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1. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth
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1. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Jenny McCarthy
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Asin: 073820949X
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Sales Rank: 727
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Brimming with the author's signature frankness and humor, a no-holds-barred account of what you can really expect when you're expecting.

Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gasiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion; the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared these discomforts and humiliations, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy!

In Belly Laughs, the actress and new mother reveals the naked truth about the tremendous mood swings, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. With tips and hilarious musings on morning sickness and hormonal rage, hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant or indeed, has ever been born! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The the truth about pregnancy - a funny must read!
Jenny, you rock! I have always been a big fan of yours. A friend (who is not even pregnant and has no kids, but loved the book)sent this book to me and my hubby read through it in no time, laughing so hard together at the truth and frankness. We are 7 months pregnant and find that from family and friend you just hear the cleaned up cutesy version of what pregnancy is all about. But Jenny gives it to you real, with the funniest book on pregnancy I have ever read. It is nice to get away from the technical guides with all the negative chapters, and just have a good laugh at the crazy stuff you are going through. The chapter titles alone are worth reading because she sums each symptom up with 2 or 3 word titles. My favorite chapter titles were "The Blue Twinkies" and "Niagra Falls" - but you will have to read it to know what these are about. I highly reccommend this book, what a great shower gift too. Thank you Jenny!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book For Any Pregnant Woman
I heard about this book from the Sharon Osborne show, searched everywhere,looking for a Jenny Mc Carthy website to find out how I could get the book, but found nothing. I even e-mailed Sharon Osborne! But no response:( Finally I found out the release date and counted down the days to get it on opening day. Let me tell you, I was the first to get this book in my town. I have read all the pregnancy books there is, but this one is the best. Being a young mother-to-be, it is helping to show me "how it really is going to be." Everything that she went through, I went through and am going through to a "T." I absolutely love this book and HIGHLY recomend it to people who aren't afraid to hear it how it is, not some technical terms. Hey, we're all not doctors, so why read all the other books that have technical terms and sugar-coat pregnancy? I can't express through words how this book has helped me along the way so far, and I guarentee it will help you; by making you literally laugh out loud crying because your cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. It will bring laughter to your stressed-out, mood-swinging, grumpy all the time self. I can't say enough about this book. It is my pregnancy bible, and I am so glad it came out before I'm due to have my son (May 18th!) So, GO GET THIS BOOK! YOU WON'T REGRET IT! IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY! And thankyou Jenny Mc Carthy for writing the best pregnancy book EVER! Oh, and to the people who find this book offensive or disrespectful: It is the 21st century, and if your not comfortable with your body and are too afraid to talk about it, then yeah your right this book isn't for you. But I must add that she wrote this to tell you how it is, being very blunt, and not beating around the bush. This is how she is and if you can't handle the truth, then you're right, don't buy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but nothing special.
Let me begin this by saying that I've always found Jenny McCarthy funny.

That aside, this book could have been so much better. Yes, it's refreshing to see a pregnancy book that discusses topics conveniently left out of most others. It just seemed like she threw the entire thing together in an afternoon. Or less. As I read each chapter, I kept hoping she would have written more or expanded on her experience.

Overall, it was very disappointing. I expected much more from her. Maybe the next one will be better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Belly Laughs if Full of Laughs
I would start by saying the only negative thing is that the book isn't that long. I read it in one sitting at the park. McCarthy does an excellent job of telling it like it is and not holding back. If you're pregnant, considering it, a parent and are looking to laugh out loud this book is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few pregnancy books I could stomach (literally)
Belly Laughs is one of the few pregnancy books I could stomach -- literally. Most will either scare you to death or bore you to death. Thank you for saving me from those two fates, Jenny! ... Read more


2. Baby Laughs : The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
by JennyMcCarthy
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Asin: 052594883X
Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Sales Rank: 134
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Congratulations, you're a new mommy!

You've brought your brand-new bundle of joy home, and there's so much to look forward to: photos; baby's first word; clipping those oh-so-cute and very tiny fingernails; finding just the right stroller; sex again (gulp!); and, oh yes, losing the weight.

The joys of being a new mommy or daddy are endless, but so are the worries and the advice. Jenny McCarthy, the New York Times bestselling author of Belly Laughs, told you the truth about pregnancy and childbirth. Now she's telling the truth about baby's first year.

With hilarious musings on desperately trying to recall lullabies, losing the weight, baby- proofing the house, encountering mommies with superbabies, postpartum depression, dueling grandmas, and still trying to lose the weight, Baby Laughs is the perfect companion for anyone trying to raise the next president, those just trying to get to the next naptime, and anyone who was ever in diapers. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Moments of truth, hours of baloney
It may be that it has been too long since I've had a newborn.(my youngest is 3.)I've always enjoyed Jenny McCarthy's acting and when I saw this book I picked it up.I agree with some of the other reviews that she comes across as a very uninformed parent all the while claiming she did oodles of research (e.g. breastfeeding, circumcision).
Needless to say I didn't enjoy this book, I didn't find it funny - perhaps Jenny is more of a visual artist, not literary.
The one thing she nailed on the head was the chapter on mommy competition.While she did not explore this topic in depth, she did relate some amusing tales about hearing and dealing with this issue.
Overall, I give this book 1 star.Luckily, it is a quick read and I didn't waste too much time reading it and I checked it out of the library, which I suggest you do also!

1-0 out of 5 stars Really awful.....
I read her first book, Belly Laughs, and some parts of it were at least entertaining, but I just found this one horrifying.She really does gloss over bad decisions that she makes repeatedly and the book is filled with misinformation.The breastfeeding part is one of those places, but there were plenty more.There are plenty of funny books about motherhood, and the first year of motherhood, that would be better use of your money.The Girlfriend's Guide is one, so is Sleeping Through the Night and Other Lies.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cheap Shots from C-List "Celebrity" Mom
This is by far the worst piece of writing, if you can call it that, I've read in years.Thinking that I might be able to identify with McCarthy and laugh a bit,my dear husband bought this as one of my gifts for my very first Mother's Day.I wish he hadn't.Honestly, I would have preferred a DVD of South Park episodes; at least they can cover crude middle school topics of snot, scabs, sex, anal issues, genitalia, blood, fat, feces, ignorance, and marital problems with ACTUAL humor.

