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81. The Worst Baby Name Book Ever
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82. 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage
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83. If I Knew it Was Going to Be This
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84. Peanut Butter Kisses and Mud Pie
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85. Now They All Have Window Seats!
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86. Lift and Separate
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87. Think Ifruity: A Foxtrot Collection
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81. The Worst Baby Name Book Ever
by David Narter
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Asin: 1581824564
Catlog: Book (2005-03)
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing
Sales Rank: 196024
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This comprehensive guide to what not to name your baby offers parents a little comic relief from the baby name dilemma. If you try hard enough, you can find something wrong with every name you can think of, and that's what David Narter had done with THE WORST BABY NAME BOOK EVER. From newfangled names to traditional names, Narter points out what's wrong with every name. For example:

• CRYSTAL: You're going to name your baby after a shiny rock? Hey, everybody has money troubles, but you can't be that desperate. Show a little dignity.
• DOUG: You can always count on a guy named Doug...to bore you to death. He'll be the only kid in the first grade to declare his ambition to sell life insurance.
• JACKSON: Unless the father's name is Jack, this name will make no sense to anybody. If the father's name is Jack, what is he? Some kind of egomaniac? Muhammed is the most popular name in the world, and i have yet to meet a Muhammedson. Get over yourself, Jack!
• LACEY: A word most often paired with "undergarment." For most men, Lacey brings to mind Victoria's Secret catalogs and half-naked models...oh, and now your baby.
• MELODY: Now I know you are thinking of the beauty of melody and how your little girl will embody all of this joy and grace. But not all melodies are beautiful. In fact, some are downright annoying. Take "Its a Small World After All" or "Macarena." They're melodies. Likely nickname: Smelody.

Before expectant parents finally settle on a name for the baby, they'd better consult Narter's tongue-in-cheek guide. "Oh, I didn't think of that," they're likely to say. And so the never-ending search for the perfect name continues... ... Read more


82. 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter
by W. Bruce Cameron
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Asin: 0761126333
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Sales Rank: 48148
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Bruce Cameron is "the talk of parents nationwide" (People). He is "a brilliantly funny writer . . . in the tradition of James Thurber. He is so funny he makes you think that being a grown-up isn't such a crummy deal after all" (Cathryn Michon, author of The Girl Genius Guide to Life); his observations are "warm and funny, exhibiting just the right mix of laughs and love" (Kansas City Star), and "rich with tongue-in-cheek fatherly wisdom" (Cincinnati Enquirer).

A nationally syndicated columnist with the Rocky Mountain News, Cameron gained national attention with the publication of 8 SIMPLE RULES in hardcover, becoming a regular contributor to Time's "Your Family" column and a featured story on CNN, CBS's The Early Show, and in People magazine. The reason is simple: he expresses something very true in a very funny way, examining just what happens when Daddy's little girl becomes a teenager. Beginning with the warning signs (#5: Your car insurance suddenly costs more than the car), the book covers dating (Rule #2: Keep your hands and eyes off my daughter's body or I will remove them), the telephone (seemingly wired to her nervous system), braces (the costliest metal on earth), the first job, and more. "Cameron's take on the angst felt by every father of a teenage daughter is witty, wise, and excruciatingly on the money" (Charles Shyer, writer and director, Father of the Bride I and II). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
I just couldn't stop laughing at this book. The life Bruce chronicles with his kids is absolutely hilarious. Even though it's written from a father's point of view, as a mother of a preteen daughter I could relate and sometimes I laughed so hard tears came to my eyes. Bravo Bruce Cameron! Can't wait for your second book! Debbie Farmer, author 'Don't Put Lipstick on the Cat'

5-0 out of 5 stars A great, funny little book....
Having watched the TV show every week with my 13 year old daughter (one time a week we are actually entertained together), I had an idea this would be a funny little book. But I just couldn't stop laughing. My wife would look at me like I was crazy when I read a few passages to her. Made me realize that it's truly for us dads. There is so little in the media that we can identify with as fathers of daughters that this is an oasis of "yes, there are others going through it as well, you're not alone". It helps you to understand it's nothing really personal, just the normal cycle, the way of the world. This is truly a "User's Manual". Hang onto this book during the storm, then pass it on to the next sailor as he comes up the pike.

Oops, gotta go pick up my daughter at the mall now, better run....;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Instant reassurance for frustrated fathers
W. Bruce Cameron depicts teenage girls to a T in this easy-to-read masterful description of modern adolescent life. He has somehow managed to crawl into the confused, everything-is-a-crisis minds of teenage girls to help frustrated fathers better understand where they stand in the lives of their estrogen-driven daughters. As a father of three teenage girls myself, I commiserated with his hilarious descriptions of radical mood swings, theatrical expressions, rolling eyes, exaggerated sighs and "that's not my job" attitudes. The conversations he chronicles with his kids will keep you in stitches. Written for specifically for fathers, I wound up reading many of the passages aloud to my wife and my righteously indignant daughters. My wife and I laughed so hard tears came to our eyes as we saw our own girls aptly described in this hard to put down book. Eight Simple Rules was so funny, I purchased copies for other DODOs (dads of daughters only) that I know. This book is a must read for any man who already shares bathroom space with a teenage girl -- or for some poor soul who may someday try to raise one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but funny
In this fascinating work, columnist W. Bruce Cameron describes the simultaneous descent of his life into chaos and his daughter's trek through the teenage years. He covers the changes in his daughter's relationships to her family and friends, her seeming loss of sanity, and her physical changes and disturbing interest in boys. The story is covered in hilarious detail, as many aspects of life in general (and life with a teenage girl in particular) are covered, and lampooned.

I must admit that I found this book somewhat disturbing. My eleven-year-old daughter and I have been reading some American Girls books together, and the thought that this loving flower will soon turn into a teenager has my blood running cold!

But seriously, this book is a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek look at the experiences of a father of a teenage girl: what he experiences, what he feels, and how he (unsuccessfully) tries to deal with it all. It is a must-read for any father of a present or future teenager. I highly enjoyed this laugh-out-loud book, and highly recommend it to you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for a Laugh
As a teenage boy, I can definitely see the humor in this book. It's nice to know that most Dads make life hard for the guy dating their daughter, and that I'm not the only one who has to run the gauntlet. It's also interesting (and disturbing) to know what I have to look forward to should I one day have a daughter myself. To all the young lads like myself: If nothing else, this book lets you know that there's always someone out there who has to deal with worse. Just thank God that it's not you. ... Read more


83. If I Knew it Was Going to Be This Much Fun, I Would Have Become a Grandparent First
by Willard Scott
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Asin: 1401300634
Catlog: Book (2004-04-07)
Publisher: Hyperion
Sales Rank: 61881
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From Willard Scott, a new book about the joys of grandparenthood.

America's beloved Today show personality and grandparent, Willard Scott, along with celebrities and ordinary people, share the unique and special joys of being a grandparent.

Who was there for you when you scraped your knee and needed a little TLC? Who never missed a Little League match and took you out for ice cream even when your team lost the game? Whose unique observations and lessons on life still guide you today? Your grandparents, that's who!

Now Willard Scott and a host of his famous and not-so-famous friends celebrate the delights and surprises of this special job in life with If I Knew It Was Going to Be This Much Fun, I Would Have Become a Grandparent First.

