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.
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"Who do we become when all our waking moments are taken up with raising children? Journalist and mother Catherine Newman reads her charming answer with the same pleasing authenticity that her humble writing conveys. She's an easy-to-hear and refreshingly astute observer of the parenting years. With witty insights conveyed through conversations with her son and daughter, she chronicles her efforts to maintain some type of order in her life as she follows the bouncing ball of childhood illnesses and mishaps, malignant cultural influences, and the constant risk of losing her identity in the midst of dizzying parental challenges. Her relatable narration is a good vehicle for her observations that blurring of the self is normal during the child-raising years and that embracing the chaos makes more sense than struggling for reason and order. T.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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