Aunt Erma's Cope Book: How To Get From Monday To Friday . . . In 12 Days

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Open Road Media, Jan 15, 2013 - Humor - 213 pages
The #1 New York Times bestseller about one woman’s doomed quest for self-improvement by a writer “blessed with the comic equivalent of perfect pitch” (The Boston Globe).
As far as Erma can tell, her life is going well. Her children speak to her, her husband smiles at her, and she’s capable of looking in a mirror without screaming. But her friends know better. No matter how happy Erma thinks she is, she’s in need of help, and the only way to fulfillment is a ten-foot stack of self-improvement books. From Sensual Needlepoint to Fear of Buying, Erma will try them all. One book recommends bringing roleplay into the bedroom, so she dresses up in her son’s football pads. She tries to meditate but gets stuck in the lotus position. She spends more time in the kitchen but only succeeds in melting her son’s retainer. No matter how hard she tries to improve her family life, her schemes keep backfiring. As she soon learns, you may not always be able to fix what’s not broken—but with enough self-help books, you can break anything you want. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erma Bombeck including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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I'm glad I didn't read this before I was in my 50s. It is absolutely relevant to my age and place in life. A lambasting of the many "self improvement" books out there which promise to fix everything ... Read full review

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Erma Bombeck displays her usual amusing take on being a woman in the 70's. She's undertaken a journey to find herself with the help of self-help books, many of which are very thinly veiled satires of ... Read full review


How Do I Like Me So Far?
The SubTotal Woman
Is There a Draft in Your Open Marriage?
Fear of Buying
Looking for Mr Goodbody
Is There Life After Packages?
Get Off Your Cusp and Live
Raising Consciousness in Your Own Home for Fun and Profit
Bringing Up Parents the Okay
Go Suck An
A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand One Another
Living Cheap
Tidying Up Your Life
Ill Give Up Guilt When I Stop Making You Feel Rotten
Contemporary Etiquette Thats AWRIIITE
Dont Care What I Say I Still Like

The Complete Book of Jogging
How to Tell Your Best Friend She Has Bad Body English
The Pursuit of Happiness
A Biography of Erma Bombeck

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Erma Bombeck (1927–1996) was one of the best-loved humorists of her day, known for her witty books and syndicated columns. In 1967, she published At Wit’s End, a collection of her favorite columns. Bombeck would go on to write eleven more books, including The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank (1976), If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? (1978), and Aunt Erma’s Cope Book (1979). Her books were perennial bestsellers, and helped bolster her reputation as one of the nation’s sharpest observers of domestic life. She continued writing her syndicated column until her death in 1996. 

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