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121. Sleeping Through the Night and Other Lies
by Sandi Kahn Shelton
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Asin: 0312971354
Catlog: Book (2000-05-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Sales Rank: 29933
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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You've got circles under your eyes, crusty white stuff on your clothes, and strained carrots in your hair--welcome to the lighter, messier and definitely funnier side of parenthood!

In this laugh-out-loud collection of wit and wisdom, the WorkingMother columnist and author of You Might As Well Laugh delivers chuckles, cheer, and compassion--guaranteed to help parents survive the first three years.From breast feeding to toilet training and everything in-between, Sleeping Through the Night explores:

Parent Lingo--or words you never thought you'd want to know the meaning of, like Onesies, Zwieback, and Projectile Vomiting

The going bribery rates for toddlers (M&Ms are the currency of choice)

All-time favorites toys: the toilet brush, lids from pots and pans, anything in your cosmetic drawer, fireplace tools, your keys

How to reconnect with old what's-his-name, that guy across the pillow

Things NOT to discuss with the parents in the park (like your babysitter's phone number)
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5-0 out of 5 stars funny and refreshing take on parenthood
I loved this book. Once I picked it up, I absolutely could not put it down, except when I was laughing too hard to see. It's so great to finally read someone who understands the real joys and hilarious horrors of being a mom. Shelton seems like a warm, sane and wonderfully funny person, and I can't wait to see her next installment. I've bought a copy for each of my new-parent friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where can I get oher stuff from this very funny lady???
You had to have a sense of humor in my family. I come from wacky stock. Reading this book, I felt as though Sandi Kahn Shelton is part of my family. What a jewel. Refreshing, honest. She shares openly with the world. No parent is perfect, in fact...well, that's a whole other book. Keep writing Ms. Shelton, I feel as though we are kidred spirits, maybe distant cousins?

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh
She's really funny, but I didn't appreciate her choice of language in some instances.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very funny but lacking in propriety
Shelton is hilarious. Working Mother magazine says she is "the true successor to Erma Bombeck's throne." Sorry, I cannot agree; Erma never cussed. I don't mind a little garden-variety cussing here and there, but Shelton really lets loose at times and pulls out the big ones--the offensive ones, that is. She did not end up using the F word, but frankly I don't know what stopped her; everything else was there. She really doesn't need the shock factor to be funny either. She's a riot. She's definitely been in the trenches, but she could take a lesson from Erma the Great. My rating for Shelton would have been a five if she had just cleaned up her act.

5-0 out of 5 stars Too funny
I have a six-month-old and this book has me in stitches. I keep re-reading it because the author has really captured that parenthood is a constant journey of the sublime to the ridiculous. ... Read more

122. Butter Comes From Butterflies: When I was a Kid, I used to believe
by Mat Connolley, Scott Menchin
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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Windmills keep the cows cool, Napolean invented Neapolitan ice cream, armadillos live in Amarillo. Author Mat Connolley has made a hobby of collecting the funny things that kids believe. One website and tens of thousands of contributions later, Butter Comes from Butterflies gathers in one delightfully illustrated volume these silly, strange, and sometimes astonishing explanations for the way the world works. Equal parts misunderstanding, imagination, and good old-fashioned zany kid logic, the unique musings in these pages range from sweet notions -- "birds grow from birdseed" -- to hilarious mix-ups -- "gorilla-cheese sandwiches" and "God is short for Godfrey." Scientifically proven to be impossible to put down, the off-base wisdom of Butter Comes from Butterflies is sure to charm and delight. ... Read more

123. My Kid's an Honor Student, Your Kid's a Loser: The Pushy Parent's Guide to Raising a Perfect Child
by Ralph Schoenstein
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Asin: 0738208515
Catlog: Book (2003-04)
Publisher: Perseus Publishing
Sales Rank: 387472
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From Bill Cosby's ghost writer, an unforgettably hilarious look at the amazingly absurd and alarming lengths today's parents go to gain a competitive edge for their kids.

