If you need more info on Erma Bombeck (was requested in a comment, but maybe other people want to know too?) try this site. She wrote articles and books, generally sarcastically funny ones about real life. The one I seem to remember reading was something about going to Boise… I want to grow up, I want to grow hair, I want to go to Boise or something like that. I think it was about children with cancer. There was another one that I remember, The grass is always greener over the Septic Tank – and it is, I know it, we used to have a septic tank on the farm.