humor fly with Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault, and tackles the subjects of parenting, caregiving, aging, food, and so much more. Aack! It's fabulous."-Lee Woodruff, author of Perfectly Imperfect 

"Cathy Guisewite lets us know that it's okay to be a woman who's half Betty Crocker and half Betty Friedan. It's okay to listen to your mother. It's okay to miss the legs you used to hate. Nobody's perfect, but imperfect people tell the best stories. Women are resilient. And everybody says 'AACK!'"-Helen Ellis, author of American Housewife

"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. Cathy Guisewite is one of those personalities who bubble up from the page, then reach out to become our friend, fellow sufferer, and favorite observer of just about everything. Add her to your life." -George Hodgman, author of Bettyville

"Cathy Guisewite, a bona fide hero for so many of us as we came of age, has delivered a one-two hilarious punch with her book-intimate, powerful, funny, emotional, real, and riveting. Cathy bares her soul and proves once again that happily, truly, we are all in this together."-Beth Grant, actress (The Mindy Project, Little Miss Sunshine
Biographical NoteCathy Guisewite is the creator of the "Cathy" comic strip, which ran in nearly 1,400 newspapers for thirty-four years. The strip earned Guisewite the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award in 1992, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special Cathy in 1987, and the high honor of having her work displayed on the fronts of refrigerators across the land. Cathy lives in California with her handsome and charming dog, Leo.