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Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault

For 34 years, Cathy Guisewite bonded with millions of women and their mothers "in our dating, dieting and dreaming years" through her popular, iconic comic strip "Cathy," which appeared in 1,400 newspapers at its peak.

With the publication of Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault: Essays From the Grown-Up Years, she fulfills her lifelong dream "to express more than what could fit into the boxes of a comic strip."

"These are essays from the heart, soul and stomach of modern womanhood," she says. "Part reflection on how the world has changed for us in the last four decadespart frustration at what hasn't changedpart rebellion against the many things that weren't and aren't our faultpart annoyance that the seniors in the commercials are reinventing themselves so meaningfully while I'm still working on a "to-do" list from 1999...part exasperation that, with all my wisdom and maturity, I still lose almost every battle with the frozen Girl Scout cookies."

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Cathy Guisewite

Cathy Guisewite was born in Dayton, Ohio, and spent the first five "Wonder Years of Life" there before moving to Midland, Michigan - the deeply rooted Midwestern foundation she believes made the rest of her life possible. She created the "Cathy" comic strip in 1976, which ran in nearly 1,400 newspapers for 34 years. The strip earned Guisewite the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award in 1992, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special Cathy in 1987, an ...
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