Her lack of understanding of basic biology was offensive, her poor parenting was ineffectively glossed over with an attempt at humor, and her superficial motives in nearly every chapter caused further revulsion.To make things worse, at the end of chapters filled with remarkably bad decisions or opinions, she attempts to brighten things up with saccharine advice or warnings. These come across sounding like the airhead across the bar who has a moment of deep thought before ordering another shot of Butterscotch Schnapps.

Let me provide you with an example of such advice from page 89."So, now you know that if it takes a long time for you to get it ON (her emphasis), don't worry cuz (her spelling)if this horndog eventually found delight in a boner, you will too.RUFF RUFF! (her word choice)"

Where was her editor?Who let her publish this without a ghost writer!?Why doesn't she use real words?One might ask, if it was so terrible, why I read the whole thing.It read like a bad movie, I kept telling myself that it HAD TO get better any minute.It didn't.I did laugh from time to time at how BAD this book was, maybe that counts for something.

Would I buy this for a mom-to-be or a current mother?NO!Save your money and watch bad cable instead; you might laugh more.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first
I read Jenny's first book, Belly Laughs, while pregnant with my first baby, and literally laughed so hard I cried. My husband read it and enjoyed it too, and he's not a reader at all. Every pregnant woman I loaned Belly Laughs to loved it.

So when Baby Laughs came out, I couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately, it's just not as good as the first book. While the tone is similar, the material and stories just aren't as funny this time around. Not enough sleep while writing this one maybe? If she writes another book about raising toddlers I'll still buy it - I can imagine what fun she'll have with the stories toddlers give you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful follow up
I absolutely loved her Belly Laughs book.I give it to all my pregnant girlfriends as part of their shower gift.I couldn't wait for her follow up book and as soon as I heard it was out, I ordered it right away.I read the whole book the afternoon I received it.I was not disappointed at all.Very funny and realistic.As I was laughing my but off, my 10 month old laughed along just seeing my face.That of course made me laugh harder!Enjoy new mommies, I did! ... Read more


3. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
by Vicki Iovine
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Asin: 0671524313
Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
Publisher: Pocket
Sales Rank: 484
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Beginning with the "10 Greatest Lies About Pregnancy" (number 10: Lamaze works), and ending with postpartum dementia, Vicki Iovine's Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy has fast become the laywoman's mouthpiece for the American pregnancy experience. Iovine is irreverent, sassy, and incredibly reassuring as she exposes the "truths" of pregnancy and childbirth, from sex to cellulite to cesareans. Iovine birthed four kids in six years, none of them twins, which certainly qualifies her as an expert. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy does reveal Iovine's particular cultural biases (pregnant or not, most of us don't have record-producer husbands, hang out with supermodels, or wear size-four pants) and philosophical beliefs (she's not a particularly strong proponent of natural childbirth or nursing), but, taken with a grain or two of salt, she provides many hilarious moments, acres of advice, and honest reassurance readers will find nowhere else. --Ericka Lutz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The lighter side of pregnancy
I cannot disagree with all the negative reviews more!

Vicki's (hey, I can call her that, we're 'Girlfriends' now) book has made me laugh out loud and also read in rapt silence. She makes it abundantly clear that this book is not to be taken as a be-all-end-all medical reference on pregnancy. Instead, she offers first-hand accounts of what this 9 month experience is all about and does so in a frank manner.

Since this is my first pregnancy, I've been scouring the book stores for every book written on the subject and feel this is the first one that doesn't preach. I like her honest takes on eating, exercise, and pain management during labor. I don't believe she ever tells the reader to eat poorly, not to exercise at all, and that an epidural is a must - she offers her opinions on the topics and leaves it at that.

I love this book and encourage first timers and other moms-to-be to read and enjoy this book as well. If nothing else, remember that laughter is the best medicine...and you can even take it while you're pregnant!

5-0 out of 5 stars FUNNY! And SO TRUE
I can't believe what some people are writing about this book. Each time I start to become scared about my pregnancy or about giving birth, I pick this book up to make me smile. Thank you Vicki Iovine for helping me with the difficult times of my first pregnancy! I've recommended this book to all I know that are pregnant!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just for fun
The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy is politically incorrect at times, for sure. That's part of the fun. Vicki Iovine isn't afraid to spill her guts and talk about all the things that pregnant women tend to get a bit neurotic (dare I say crazy?) about while they are pregnant. A lot of pregnancy book authors dance around these issues. Only a handful of authors confront them head-on. I give Vicki a high-five for being one of the few who is willing to tell it like it is.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
Reading this boring, trite, and obnoxiously fluffy book has made me appreciate the bright, funny, and wonderful girlfriends I have in my life. Granted, there are a few humorous moments in this book, but much of the humor is stale. (Perhaps I've been ruined by all the truly funny material I've read in my life.) Please, do yourself a favor: if you must read this book, buy it used - - especially if you can find it at a garage sale!

2-0 out of 5 stars A fluffy read, but not a lot to learn here
This falls under the entertainment and not pregnancy/childbirth education heading. The book focuses on the author's experiences and is unabashedly biased. It's a good background on what to expect with regards to symptoms, tests, etc.. It's also rather funny in some parts; however, I don't beleive the author ever intended for this to be a medical reference (although it's very medical-focused). Buy it used, there are tons of copies out there. Don't use it as a reference when making your decisions. ... Read more


4. Family Guy : Stewie's Guide to World Domination
by Steve Callaghan
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Asin: 0060773219
Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 2047
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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With episodes of Family Guy now running on Fox, Cartoon Network, and TBS, the Griffins are taking over the airwaves. Discover how you too can rule your world with this handbook from one of the show's most popular characters!

