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"Do not read this book in public. Your guffaws will prompt the stares of strangers. Your tears will streak your mascara in a most uncomely manner. Elizabeth is that kind of writer: funny and self-deprecating, keen-eyed and sincere. Which is why, among the 600 writers we considered for our blog, she was an immediate, irresistible standout." Lilan Patri, Deputy Editor, paren "Do not read this book in public. Your guffaws will prompt the stares of strangers. Your tears will streak your mascara in a most uncomely manner. Elizabeth is that kind of writer: funny and self-deprecating, keen-eyed and sincere. Which is why, among the 600 writers we considered for our blog, she was an immediate, irresistible standout." Lilan Patri, Deputy Editor, parenting.com "The word 'barf' appears 28 times in this book. (Synonyms 'ralph' 'puke' and 'hurl' a total of 7.) The word 'coffee,' appears thirty-three times. 'Global socio-economic politics?' -- Not a once." Meet Elizabeth, a former Congressional Press Secretary now living in a world of bad morning sickness, sleep deprivation, twisted toddler logic, and mommy friends who dye their hair with Grecian 5 Hair color for men. (It's cheap and you can paint it on your widow's peak while the kids are in the tub.) It's got everything: haddock-love, nightmares featuring Glynnis Johns, the occasional f-bomb and an answer to the age-old question of what ABBA must've seen on acid. Oh, and there's a lot of barfing.


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"Do not read this book in public. Your guffaws will prompt the stares of strangers. Your tears will streak your mascara in a most uncomely manner. Elizabeth is that kind of writer: funny and self-deprecating, keen-eyed and sincere. Which is why, among the 600 writers we considered for our blog, she was an immediate, irresistible standout." Lilan Patri, Deputy Editor, paren "Do not read this book in public. Your guffaws will prompt the stares of strangers. Your tears will streak your mascara in a most uncomely manner. Elizabeth is that kind of writer: funny and self-deprecating, keen-eyed and sincere. Which is why, among the 600 writers we considered for our blog, she was an immediate, irresistible standout." Lilan Patri, Deputy Editor, parenting.com "The word 'barf' appears 28 times in this book. (Synonyms 'ralph' 'puke' and 'hurl' a total of 7.) The word 'coffee,' appears thirty-three times. 'Global socio-economic politics?' -- Not a once." Meet Elizabeth, a former Congressional Press Secretary now living in a world of bad morning sickness, sleep deprivation, twisted toddler logic, and mommy friends who dye their hair with Grecian 5 Hair color for men. (It's cheap and you can paint it on your widow's peak while the kids are in the tub.) It's got everything: haddock-love, nightmares featuring Glynnis Johns, the occasional f-bomb and an answer to the age-old question of what ABBA must've seen on acid. Oh, and there's a lot of barfing.

30 review for Motherhood Is Not For Wimps: No Answers, Just Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm sorry to say this book disappointed me. I don't buy books regularly, so this, along with several others, was a special purchase. I grumble at my wasted money. I really enjoy regularly reading the author's blog by the same name. I don't have children, but I always enjoy good writing and funny stories, no matter what the subject. This book was just a conglomeration of her past blog entries. I only laughed out loud once; not really worth the cost, in my opinion. Maybe if I had children it would h I'm sorry to say this book disappointed me. I don't buy books regularly, so this, along with several others, was a special purchase. I grumble at my wasted money. I really enjoy regularly reading the author's blog by the same name. I don't have children, but I always enjoy good writing and funny stories, no matter what the subject. This book was just a conglomeration of her past blog entries. I only laughed out loud once; not really worth the cost, in my opinion. Maybe if I had children it would have appealed to me more, but I felt that the format of the book was poor. A former press secretary should know better than to re-hash old material (oh, wait, did I just make a funny?). Perhaps if she had taken her old entries and re-written them into essays, this would have been a more interesting read. I felt I got cheated by buying this book when I could have just skimmed through her old blog entries online. If you were interested in reading this book, I suggest doing that first.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dundee Library