From Mozart played to the womb to post-toddler tutoring for SATs, today's parents are obsessed with creating super kids. In My Kid's an Honor Student, Your Kid's a Loser, best-selling author Ralph Schoenstein blends sharp observation, memories of his own offbeat parenting experience, incredulous reporting, and uproarious flights of fancy to explore this absurd trend. He stumbles upon earnest mothers attempting to elevate fetus IQ and cringes at an exclusive institution teaching reading to children too small to hold a book. With wondrous wit, deep perception, and sweet appreciation for his own unstructured childhood, Schoenstein turns these and other new parenting perversions into comic gems, continuing his reign as the man Kirkus called "the undisputed king of writing on parenthood." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Funny and wise
"My Kid's an Honor Student ..." develops a thesis of importance to parents raising young children in today's competitive environment. It is a funny study of the current environment of parental fear prevalent in the search for school placement. A premium seems extant on sometimes facetiitous striving for fashionable college (and prep school and even pre-nursery school) admission as setting the irrevocable path for a child's future achievement in "life". Schoenstein, a humorist/commentator on foibles of the American scene, highlights the sometimes ludicrous extremes of this push to "better" schools with a light, humorous touch. He provides belly laughs, without succumbing to saracasm and derision. Worthwhile for parents, teenagers, and grandparents.

5-0 out of 5 stars Again Schoenstein is hilarious .. AND apt!
Ralph Schoenstein has that rarest of talents: the abilty to write really funny books about topics that have the sharp tang of truth. He has an unfailing eye, and such an extraordinary facility with the language that almost every page demands at least a smile and, all too often for the peace of my living room, an out-loud laugh. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed many Schoenstein books before, but (as a five-time grandfather now) found this one especially delicious. More to the point, so did my children...AND even those grandchildren old enough to appreciate the humor in their own situations. I eagerly await the next Schoenstein book .. on whatever subject he chooses.. in the sure knowledge that it will make me laugh even while learning a little more about the human condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for parents who want to raise a normal kid!
Schoenstein has a unique knack for blending humor with good solid advice. No wonder he was the ghost for the Bill Cosby books! Parents who want to raise healthy, happy and above all NORMAL kids will find this book invaluable. It's also a great read for grandparents!

My wife and I and our two grown daughters loved this book. ... Read more

124. Rebel Housewife Rules: To Heck With Domestic Bliss
by Sherri Caldwell, Vicki Todd
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Conari Press
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The Rebel Housewife Rules is a whole new set of rules for today’s housewives. The book contains 38 short chapters—four pages each—because that is about all that a mom can read locked in the bathroom with a three-year-old while the dog vomits outside the door.

Each chapter:

• Exposes a myth about being a housewife: "Compared to an outside career, taking care of a house and family—and myself—will be a breeze."

• Reveals the reality behind the myth: "My husband comes home to a disheveled wife, a disaster of a house, and laundry all over the stairs."

• Lays down a new rule: "Your day will never go as planned."

• And offers a rule Rx, a prescription for real domestic happiness: "Be proud of your most important accomplishments every day."

Following the often hilarious adventures and advice of Rebel Housewives Sherri Caldwell and Vicki Todd, readers learn to be themselves, get what they want, and love in new and deeper ways. Sherri and Vicki share their hard-won wisdom in this "survivors’ guide" to momhood, housecleaning, budgets, self-care, and love after kids and babies. Bottom line? Happiness is more important than passing the white-glove test.

In The Rebel Housewife Rules, the recently engaged, new brides, or long-married wives find the courage to live by the greatest housewife rule of all: "Live, Love, and Laugh, one day at a time, baby." ... Read more

125. Car Talk: Car Tunes
by Tom Magliozzi
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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126. Oh, Baby!: Cartoons for New Parents
by Randy Glasbergen
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: CCC Publications
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous fun!
Any expectant or new parent will thoroughly enjoy this delightful collection of cartoons dealing with the less-than-glamorous parts of pregnancy and new parenthood! ... Read more

127. Life with Father
by Clarence, Junior Day
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Catlog: Book (2005-04)
Publisher: Book Sales
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Originally serialized in THE NEW YORKER, and later adapted for stage, screen, and television, Clarence Day’s Life with Father is a cherished American classic. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A classic and entertaining reminiscence
I loved reading this book growing up, and I still reread it about every five years.Some reviewers have complained about the father's behavior, and certainly in 2004 no husband/father could behave as he did.However, for the period in which the story takes place (the 1870s/80s), the father is pretty typical and clearly loved his family a lot.The chapters about the author having violin lessons and sharing mail with his father are particularly good.For people who understand that customs and society itself were different in earlier times, this book will be a delight.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining father
These are very amusing sketches of family life in New York in the 1880s and 90s.Clarence Day Seniuor is a larger-than-life character, autocratic, excitable, with strong likes and dislikes.I was a bit startled to read a previous review that spoke of his 'emotional abuse' of his children.There is no abuse , emotional or otherwise, in this book.Mr Day clearly adored his family.Another reviewer says that Day Snr 'disrespected his wife'.Again, I see no evidence of disrespect in this book, Mr Day obviously loves his slightly eccentric wife to distraction, and in their frequent clashes of temperament she almost always succeeds in getting the better of him.The chapter where she departs on a lengthy trip to Egypt, leaving him pining for her, is particularly touching.This is a charming book, much more amusing than the pleasant but rather bland film that was based on it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disgusting man, that father --
should have been locked up for the emotional abuse of his children.