Stewie Griffin is a maniacal one-year-old baby genius who sees clearly what's wrong with the world and is hell-bent on staging a coup d'état that would turn absolute power over to him! The first tyrannical leader on his hit list is his mother, Lois -- the leader of the "gynocracy" making his young life totally insufferable. There are others, too.

Hell, if it weren't for his lack of muscle tone, toilet training, and his need for parentally provided sustenance, Stewie would have already gained control over most of the third world.

But even as a toddler Stewie knows that in order to rule the world you must first understand it. So he has compiled a book of his own musings on a wide variety of subjects: work, politics, religion, family, love, childhood, parenting, education, and more. What results is an anarchist's delight.

Helped into print by Steve Callaghan, one of the television show's lead writers, Family Guy: Stewie's Guide to World Domination features articulate young Stewie at his acerbic best.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but not hilarious.
I'm a big fan of Stewie, and might go so far as to say I think he is somewhere on the short list of best cartoon characters of all time.however this tome, as Stewie refers to it, leaves me wanting a bit.
I haven't finished the book, as it's been relegated to the bathroom.A perfect spot for it, I think.Not because it stinks, but rather it's only amusing in smaller doses.
Much of Stewie's appeal is in the delivery,his humor doesn't quite make the translation to the written page.
Don't get me wrong it's funny at times, I just haven't cracked up the way I do watching the show.

5-0 out of 5 stars SWEET!
This is ther best book i have ever read! After i have memorized this book i will put my plan into action! ... Read more


5. Confessions of a Slacker Mom
by Muffy Mead-Ferro
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Asin: 0738209945
Catlog: Book (2004-03-26)
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong
Sales Rank: 5682
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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Parents who are fed up with the pressure to turn their children into star athletes, concert violinists, and merit scholars-all at once!-finally have an alternative: the world of Slacker Moms, where kids learn to do things for themselves and parents can cut themselves some slack; where it's perfectly all right to do less, have less, and spend less.

Slacker moms say "No" to parenting philosophies that undermine parents'-and children's-ability to think for themselves. They say "Yes" to saving their money and time by opting out of the parenting competition. And they say "Hell, Yes!" to having a life of their own, knowing it makes them better parents.

In this witty and insightful book, author Muffy Mead-Ferro reflects on her experience of growing up on a ranch in Wyoming, where parenting-by necessity-was more hands-off, people "made do" with what they had, and common sense and generational wisdom prevailed. We should all take her sane lead! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, SOMEONE DARES TO TELL IT LIKE IT SHOULD BE!
Finally I have read a "parenting" book that does not presume to tell us all exactly how to be parents, but rather tells us that we already know most of what we need to know to raise our children, if we are thinking human beings who love our kids. Every other generation -- we're talking thousands of them -- knew how to raise its children without all the parenting experts so can't we figure SOME things out for ourselves? If we do I firmly believe that growing up will be easier on our kids (it will be easier on we parents, too, as Mead-Ferro suggests, to the horror of some readers), and that when they ARE grown up they will be better off because they'll be self-sufficient! And isn't that they key to being a successful person? I would recommend this book to any mom or anybody who is planning to become a mom. It's short and sweet and that's what we busy moms need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Humorous, witty, and a refreshing look at parenting!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I found her annecdotes thorougly entertaining, and often laughed out loud.
It should be clearly understood that this is not a "how to" parenting book, and should never be mistaken for one. Instead, it is one woman's account of trying to navigate through the incredibly tricky maze of parenting. Fortunately for us, she she presents her take on the whole thing through a wonderful sense of humor. If you can't laugh at yourself as a parent, perhaps this isn't a book for you.
I congratulate Muffy Mead-Ferro's courage to question some of today's "modern wisdom" about raising children and instead, listen to her gut about what's right for her children. And I commend her ability to "confess" about it!
I agreed with her about some things in the book and disagreed about others, but that's what makes this book so fun to read. We all have our own styles of parenting and should trust our instincts enough to follow them. Although I consider myself a slightly more experienced mother (I have kids ranging in age from 15 to 4), I gleaned some wonderful nuggets of wisdom from her childhood days on a Wyoming Ranch. These were some of my favorite parts.
I have recommended this book to many friends, and have purchased it for several gifts. It's a great read for parents of all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Slacker Moms.
Finally!!! I am given written permission to let my kids be kids and me be an imperfect Mom and human being. I am the mother of two boys, three and six, and frankly watching them make their own mistakes, and letting them see me make mine, is what I think makes our family special. I live in a place where kids have day planners and birthday parties are budget breakers.
Confessions of a Slacker Mom is not the typical parenting book. It is a refreshing insight into the thoughts and concerns of a mom just like me, who realizes money and "stuff" can't fix every problem or guarantee your success as a parent.
My favorite memory of the book is "if your kid doesn't have stitches by the age of seven, you are over protective".
If you think you can bail your kids out of every problem and prevent every scratch and scrape (why would you want to?) then this book is not for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty funny even if you don't agree with everything
It's an easy, quick read, although we advertising writer types always did have a knack for concise thoughts (i.e., "where's the beef?") Personally, I'm a stay at home mom, and my worst day home with my son is better than any day back at the office working for somebody else. So yeah, I was a little disappointed with Chapter 8 and the whole justification for letting strangers raise my kid. (Sorry, they can go to preschool when they're three, that's not so long to be out of the rat race.) But her observations are funny and it's true that our society does overindulge, advertisers are a parent's worst enemy and the experts don't have all the answers. And some mommies do get a little Stepford-ish...oh admit it, you do. (I've never scrapbooked either, I thought it was a noun.) The book made me realize how uptight I am so much of the time, so I might loosen up just a touch... except during PMS, then all bets are off!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's only funny if you have a sense of humor about parenting
Parenting has got to be the ultimate sacred cow, so I applaud Muffy Mead-Ferro for her willingness to poke fun at the extremes we parents sometimes go to, her ability to laugh at herself, and her belief in her kids, and all kids, to figure at least some things out for themselves -- even if that means a "lesser" role for the parents.

