Catastrophic Happiness

Catastrophic Happiness

Finding Joy in Childhood's Messy Years

Book - 2016
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Grand Central Pub
A comic and heartwarming memoir about childhood's second act from Real Simple journalist Catherine Newman.
Much is written about a child's infancy and toddler years, which is good since children will never remember it themselves. It is ages 4-14 that make up the second act, as Catherine Newman puts it in this delightfully candid, outlandishly funny new memoir about the years that "your children will remember as childhood." Following Newman's son and daughter as they blossom from preschoolers into teenagers, CATASTROPHIC HAPPINESS is about the bittersweet joy of raising children--and the ever-evolving landscape of issues parents traverse. In a laugh out-loud, heart-wrenching, relatable voice, Newman narrates events as momentous as grief and as quietly moving as the moonlit face of a sleeping child. From tantrums and friendship to fear and even sex, Newman's fresh take will appeal to any parent riding this same roller coaster of laughter and heartbreak.

Baker & Taylor
What will your children remember from their childhood? Newman discusses the bittersweet joys of raising children, and reflects on the ever-evolving roles parents play as children pass from baby to child to teen. Her fresh take will appeal to any parent riding this roller coaster of laughter and heartbreak.

& Taylor

The etiquette columnist for Real Simple presents a hilarious and heartwarming memoir about the bittersweet joy of raising children, from tantrums and friendship to fear and even sex, that takes parents on a wild ride through the ages of 4 to 14. By the author of Waiting for Birdy. 35,000 first printing.
The author discusses the bittersweet joy of raising children as she describes her family's own journey.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316337502
Characteristics: vii, 215 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 07, 2017

Author does a great and hilarious job of capturing the exuberance of motherhood and childhood, the joys and concerns involved. I wonder if it would help someone who is convinced they don't want children, because people who don't might get a glimpse of how your world changes where there is a little person who is so attached to and beloved by you that you put yourself second. Nothing like it!

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