Clarence Day's writing style is adequate, the book reads quickly (I finished it in two brief sittings), but why Day would want to honor that horror of a father by writing a memoir about him is beyond me.

Read the play instead, by Lindsay and Crouse. L & C had the good sense to soften the father's character and make him more palatable. In the play you will find humor, but not in the memoir.

5-0 out of 5 stars A splendid memoir!
"Life With Father" by Clarence Day is such a charming memoir!I fell in love with this book and I liked how it was set up.The chapters marked different events that stood out in Day's mind.I like that over just a plain memoir, going through life in chronological order.I liked the witty humor, and Father seemed very humorous.This is just a great book to sit back and read the day away with! I recommend.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable memoir
I just got this book and I am having a wonderful time reading the anecdotes of life in Victorian New York with an eccentric father. The humor is gentle and quiet, if you want outlandsih jokes the this is not the book for you.

Of course, some of the customs and actions of the characters may seem odd by modern standards but we must remember that everything changes with time and in 150 years, people may look back at our culture and wonder if we were crazy.

Still, in spite of its age, the humor of the book has held up remarkably well. Perhaps we all know a "father" type, an eccentric and bossy person who is somehow endearing nonetheless.

So, don't obsess over the un-politically correct attitudes of the time covered, just enjoy the quiet humor and learn about a time gone by. ... Read more

128. Women's Wicked Wit: From Jane Austen to Rosanne Barr
by Michelle Lovric
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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Once a girl gets past the age of eight, she knows her deadliest weapon is her tongue. Women's Wicked Wit is a sumptuous selection of 2,000 of women's most acerbic comments on life, chock-full of quotations from Maria Callas, Cher, Hillary Clinton, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Fran Lebowitz, Sophia Loren, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Miss Piggy, Joan Rivers, Rita Rudner, Mae West, Oprah Winfrey, Virginia Woolf, and many more. Nothing and no one escapes these women's glare: women on women, women on men and other animals, and a huge range of other subjects. The whole proves that when it comes to cutting remarks, the female of the species is indeed deadlier than the male. ... Read more

129. 101 Things Husbands Do to Annoy Their Wife
by Ray Comfort
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Asin: 0882709569
Catlog: Book (2004-02)
Publisher: Bridge-Logos Publishers
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Handbook for successful marriage. This book gives rational and hilarious explanations to one of life’s great mysteries: why men do the (annoying) things they do. It helps both spouses understand, among other things, why men dream while driving, forget people’s names, don’t listen when wives speak, and dominate the remote control.

Ray Comfort asserts that the two keys to a happy marriage are understanding and forgiveness. Side-splitting laughter has got to be the third key. Discovering idiosyncrasies common to both husband and wife will help you feel better about your marriage. Special chapter "How to Make Your Marriage Blossom."

Dedicated to Ray’s wife Sue, who helped him write it "in ten minutes." ... Read more

130. Boyhood Daze: An Incomplete Guide to Raising Boys
by Dave Meurer
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Sales Rank: 228833
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"Dave Barry is no longer the funniest man in America."

Jim Watkins, Author, Speaker, Newspaper Columnist

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"Dave Meurer is purely and simply a comic genius. He finds humor in everything he does and everywhere he goes and brings us along for the ride. As a new father, I found it to be one of the most genuinely funny books I've ever read."

Phil Midling

Editor and Publisher of The Clarion

"Very funny stuff! This is a great 'guy' book even if you're not a guy. The ballistic diaper chapter alone is well worth the price. One word of caution: Do not attempt to read while drinking milk (unless you enjoy snorting milk out your nose)."

Laura Jensen Walker

Author of Dated Jekyll, Married Hyde and Love Handles for the Romantically Impaired

"-hilarious. I laughed out loud throughout the book. But Dave Meurer is not just funny. He's insightful and clever in the way he takes simple, real experiences and translates them into meaningful reflections on parenthood. Parenting is serious business. And perhaps because it is so serious, we need to take it a little less seriously and enjoy the ride."

Timothy R. Holler,

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Crichton College

"Raising boys and being a Christian go together like gasoline and matches. What a blast! Fortunately, Dave Meurer can get you out alive, laughing, and even a little smarter."