I think the title "Slacker Mom" however is totally tongue-in-cheek because it actually takes more effort for a parent who loves their kids to back off than to smother.

It is odd that some reviewers found it disingenuous for Mead-Ferro to caution parents about the effectiveness of marketing, since she has had a career in marketing. I felt just the opposite, that she is someone who knows what she's talking about because she's been there. She knows what lengths advertisers will go to and this is the reason she suggests that we parents should take their messages about all the stuff we're supposed to buy for our kids with a grain of salt.

Of course there is a contingent who will never think that it's okay for a mom to have a job or a career -- a situation which will almost always necessitate some type of child care arrangement. But in our day and age that is not only unrealistic but a disservice to women, and one reason this book is a welcome relief is that it reminds us working moms that we don't need to feel guilty about it -- it's absolutely possible to be a great parent (and a great example) to your kids, even though you have a career.

The ideas of this book are important ones, although they are presented in a humorous (and often self-deprecating) way. I hope they catch on. ... Read more


6. Why Animals Sleep So Close to the Road (and Other Lies I Tell My Children)
by Susan Konig
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Asin: 031233236X
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Sales Rank: 7622
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Susan Konig's warm, witty, and all-true story of becoming a work-from-home suburban mother--think Erma Bombeck meets I Don't Know How She Does It--is winning and laugh-out-loud funny.
 
Lifelong city dwellers, the Konig family can barely turn around in an apartment that seems to shrink with each addition. With baby #3 on the way, their home is nearing the bursting point. But it's the smallest inhabitants, a bold group of mice who don't mind living with four humans and a cat, who finally push the family to seek larger quarters, an adorable bungalow with a backyard and attic space, in the 'burbs.
 
Trading mice for a too-friendly local skunk, the family settles in and discovers the unexpected joys and trials of owning a home (prone to sewer backup), driving a minivan (mobile Cheerios repository), and raising three small children (countless sticky adventures). As they learn the local customs--how to respond after backing into a neighbor's car, when to expect a twenty-four-hour plumber to be actually on call, how much to clean before the cleaning lady comes--Susan Konig recounts her domestic adventures with equal doses of widsom and charm.
 
Honed by years as a journalist, Susan Konig's eye for detail reveals the charm and humor in the everyday situations that await her. Her story will make suburban dwellers laugh in recognition, while city dwellers count their blessings.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Funny and Honest!
Maybe we have our new Erma Bombeck in Susan Konig who supplies some wonderfully humorous and amazingly honest looks at motherhood in her new book, which is a compliation of realted essays. It's been over 20 years since I had todlers but Konig brought it all back to me - the fun, the funny, the insanity!

This book will be enjoyed by mothers of all ages and circumstances. ... Read more


7. Driving Under the Influence of Children : A Baby Blues Treasury (Baby Blues Treasury)
by Rick Kirkman, Jerry Scott
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Asin: 0740750054
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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8. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris
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Asin: 0316010790
Catlog: Book (2005-05-31)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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It just isn’t fair: most of us would be lucky to be able to express ourselves in writing half as well as David Sedaris does in his new book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. But on top of his skills with the written word, the author also has substantial gifts as a performer, and he proves this on the audio version of the book. In his essay The Change in Me,Sedaris remembers that his mother was good at imitating people, and it’s clear that he takes after her. Whether he’s doing impressions of high-voiced brother Paul, or recalling times when he and his sisters tried to win good karma by speaking and acting like well-behaved, fairytale children, Sedaris’s nuanced performance hits the right note on both the opening, comedic stories, and the more poignant essays that tend to come later in the reading. In fact, for those who have already read some of the best stories in other publications including The New Yorker, the CD or cassette version of this collection is probably the best bet for furthering your appreciation of the material.

Sedaris’s career is closely linked with two things: audio (he was discovered by NPR’s Ira Glass), and the personal lives of himself and his family. In Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, he describes fights with his boyfriend, and his sister-in-law’s difficult pregnancy. When sister Lisa complains about the stories involving the family, he writes about that, too. Sedaris's latest provides more evidence that he is a great humorist, memoirist and raconteur, and readers are lucky to have the opportunity to know him so well. Perhaps they are luckier still not to know him personally. --Leah Weathersby ... Read more


9. Be Prepared : A Practical Handbook for New Dads
by Gary Greenberg, Jeannie Hayden
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Asin: 0743251547
Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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Take your average guide for new mothers, chuck most of the stuff about breast feeding and ditch the deep background research and stats, then generously pepper with illustrations and burley humor and what do you have? Your average guide for new fathers. Be Prepared follows that template pretty closely, and that's really quite an acceptable thing. Yes, there's a bit too much emphasis here on broadly drawn manly stuff like changing a diaper at a ballgame, but there's also heaps of useful advice that's cleverly and efficiently presented for pops who, despite their best intentions, really aren't prepared to dig into encyclopedia-sized tomes. The basics (childproofing, bathing, feeding, entertaining) intermix with nifty sidebars (homemade bath toys, foods to never give your baby, exercises for dads) in easy-to-peruse chapters organized according to the age of the offspring up to age 1. There are more thorough how-to guides for new dads, but for most men moving into fatherhood, Be Prepared will fill the bill. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Brother Loves It - Great Shower Gift for Him!
I was so excited to give this book to my brother on the occasion of his wife's baby shower (why should he be left out of the fun!) He has since let me know that he has learned much and laughed often while reading his new baby guide. He also thinks the look of the book is cool - retro boy scout-style illustrations teamed with witty, practical information. My sister-in-law likes it, too! She loves that it gets him prepared not only for the baby, but also for the changes she's going through. Thanks for helping the Auntie-to-be and my family!

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, truthful, and very funny.
I could come up with many great things to say about this book, but I don't want to distract you from the main message, which is this: buy the book. If you are a new-dad-to-be, just buy the book.