A stellar list of contributors, including actors, celebrities and real people, reflect on the role of a lifetime:

--Jayne Meadows Allen
--Art Buchwald
--George H.W. Bush
--Charlie Daniels
--Alan Dershowitz
--Phyllis Diller
--Monty Hall
--Derek Hathaway
--Marilyn Horne
--Jon M. Huntsman
--Julius La Rosa
--Art Linkletter
--Frank G. Mancuso
--Claudia M. Nelson
--George Olah
--Harve Presnell
--Cliff Robertson
--Ned Rorem
--Paul Simon
--Richard "Dick" Thornburgh
--Dick Vitale
--Mort Walker
--Dan Wooding ... Read more


84. Peanut Butter Kisses and Mud Pie Hugs
by Becky Freeman
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Asin: 0736902406
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Sales Rank: 491957
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for a Mommy to Be!
This book was given to me by a good friend, after I confided to her the fears I have about becoming a first time Mommy (3 weeks to go!!) Not only did it help me out tremedously, it helped me realize that I am human. I recommend this book for any Mom, and especially for any Mom to be....it really helped put it all into perspective. Thanks, Becky!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Becky Freeman really knows how to explain motherhood. I was laughing and crying all at the same time. I received this book as a gift from a friend and I am a glad I read it. I plan to give Becky's books as gifts from now on. She has humor and a way to make you feel human. Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Peanut Butter Kisses & Mud Pie Hugs
What a joy! I bought this book on a whim and each time I pick it up, I laugh and nod in understanding. There is so much wisdom that is beautifully wrapped in real-life humor, a ala Erma Bombeck. Ms. Freeman's motherhood experiences with 4 children and a crazy life so closely mirror my own. Her final gift to us, her readers, are the gentle quotes from scriptures. Thank you, Ms. Freeman. I am buying many copies of your book and giving them in gift baskets to my friends for Christmas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Becky's Books are like old friends
I have read most of Becky's books and this one did not disappoint (I just hate when they end). Each book is like a visit with her family and they are such fun! I read her books on the train and almost always have to refrain from laughing out loud. I have 3 little ones and home and can SO relate to all the family stuff she puts in her books. They make me want to rush home to enjoy the kiddies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kisses & Hugs are only a part of a Mother's rewards.
Becky has captured the feelings of motherhood in all their glory. It's joys and sorrows, the bittersweet knowledge that if we are doing our job right, we are raising our children to leave us. Once again, she uses humor and a profound understanding of humankind to share her story. I laughed and cried with Becky throughout this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a mother or who was once a child or who has ever known a child! ... Read more


85. Now They All Have Window Seats! : A Reynolds Unwrapped Tribute to Fatherhood
by Dan Reynolds
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Asin: 0740742000
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 1315538
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reynolds Unwrapped will not help you preserve and protect leftover food. However, the humor of Dan Reynolds's single-panel cartoon will help you preserve and protect your sanity with its colorful and quirky humor. Millions of people across the country enjoy Reynolds Unwrapped, with its appearances in Reader's Digest and Esquire magazine-as well as being featured on greeting cards and in its own nationally published books. The strip's latest collection of panel cartoons, Now They All Have Window Seats!, enables readers to see the skewed view of the world of fatherhood through the wacky eyes of Reynolds. In this, Reynolds's fourth collection of Reynolds Unwrapped, he takes a special look at dads as only his cartoons can. Now They All Have Window Seats! offers an offbeat but strangely loving view of fatherhood that will make dads everywhere chuckle knowingly. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gary Larson and Charles Addams Live!
Cartoonist Dan Reynolds' work, Reynolds Unwrapped is pure genius. "How does this guy come up with this stuff?" Who cares as long as he keeps it coming. I loved this book and can't wait to get whatever else he has coming. I've also seen his cartoons on greeting cards all over. Trust me - you HAVE to buy this book. Thanks, Dan! ... Read more


86. Lift and Separate
by Rick Kirkman, Jerry Scott
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Asin: 0740704559
Catlog: Book (2000-03-15)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 135248
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Darryl and Wanda have the parenting thing down all right, but they still continue to be surprised by the delightfully devilish antics of their two live-wire children. From first steps to bedtime snacks, from shopping adventures to sibling rivalry, Zoe and Hamish keep their parents on the move and the rest of us in stitches. For more than a decade, Baby Blues has chronicled the chaotic entertaining lives of the MacPherson clan as they chart a course through the everyday demands of family life.In a style that speaks to parents and nonparents alike, Baby Blues charms its followers with scenes of child-rearing mayhem and devotion.In Lift and Separate, Wanda and Darryl continue to confront the ever-changing challenges of raising two active youngsters. Syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, Baby Blues has attracted nearly 40 million faithful readers who turn in daily to witness the MacPhersons' latest challenges.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Too funny!
"Baby Blues" is a wonderfully hilarious comic strip! "Life and Separate" is just as funny as "She started it!: a Baby blues cartoon collection." No matter how many times you read them, you'll still laugh! Need a pick-me-up? Get the "Baby Blues" books! I recommend!

5-0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of Baby Blues you'll love this one.
If you've ever read the Baby Blues comic strip or any of their other books you'll love this one. This book is absolutely hilarious and really delves into the relationship of siblings and what it's like to be a parent of more than one child.

5-0 out of 5 stars BabyBlues a.k.a My Life in Review by Kirkman & Scott
I truly recommend Baby Blues to everyone with or without children. I honestly believe Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott live in my house. I have been an avid fan of Baby Blues since it's inception. I have collected every book written by them. I know that this is only a comic but it is well written from both a parent's and a child's view. It is soemthing that can be read and enjoyed again and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars True to Life
I have been a fan of Baby Blues since my daughter was born, eight years ago. I sometimes think that Mr. Kirkman and Mr. Scott hide outside my windows and take notes, because so many of their strips are right on the mark! If you have small children, are thinking about having small children, or just want a god belly laugh, I highly recommend the entire series of Baby Blues collections. Enjoy! ... Read more


87. Think Ifruity: A Foxtrot Collection
by Bill Amend
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Asin: 0740704540
Catlog: Book (2000-02)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 231222
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A Foxtrot Collection.Whether working through the daily disorders of home, school, or office, the Fox family manages to put its special spin on the rigors of the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Family is Definitely Fruity
Admit it. We all have one or more family members that resemble the characters in the FoxTrot comic strip. Whether it's the tofu cooking mom, the morning-coffee addicted dad, the hollow leg older son, the self-absorbed daughter, or the geeky younger son, every family can relate.

"Think iFruity" is a collection of daily and Sunday FoxTrot comic strips. It starts with the dad, Roger, buying a Mobycom-2000 cell phone (think Titanic), and ends with Peter being disappointed with his Physics Lab. In between, the family gets their new "iFruit" computer (mango-kiwi, thank you), Roger goes a day without coffee (not a pretty sight), Paige fills her aquarium before taking it upstairs, and Jason kills off the Internet (makes the "I Love You" virus look like the sniffles).

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius as Usual
What can I say? If you are a Bill Amend fan like me, this book is another great Foxtrot book. If you are new to Amend's work, get this book. It's hilarious. Jason goes through a warped version of "A Christmas Carol," Roger quits his job- temporarily, Andy buys "banana-orange CD burners" because of their cuteness, and the fox family generally continues its perpetual trip through hilarity. A hilarious and heartwarming book-as usual. Amend never fails to deliver.