David Kopp

Father of four sons, Senior Editor of Christian Parenting Today, and coauthor of Praying the Bible for Your Children

Every Harried Parent Needs an Industrial-Sized

Dose of Laughter, and Dave Meurer Provides It.

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5-0 out of 5 stars very funny... amazingly practical... a delightful read
In this day and age of books that claim to have all the answers in tbe area of parenting and family relationships, Dave's book is a refreshing and wholesome change. Boyhood Daze is very funny, amazingly practical (in a wierd sort of way!) and a great encouragement. Dave has a way of communicating the agony and ecstacy of parenting in a delightful way. He has a tremendous gift for humor... he's hysterical! Boyhood Daze points the way to what's really important... a relationship with God is the most meaningful thing you can have in raising kids! We haven't heard the last of this guy, Dave Meurer. I look forward to reading his next book!

5-0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS
I highly recommend this book to anybody who has ANY dealings with boys, even if they're not your own. This book was a wonderful insight into the mind of the male and definitely helped me understand (as the only female in a house with four males) some of the intricacies of the male psyche.

Dave Meurer is a wonderful author and the intermittant mentions of God and christianity were nice and didn't come close to the stuffy, cram-it-down-your-throat level that some authors seem to take.

I highly recommend this book, if only for the enjoyment of reading the story about Dave when he was a child and the fireworks. Hilariously funny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Add Laughter to your DAZE
I had the rare opportunity of meeting this author at a Writer's Conference. He is warm and witty and is the "real deal". Dave helps us see the lighter side of life but still through a stained glass perspective. He offers up humorous slices of life that will have you laughing out loud. Read all of the DAVE books - Boyhood Daze, Daze of Our Wives, Out on a Whim and his newest one to come in May 2002 - Stark Raving Dad.

5-0 out of 5 stars You might as well laugh
Dave Meurer is a gifted author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As a parent of only one son, I too have learned the hard and fast rule: You can cry, or you can laugh. Like Dave, I think I'll stick with laughter.

5-0 out of 5 stars about boys of all ages
I am the mother of a red headed 5 year old boy. I read this book over the weekend. This book helped me to laugh at the struggles of raising boys and enjoy what makes boys different and special.The author weaves in a Christian theme. The book is worth the price. It was a help to realize all this bliss of raising a son will not go away anytime soon. ... Read more

131. A Man Called Daddy : A Celebration of Fatherhood
by Hugh O'Neill
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Catlog: Book (1996-04-01)
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press
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A Man Called Daddy is an entertaining look at fatherhood, written with the same charm and down-to-earth spirit as books by Erma Bombeck. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Need a real belly-laugh?
Prepare to laugh yourself into a frenzy.I have read and re-read thisbook, and know to keep the tissues handy because I laugh so hard I cry !! It's hilarious, clean, heartwarming humor.Hats off to Mr O'Neill.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book is great!Whether your a father, a mother, or just a 14 year old (like me!) you'll love it, and laugh your head off.It's one of the funniest things I've ever read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Really, really funny!
This book is great!I laughed out loud evey five seconds.This book is great for both fathers, mothers, and just plain people.I'm only 14 and I loved it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Really, really funny!
This book is great!I laughed out loud evey five seconds.This book is great for both fathers, mothers, and just plain people.I'm only 14 and I loved it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching for dads - it will grow on you too
This is one of the most enjoyable books I was given as a new Dad. It's brief and an easy read.The personal stories reinforce your enjoyment of the adventures, mishaps and discoveries of every day life with kids.I'vegrown to like this even more that my first child is now two, and am buyinga copy for another new Dad. ... Read more

132. How to Be a Pregnant Father
by Peter Mayle, Arthur Robins
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Catlog: Book (1986-04-01)
Publisher: Citadel Trade
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Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Dated and not all that useful
At one point in the narrative the author recommends that you read some of your wife's pregnancy books to get an idea what's going on. That is the best advice this book has to offer. Read another book.

I found most of what was advised here to be dated and not all that useful given the changing roles in modern America. Most men do not need to read hints on how to make canned soup and the recipe for "Tuna Chowder" made my wife's stomach churn when I read it out loud. The entire chapter on what to do while in the waiting room seems superfluous in contemporary society where the husband accompanies his wife during the delivery.

There are some good words of wisdom peppered through the 1950s mentality though. Let your wife know you love her and that she's attractive. Get involved with the process right from the start and... and.....

Sorry. That's about all I could glean from this thing. I just saved you ten bucks.

