A Marriage Made in Heaven: Or Too Tired for an Affair

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Harper Collins, Oct 16, 1994 - Humor - 304 pages
I now pronounce you husband and wife. There are few phrases as sobering, with the possible exceptions of "We have lift-off" and "This country is at war." Yet as they have done for centuries, millions of courageous men and women continue to walk down the aisle every year, without so much as a job description. Now, in her most autobiographical book, Erma Bombeck puts it all in loving and laughing perspective, as she looks back on her own forty-three-year-but-who's-counting marriage and the timeless passages that make the honorable estate of matrimony the highest-risk, highest-reward profession of all. A Marriage Made in Heaven...or Too Tired for an Affair is Erma's personal story as well as a resonant evocation of the decades that have shaped modern American matrimony - for better, for worse, and for laughs. Since the sunny day in 1949 when Erma and Bill Bombeck first plighted their troth, their marriage has weathered the advent of televised football and the dark side of Donna Reed. They've grappled with teenagers and technology, the women's movement and the sexual revolution, and have patented their own course in Creative Arguing. They've survived both the dream house from hell and the empty nest, and have been there for each other through maternity, miscarriage, and mortality. From the nervous newlywed, to the supermom who elevated guilt to a sacrament, to the steadfast partner, to the shy author on the road, here is an Erma Bombeck readers have never seen before, in a book for all those who are married, who were married, who are thinking about getting married, or who have hesitated (until now!) to take the plunge.
 

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A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN...OR TOO TIRED FOR AN AFFAIR

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Bombeck (When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home, 1991, etc.) is in top form here, detonating snappy one- liners throughout this account of her 40-plus years of marriage. And ... Read full review

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Classic, heartwarming, humorous Erma Bombeck. Ya gotta love this woman. My favorite part is when she announced she was getting married and her aunt 'crocheted herself to death.' Read full review

Contents

The Wedding
3
Living on Love
11
We Interrupt This Marriage
21
In Sickness and in Health
29
You Arent Getting Any Younger
41
Children
49
How Much Happiness Can
59
For Richer or for Poorer
69
The Sexual Revolution
155
The Dinosaurs
167
Whatever Happened to Romance?
173
For Better or for Work
179
Hi Mom Hi Dad Im Home
188
A House Morally Divided Cannot
197
Run for Your Life
207
Change Roles and Dance as Fast
215

Reunion
75
What Are Friends For?
83
Empty Nest
93
Winds of Revolution
99
Bless Me Everybody for i
113
BigTime Guilt
119
The FixerUpper
127
Creative Arguing
141
Teenagers
149
Technologys Coming
225
The Separation
239
Unsafe over 55
247
As Long as He Needs Me
253
Metamorphosis
259
Make Me a Grandmother
273
After 60 Its Patch Patch Patch
279
The Wedding
289
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About the author (1994)

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.

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