5-0 out of 5 stars "These aren't Beanie Babies, Mom...!"
The fun and hilarity never ends with the Fox Family. There's always some kind of chaos or mayhem going on--mainly created by the youngest, Jason Fox. If there hasn't been a problem that has confronted the Fox Family, just wait. They're always having to deal with a crisis that leads to hilarious results.

"Think iFruity" is yet another fabulous FoxTrot collection that is 127 pages of fun-filled comic antics from Roger (the father), Andy (the wife), Peter (the oldest son), Paige (the daughter), and Jason (the youngest son who has a pet iguana). One of the main story points that surrounds this collection is when the family must buy a new computer, and to Jason's absolute horror it is an "iFruity." How will the family cope with the change? Will Jason lose his mind and trash the computer himself? You'll have to wait and see what happens.

Other funny scenarios included in this fine collection:

*Roger's "Mobycom-2000"*
*Jasonezer Scrooge*
*Paige Defeats the Red Orb Guardian*
*Giving Up Coffee*
*Peter's Summer Gig ("Star Wars" Phobia)*
*The Paige Witch Project*
*Roger Quits Work (A Classic "Fox" Saga)*
...and more!

Bill Amend has never failed to get more than a few laughs out of me with his funny characters. The strips are topical, witty, clever and downright hilarious. He never runs out of ideas or storylines, and he always uses his characters to their full potential. This collection is just as funny as the previous ones, if not more. I am never bored when reading FoxTrot, and I was never bored during my reading of this particular collection. A job well done on all fronts.

"Think iFruity" is another hilarious FoxTrot chapter that definitely needs to be a part of your FoxTrot collection. And if you have not read FoxTrot, the more reason to check this out! If you're looking for an entertaining read that won't take up a lot of your time, this FoxTrot collection is just the fix for you. A great read that will have you laughing from the start. -Michael Crane

5-0 out of 5 stars Is It Good? Duh!
You see the list on the side, and obviously, I am a FoxTrot fanatic & own all of the books. Just why would I own something that is dumb? Besides, if you haven't heard of FoxTrot, you either: don't look at the newspaper, or haven't visited the bookstore in about a year.

Among all of the halarious one-day strips, outrageous series include:
-Moby 2000
-Thanksgiving
-Jasoneezer Scrooge
-Christmas
-Jasonzonbayhoodotcom
-Paige vs. Red Orb Guardian
-Babysitting
-Baseball's suprising spectators
-Where's the coffee???
-Summer Dayz
-To Boonhurst...To the hospital...To Wall Street

Aren't intrigued yet to buy this book?

5-0 out of 5 stars Fox Trots on
Great book! I've loved Fox Trot ever since The Boston Globe began running it years ago. I have just about every book, and can't get enough! It is one of the few comics that can make me laugh out loud -- and often! ... Read more


88. Just Wait Till You Have Children of Your Own!
by ERMA BOMBECK
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Asin: 0449208346
Catlog: Book (1985-06-12)
Publisher: Fawcett
Sales Rank: 151540
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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"She goes a long way with her book to prove that humor is the best -- possibly the only -- way to keep the world on an even keel."
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Remember the things Mother used to say? Erma Bombeck remembers them all and now she's using them on her own kids! With clever illustrations by Bob Keane, these really funny, too-true observations on family and kids and why it shouldn't work but does, is a wonderful antitdote to the daily problems and crises that every family faces. With Erma Bombeck in your corner, laughter is the best coach you can have....
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3-0 out of 5 stars A little dated
The book was first published in 1970 and the text and the illustrations are showing their age. Let's face it, the kids who where teenagers in it are now in their mid to late 40s. Of course with the 2000s being into the 1970s retro look and sound, maybe what's old is new.

That's not to say it wasn't a quick and enjoyable read and Bil Keane's illustrations are humorous too. I recommend flipping through the book once just to enjoy his illustrations. Imagine the Family Circus kids as hippy teenagers. Actually come to think of it, the Family Circus kids probably are actually in their mid to late forties as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars It means "no worries" for the rest of your days!
I've been a fan of Erma Bombeck since *long* before "The Grass is Always Greener.." and teaming her yolks with Bil Keane was a stroke - of genius. Never picturing the Keane children before in a post-pubescent manner, the effect on the text was stunning. Did Jeffy really grow mutton-chop sideburns? Was Dolly suffering emetophilia as Ms. Bombeck suggests? In so many ways, this book is like Disney's "The Lion King," only without the Uncle Scar, and the part with the hyenas. I'd recommend it highly for the witty text, but the binding was a problem as the pages tend to slip out if you bend the book open too far. Still, four stars for Mrs. Bombeck and Bil!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great combo
Pairing Bil Keane (Of "Family Circus" fame) and Erma Bombeck was a stroke of genius. These two work very well together - it's a shame they didn't do more work together.

Of course, the title is the "mother's curse" - if you had a mom, you may remember her using that line on you. I often wonder if that's why some people don't have children.

This book takes you thru "expert" advice - and than shows you how the situation plays out in the real world. If you are a parent of a teen, you may want this book just so you can remember they don't stay teenagers forever (they _don't_ , really - tho sometimes it's hard to believe).

So get this book, find a quiet spot (HA! what's that, the bathroom?) and enjoy - it's cheaper and more fun that psychotherapy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laughter Is the Best Medicine for Being a Teenager's Parent
If you like funny stories that ring true about being a parent, Erma Bombeck's the writer for you. If you want hysterical drawings of teenagers, Bil Keane is your cartoonist. They create a championship team of angst-relieving humorists for parents waiting up until 4 a.m. for the teenager who was supposed to be home at 10:30 p.m., and cannot be located.

The book was originally written about 25 years ago, so you will occasionally need to go back in time to understand the humor. The hair stories are all like that. Suffice to say, female and male teenagers wore very long hair then. It was often difficult to tell to which sex a person belonged. The humorous possibilities of this are wonderful, and well exploited.

I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Bombeck many years ago, and found her to be as self-effacing and interesting in person as her writing shows her to be. Much humor in books is aimed at putting down someone else. But Ms. Bombeck mixes lots of love with her humor, and the humor is often aimed at herself and other adults. That's what makes this book and its humor so heart-warming, even though she and Mr. Keane share eloquently about the frustrations of being a parent (especially a Mom).

If you are not familiar with her humor, it has a lot in common with slapstick. She takes an ordinary situation that often will not run smoothly (like teaching one's child to drive) and piles every single thing that ever goes wrong into one, nonstop, fast-paced incident. As disaster after disaster occurs, you find yourself overloaded with emotional discharges that can only be relieved by a good belly laugh. Think of it as an innoculation against frustration when a less challenging incident occurs.

The topics covered are pretty encyclopedic. You will learn about selective memory (forgetting to do chores, but remembering what one received at a certain age if a sibling gets more), driving lessons (how the other parent undermines the more cautious one), the futility of trying to keep up with swiftly changing styles (even the Mom who tries to keep up cannot, because she doesn't know how the styles changed during that day at school), how the telephone disappears until the teenagers leave the house, teenagers' fear of being embarrassed by their parents, the agonies of family vacations, the fall of parental intelligence as the teenagers get older (in the eyes of the children), loud music, money, proms, braces, boy or girl friends, worrying, and arguments.

Ms. Bombeck had three children, and uses them as her source of material. What she does especially well is capture the busyness of being a parent. When a special opportunity to make a connection comes along, it always seems like there are 6 other things that have to be done simultaneously. Her indirect message is to get rid of the busyness and focus on the connections on those rare occasions when they arise. I heartily agree with that.

