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A Cathy Collection

“You don’t have to be female, young, and unmarried to appreciate the humor of Cathy Guisewite. Cartoon Cathy suffers and enjoys the hassles of relationships, careers, and an attempt at domesticity. She has a mother to placate. Don’t we all? She has problems. Don’t we all? But the problems just seem so much easier to face when we peek at Cathy’s comic strip.” —Oakland Press, Pontiac, Mich.

“For many single women, Cathy is like a best friend…No matter what we’re going through, it’s a safe bet that Cathy’s going through it with us.” —Elkhart (Ind.) Truth

“Her cartoons are enough to make one laugh out loud, as page after page of contradictions and rationalizations capture the life and hard times of the single woman.” —Lansing (Mich.) State Journal

Cathy chronicles the demands of a “thirtysomething” career woman responding to the complexities and contradictions in our everyday lives. Like so many women, she struggles with frustrations involving the “four basic guilt groups”–food, career, mother, and relationships. Always trying to do her best, Cathy finds her alternatives are clearly conflicting: Be aggressive, be submissive; be ambitious, be demure; eat healthy, eat happy; act caring, act nonchalant…No wonder Cathy’s confused!

About the Author

Cathy Guisewite is the creator of the “Cathy” comic strip which ran daily in nearly 1,400 newspapers from 1976 to 2010. Launched when there were almost no female voices on the comic pages, the strip became a deeply personal touchstone for women wrestling with a changing world. The strip earned Guisewite the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award in 1992, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special Cathy in 1987, and the high honor of having her work displayed on the fronts of refrigerators across the land, right next to the food.

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