Erma Louise Bombeck (née Fiste; February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996) was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers. From 1965 to 1996, Erma Bombeck wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns, using broad and sometimes eloquent humor, chronicling the ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife. By the 1970s, her columns were read twice-weekly by 30 million readers of the 900 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

In 1976 McGraw-Hill published Bombeck's "The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank", which became a best-seller. In 1978. Bombeck arranged both a million-dollar contract for her fifth book, "If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?" and a 700,000-copy advance for her subsequent book, "Aunt Erma's Cope Book" (1979).

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