The chapters are done in an amusing point-counterpoint style. The point is to quote some famous authority on parenting at the beginning of the chapter (many of whom were childless) who describes what parents should be doing. Then Ms. Bombeck describes the reality of what parents are up against as the counterpoint. Then she humorously wrings her hands over the futility of following the advice. This style works very well. Following the counterpoint perspective will also help free you from trying to follow impossibly high standards that will only drive you crazy.

But, at bottom (despite the sarcastic remarks), this is a loving book. Ms. Bombeck and Mr. Keane have lots of love for the teenagers and the parents. It's that love that makes the humor work, and makes this book add up to the following advice: Love 'em and enjoy 'em as teenagers . . . just the way they are.

After you finish laughing along with this book, go do something nice for a teenager. Then give yourself a good feeling for doing that. And repeat the process. The more you do it, the better you'll enjoy it.

And don't tell them: Just wait until you have children of your own. It doesn't work as a threat. Feel free to shout that imprecation though to the top of your lungs when they are temporarily out of the house. It'll make you feel great!

Keep smiling and laughing. It's the only relief . . . until they finally outgrow being teenagers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Two seamless brands of humor
Honestly, darlinks, I just love this book. Famed columnist Erma Bombeck teamed up with "Family Circus"'s Bil Keane to create an unusual and enjoyable book.

Both of them write/draw columns/cartoons that talk about raising teenagers in the 70s (when this was originally published, I think) Keane's cartoons are not "Family Circus" in later years, but instead are sometimes-surreal glimpses of seventies parents and kids, such as the girl who has what appears to be a palm-tree-like growth of hair on her head, or the boy carrying a restaurant's worth of food to his room.

Ms. Bombeck covers adolescent embarrassment, sex talks with parents, haircuts of the time, and so on. Her columns are funny, witty, and most of all, ACCURATE--especially with Keane's cute cartoons. Too bad it's such a short book--I could read this stuff forever. ... Read more


89. Barbara Johnson 3-in-1
by Barbara Johnson
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Asin: 0849917727
Catlog: Book (2002-10-14)
Publisher: W Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 125340
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Readers can now add three of Barbara Johnson's most popular titles to their collection - Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death, Leaking Laffs Between Pampers and Depends, and He's Gonna Toot and I'm Gonna Scoot. For women of all ages, aches, and architecture, Barbara heaps on the joy needed to grow old ferociously amidst husband-handling, kid-corralling, and parent-parenting, all the while keeping their focus on our home in the sweet by and by.

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90. Stark Raving Dad!: A Fairly Functional Guide to Fatherhood
by Dave Meurer
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Asin: 0764225464
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Sales Rank: 75905
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A Laugh-a-Minute Look at Fatherhood

Like Dave Meurer's previous successes, Stark Raving Dad offers delightful anecdotes that take aim at the highs—and lows—of fatherhood. His humor is seasoned by a Christian worldview that makes insightful spiritual points when the reader least expects it. It is the perfect book for those who are "decidedly male"—and those who dare to love them!

Though often compared to Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck, Meurer's comic genius is all his own. As Christian publishing's funniest father and husband, Dave Meurer's, "fairly functional guide to fatherhood" makes a perfect gift for Dad or anyone who needs a laugh. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A VERY Functional Guide to Fatherhood
I got this book last Christmas from my sister. I can't believe it took me so long to start reading it! Once I got started, I devoured it.

This is one of the best books on fatherhood I've read. It made me laugh a lot, but it's not primarily humorous. The heart of the book is not a fond recollection of touching incidents that happened while raising his boys. It's a guide to being a dad.

Meurer touches on dumb advice from parenting "experts", the "mix of euphoria and wistfulness" you get watching your kids grow up, and a dad's loss of "coolness". He discuss the irrational worrying of a father for his kids' safety, how you can do everything right and still "lose" your kids, spiritually speaking, and how your kids watch and imitate you. He focusses on how, through it all, we're called to faith - not faith that things will turn out well, or faith in a specific outcome, but faith in a specific person, namely, God.

When I first started reading this book, I expected to give it away after I was done. Fifteen pages later I was having second thoughts. Another eighteen pages and it had earned a place on my bookshelf forever.

I loved this book and I recommend it for every dad.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny, & he slips some great insight in, too!
I noticed this book at a local Christian discount bookstore two days ago, and I almost didn't pick it up. That would have been a huge mistake! I purchased this book for my husband, who normally doesn't read anything except Reader's Digest. He hasn't been able to put this book down! He keeps laughing out loud, which of course, prompts me to read over his shoulder :) We've had a great time and shared many laughs while reading this book, which is a bonus I didn't even consider when I gave it to him.

I went back to the bookstore yesterday to purchase a few more copies for my gift closet, and I also discovered Dave's book on raising boys. Now my husband is reading both at the same time!

Not only is this a funny book, it has many great insights regarding Christian parenting, and is thought provoking as well. I will be looking forward to new material from this author and highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great "Dad" book
Witty. Funny. Brilliant. All the stories hit home, which is not terribly surprising since I wrote the thing. But what about reader reactions?

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for all dads
A fun, witty, lighter look at fatherhood. Kind of a cross between Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck. Lines like "A baby is the most effective form of birth control ever invented," will strike a chord with any couple whose plans to engage in a "little round of conjugal fellowship" have been thwarted.

Meurer writes: "Sure, babies look all innocent and adorable and helpless, but behind all that sweetness and cooing and drool works the tiny mind of a person who wants all the toys for himself. And the easiest way he can secure that inheritance is to make sure that you and your spouse never have sex again."

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91. Butt Naked Baby Blues: A Baby Blues Treasury
by Rick Kirkman, Jerry Scott
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Asin: 0740718525
Catlog: Book (2001-08-24)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 171005
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Soon after Baby Blues began in 1988, it was widely lauded as the best comic strip about modern family life to appear in many years. Thirteen years and more than 4,000 strips later, it's one of today's top strips and considered among the best family comic strips ever. Butt-Naked Baby Blues is the third treasury to chronicle the never-ending mayhem of the McPherson household in living color. As usual, Darryl and Wanda have their hands full chasing, refereeing, and pleading with their adorable and hilariously true-to-life kids, Zoe and Hamish. Featuring the best of Lift and Separate, I Shouldn't Have to Scream More Than Once!, and Motherhood Is Not for Wimps, it also includes original gems and insight from the creators themselves.Baby Blues is a past winner of the National Cartoonist Society's comic strip of the year, and is also an animated television series in its second season on the WB network.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Baby Blues hits the spot!
We have two (recently three -- just like Wanda and Daryl!)
kids, and Baby Blues ALWAYS helps turn our family turmoil
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92. The New Yorker Book of Kids Cartoons
by Robert Mankoff
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Asin: 1576600971
Catlog: Book (2001-10)
Publisher: Bloomberg Press
Sales Rank: 25122
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The world of childhood as seen by the cartoonists of The New Yorker. Childhood is...well, it is amazing—whether we are talking about being a child or raising a child. What better and funnier way could there be to look at the whole shebang than to have the art and wit of a pretty incredible group of former children, the cartoonists of The New Yorker? Just imagine the different perspectives on childhood from artists like Gahan Wilson, George Price, Roz Chast, Jack Ziegler, George Booth, Leo Cullum, William Hamilton, and Edward Koren. Robert Mankoff has culled the best of the hundreds and hundreds of cartoons on kids from the 65,000+ cartoons in The New Yorker's archives. And, as always, he brings us wonderful cartoons and surprises from both famous cartoonists and relative unknowns. As a special bonus, the inimitable Roz Chast introduces this collection. Whether the reader has children or is still a kid at heart, this is child's play!

