Review: The Erma Bombeck Collection


Title: The Erma Bombeck Collection: The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank;  If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?; Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession.

Author: Erma Bombeck

Published: Open Road Media May 2013

Status: Read from June 01 to 02, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy Netgalley/the publisher}

My Thoughts:

I’m not sure how old I was when I stumbled across one of Erma Bombeck’s books, The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, in a second hand bookstore though I think I was maybe in my mid teens. I hadn’t really read anything by a humourist before and I wasn’t expecting to find much in a book written by an old (from my perspective), American housewife amusing but I did. In fact I think it was probably the first book that actually made me laugh out loud. After that I kept an eye out for anything else by Erma, at that stage (in the late 1980’s) she had published 8 books but they were difficult to find in Australia. Over the years I have managed to collect five of her books, and read 2 others (courtesy the library).

The Erma Bombeck Collection includes two of the books I already own – The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, and If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? and a third I hadn’t managed to get a hold of Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession.

It’s delightful to discover just how timeless Erma Bombeck’s sense of humour is. Despite the generation gap and the seismic changes in society, her domestic commentary is still as relevant as it was 40 years ago.
My children regularly ambush me with the need for a costume/cake/working model of a rocket ship the night before it is needed, my husband can never find anything on a shelf in the pantry or fridge without my help and I haven’t seen the floor in my teenage daughter’s room for years. No matter if you are the mother of toddlers or teenagers, and regardless of whether you are a stay at home mum or work full time, it is easy to relate to Erma’s light-hearted diatribes.

Hilarious, heartwarming and wise, this is a wonderful collection of three of Erma Bombeck’s best, and a thoroughly entertaining read.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 22:59:59

    I read her books ages ago and found them so humorous.



  2. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 21:47:37

    When I was a girl my mom had all of her books. When I ran out of things to read I dove into them 😉 Now that I think about it, it’s pretty funny for a 11 year old to read these books, ha. But, I loooved them.



  3. Teddyree
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 14:04:53

    My mum had one of her books but I never did get around to reading it, I now have all mum’s books so it’s probably in a box somewhere … must dig it out. I could really use some hilarity 😀



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