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Erma Bombeck

American humorist and writer

Erma Louise (Harris) Bombeck (February 21, 1927April 22, 1996), born Erma Fiste, was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for a newspaper column that depicted suburban home life in the second half of the 20th century.


  • The grass is always greener over the septic tank.
    • Title of book (1976)
  • If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?
    • Book title (1978)
  • If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it.
    • As quoted in TIME (1984), also in Meditations for Parents Who Do Too Much (1993) by Jonathon Lazear and Wendy Lazear, p. 22

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