Includes Cartoons By:
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4-0 out of 5 stars THERE IS NOTHING LIKE HONESTY FROM A KID!
Kids really do say outlandish things! They have a knack for making an honest comment at the most inopportune time. The cartoons depicted here are so true to life that parents, particularly, will be able to relate only too well to what these kids have to say. Each page is filled with plenty of chuckles and laughs that are sure to remind you of things your own child has said in years gone by. The best qualities of the book are the realism and candid honesty which comes so openly from the mouth of a child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Warning: World-Class Guffaws, Chuckles, and Belly Laughs!
Before reviewing this book, let me note that the cartoons contain several examples of foul language. If such things offend you, skip those pages or the book.

I have read all of The New Yorker collections of subject-oriented cartoons, and found this collection to be by far the funniest one! The average quality of each cartoon is unusually good, as well. While many of the other collections either lack introductions or have limited, lame ones, this collection is anchored by a superb introduction.

As Roz Chast points on in her witty, illustrated introduction, "kids actually do say the darndest things." So do their parents. Ms. Chast's introduction is the best one I have ever read for a book of cartoons. She touches on the subject from the perspective of having been a child, reading The New Yorker for the cartoons as a child, being a cartoonist looking for ideas, and as a parent. She sees the family as a Bottomless Pit. You will learn the details about the day she threw a hot dog and said an off-color word The volume contains 11 cartoons by her among the 126 in the book.

The volume has an appropriately heavy dose of the brilliant work of Robert Weber (14), Barbara Smalls (8), Lee Lorens (7), and Jack Ziegler (7).

The humor typically builds by having kids saying what adults would, or vice versa. Other themes include having grown-up children speaking as though they were still 2 or 3, and anthropomorphizing animals with human speech. Some of the best work well simply with the gag lines . . . and then are enhanced by the cartoon. My favorite example of this is "I guess we'd be considered a family. We live together, we love each other, and we haven't eaten the children yet." The cartoon shows lots of guppies swimming a fish bowl.

Some of the humor is bittersweet, especially when it touches on divorce. Two small children in nursery school are working at a table. One turns to the other and asks, "So, what's your custody deal?"

Some of the most original offerings are those that take a female perspective where many will not have considered before. For instance, a mother and young daughter are looking out of an office window at a factory. "Someday, sweetheart, all of this will belong to your ex-husband and his attorney." In another one, a little girl tells her father, "I love you too, Daddy, but it just kills me that you're a man."

Parents also turn themselves in for their follies. A child is reading and looks over at his father watching television and asks, "Dad, can you read?"

One of the up-to-date offerings has a child annoying his father wondering when they will get there. But the twist is that the child is asking his questions from the back seat of an SUV using a cell phone.

Parent-teacher communications are hysterically translated. "Creative" becomes "Not too bright." "He's doing fine" becomes "What's your kid's name again?"

After you finish enjoying this fine volume, I suggest that you think about how you can relieve the stress you feel with your family with laughter!

Look for the humor in every situation. Laughter is good for you!

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93. The Fourth Trimester: And You Thought Labor Was Hard...
by AMY EINHORN
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Asin: 0812991060
Catlog: Book (2001-04-17)
Publisher: Crown
Sales Rank: 158652
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The thank-you note real moms in the Fourth Trimester would like to send:

Dear ________ :
Thanks for sending us ________ . I’m sure __________ will love it as soon as _______ can do anything besides eat, sleep, cry, and run up the stock price on Pampers. Having recently entered the Fourth Trimester, right now my goals in life are to sleep more than three hours and shower before 7:00 p.m. So please excuse this impersonal note.
I’d love for you to come over and see _________ . But no helpful hints, no critiquing of the fact that I
(1) breast-feed without a cover-up;
(2) do not breast-feed and use formula;
(3) allow my child to use a pacifier;
(4) use a Swyngo-matic to hypnotize my child into a state eerily similar to an Ecstasy trip.
Do not tell me that __________ looks cute. I know that __________ looks like a cross between E.T. and Yoda. And no comments about my figure. I am not Cindy Crawford and, yes, those are maternity clothes I’m still wearing.
Bring rain gear and you’ll be well prepared for the nonstop torrent of liquid escaping from __________ and me. Can’t wait to see you -- of course, these days I’m even looking forward to having my mom and mother-in-law visit. I’ll take whatever adult company I can get.

Love and kisses from me and the pumpkin!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you from a dad
My wife was reading The Fourth Trimester and when she was done, I decided to read it. It is truly a funny read and pretty darn helpful. I have one little girl and one on the way and I would recommend this book to any and all parents or soon-to-be parents. I hope Amy Einhorn writes "The Fifth Trimester."

5-0 out of 5 stars a GREAT little book that will make your heart smile
I got this book when my daughter was just a week old and fell in love with it. I read it during those late night feedings and found myself smiling, when little would make me smile! (after the first 5 days of zero sleep) The book is not full of advice, just things that are funny and relate only to the first month or two after childbirth. It's written in short little segments that are perfect for short reading spurts. If you liked the segment on Oprah on "real motherhood," then you will like this book. If you have never had a bad day as a Mom, your baby doesn't cry, your breasts never hurt, you got plenty of sleep and your world is perfect - then you won't like this book.

I now buy this book for all of my girlfriends who have babies and everyone always says "That book was perfect." It's full of all the things that no one tells you, but yet you shouldn't read it until after the baby arrives...otherwise you might not go through it!

5-0 out of 5 stars It felt like my best friend was sitting with me at 3:00AM
One night at 3:00AM I was sitting with my new baby who was WIDE awake. I took a look at the bookcase, and pulled out this book which I had received as a gift. It was funny, reasurring and made me feel like I wasn't alone. The first few weeks are very tough on a new mom, and this book articulated it truthfully, with humor, and without the guilt.
I will make sure all my friends have it just in case they need to open it up in the middle of the night too!

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, funny and candid book about motherhood
My brother had shared the great news with me that his wife was pregnant. Knowing that my sister-in-law was an avid reader I searched for something special and found The Fourth Trimester - the perfect book for new moms. My sister-in-law read it in one sitting, laughing and sometimes cringing at the ordeals mothers face. My wife and I read it too, thoroughly enjoying it and getting a honest and entertaining glimpse into the world of raising children - one we'll be facing in the next couple of years.

