Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault by Cathy Guisewite audiobook

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

By Cathy Guisewite
Read by Cathy Guisewite , with Anna Guisewite

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9.89 Hours Unabridged
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A National Bestseller 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 freedrom 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.

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A National Bestseller 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 freedrom 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Guisewite hits the mark....Offers a new way to savor the humor of her classic comic-strip character. Absurd and often witty takes on life as a caregiver, mother, and woman. Kirkus Reviews
Guisewite finds her voice when she delves into her relationships with her daughter and parents and examines the struggles of aging and loss, which she does with humor and a deft eye for detail... [Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault is] a work with real heart...Guisewite is not Ephron, but she's not trying to be. She's emphatically, jubilantly, Cathy. Library Journal
“The humorous and at time poignant book reflects the concept of aging, tackling, in turns, feminism, the difficulty of removing sports bras, kids moving out of the home, the death of parents, and more. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll definitely say, 'That's so me!' Mind Body Green
A funny and heartwarming telling of her experience in womanhood. Harvard Crimson
Guisewite's humor, empathy and insightfulness combine to create a clever and highly entertaining look at the challenges and issues faced by women today. BookReporter
Finally, a reason to laugh about growing older. Best Life
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 
Fans of Cathy, rejoice! Cartoonist Guisewite is back with a hilarious collection of essays....Covering topics that are eminently relatable to today’s readers with her characteristic forthright humor, Guisewite’s essays are well written and affecting....Fans of the comic will be thrilled at these later-year insights into a character they love....New readers will be charmed by the author's wit and turn of phrase. Ack! Booklist
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
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
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 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 
Now in this hilarious essay collection, Guisewite delights us again with the same kind of deadpan humor that made her comic strip a legend. Palm Beach Post
“[Guisewite] offers a new way to savor the humor of her classic comic-strip character. Absurd and often witty takes on life as a caregiver, mother, and woman. Austin American-Statesman
"Heartfelt and hilarious essays. Parade 
With touching honesty and humor, [Cathy Guisewite] reflects on caring for her aging parents and raising her daughter. It's a book for Cathy fans and everyone else. Real Simple
Bright essays that send up the absurdities of modern middle age. Vanity Fair
"This new book will feel like a friend...the kind who knows exactly what to say when you need some reassurance. NPR
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...live to tell the tale. O, The Oprah Magazine
Often hilarious and true, [Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault] gets at that tension between the empowerment propaganda women are raised on and the gendered I-am-responsible-for-everyone's-well-being reality in which most of us still live. TIME
"A series of humorous musings on life after 60 as she navigates between grown children and elderly parents. Newsday
"Tackles aging, transitions, children and the struggle of being part of what she calls 'the panini generation.' New York Post
This is a book that will wrap around you like a hug, with warmth, with and wisdom. From the futility of finding jeans that fit out of dozens in the closet to the equally futile task of trying to get parents to learn TiVo, every woman and every daughter will recognize themselves in Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault. Shelf Awareness 
Smart, funny essays... Those taking care of both children and parents will relate but everyone will benefit from Guisewite's humorous take on contemporary life. Orange County Register  
Relatable, hilarious, and just awesome. Parents
“Equally parts warm, laugh-out-loud funny, and charming. Guaranteed to make you fall in love with Cathy all over again. PopSugar
Cathy's appeal lay in the fact that she spoke openly about the things that women weren't supposed to talk about: anxiety and insecurity and frustrations. She was a touchstone for neurotic girls and women of all ages.... [Her] forthcoming essay collection is as full of humor and pathos about life's many mundanities as you'd want it to be. Only this time, there's no comic strips, it's all Guisewite's voice—reliably sane, sparkling, and suffused with the same warmth and wit as we've all come to expect. What a treat. Nylon
One of:Real Simple's "Best Books of 2019 (So Far) O Magazine’s “25 2019 Books We Can't Wait For

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Author Bio: Cathy Guisewite

Author Bio: Cathy Guisewite

Cathy Guisewite is the creator of the “Cathy” comic strip, which ran in nearly 1,400 newspapers for thirty-four years. The strips have been compiled into more than twenty books, and earned Guisewite the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award in 1992 and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special of “Cathy” in 1987. She currently lives in California with her daughter.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 9.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English