"Be Prepared" is very, very funny without being "jokey" or overly familiar in tone; the humor comes from truth born of experience. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't rock the baby
Great, practical advice, except for getting a baby to sleep. It sounds harsh, but being a father of 4, including 4-month old twins, I found it better to simplify the bedtime ritual. For infants, put them in bed, kiss them goodnight, turn out the light, and close the door. For the twins, we let them put themselves to sleep. No rocking, no white noise, no music, no art of the transfer this time around. Much easier, and they sleep. Also, avoid using pacifiers. They become a crutch and god help you if you don't have one when you need them. Other then that, great advice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Totally Recommend This Excellent Book
Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden have written a parenting book that is both highly informative and really funny. As a father-to-be (5 months and counting), "Be Prepared" has become my constant companion. Three words for anyone in need of solid parenting advice: Buy This Book.

5-0 out of 5 stars you don't have to be a new dad to read this book
how about a new grandparent?- Actually it works for any caregiver. And serves as a refresher for those who raised kids long ago. I read it before I gave it to my son on the occasion of new-dadhood. So many child care books are serious and a bit scary but this is so much fun! -as well as enlightening on many baby care specifics. Just what a new parent (or grandparent) needs. ... Read more


10. Striking A Chord: A For Better or For Worse Collection
by Lynn Johnston
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 19508
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For 25 years, award-winning cartoonist Lynn Johnston has attracted new readers and intrigued longtime fans with her uniquely humorous stories and drawings in For Better or For Worse. During that time, more than 30 books based on the daily comic strip have sold in excess of 1.6 million copies. Striking a Chord continues that impressive record, delivering the latest For Better or For Worse collection just in time for spring. Johnston's acclaimed strip centers on the everyday life of a Canadian family, humorously portraying both the good and the not-so-good events that are shared by the Patterson clan and their extended family of friends and neighbors. Parents Elly and John; children Michael and his wife, Deanna, Elizabeth, and April; Grandpa Jim; and dogs Edgar and Dixie all live out the joys and complexities of modern life. From parents apprehensively facing their fifties and a young couple tackling new parenthood to a young woman confronting career choices and a girl's loss of a beloved pet, Striking a Chord brings compassion, understanding, and a lighthearted touch to every human interaction. This collection includes cartoons from November 2002 through July 2003.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner
I am such a huge fan of the For Better of For Worse cartoons. Lynn Johnston always does such a wonderful job of bringing everyday family life into focus while maintaining some degree of "funny".

This little book is no exception. Featuring all of the members of the family, this book is a wonderful look at the more recent strips.Even a little look at Farley and Mr. B. (which kind of still brought tears to my eyes).

The only comment I have that is negative is that these books are so small, only takes about 30 minutes to go through it.I feel as though I just start it and poof its finished.

Still, the quality is there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic as usual
This book is fantastic as is all of her fborfw books. highly recommended. No complaints. ... Read more


11. Striking A Chord: A For Better or For Worse Collection
by Lynn Johnston
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For 25 years, award-winning cartoonist Lynn Johnston has attracted new readers and intrigued longtime fans with her uniquely humorous stories and drawings in For Better or For Worse. During that time, more than 30 books based on the daily comic strip have sold in excess of 1.6 million copies. Striking a Chord continues that impressive record, delivering the latest For Better or For Worse collection just in time for spring. Johnston's acclaimed strip centers on the everyday life of a Canadian family, humorously portraying both the good and the not-so-good events that are shared by the Patterson clan and their extended family of friends and neighbors. Parents Elly and John; children Michael and his wife, Deanna, Elizabeth, and April; Grandpa Jim; and dogs Edgar and Dixie all live out the joys and complexities of modern life. From parents apprehensively facing their fifties and a young couple tackling new parenthood to a young woman confronting career choices and a girl's loss of a beloved pet, Striking a Chord brings compassion, understanding, and a lighthearted touch to every human interaction. This collection includes cartoons from November 2002 through July 2003.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner
I am such a huge fan of the For Better of For Worse cartoons. Lynn Johnston always does such a wonderful job of bringing everyday family life into focus while maintaining some degree of "funny".

This little book is no exception. Featuring all of the members of the family, this book is a wonderful look at the more recent strips.Even a little look at Farley and Mr. B. (which kind of still brought tears to my eyes).

The only comment I have that is negative is that these books are so small, only takes about 30 minutes to go through it.I feel as though I just start it and poof its finished.

Still, the quality is there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic as usual
This book is fantastic as is all of her fborfw books. highly recommended. No complaints. ... Read more


12. Furry Logic: Parenthood
by Jane Seabrook
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-15)
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Sales Rank: 36609
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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From the author-illustrator of the best-selling FURRY LOGIC comes a book of smile-provoking, truth-telling adages just for parents. Accompanied by touching water-color paintings of the most expressive animals you’ve ever seen, FURRY LOGIC PARENTHOOD will speak to the hearts, souls, and funny bones of anyone who’s experienced the joys of being a mom or dad. Seabrook’s paintings uncannily capture the highs and lows, loves and fears that all parents feel. Her koalas, giraffes, bald eagles, rabbits, and owls are rendered in delicate and biologically accurate detail using a tiny sable brush with a single hair at its tip. Cleverly complementing the paintings are sayings such as Your children are growing up when they stop asking where they came from . . . and refuse to tell you where they’re going and A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house. Parents will find their inmost thoughts perfectly expressed within the pages of FURRY LOGIC PARENTHOOD. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Adorable!!!
The art really makes this book. The statements about parenting are something you are likely to see sent around in an emailed list. However, the verbage coupled with the animal artwork will make anyone laugh out loud. The animals are so lifelike and their expressions seem human, they bring the book to life. This is a great gift for any parent who could use a good laugh!