1-0 out of 5 stars absurd
i received this book as a gift while in the hospital after the c-section birth of my son. my husband and i both read it, and agreed: what [junk]!

apparently new motherhood was the closest that this pc liberal feminist from new york ever got to the real world, and it scared her so badly that she had to write a book reassuring other new moms (or reassuring herself?) that they would hate it, too.

i gather from her writing (and from the fact that he is the *very* last person to be thanked) that her husband was not much help after the birth of her daughter. is that why there is almost a total lack of masculine pronouns in this book? is she ticked off at all men for her husband's lacking? ... Read more


94. She's Had a Baby : And I'm Having a Meltdown
by James D. Barron
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Asin: 068816823X
Catlog: Book (1999-06-02)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 92563
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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She's had the Baby, you're a daddy -- now what? James Barron draws on his own experience, the experiences of countless others, and on insights from mothers on what they think new fathers should know to offer advice on balancing the demands of being a good father and a good husband, from the infant through the toddler years. He includes tips on:

  • recapturing the romantic days of just the two of you
  • vacationing with toddlers
  • distinguishing between needing to call the pediatrician and pestering the pediatrician
  • having sex while your 1-1/2 year-old is in the house

Hardly a standard child-rearing book, She's Had a Baby doesn't diagnose allergies or suggest developmentally appropriate toys. Rather, in bite-sized observations, Barron champions the joys and anxieties of daddyhood, while helping a man to cope with the ups and downs a relationship can go through during this time.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific "tell it like it is" guide for new fathers
This is a wonderful book for new dads. My husband and I read it together and laughed all the way through at the memories it evoked of coping with the trying times of our daughter's infancy. Mr. Barron uses a humorous approach to inform fathers of both the good times and difficult times to expecet with a new baby. It is an easy read, broken into bite-size segments - perfect for parents with little time to sit down and read a book. We also liked that Mr. Barron discussed the changes he faced in his marriage after his child was born. We found the book to be so truthful and fun that we bought a copy for a friend of ours who, along with his wife, was expecting his first child.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Dads-to-Be
This is the best book that I have found that is written for men. My husband and I have been reading it together. James Barron is very enlightening while providing a great deal of humor. He talks about the emotions of the husband that most of the books don't even mention. This is a MUST-READ for all men who want to be active in the pregnancy or who just want to know that he isn't crazy! It is also a great-read for the wives!

1-0 out of 5 stars contains antiquated, potentially harmful "advice"
This book, like Barron's first, is mildly entertaining. What prompts me to write this review, however, is Barron's horrid endorsement of the antiquated cry-it-out approach. Barron claims that ignoring a baby's cry is good for the baby -- this is a myth, there is absolutely no research to back up this tired untruth.

As a scientist in the field of infant development, I have read numerous pieces of scientific literature which suggest that ignoring a baby's cries may cause long-term psychological and biological harm to the infant. Barron writes that it's okay to be too exhausted to respond to an infant's cry, and that crying is good for the baby -- that the baby will never learn to sooth himself if you don't leave him to cry at night. All of this is completely untrue. Barron writes how his wife wanted to have the baby in their bed, that she was comfortable and happy, but he wasn't. As an author claiming to be a responsible father, perhaps he could have chosen his wife's and infant's needs over his own desires for a few months...

1-0 out of 5 stars Good For Kindling
My sister gave me this book after the birth of my daughter. After reading a good portion of it, I started to wonder if this guy is a horse-toothed jacka$$ or the most effeminate male in America. Then I thought, wait a minute; he's probably both. What was the motivation for writing this book? To try and show everyone how perfect his life is or, to collect a shat load of money for doling out common-sense advice? After reading about him carrying his wife into the bedroom for the third time, I started to get annoyed. If you're the type of guy that eagerly waits for the new Volkswagen models to come in - then you'll love this book. Look, in all seriousness, you already know what to do; it's innate. Don't waste time with a silly book written by a guy with no credentials besides having kids.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great, for the price
... this book is definitely worth it to read about babies from a real guy's perspective. Heck, you can only read about placentas and diaper rash so much before you go woozy and start playing "Once In a Lifetime" ("How did I get here?") by the Talking Heads non-stop. My wife is due in one month and I got some good advice from this book about things best known in advance (work to keep the romance alive). I'll read it again in a few months and I'm sure I'll get some more tips from it. ... Read more


95. You Might As Well Laugh...: Because Crying Will Only Smear Your Mascara
by Sandi Kahn Shelton
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Asin: 0312969767
Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 82919
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Take a walk on the funny side of life

Being a parent is tough.With Sandi Kahn Shelton, it's also hilarious!This outrageously funny collection of her WorkingMother magazine columns captures the everyday challenges of parenthood with wit, wisdom, and lots of laughs. Join Sandi as she tackles lost car keys, chiecken pox, broken appliances and getting a new puppy...struggles with cash machines, hairdressers, and computers...and says goodbye when her firstborn heads to college, along with the secret to programming the VCR.She'll make you howl, she'll make you cry, and she'll teach you that when it comes to parenting, laughter truly is the best medicine.

A Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club Selection
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5-0 out of 5 stars I laughed 'til I cried!
Sleeping throught the Night is a very funny look at Parenting. I was reading through tears of laughter for the majority of the book! For anyone who is a parent, but especially for new parents who are going through the experience at the same time, this book is a must-have!

5-0 out of 5 stars You CAN only laugh!
I came upon this book quite by accident. I've not laughed quite as helplessly for a long time. I really got an ache in my side! Her style is simply delicious and the feelings picturised are so familiar that even as you laugh you get that gentle, comforting feeling of having someone understand just what it was like......

5-0 out of 5 stars Great bedside reading
Sandi Kahn Shelton is just the sort of person I want to hear from at the end of a long day. Her stories about family mishaps made me laugh out loud--and helped me see the humor in my own life, too. ... Read more


96. Leaking Laffs Between Pampers And Depends
by Barbara Johnson
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Asin: 0849937051
Catlog: Book (2000-03-21)
Publisher: W Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 145779
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Between the years of childbearing and grandparenting, a woman has a lot to juggle! Barbara Johnson shows how the road from marriage to menopause is filled with more than a few potholes . . . but provides women with more than enough hope and humor to make it through the journey.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Depends Review
This book will pull you in from the first page. Look for a letter from Martha Stewart to Erma Bombeck and the return letter from Erma to Martha, also find out about some Barbie Dolls new on the market. This author has a great sense of humor, even when dicussing serious matters. She makes you smile at yourself and when that happens, healing and learning occur. Thanks, Barbara.

2-0 out of 5 stars I thought this book was going to be about women's wrestling!
Despite the scatalogical references in the title this was a Christian book in the end. Mrs. Johnson is not afraid to make herself the butt of the joke, and most of her stories were a gas. Though not fine literature, this book definitely deserves a number two. I'm grateful she felt that sharing these stories was her Christian duty.

But when, oh when, will she write about her experiences as a female wrestler? Barb, don't be shy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hillarious!
This book is a great, hilarious book. The stories are realy good. The only problem is that it is too short! ... Read more


97. Honey, They Shrunk My Hormones: Humor and Insight from the Trenches of Midlife
by Caron Chandler Loveless
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Asin: 1582292892
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: Howard Pub Co
Sales Rank: 339203
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Maybe you're one of those women whose mother failed to mention certain anxiety-producing and heat-generating experiences now altering your life - or the life of someone you know. In "Honey, They Shrunk My Hormones" Caron Chandler Loveless uses humor, lots of it, to inspire and encourage women approaching or in the midst of midlife. Loveless, a mother of three sons, writes with compassion about more than estrogen and hot flashes; she confronts self-image questions, the empty-nest syndrome, ailing parents, and the fear of letting go among other topics. Chapter titles include "Pardon Me, But Your Midlife is Showing"; "In Defense of the Chicken-Breasted Mammogram"; "Bumper Snickers"; "A Little Whine is Good for the Heart"; and "I Think I Can Face the Music, If someone Will Dance with Me." As Loveless writes, "None of this means the end of the world. It's just the end of the world as we have known it. And as dreadful as that sounds, there are any number of upsides to one world slowing down and a new one cranking up..." Readers will laugh and cry along the way. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness midlife doesn't have to be a crisis afterall!
Of all the books I've read over the years I can't remember one that kept me so wrapped up as this one. I started reading the book late on a Sunday afternoon and didn't put it down until way past my bedtime. I would've kept reading except I couldn't see words through my tears anymore. When I finished the book, early the next morning I was truely disappointed it was over. I was particularly gripped by the chapters in Part 3: Midlife Relationships: Holding On, Letting Go. These pages deal with our children growing up and leaving home and the growing concern for our ageing parents. That's where I am right now!! I found that as I read these chapters, I was laughing one minute and crying the very next. Caron has such a gift for using words to get to the core of the issues at hand. As I closed the book on the last page, I was encouraged to realize that we women, in the middle of life, don't have to dread it afterall. If we understand it and share it with other women, it can a truely be a beautiful time in our lives. Congratulations Caron! You've written a treasure that has spoken directly to my heart!

