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11 07, 2014

Review: Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

By | July 11th, 2014|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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A1CEkvklRIL._SL1500_Reviewed by Lindsay Yocum

I had first heard of Rachel Macy Stafford and her “Hands Free” self when I saw a link to one of her blogs from a friend on Facebook. The first blog post I read was amazing, and she just had this incredible way with words. I felt like in a weird way she knew that I am guilty of being on my phone too much. She made me realize that you can miss a childhood by doing that (in fact, that’s the first blog post that I read, “How to Miss a Childhood”) and it was amazing.

Eventually, I started to really dislike her because as her blog grew, she came across more as condescending than the understanding mama I had grown to love. So I stopped reading her blog. Until I saw another post by her and fell in

9 05, 2014

Review: I Heart My Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert

By | May 9th, 2014|Categories: Humor, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |1 Comment

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9780062341624_p0_v4_s260x420Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Karen Alpert, popularly known for her blog Baby Sideburns, is a witty and quirky mom who decided to take many of the things that happen in real life and share them with the world.

Alpert boldly discusses aspects of our lives that no one wants to talk about!! Comparing our children (both to each other and to kids in other families…you KNOW you do it too!), comparing our bodies to other women, dealing with in-laws and other people at the holidays, the woes of Mommyhood, and the best of all: husbands! She discusses it all…and she doesn’t hold back! Ever wonder if anyone else’s husband brags about his poops and wants to show it to you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Have you ever lied about having “stomach troubles” just so that your husband would watch the kids for you

27 03, 2014

Review: My Inappropriate Life by Heather McDonald

By | March 27th, 2014|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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my inappropriate lifeReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I have read all but the latest of E’s late night comedy/talk show host Chelsea Handler’s books. I found them pretty hilarious, filled with the blunt attitude of Chelsea herself, though they were also filled with some tales I simply did not believe ever occurred. As I am familiar with all the regulars on Chelsea’s show, Chelsea Lately, I was looking forward to delving into Heather McDonald’s second set of amusing tales.

Unfortunately, what I found is that Mrs. McDonald’s anecdotes are light on the hilarity, and completely lacking in substance. Heather is a writer and regularly featured co-host on Chelsea Lately. She is also a wife and mother of three. The stories told in My Inappropriate Life come from both sides of the fine and sometimes blended line she straddles as a working mom.

As I am

12 03, 2014

Review: Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

By | March 12th, 2014|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |1 Comment

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20140209_510640.xml-book.glitter.0209Reviewed by Jax Kepple

Kelly Corrigan found herself as a young twenty-something in Australia with no money to get home after she and a friend blew it on a trip of a lifetime. Applying to job after job, she finally settles for a nanny job with a widower, John Tanner, who has two small children (not kids – “kids are goats,” as Kelly’s mother would say) and realizes that her mother Mary, despite Kelly’s perceived flaws of her, is a pretty great mom and Kelly understands why she acts and parents the way she did. Later, Kelly reflects on this time while she’s undergoing cancer treatment, faced with the possibility of leaving her two children without a mother, just like the Tanner family.

Glitter and Glue is more than a memoir. It’s the story of a daughter’s love and appreciation for her somewhat

8 12, 2013

Review: Are You Indian? by Sanjit Singh

By | December 8th, 2013|Categories: Gift Ideas, Humor, Humorous, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |2 Comments

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sanjit-singh2Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Are You Indian? is not a book to judge by its cover. Sanjit Singh’s volume thrives on an in-your-face farce-type of comedy writing about what it means to be a native Asian from India living in the United States. The author writes candidly, and uses long-faced caricatures (not my favorite images, some are unpleasant and creepy to look at) of his “people” to illustrate the main points in the book. The point is–how can anyone understand the principles of Indian culture, rituals, home-life and family traditions without being from India? Well, reading this book will make anyone an expert of sorts.

