"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 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 reading for mothers, daughters, and anyone who is caught somewhere in between."--Dust jacket.
Fifty things that aren't my fault Why there's a lifeless body in dressing room number two Driving lessons In loving memory of the legs l used to hate The attack mom The day I outgrew all my shoes I would wash my hands of this if only I could Caregiver standoff at the ice cream parlor Cords At least I didn't eat a donut The build-a-boob workshop Infidelity Nobody wants to hear about your nice clean closet No comment Helicopter daughter Diary of a bubble wrap scrap I'm flunking retirement This is your brain on sweet potato chips Don't tell a woman to just wear jeans The organizer Love stories The day I washed my face with bath soap It took a village The itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny torture chamber The day I divorced my purse Stop trying to upgrade your mother Ode to eyeliner What kind of friend has no Wi-Fi in the powder room? In defense of my 2,000th trip to the mall My meaningless midlife six-minute fling Four kindergarten moms and a bottle of Pinot Grigio Joyfully preparing for the celebration of death Left at the altar Seduction 101 The last champions of photo album guilt Prince Charming Unexpired love Ate o'clock Mother's Day text message Novocaine in the waiting room Cool whipped Never, ever do what I say Love is in the air Barbie mom Meditations on a sweat sock Mother's soup Superman versus the meatloaf My cup would runneth over except it was full of M&M's and now they're all gone.
Online version: Guisewite, Cathy. Fifty things that aren't my fault.