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Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault

Essays from the Grown-up Years
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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 fans more than 40 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 for mothers, daughters, and anyone who is caught somewhere in between.

©2019 Cathy Guisewite (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

One of O Magazine’s “25 2019 Books We Can't Wait For” 

One of PopSugar’s “Buzzy Books to Read This Spring” 

"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

"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

“Equally parts warm, laugh-out-loud funny, and charming. Guaranteed to make you fall in love with Cathy all over again.” (PopSugar)

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  • 20-04-2019

Thank you Cathy, You’re Not Alone!

Ladies- if you are in between teenagers and aging parents, this book is for you. These essays are so true and helpful. It made me laugh, smile and feel like I was sharing time with my best friend. Sometimes, I think that I’m the only one thinking some of the same things in this book. It is nice knowing we are not alone!

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  • Anna
  • 12-04-2019

Such a wonderful listen

Fans of Cathy Guisewhite will truly appreciate this. It is such a wonderful distraction from the daily madness that surrounds us. It’s wise, witty, funny, sad and endearing. I loved every word.

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  • joanna morse
  • 27-05-2019

Erma Bombeck Lives!

This book is so wonderful! It helps me laugh at all the little stuff, so I can handle the big stuff! Thank you, Cathy!!

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  • mgp
  • 07-05-2019

...just when most needed...

Cathy- Thank you! We have come through- you and I and women of our age... your kind & warm-hearted humor bring comfort & a bit of joy... I will send a copy on to my niece — a gift for turning almost 50....

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  • Tiger
  • 22-04-2019

Hitting Home

At first I didn't like the book but it grew on me. I am experiencing much the same as Cathy. An interesting tone of life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-2019

review#1

funny, however, I enjoy cross-referencing between humor and current events. I was unable to do that on audible for this book, why?

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