2-0 out of 5 stars if all you need is a laugh or two..................
The author has tried to cover too much ground, with the usual result that much of it is skimmed. You may be able to glean a few good points, but don't put all your hopes in this being your sole source of information, it just can't do it. Not only is it generally flighty but also occasionally ill-informed; "giving a pregnant woman champagne". If it had been a clear-cut comedy book I could respect that, but the chuckles are weak and a few are not even funny being disrespectful to women. I have been a bit harsh perhaps in reviewing this book, if this is not the only book/class/etc the expectant father learns from it is ok as a mild humor book. Hopefully it will prompt the purchase of a more accurate and informative book.

4-0 out of 5 stars For the Busy Dad-to-Be
I bought this book for my husband shortly after we learned I was pregnant. I read it first and thought it was perfectly short and direct for the first-time and somewhat-frightened busy father-to-be. My husband didn't read it until after our baby boy was born. At which point, enraptured by our son,he read it from front to cover and tried out all the recipes included during my first couple of weeks home. The recipes are simple, but really, really delicious. He still refers to it for certain dishes. My bet is that he will read it again, but at the beginning of my next pregnancy -- not the end of it! ... Read more

133. Chinqua Where? The Spirit of Rural America, 1947-1955
by Fred B. McKinley
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-15)
Publisher: Willow Creek
Sales Rank: 775943
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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It portrays the numerous humorous exploits, misadventures and shenanigans of a youth while growing up in the East Texas backwoods community of Chinquapin during -. While it is mainly intended as humor for the general reader of any age, CHINQUA WHERE? also includes the seriousness and realism associated with bittersweet memories and the disappointments of rural family life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A superbly written and informative autobiography
Chinqua Where? The Spirit Of Rural America, 1947-1955 is a heartfelt collection of short essays and memories about author Fred McKinley's life growing up in rural East Texas during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Life without indoor plumbing, central heating, or running water, and in a place where baths were in washtubs, the children went barefoot in the summer, and when the main forms of entertainment were wandering the woods, listening to a battery operated radio, or watching movies on Sunday afternoon, are all part and parcel of this vivid retelling of rural Texas childhood. A host of vivid impressions make for an unforgettable trip down memory lane and combine to make Chinqua Where? a superbly written and informative autobiography.

5-0 out of 5 stars McKinley Captures American Spirit by Diane DeVaughn Stokes
As a television talk show host and producer, I get so many books to read and review. I sat down to read only a few chapters of this one and wound up reading the entire book! CHINQUA WHERE? replicates rural life ANYWHERE, not just in Texas.Fred McKinley's chapters reminded me of stories told to me by my grandparents about days gone by in rural Pennsylvania. Lots of history, lots of laughs, lots of love!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Escape To The Past
I have just finished reading this book and I must admit that it has taken me a lot longer than I had expected.From the very beginning it was like stepping back in time to a place where I grew up.Back to a time when there were no freeways, telephones, computers or television sets.A place where a child could indulge in his own imagination, thinking his own thoughts and not what some Hollywood writers had put into his head.The reason that I took so long to finish this book was because I wanted to savor every single story in it.I grew up in this age and in the same general area, so I remember the court house at San Augustine.I also remember terms like "turtle hull" and I remember when cars had the dimmer switch on the floor. I had not heard the term "turtle hull" for so long that I had forgotten it. Each story was like a small mini-vacation that allowed me for one brief period of time, to escape from the hectic world that we live in and return to a peaceful, more carefree world.I am grateful to Mr. McKinley for writting this book and for helping to perserve these memories and for sharing them with us.I think this book would be excellent for the older generations to help bring back memories of the past and also for the younger generation to let them know that there really was a time when kids didn't have indoor plumbing, telephones, computers and television.

4-0 out of 5 stars A "Down Home" Tale
McKinley's book, with its candid "down home" flavorprovides a refreshing look back at a simpler time in American life. The author's narrative voice--that of the mischievous, carefree boy he was in those "good old days"--relates with warmth andhumor his recollections of "the way things were" during his happy boyhood in rural Chinqua. A charming collection of anecdotes that celebrates the fundamental customs and values of rural America. ... Read more

134. The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What I'Ve Learned in My Never-Ending Quest to Become a Dalai Mama
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Asin: 1579543421
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: Rodale Press
Sales Rank: 437113
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"To be a mom is to have, at any given moment, everything turned completely on its head. That is why the word for Mom is Mom, and not Som, or Pom, or Bloot--because MOM upside down is WOW. That is it right there, the single truth, inherent in the very word--motherhood is one big, intense, erratic, emphatic WOW. Wow, this is tough! Wow, this is joyous! Wow, this is a nightmare! Wow, this is phenomenal! Wow, I love these kids! Wow, are they annoying!"