    I found this book when I was looking for books for a new mom who wanted an easy read with short sections, about motherhood that would make her laugh. I read some of the reviews and decided that I too could use some good laughs. I guess I didn't go down far enough in the reviews because although I smiled a couple times, I didn't actually laugh. The stories were sometimes cute and the little girl sounds adorable. Maybe if I still had a little one at home I would have been more amused but my son is I found this book when I was looking for books for a new mom who wanted an easy read with short sections, about motherhood that would make her laugh. I read some of the reviews and decided that I too could use some good laughs. I guess I didn't go down far enough in the reviews because although I smiled a couple times, I didn't actually laugh. The stories were sometimes cute and the little girl sounds adorable. Maybe if I still had a little one at home I would have been more amused but my son is 20 and away at college. This book started out as a blog and the author then self published it. It talks about life with toddler and the experiences of being a new mom with all the joyful and not so joyful things in day to day life. When I finished reading it, I went back and read more of the reviews and most readers loved it and only a few felt like I did and did not find it very funny. Just personal preference.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love http://damomma.com, but I missed the early years, so I purchased this to catch up. I'm glad I did as it has Elizabeth's wonderful perceptiveness and sense of humor. You can tell that her writing has matured a lot over the years as these stories are not as polished as her most recent blog entries. Still, I enjoyed the stories and the writing. : ) I love http://damomma.com, but I missed the early years, so I purchased this to catch up. I'm glad I did as it has Elizabeth's wonderful perceptiveness and sense of humor. You can tell that her writing has matured a lot over the years as these stories are not as polished as her most recent blog entries. Still, I enjoyed the stories and the writing. : )

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber Spencer

    I laughed so hard! And that made me cry. Trent kept asking what I was laughing/crying about - all at the same time. I told him it was because I was reading about myself in a 'round about way. About a mommy at least. I can relate. I laughed so hard! And that made me cry. Trent kept asking what I was laughing/crying about - all at the same time. I told him it was because I was reading about myself in a 'round about way. About a mommy at least. I can relate.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Marie

    very funny. The author was a very distinguished intellectual before having her baby girl Mary, after which she started a blog about day to day life with this little toddler. She writes of barf, barbies, and lots of coffee!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I read the blog this book is taken from, and the book is a funny, sweet and real look at someone raising their first daughter and basically being honest with the world about what it's like - sleeping issues, trying to juggle life and a child without dropping anything...a really enjoyable read. I read the blog this book is taken from, and the book is a funny, sweet and real look at someone raising their first daughter and basically being honest with the world about what it's like - sleeping issues, trying to juggle life and a child without dropping anything...a really enjoyable read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I enjoyed this book a lot...probably because it reminds me so much of my own life, except that I have three crazy kids running around the house instead of just one. Thank you Paula, for the very fun read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    funny but....basically a series of blog postings.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abby Welker

    This is exactly what I was looking for! I wanted some light-hearted, well-written humor and I found what I wanted!

  10. 5 out of 5

    K8lin

    Second time through - I read it a few years ago when my hubby first gave it to me. It's cute - definitely just a collection of stories of one mothers 'adventures'. It's a good bath tub read! Second time through - I read it a few years ago when my hubby first gave it to me. It's cute - definitely just a collection of stories of one mothers 'adventures'. It's a good bath tub read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Always fun to read books by fellow mothers and know I can get through it! Funny stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jess Miller

    I read this before it reached book form-as a blog, damomma.com. Really funny, touching stories about being a mom.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    This book made me laugh harder then every David Sedaris book I have read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A good dose of raw humor for moms in "the season". Laugh out loud, and be offended. A good dose of raw humor for moms in "the season". Laugh out loud, and be offended.

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    Shana

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

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    Jennifer

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Fournier

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nikky Cogdell

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Watts

  26. 4 out of 5

    D.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  29. 5 out of 5

    Juliamiller

  30. 4 out of 5

    April Miller

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