4-0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift for new parents and grandparents.
New Zealand artist Jane Seabrook has succeeded in creating one of the most charming and amusing gift books ever! Using captivating watercolor animal portraits to illustrate aphorisms, many of them with new twists, she puts parenthood into perspective on many levels--and does so with panache. A mother kangaroo looks into her pouch at her baby and states, "A perfect example of minority rule is...a baby in the house."A pileated woodpecker with two older chicks states, "There are few things more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own."A turtle suggests, "No matter how old a mother is...she continues to watch her middle-aged children for signs of improvement."

Seabrook's art techniques allow her to pull off a book which in the hands of a lesser, less painstaking artist might be just "cute." Her paintings are rich and meticulously detailed--beautifully drawn with a sable brush of a single hair. Piling up many layers of watercolor, she builds her drawings and achieves depth, yet somehow still manages to convey a sense of spontaneity. The eyes of each animal "character" sparkle with what appears to be secret understanding of the message. Whimsical and full of surprises, this is the perfect gift book for new parents--and for those who enjoy reminiscing about "the good old days" from the safe distance of grandparenthood. Mary Whipple
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13. Car Talk Maternal Combustion: Calls About Moms And Cars (Car Talk)
by Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Sales Rank: 25424
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14. The Best of and the Second Best of Car Talk
by Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
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15. Cheaper by the Dozen (Perennial Classics)
by Frank B. Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
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Asin: 006008460X
Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Perennial
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's still really funny
I was watching the attractions for the Steve Martin version of Cheaper By the Dozen and thinking that it looks like the only element they kept from the book was the title and having 12 kids. I really haven't read the book since..... 6th grade? It was my favorite book then. I decided to re read it and it's still really funny. I mean laugh out loud funny. The rest is a charming look at life in a different time.

It's just a wonderful story about Frank and Lillian Gilbreth (I believe he started motion study and invented touch typing, she was a psychologist) and their 12 children growing up around the turn of the century everything in the household is about learning and responsibilty to gently instill responsible behavior in the children as they grow to adulthood. That said I really loved the bit where the wife leaves him with the kids and when she returnes he says he only had problems with that one over there, but I spanked him and that worked it all out and she says he's not one of theirs.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper by the Dozen
Cheaper by the Dozen is a well written biography on the Gilbreth family and all the craziness they go through every day with such a big family. This large family consists of 12 children and a set of parents. All 12 kids-Fred, Dan, Anne, Bob, Bill, Frank, Martha, Lil, Ernestine, Jack, Jane and Mary-all have red or blonde hair and lots of freckles. My favorite character was Mr. Gilbreth. This story took place in Mont Clair, New Jersey and i think that was a very appropriate setting. My favorite part in the book was when Mr. Gilbreth would not let Anne and Ernestine wear make-up, high heels or short skirts. I also liked when the Gilbreths went to California to visit Mrs. Gilbreth's family. There are many more good parts, but you will need to read the book or listen to it on tape to find out about them. What i liked best about the story is that it was pretty funny. I would reccomend it to any one who likes books written with a sense of humor. There isn't any real plot or climax to this story, but that may be one of the reasons I liked it so much. It flows very well and the only confusing part is all of the characters. Overall, it was a pretty good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
A book that I have read no less than 10 times. It's entertaining and insightful and really a timeless story (although part of its charm is the historical information it provides too). It deals with subjects like family closeness, female empowerment, importance of education, and the loss of a loved one, all with humorous anecdotes and touching stories. As a book that I read both as a child and an adult, I was suprised at things I had missed (or where over my head) in past reads and how much I still enjoyed it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I just finished reading it ten minutes ago! I loved it! It has changed my life. I hope I can have such awesome experiences with my own five children! What an amazing family! Truly uplifting and inspiring! I will definitely read it again and again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper by the Dozen
This book is about a family called the Gilbreths finding the best way to live. They have 12 children. All these children care for many different things and are different ages.They face many differnt obstacles. This family probably is like yours but maybe a little more funnier. You'll laugh by reading this book. The movie is a little differnt from the book. There are two versions of Cheaper by the Dozen. Reading this book will definately remind you of families and your own family. So if your ready for some laughs read Cheaper by the Dozen. If you liked the movie you'll love the book. ... Read more


16. Cheap Psychological Tricks for Parents: 62 Sure-Fire Secrets and Solutions for Successful Parenting
by Perry W., Ph.D. Buffington
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Asin: 1561452041
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Sales Rank: 15589
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Buff does it again!
As a grandmother, watching my children raise families of their own is a wonderful experience. But, as we all know, we need a little help now and then. When I read Cheap Psychological Tricks for Parents by Dr. Perry Buffington I knew help was here! I immediately passed the book along to my daughter and then my daughter-in-law who both have toddlers and school age children.

The book is well-written, easy to read and holds the attention of the reader to the end. As I read the book I was taken back to the time when my children were little (especially in the chapter "Eat Your Veggies"). How many times did I struggle trying to make my kids eat those veggies, and how many times have I watched my kid/parents do the same thing? Well, Dr. Buff
settled that argument - just hide the veggies inside something the kids do like.

Thanks Dr. Buff. Your other books have been great and we'll be looking forward to your next release.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kids are not small adults!
I bought this book after hearing Dr. Buff on the radio (WDBO-AM). He gives tips (tricks) that are obvious but you'd never think about them until you READ them! So I read the entire book in one weekend and earmarked the tips I wanted to try, one at a time.

For me, the most profound was that kids between 7 and 12 can't understand adult logic, even if you use simple words in their vocabulary. The next trick I tried for one of the kid's birthdays - I saved money, bought fewer gifts, and got THE gift that was really wanted, not just a fad gift. The third trick will start this weekend - getting the kids to eat vegetables!