Humorist and mother of three Amy Krouse Rosenthal has a knack for recording the minutiae of everyday life, for finding the WOW in a seemingly mundane reality. In this hilarious follow-up to her much-gabbed-about The Book of Eleven and The Same Phrase Describes My Marriage and My Breasts: Before the Kids, They Used to Be Such a Cute Couple, Amy contemplates what it means to be a mother.

Like life, motherhood is full of lessons: You can't please everyone all the time. No matter what you forget to pack, it all works out in the end. Some days your zipper will jam and your ice cream will fall down a sewer. Whether celebrating the music of motherhood ("I love you, Mommy.") or reflecting on the death of a child, Amy captures the incredible ups, downs, and in-betweens of motherhood with unflinching honesty and an irrestibly quirky charm.

Whether you're seeking comic relief or absolution of mother's guilt (for not filling out the baby book properly, for feeling thankful for McDonald's, for not making homemade Halloween costumes, for taking time to read this book, for not being perfect), A Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life delivers the goods, plus plenty of sage advice from the trenches of motherhood. Advice to be remembered for a lifetime. Advice like, "Let go of perfectionism. Just drop it. And look at it this way: If you really were a perfect mother, everyone would hate you."

For those who have mastered multi-tasking--an essential trait of mothers--this book is a perfect companion when slicing a flank steak, folding towels, or decorating a sombrero for Crazy Hat Day. And for those still perfecting their mom skills: Put down the butcher knife, pick up this book, and start laughing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for every parent
This book was laugh out loud funny. Amy is incredibly witty. She finds humor in ordinary family life. After I read this book I realized that my family is actually "normal". I read this book in one night. Once you start reading you will not be able to put it down. After reading this book I felt a sense of relief from the frustrations of the toddler years. Buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice to Know I'm Not Alone
I'm beginning to think that Amy has video cameras set up in my house, because so much of what happens in her books, happen in my house. Once again, Amy has written a short, sweet and very funny book about motherhood. Once again, Amy has made me feel like I'm not the only mom who feels like she does -- like taking off as a passenger in a semi one day. A must read for moms!

5-0 out of 5 stars helpful and amusing
I have read all 3 of Amy's books. They are full of earthy wisdom about child-rearing and motherhood...AND, they're fun and funny to read. I gave this book to a first time mother (over40) who feared that her so-called negative feelings were off the chart. After she read Amy's book, she felt so reassured.

Keep up the good work Amy. Write a book about anything and I'll read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for mothers
This book is a gem, not just for mothers, but for keen observers of the wonders of everyday life. I'm not yet a mother, one month and counting, but I found this book filled with wisdom and wit. If my experiences can be any where close to those of Amy Krouse Rosenthal I can only guess that I'm going to love this trip down motherhood lane. I also have a feeling I'll be reading Ms. Rosenthal's words again and again searching through these pages for those pearls of advice that I can use in my own life. I hope to see more from this talented and thought provoking author!

5-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU ONLY READ ONE BOOK THIS YEAR...
YOU MUST BE THE MOTHER OF SMALL CHILDREN TOO! As the mother of three kids, I could totally relate to this book. After reading it (in one sitting i might add!), I felt like I really knew the author, like she's one of the moms in my play group. I'm definitely giving this book to all the mothers i know. ... Read more

135. Through a Baby's Eyes
by Paul Marks
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Asin: 1582750416
Catlog: Book (2004-06)
Publisher: Black Forest Press
Sales Rank: 765335
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Have you ever wondered what thoughts go through an infant’s head?Well, we found a diary; forty-one humorous short stories, all written by our one-year-old.She playfully covers everything from changing a diaper to peek-a-boo to discovering that she has two arms.

The first year can be very hard for a parent adjusting to a new baby in the house.At times it can seem overwhelming.However, Through a Baby’s Eyes is a perfect book to help you cope and laugh when things get stressful. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Combines warm mirth with open curiositity
Through A Baby's Eyes is an amusing, simple narrative of how the world must look from the perspective of the very young. Sure to resonate with anyone who has had to take care of an infant, Through A Baby's Eyes combines warm mirth with open curiositity and chuckle-inducing speculation. A charming read that reinforces positive feelings and the bonds shared with adorable little guys and gals.

5-0 out of 5 stars I couldn'tput it down!!
This book is very funny! We have two children, and I found myself laughing about similar incidents. In fact, after reading
"Through a Baby's Eyes", I have started to jot down funny
stories about my own children.

