Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mommy Memoirs: Funny Books about Motherhood

Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday.  In honor of the holiday, we are highlighting humorous memoirs about being a mom.  Mothers will surely relate to some of the books on the list, while others can get a better understanding of what mothers go through and have some laughs as well.

It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita by Heather B. Armstrong
Call no.: 306.8743 ARM
A popular blogger's irreverent look at pregnancy, parenting and postpartum depression.  
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Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace  by Ayelet Waldman.
Call no.: 306.8743 WAL
This book of 18 essays tackles the pressures and anxieties of modern day mothers.  Peppered with anecdotes from her own life, Waldman encourages mothers to give themselves a break. 
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Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms by Trisha Ashworth.
Call no.: 306.8743 ASH
Based of interviews with hundreds of mothers, this book is sort of like PostSecret for moms.
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Why is My Mother Getting a Tattoo: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask by Jancee Dunn.
Call no.: 306.8743 DUN
Dunn is a rock journalist, but this memoir explores her family relationships and the phenomenon of never quite feeling like a grown up. The title essay is about her sixty-something mother's quest to get a raven tattooed onto her wrist.
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To Hell With That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife by Caitlin Flanagan.  
Call no.: 305.436 FLA
New Yorker writer Flanagan explores the roles and events that shape the modern women, including weddings, motherhood, and housekeeping. 
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Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life, or, How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child by Faulkner Fox.  
Call no.: 306.874 FOX
In this amusing memoir, Fox contrasts her fanatsies about motherhood with her real life experiences while she struggles to maintain her own identity and deal with the unequal "parenting miles" (time spent taking care of kids) between her husband and herself.
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