Almost like having a manual for raising kids! Hospitals should provide this books as part of the New Parents gift bag.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally...the manual I've been looking for!
My wife and I always joked about losing the 'manual' on childraising. We have been so pleased with this book! It covers every age (we have a 12 and 6 year old) and it's helped us out of many tight spots. We actually learned a thing or two ourselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars All Parents Should Have This Book
I have often wondered why you need a license to drive a car, but not to raise a child. The twists and turns you navigate while learning to be a parent will certainly rival the curviest road. Dr. Buff is wonderfully insightful and hilariously funny! This is the Owner's Manual they should send home from the hospital with new parents! Dr. Buff - Thanks for straightening the curves! ... Read more


17. Keeping the Baby Alive till Your Wife Gets Home
by Walter Roark
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Asin: 0970793707
Catlog: Book (2001-05)
Publisher: Clearing Skies Press
Sales Rank: 11387
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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The perfect gift for soon-to-be (or even has-been) dads, Keeping the Baby Alive till Your Wife Gets Home is a tongue-in-cheek peek at modern parenting from a father’s point of view. It’s as funny, page-by-page, as the title promises, and all of the laughter is backed by candid advice. The spoof, clearly targeted at today’s career-minded mom-and-dad team, romps merrily from subtle to slapstick.Yet under the surface Keeping the Baby Alive focuses consistently on the complex feelings new fathers encounter but are reluctant to talk about.

The breezy, irreverent humor escorts dads through basic topics such as home-from-the-hospital adjustments, postpartum do’s and dont’s, diaper-changing, feeding, difficult infant behavior, child care choices, the walking/talking stage, father-baby games and more.

Inspired by Mr. Roark’s first-born, Meghan, the original manuscript was set aside for years. Brought to life now for the first time by Clearing Skies Press, the publication of Keeping the Baby Alive has an unusual twist to it. Now a teenager, Meghan, the book’s original inspiration, actually contributes to the work’s humorous illustrations. It’s a story with a happy ending for a very special father-daughter team. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift Book for Dads, Trust Me
I loved this book because, as a new father learning my trade (so to speak) it gave me a break from all the pressure-packed, heavy advice books. With Keeping the Baby Alive, I could relax and laugh at the many ironies that come with child care. I also liked the book because I felt like it was written for me, an innocent young father who wants to do my best, but who also feels a little intimidated about infant care. The message here is 1) you don't have to be perfect and 2) you can actually have fun taking care of kids if you don't get too crazy and uptight about it. Besides, the book is just plain funny.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book even a mother can love
Roark's Keeping the Baby Alive is hysterically funny. Dads who don't know about the in's and out's of such fun events as diaper changing need this book. Those who know about it need this book to give them some needed perspective -- and belly laughs. I say, give it to all the dads in your life.

3-0 out of 5 stars Amusing but not as helpful as hoped
I bought this book for my husband just after the birth of our son. While it is indeed very amusing, we found the advice and information to be less helpful than we hoped. I would recommend instead The Joy of Fatherhood which outlines what to expect for each month of the first year.

5-0 out of 5 stars just like life, only funnier!
Mr. Roark hits the nail on the head with this very funny, very real book. Any new Dad will be able to relate to "Keeping the Baby Alive...' It took me several years to realize that my husband was REALLY proud of himself whenever he took care of the kids - he thought he had done his job well---he had kept them alive until I got home! Buy this book as a gift for any new father - or any father, for that matter!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for those with no sense of humor
This book is really, really funny because it pokes fun at every facet of baby care, all from a man's point of view. No one is spared, including dads, mems, babies, relatives (young and old), baby sitters, toy manufacturers, pediatricians and modern culture in general. It is not a book for women, but a book for women to give to men. Even so, I know several females who think Keeping the Baby Alive is hysterical. I think these gals understand that it's a tongue-in-cheek spoof--not a dead-serious care guide. heaven knows, bookshelves are loaded with grim instructional manuals for parents who are in hot pursuit of perfection. me, I gave up trying to be the perfect dad after a few months of stress and frustration. Now I use common sense and a sense of humor in taking care of our toddler and baby, and leave perfection to saints and superstars. ... Read more


18. Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It
by Andrea J. Buchanan
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Asin: 1580050824
Catlog: Book (2003-04)
Publisher: Seal Press (WA)
Sales Rank: 28765
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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According to Andrea Buchanan, "mother shock" is the state in which many new parents exist during those first confusing, chaotic, and often comical years of parenting. It is the clash between expectation and result, theory and reality; a twilight zone of 24-hour-a-day living where life is no longer neatly divided into day and night. It is the stress of trying to acclimate quickly to the immediacy of mothering; of formulating a new conception of oneself, one's role in the family and in the world; of shouldering a fearful new level of responsibility and a new delegation of domestic duties. In this much-needed and delightfully funny collection, Buchanan shares the insight she gains as she moves through the stages of mother shock. From "Fear of the Double Stroller" and "Confessions of a Bottle Feeder" to "I'm an Idiot" and "Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Playgroup," Buchanan details the unimaginably difficult and unbelievably rewarding process of becoming a mother. Spanning the first three years of her daughter's life, these amusing ruminations on mothering will strike a chord with every new mother. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for new moms!
"Mother Shock" is a book I enjoy giving to new moms lost in the early, crazy days of new motherhood. Andrea Buchanan tackles the topics of love, abivalence, fatigue, guilt and so many other overwhelming new mama emotions.

I highly recommend!

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had this book when my first was born
"Mother Shock" is exactly what I needed when my first son was born -- an honest look at just how darn hard becoming a mother can be. And I don't mean the delivery. The hard part are the hours and hours of colic and exhaustion and wondering where your identity went.

Now, six years after becoming a mother, I finally feel less alone in my baby years misery thanks to Andrea Buchanan's "Mother Shock."

If you're having a baby, or even if you've passed the baby years, read this book. It'll make you feel much better about the range of emotions -- the "mother shock" -- of the first year of motherhood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for new moms
A wonderfully honest and funny book for new moms. Its short essay format works well for the limited reading time available to new parents. Just one chapter every now and then can brighten even the most collicky, sleep-deprived, poopy-diaper-ridden day.

