Blacklisted From The Pta

Blacklisted From The Pta

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by Lela Davidson
     
 

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Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family. From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul-de-sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet. Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never

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Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family. From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul-de-sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet. Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parents they are not alone, and that it's okay to laugh-at yourself, and at your kids. These are the stories of every parent--even if we don't always tell them out loud. Each of these 62 essays can be read in under five minutes for a quick laugh-either with or at the author.

As a CPA on the mommy track, all Lela wanted to do was sit on the driveway and drink wine out of a box with the neighbors. Luckily, she started writing down her stories instead. Whether tackling PTA meetings, neighborhood politics, or inflation-by-Tooth Fairy, Lela exposes the humor in every awkward moment and maternal meltdown. From a trendy Seattle condo, to a tidy Arkansas subdivision, Lela shares the comic side of family life. She takes you to Mexican bars, the hockey rinks of St. Louis, ski slopes near Santa Fe, shopping in Dallas, and even introduces you to a few strippers--the novices on the playgrounds of New York City, and the pros in Vegas. Lela says what the rest of us are thinking. Her hilarious observations and subtle satire are always spot on. She's not afraid to reveal her screw-ups, along with fleeting delusional moments of wherein she honestly believes she is the best mom ever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lela Davidson is the Managing Editor of ParentingSquad.com and the Associate Editor of Peekaboo magazine. Her writing is featured regularly in family and parenting magazines throughout the country, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms. Lela is also a popular teacher of online writing and promotion strategies.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There are precious few laughs, or even grins, in this collection of more than 60 short comic essays from the managing editor of parentingsquad.com. The subjects covered in the book's seven sections (e.g., "Birth, Babies, and Beyond," "Suburban Bliss," "Me Time") are familiar and handled more deftly in anthologies such as Beth Feldman's See Mom Run: Side-Splitting Essays from the World's Most Harried Moms. Davidson's insights and asides are mostly clichéd and banal: "I'd love to see these A-listers before their morning triple tall latte. Show me the beautiful people frantically chasing down a toddler, trying to get neon poop out of the carpet, and dripping in spit up. Then I'll be impressed." Her accounts of her children's curiosity about human anatomy, her disgust at fancy birthday parties, and her sarcastic letter to her mother, "Thanks for the Whore Barbie," are predictable. And there are too many superior accounts of misadventures in the kitchen to make "Top 10 Things That Could Go Wrong While Baking—A Cautionary Tale" at all worthwhile.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936214433
Publisher:
Jupiter Press, imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
397,842
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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