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Norma Jean the Termite Queen

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A funny furious, totally uninhibited book about the mad housewife in all of us
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published January 1st 1975 by Doubleday Books
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Kim Fay
Jul 26, 2015 Kim Fay rated it it was amazing
Recommended by a friend whose suggestions I ALWAYS trust, this book fascinated me as a reader and as a writer. As a reader (who is making her way through many of the so-called feminist novels of the 1960s and '70s), I wondered what it would have felt like to read this book in context, when it came out (1975). The story of housewife Norma Jean fighting with her husband, raising 3 children and seeking meaning from "the piece," a sculpture she is working on in her garage, this book has moments of c ...more
Stephanie
OMG I used to give this to women to read. It so resonated with me.

I need to reread this, I wonder if I have changed that much or if I will once again have a huge series of AHAs.

Loved it, never forgot the diswasher and the knives.
Jeanne
Mar 17, 2008 Jeanne rated it really liked it
I read this a long time ago - anyone who knows me will understand why.
Stephanie
Grabbed this because I remembered my aunts reading it. Extremely dated but still funny in spots.
Julie Nunez
May 06, 2012 Julie Nunez rated it really liked it
How did I miss this when I was young? Too bad about the silly, pink, Erma Bombeckish cover. That alone would have kept me from ever picking it up if book hadn't been recommended. Internal dialogue and stream of consciousness of the protagonist as she moves towards self discovery is a revelation. Lived much of it myself.
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