5-0 out of 5 stars Leslie Aziz Reviews Caron Loveless's newest book
We're literally in the millions: Women experiencing mid-life metamorphis. One would think mid-life girls would be talking about it everywhere, but the truth is, it's a bit of a clandestine topic. Caron Loveless breaks the ice and warms hearts in her newest book, Honey They Shruck My Hormones.
Loveless writes as if she's seated across the table from her readers, sharing a coffee and her heart. She speaks from an endearing subjective position and the reader feels like she's right there with Caron experiecing such very human rites of passage as the "baby's" high school graduation, the inaugural mammogram, and the first grand-child.
Each chapter has a "chat-room" section in which Loveless brilliantly includes a diversity of mid-lifers' thoughts about the chapter's topic.
Loveless also includes a list of "122 Things You Should Know By Now," a nice applause for recognzing the life-grace achieved at mid-life, and she gives readers a very funny and tender 30-day, personal journal.
Honey They Shrunk My Hormones is a fast read, but not a shallow one. It's probably one of the most helpful books on the market because of it's honesty laced with humor, and Loveless's intrepid spirit going into sometimes sad, sometimes unknown waters and calling out to readers, "Come, follow me--the best is yet to come!"
This book offers wonderful insight to women light-years away from mid-life, women right in the middle of The Middle, and women reflecting on their own change experiences.
Read it quickly and keep it on your night-stand for years, as a quick reminder about the richness of mid-life when you can't remember if you applied your anti-aging cream or not.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hey girlfriend, let's talk!
It's all about knowing you're not the only one! Thanks for this chatty, funny book about the change -- it's all attitude, all the time. Doesn't tell how to replace the hormones, just how to deal with not having them -- but there are other "replacement" books. Caron is a blessing, no matter what your religion.

4-0 out of 5 stars I am a guy
It's great to finaly understand my wife! I am a guy, I don't read much, but I enjoyed the witty humor of Caron Loveless. This book will realy help guys who have wives going through this. Come on be a MAN!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Alone and I Will Survive!!!
I actually host a book club, so I read alot! This was a great, quick read, but one I will refer to quite often. Caron Loveless is an excellent writer. I got the feeling she is close to God and really sought His counsel about this phase of life. I laughed out loud and cried a lot too. I especially liked her journal entry to herself at age 40ty. Wow! I wish my head was on that straight. It was beautiful! It amazed me how she was able to make you feel the good and the unpleasant throughout the book. You really felt like you were sitting there in one of the chat groups. I am telling all my friends about this book and insisting that they buy it. It's so down to earth with all that you might go through, yet very educational. Caron, you did a great job and I can't wait to read more of your books! ... Read more


98. Mixed Nuts
by Mikwright
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Asin: 0740747487
Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 205553
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In Drinks Well with Others and Mixed Nuts MikWright pokes fun at two favorite topics: cocktails and dysfunction. Readers will laugh as they page through these funny little gift books and may even feel compelled to lift a highball to themselves, family, and nutty friends.Mixed Nuts is something of a tribute to the people who are not quite as fully evolved as they would have others believe. Parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, co-workers-there's no escaping the kooks who inhabit the earth. "For God's sake, Mom, throw out the fast-food condiments already!" "If you can't say something nice about someone, I want to hear it." "Darrell was devastated the day he got his pink slip. He specifically ordered yellow." And those are just a few.Drinks Well with Others and Mixed Nuts are the latest in MikWright's successful humor/keepsake series, which includes Hey, Girl!, Happy Birthday, Blah, Blah, Blah, Your Mother Looks Good, Who's Your Daddy? and MikWright Family Style. They're funny. They're hip. They're the toast of the, well, occasionally toasted! These are books you won't want to re-gift. ... Read more


99. Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Dad
by David Eddie
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Asin: 1573223344
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Sales Rank: 123347
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Once, David Eddie was a freewheeling comic novelist. Then, after years of slow-roasting in Bachelor Hell, Mr. Eddie met Ms. Right-who delivered an ultimatum on her thirtieth birthday: "Fertilize my eggs within the next three years, or pack your bags."

Housebroken is the shocking true story of one man's painfully funny evolution from single cad to stay-at-home dad-from man-about-town to man-of-the-house. In his own words, Eddie describes how a bachelor who never kept anything in the fridge but condiments and beer actually learns to cook for the whole family. In vivid detail, he shows how a man who let ashtrays flow over and dishes stack up for months on end can miraculously clean the house. In charge of a child, he comes up with logical reasons why every parent should rope-a-dope the kid. And within a three-block radius of his house, he somehow manages to find adventure.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Adventures of a stay-at-home home dad - for moms too!
This book is absolutely hilarious! It is warm, funny, smart, and should be read by dads AND moms alike. Ladies, don't let the title sway you from picking this up.
David Eddie details his days as a bachelor wonderfully, complete with descriptions of his apartment such as putting food out on his "trunk/coffee table in his living/dining/bedroom/study area". He leaves this swinging lifestyle for Pam, "Ms.Right", and they purchase a home across from a mental health center. The irony of raising a child, (a job that can be mentally stressful at times as any parent knows), across from an actual mental health center was just too funny for me!
David Eddie and Pam married when she was 5 months pregnant with their son, and due to several lay offs for David and Pam's growing career, he ultimately becomes the stay-at-home parent to their little boy Nicholas. He talks about middle of the night wake ups, people making unsolicited comments on his parenting in public, and finding adventure in his neighborhood. He gives advice on methods of child rearing that have come to work for him, and commiserates on topics that any parent can appreciate, such as "Nap Time: Your Window to Sanity".
I love this book because it's a real life account of a 'househusband', but it's just as touching and funny for me as a woman and mother. I was touched and amused by a father's point of view on his child coming into the world; as he put it, "he felt anxiety and protectiveness toward him and hoped he would always be warm and dry in the world and find happiness". His stories about the birth experience, his relationship with Pam before and after baby, vacationing, all ring true and made me laugh out loud. It's great that he takes over what is usually considered a 'mother/female role', and keeps his masculinity in tact. He manages to be nuturing and 'just one of the guys' at the same time.
Kudos to David Eddie, personally AND professionally!!

5-0 out of 5 stars REQUIRED READING FOR PARENTS
This very funny take on fatherhood by Mr. Eddy should have a place of honour on every new parent's bookshelf-right alongside whichever overly earnest new authority is the current guru on childrearing.Dead-on in its insights into parenting and family life,it's the perfect antidote to the notion that marriage and babies is the end to life as we know it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Punk to Pa book a riot
Housebroken is a book about parenting for people who aren't interested in books about parenting. Finally, a witty, playful AND philosophical take on the biggest decision of your life, by one of the funniest authors of our day.