5-0 out of 5 stars A friend gave me this book
My friend sent Through a Baby's Eyes to me.I don't have any children, but she said I had to read it.And she was right.This book is hilarious and sweet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!!
I picked up this book, Through a Baby's Eyes, and decided to read a few pages before bed. However, I started laughing so hard at the short stories that I kept waking up my husband.I love the fact that it's from the baby's point of view. ... Read more

136. Amusing Grace: Hilarity & Hope in the Everyday Calamity of Motherhood
by Rhonda Rhea
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Asin: 0781435323
Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: Life Journey
Sales Rank: 498947
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For every Mom challenged with keeping the family and home life under control, this hilarious prescription for coping is an entertaining perspective on God's grace for everyday living.

"Mom, I accidentally swallowed 83 cents!" "Mom, can you get this truck wheel out of my nose?" "Mom, I can't get my army men out of the toaster." Amusing Grace is the perfect Rx for every mom! Get ready to laugh and be encouraged through these everyday escapades:

Grace in the Minivan: Focusing on Christ in the Busy-ness of LifeGrace in the Migraine Moments: Focusing on the One Who is in ControlGrace in the Everyday Landmines: Focusing on His Plans, Not MineGrace for Spiritual Clorox: Focusing on a Continuous Sin Clean-upGrace for Head-Scratchers: Focusing on the Lord through the Tough QuestionsGrace to Love Without Bellyaching: Focusing on Loving Others No Matter WhatGrace Through His Humongous Love: Focusing on God's Merciful Love for Me


"If you're a mother, you're bound to love Rhonda's sometimes hilarious, always entertaining spin on her life as a mom of five--and her observations on God's presence in the thick of it! Amusing Grace will help you lighten up, laugh, and learn more about God's wisdom and grace as you tackle the joys and challenges of mothering."
- Jane Johnson Struck, Editor

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Blessing for All
This book has been a joy for me. It is amazing how Rhonda Rhea can have insight into my life. What a comforting feeling to know that as a Mom, I am not alone, that we all experience great triumphs and the occasional sorrow. That life doesn't always flow as we think it should but Mrs. Rhea reminds us that it is God's way...not our's that matters. Within every life experience is a spiritual lesson and blessing. She helps us find humor in our daily journeys through motherhood. I find myself rereading a reminder...God is Good and has a sense of humor, so we must too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learning followed laughter
Now here's a book with a sense of humor. But I found that after I got through laughing, I reflected on the blessings I have with my own family and the opportunities I have to make a difference in the world by making a difference in my home. ... Read more

137. Mom - This Joke's for You: The Best Mom Jokes from the Funniest Comedians
by Judy Brown, Ronnie Sellers Productions
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Asin: 1569065837
Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
Publisher: Ronnie Sellers Productions
Sales Rank: 86332
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138. Fumbling Thru Fatherhood
by Jared Fiel
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Asin: 0975281909
Catlog: Book (2004-03)
Publisher: Atja Books
Sales Rank: 439910
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Award-winning humor columnist Jared Fiel has collected the funniest stories from his first six years of parenthood into one book. He covers everything from the first ultrasound image (or was it the weather channel?) to his oldest son's first day of kindergarten. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outloud Laughs!
What Fun! I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of writings about parenthood, kids, and the often insane things we say and do as parents. I saw my own kids and my own experiences. Jared Fiel writes with a conversational style and dry wit that has a quick pace and yet gives the reader the opportunity to relate to each story. This should be next to the required reading of all the "What to Expect" books for parents.

5-0 out of 5 stars A humorous, realistic look at parenting
I loved this book. It's a light-hearted look at all the things that happen when you are the parent(s) of young children. You can tell that the author really loves his kids. He writes in a way that makes you feel like you are a friend of his. I found myself recognizing the situations and thinking, "That's exactly how it was at my house!" I would recommend this to everyone from mothers to fathers to grandparents. Reading it definitely put a sparkle in my day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny look at parenthood is a perfect gift for dads
"Fumbling thru Fatherhood" is a hilarious look at parenthood from a top-notch comic writer. I've been reading Jared Fiel's humor column in my local newspaper for the past several years. In it, he finds amusement in everyday life, from shopping for clothes with his boss to the joys of baseball. His best columns are those when he reports on the antics of his two young sons. He sees the humor in parenting and his writing makes people giggle, chuckle, guffaw and even laugh out loud. Now, people who can't read his column can be treated to the amusing adventures of Fiel's Files. Reading this book is like finding a literary cross between "Calvin & Hobbes" and "Baby Blues." And collected together in book form, you'll find a touching look at one man's experience raising two boys. It's the perfect gift for Father's Day, or for any dad's birthday, or for the dad-to-be in the couple about to have their first baby. It's a winner! ... Read more