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had known about this book sooner!
I loved this book! I wish I had heard of it sooner. It helped me feel so much better about what I have been going through. Everyone makes it seem to easy! It was great to read about other moms like me and to hear that my feelings and struggles are normal. She is a great writer and the book really made me think. I quoted practically the whole thing to my husband! I would recommend this to every new mom!

5-0 out of 5 stars Searingly honest
Andi Buchanan's book is the one I hand to every first-time pregnant woman I know. This is as close as I can come to telling the truth, giving the behind-the-scenes look at what it's going to be like once the baby is in her arms. Refreshingly true, hopeful and empathetic, Mother Shock is a truly must-have companion for every new mom. ... Read more


19. Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader
by Bathroom Readers' Institute
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Asin: 1592232701
Catlog: Book (2004-11-09)
Publisher: Portable Press
Sales Rank: 1140
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Where else can people find out about celebrity museums, where Hitler's nephew lived in New York, or how to do an authentic rain dance? In Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader, of course! Aimed at the legions of literate bathroom lingerers, this toilet tome is filled with pop culture, forgotten history, strange lawsuits, weird news, and unknown origins of all sorts of things from voodoo to anime. Savvy, edifying, intriguing, and irregular trivia - bathroom brains are now occupied. From reality TV shows that almost were (contestants run a cross-country relay race, only they don't hand off a baton - they hand off a monkey!) to kung fu stories (European explorer Ferdinand Magellan died from a head wound after arrogantly drawing his sword on a Filipino man carrying a stick - who happened to be a Kung Fu master!), Uncle John's corners the market on entertainment that's fun and educational for that downtime that would otherwise be wasted. ... Read more


20. Baby's First Tattoo : A Memory Book for Modern Parents
by Jim Mullen
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Asin: 0743224450
Catlog: Book (2002-05-03)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 14398
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THINK CHILDREN ARE THE CUTEST,
CUDDLIEST, MOST WONDERFUL, SAINTLY CREATURES
IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

THESE PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN.

THEY HAVE NICE THINGS. THEY COLLECT FRAGILE POTTERY. THEY HAVE CANDLELIT DINNERS IN FANCY RESTAURANTS. THEY GO TO MOVIES. THEY HAVE WHITE CARPETS.

PEOPLE WITH SMALL CHILDREN HAVEN'T BEEN TO A RESTAURANT WITHOUT
PLASTIC SILVERWARE IN YEARS. THE LAST MOVIE THEY SAW IN A THEATER IS NOW
ON AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS. THEIR HOUSE LOOKS LIKE IT WAS
DECORATED BY PEE-WEE HERMAN.

BABY'S FIRST TATTOO IS FOR THEM.


For years parents have been buying baby books to document all the precious moments in their new baby's life -- Baby's First Tooth, Baby's First Haircut, Baby's First Step. What have been ignored for too long are those "alternative" precious moments that really should be written down, celebrated, and remembered -- Baby's First Projectile Vomit, Baby's First Tantrum in a Crowded Grocery Store, Baby's 10,000th Dirty Diaper. Otherwise you might forget them and think of becoming parents once again. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted fun for the young parent
This book is exactly what's described in the description here: A comical take on the traditional baby's memories book. For someone who was a little overwhelmed at the amount of stuff out there that's targeted towards new parents (read: designed to guilt new parents into buying their schlock so you don't feel like you're neglecting your child), this book was a breath of fresh air. Realisitically, neither I nor my wife would have ever completely made use of a straightforward baby memories book, and in fact, I have yet to meet anyone who actually did. This book, on the other hand, is entertaining by itself so you don't feel that its purchase was a complete waste even if you never fill in any of its pages.

Some gems from the pages include: "Diameter of baby's head" followed thereafter by "Diameter of hole baby's head came through." There are places to record baby's first projectile vomit, and even baby's first DWI. There's even a ledger of expenses you can fill out which start out with hospital expenses and even include cost of spring break, cost of first auto repair, and cost of "finding oneself".

This is funny, funny stuff. It's not intended to be a serious memory book for any child, but it provided me, a parent, with plenty of giggles.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is for the young, old, and humorous at heart!
I have read some of the reviews of this book and I was disappointed at the number of people who were not enjoying this book. My sister-in-law received this book from a friend, so I went out and bought it for my friend. I feel modern parents, or the younger parents will enjoy this book more. I wrote a little insert on my friend's front cover saying, "I hope you never have to use this book. I thought it was cute and I wanted you to know I was excited about the birth of the baby." It's true. I hope no one has to actually write down half of the things in this book. It's a nice conversation starter. It's great reading material. The authors made this book one of a kind. More and more people are looking for books and shower gifts that make a statement. This will do it!

5 stars for orginality.
5 stars for funny.
5 stars for thank god I don't have to use this on my children!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
I received this book at a shower, and it became the hit of the party - guests took turns reading from it aloud.

Granted, if you are looking for a traditional fill-in-the-milestone baby book, this isn't it. But, if you (or the parent-to-be) would like a little humor mixed in with the diaper bags and layettes, this book is perfect.

On the days when parenthood is more than a little daunting, I pick it up for a much needed laugh.

5-0 out of 5 stars For those who "get" it...get this book
The mark of a really choice comedic book is when someone who isn't even in the target demographic picks it up and can't put it down until after reading it all the way through. I first saw this book at a Best Buy, laughed hysterically, then after wiping away my tears, recorded the title into my Palm Pilot for future reference. Right now, there's an unsuspecting pregnant friend of mine out there about to get this book...and she's going to LOVE it! There seem to be a couple reviewers here who think this book is actually supposed to be a record keeper or something to read a million times over. Someone mentioned that the book doesn't contain evergreen cultural references. (Gee, if that were a sign of success, then Stephen King would have been in big trouble a long time ago.) This is an "in the moment" book for a time that is best lived, well, in the moment. Great job.

5-0 out of 5 stars hillarious
i got this book as a present from friends several days after the birth of my daughter, and i laughed so hard i almost ripped my episiotomy stitches :). very funny, and makes for a great gift! ... Read more


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