Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood¿s Messy Years

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Catherine Newman

Narrated By: Catherine Newman

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: April 2016

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes


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.


  • Natasha Karek

    A wonderful witty read for all moms at many stages! It brings your crazy toddler years into prospective! This book makes you laugh,cry and even appreciate your crazy little kiddos.

Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood¿s Messy Years

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Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood¿s Messy Years, Catherine Newman