139. Mother-In-Law Hell: Real Stories About Real Mothers-In-Law
by Patricia Hirooka
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Asin: 0595128998
Catlog: Book (2000-12-01)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
Sales Rank: 225617
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Daughters-in-law from around the world have come together to share their personal experiences, find support, as well as give valuable advice to other women who are trying to cope with a mother-in-law from hell.And at the same time, they have discovered a sense of comfort in knowing that they are not alone in this unspoken tug-of-war. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ARGH in laws
I Have Had So Many Problems With My Inlaws, That I Decided To Buy This Book And I Absolutly Loved It.Listening To Other Daughter In Laws Commenting On Their Own Mother In Law Problems Made Me Feel A Whole Lot Better,And I Thought "Thank Heavens I Am Not On My Own",Some Of The Story's Are Funny,Some Serious,I Cant Wait For Patricia's Next Book,Also Based On Inlaws,I Will Be The First In line To Buy It.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
It took me only 30 minutes to read this short selection of mother-in-law tales of woe. No humor. No solutions. Just a waste of time and money. It went right in the trash. Disappointing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Funny Stuff - Made me feel better!
This book was great for my purpose. My mother-in-law really bugs me and it was fun to hear some horror stories from other people. (Actually made my MIL seem a little less awful.) My only complaint was that it was such a short read. I finished the whole book in about 2 hours and I am NOT a quick reader. Some of the anecdotes are very short (ie- 2 sentences) and consume a whole page. I would have liked more for my money, but hey, it was fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!
This book is great! The author did a great job in putting together all the stories we shared! She is Great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for a soon-to-be or new bride!!!!!
My best friend is getting married, and she is having issues with her soon-to-be husband's mother. I bought this book for her, and she loved it! She said that she was at her wit's end until she read the book. Now she knows that she isn't the only one with this problem and can actually find humor in her behavior(or lack of)

After my best friend said how good it was, I read it and really enjoyed it too. Even though I am divorced, I related to many of the stories....Lucky for me, I don't have to deal with my mother-in-law ever again;-))0 ... Read more

140. Daze of Our Wives: A Semi-Helpful Guide to Marital Bliss
by Dave Meurer
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Asin: 0764223429
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Sales Rank: 213598
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Unequivocal, Hilarious Proof That Husbands and Wives Are Very, Very, Very Different

In a world of eat-your-peas books, its nice to have a writer who encourages us to enjoy a slice of cake every once in a while. Daze of Our Wives is fun and funnybut always with a purpose. Tom Neven Editor, Focus on the Family magazine

"I love to laugh, and Dave makes me laugh. I also love to be touched emotionally and inspired spiritually. Dave does it all in Daze of Our Wives." Marilyn Meberg

Author & Speaker, Women of Faith "If laughter is medicine for the soul, then Dave Meurer is a true medicine man. He has the rare ability to make the stuff of day-to-day family life both humorous and healing."Doug Newton Editor,magazine

Dave Meurer is the male counterpart of Erma Bombeck. Daze of Our Wives is laugh-out-loud funnyand true. Full of humor, traces of poignancy, and great male insights on marriage, this is a must read for every wife and husband.Laura Jensen Walker Author of Dated Jekyll, Married Hyde and Thanks for the Mammogram

Daze of Our Wives is roll on the floor funny.... Lets face it, we husbands drive our wives crazy. Meurer has captured this reality and placed it in its proper, much less serious light. Timothy R. Holler Assistant Professor of Psychology, Crichton College

"Dave Meurer is just a little boy disguised as a grown-up, which is why his writings are so insightful." Tracey Bumpus Managing Editor, Homelife magazine

Bravo! This is a must read for anyone who thinks marriage is for the timid. I will quote this book for years and recommend it to my clients. Douglas Porter Marriage and Family Therapist

Dave Meurer offers a fresh and hilarious perspective on the family experience! He makes me laugh and laugh and laugh some more! Ted Randall Youth Pastor, Redding Christian Fellowship ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Is marriage really like this?
Well, he's done it again. I knew after reading his first book (his "incomplete guide to raising boys") that if he wrote another one it would be great... and this one on marriage is hilarious! He is a master at taking an everyday incident in life and tweaking it until he has you rolling on the floor. God gave us a sense of humor for a reason, and sometimes it's to take a look at the ordinary things in married life and laugh about them. Dave knows how to do that! Couples should read this new book together for a revival in "wedded bliss"! His wacky sense of humor echoes on each page... thanks, Dave, for a great new look at an important part of life! ... Read more

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