First the reader is encouraged to take a short quiz to determine if the person is “really Indian”. To be clear, “real Indians” are then distinguished from Indian wannabes and non-Indians. Singh then goes on to explain the early

15 11, 2013

Review: Mothers Who Can’t Love by Dr. Susan Forward

By | November 15th, 2013|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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9780062204349_p0_v4_s260x420Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Dr. Susan Forward has worked with many clients in her private counseling practice and dealt with their negative attitudes, habits, and life issues that flow over from unresolved, hurtful experiences within their parental relationships. Many of those clients were specifically the daughters of mothers who were unable to healthfully share love with their daughters.

Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters is Dr. Forward’s latest book that addresses the hurt that many women faced growing up and continue to face within their adult relationships with their mothers, as well as how difficult mother/daughter relationships touch other areas of the daughters’ lives and relationships.

The book is divided into two parts. The first section, Identifying the Mother Wound, looks at different types of mothers, such as the narcissistic mother, the overly enmeshed, the control freak, and mothers who need

16 10, 2013

Review: 10,000 Babies by Silvio Aladjem

By | October 16th, 2013|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |3 Comments

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10000BabiesReviewed by Poppy Johnson

The stories of an OB/GYN doctor are carefully recounted in the book 10,000 Babies: My Life in the Delivery Room. The author spent 40 years as an obstetrician, and participated in countless deliveries over the course of his career. Dr. Aladjem begins with the heartfelt reasons he chose the profession, and works the reader through his medical miracles, personal and professional heartbreaks and shares the customs, traditions and varied beliefs held by pregnant women of every faith and culture.

Many of the stories are told with back stories in place, which is immensely helpful for the reader as it puts you into the heart of the action with as much information as possible on the women and their lives during the time of their child’s birth. Knowing what led up to the miracle is as important as understanding

21 09, 2013

Review: Past Tense by Shawn & Ron Kilgarlin

By | September 21st, 2013|Categories: Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Self Help, Self-Help|Tags: , |1 Comment

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past-tense-book-cover1Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Past Tense, by Shawn and Ron Kilgarlin, reads like a daily devotional for anyone who has ever experienced stress. There are 24 sections in the book that cover everything from mental health issues, abuse and anger concerns, overcoming postpartum depression, holiday worries and how to squash them, faith based ideas, addiction and how to manage it, how to find happiness and reconnect with the family and how to live a better life in general. The authors include break out tips at the beginning of the main chapters, black and white photos of people in various life situations appropriate to the chapter titles, and add a quote form a famous person at the bottom (or top, or both bottom and top) of each page. There is a Resource Guide at the back of the book which shows other helpful websites

2 09, 2013

Review: Little Madhouse on the Prairie by Marion Elizabeth Witte

By | September 2nd, 2013|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |1 Comment

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Little Madhouse (300 dpi)Reviewed by Alysia George

Most memoirs detailing a difficult childhood stop once the tragedy is told and the happy ending is revealed. This is not the case with Little Madhouse on the Prairie, by Marion Elizabeth Witte. What sets this poignant memoir apart is that it goes on, into the author’s adulthood. It tells us what happens after the so-called happy ending, when real life sets in and the repercussions of a childhood filled with abuse, neglect, and cruelty are made painfully clear and can no longer be ignored.

Throughout the book, Witte shares deeply personal episodes of her lonely and often terrifying upbringing on the plains of North Dakota. Reading about the abuse endured by an innocent child is never easy, and Witte’s experiences were especially unpleasant. As ugly as her childhood was, I found it refreshing that

2 09, 2013

Blog Tour: Etched in Sand by Regina Calceterra

By | September 2nd, 2013|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |4 Comments

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etched in sandPlease join Regina Calcaterra, author of Etched in Sand, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Every once in awhile you come across a story that is heartbreaking to read, but whose triumph is so inspiring that it can’t be missed. That is Etched in Sand, the autobiography of Regina Calcaterra. Regina Calcaterra takes away any excuse that any of us can come up with for not working hard to succeed at achieving our dreams.

Being neglectfully left in charge of her younger siblings for weeks or months at a time, with no food or money, at an age as young as eleven years old, while her older siblings hid out at a friend’s house and her mother was going from bed to bed and bar to bar, Regina actually found