Eddie's new book is a fresh break from the slightly bitter, bleary eyed assessments of this ancient art: You don't get any sleep? You don't say! Instead of whining about scraping applesauce off the walls for 10 pages, Housebroken explores new ground with the kind of details you've always want to know, especially for lads: Is it possible to still be cool as a Dad? What happens to your mojo? Your sex life? What REALLY changes? What do you actually need to know to be a Dad?

It's all here in Housebroken for the anxious Dad-to-be. Think About A Boy meets Bukowski and you're getting warm. Eddie's transition from Cad to Dad is the story for every man who is taking the leap or even just thinking about it. That mysterious gap between the single life and fatherhood is traversed with enough insight and original humor to give the nervous newcomer a very clear idea of what to expect.

Still, it's not a dude book exclusively. For all those girls out there wondering about that tormented clown expression on your man's face whenever the subject of children comes up ' read this!

Whether you're a parent in waiting, just flirting with the idea or sure you're not going to breed, Housebroken is a hilarious and inspiring read, the first of it's kind on the topic of domestic Dads.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Recipe for Laughter and Reflection
Start with one part humorous self-criticism, add two rounds of the battle of the sexes, season with sleeplessness, stir-in references to unsuccessful careers and the writing process, baste with challenging child care, season with memorable one-liners and smooth writing, wrap in love, and cover with household chores and frustrations. That's the recipe for Housebroken, a survival manual for any man who's about to become a stay-at-home in-charge-of-it-all Dad of a little one and humorous relief for Moms everywhere.

Mr. Eddie's writing and perspective remind me very much of Erma Bombek and her descriptions of how your children drive you crazy. The main differences are that Mr. Eddie is a better writer and uses fewer one-liners. The ones he does use are priceless though: "Dressing small children is not as easy as you might think. First buy an octopus and a string bag . . . ."

Here are the chapter titles:

1. A Square Peg

2. "She's Perfect"

3. A Cad's Fear of Kids

4. "I'm a Househusband."

5. The Advent of Nicholas

6. Our Horrible Honeymoon

7. The Hong Kong Handover

8. The Politics of Drudgery

9. How to Cook

10. Towards a Possible Redefinition of Machismo

11. "What Do You Do All Day?"

12. How to Dad

The book recounts how Mr. Eddie transitioned from being adrift in his own urban world of freelance writing, messy digs and chasing available women to fathering a son, marrying, and becoming the primary care-giver for that child in the suburbs while his "perfect" wife returned to her high-paying career in television news. In the process, he steals a few moments to nap and reflect (and occasionally to write). All writers will love and appreciate his fascination with old, cheap typewriters (so there's always one nearby where he can peck out notes for a writing idea no matter where he is in the house). He's certainly not Super Dad . . . more like Improving, Loving Dad.

Although the book is played primarily for laughs, it switches somewhere midway through into a mostly reflective book on sexual roles and the love and care that a Father is capable of providing for his children. The reflection part played well with me because I've had several friends who have operated as single, stay-at-home fathers. Interestingly, each of them is a writer and has an outstanding sense of humor. I felt like deja vu as I read this fine book, from that perspective. Mr. Eddie's reflections exactly matched those of my friends.

Does being a writer create your destiny as a father? I hope not. The only male writer I knew when I was growing up was a hopeless alcoholic who passed out soon after finishing his writing quota for the day. His family walked around quietly until the next morning lest he be roused in an angry mood. But then again, Mr. Eddie does suggest that liquor makes the whole process more bearable. Hmmm. There's drink for reflection . . . er, I mean, food for thought.

The book made me delighted that my hard-working wife put me in charge of the outdoors while she does the heavy lifting indoors and with our wonderful teenage daughter. They're both napping now while I'm writing.

After you finish having fun with Housebroken, think about where your ideas of what Moms and Dads do is getting in the way of you and your children having a better relationship. Then, change what you do accordingly (after warning all involved so they don't think you're starting a new mid-life crisis). That's the ultimate reward from this book. Enjoy your parenting!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Entertaining Read
I find myself getting to an age now (38) where fatherhood might be just around the corner. I've found someone, or rather she's found me, and not too unlike the main protaganist at the onset of this sucker, am feeling the pressures of someone who desperately wants her eggs fertilized. This book has given me a vision, albeit a rather hilarious version, of what might be in store for me, as i will no doubt be responsible for the bringin' up of baby, seeing as I have neither the income potential or inclination to stay amongst the working that my intended seems to enjoy. Enjoy!! ... Read more


100. How My Breasts Saved the World : Misadventures of a Nursing Mother
by LisaWood Shapiro
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Asin: 1592284035
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 227297
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Breast is best" in the 21st century; research supports breast milk as the best food for babies. But there's little said about the realities of nursing for the nursing mother. Is nursing an innate calling or a learned skill? Lisa Wood Shapiro assumes that she will be a natural-after all, hadn't Brooke Shields put baby to breast without a hitch in The Blue Lagoon? Surely after spending nine months gripped by labor fears, a brand new mom could count on the simple joy of seeing her newborn latch on and drink. Turns out, it's not that simple. Filled with panic and convinced that her breasts will explode, Lisa finally reaches out for help. Two lactation consultants, one support group, and a week's worth of cold cabbage leaves later, she learns how to survive-and prosper-as a nursing mom.

In this laugh-out-loud book, Lisa depicts her struggles and triumphs with humor and humility. She offers advice, addresses rumors, and breaks taboos with the candor of a best friend and the voice of experience. Among her discoveries: Breastfeeding doesn't really burn as many calories as running a marathon every day; the "Brest Friend" pillow really is a mother's best friend; new moms fib about nursing more than money or sex. And manual pumping? Forget about it!

How My Breasts Saved the World is a must-read for every expectant and new mother. Sure, saving the world might be a lofty claim, but civilization was built on breast milk. And if a reader learns anything from this book, it's that a nursing mother is always right.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not even a mom and I dig this book
I'm not a mom, but I loved Lisa Wood Shapiro's take on breast-feeding and the first year of motherhood. She writes genuinely and enthusiastically about her baby's birth, her relationship with her husband and family, her self-image, and rejects the assumption that just because you're a woman, nursing comes "naturally." I've sent this book to a bunch of my mom friends and they love it too. Check it out!

5-0 out of 5 stars new moms NEED this book
Thank god, someone who makes fun of all the crazy things that go on with nursing moms -- I needed the laughs desperately and it kept me going with breastfeeding. Thank you, thank you!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for new and expecting moms!
I read this book while nursing my second child and found it so in touch with all the emotions- up and down- of new (and not so new) moms. I laughed and I cried as I relived those sleepless, challenging and wonderful early days with my first. This book is a must-read for any expecting mom planning on nursing and btdt (been there, done that) moms will greatly enjoy experiencing that first year again through Lisa Wood Shapiro's eyes. I now find myself acting like the author when she discovered the secret of nursing-- I have started approaching pregnant strangers and new moms and telling them to read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Utterly Hilarious!
Wood Shapiro's book, "How My Breasts Saved the World" is such an honest account of the trials and tribulations in breastfeeding. Having 2 children myself, I found myself laughing and crying and nodding along with every word... I could honestly relate. Read this book now! It's wonderful. ... Read more


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