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Praise for How Tough Could It Be?
"Murphy's a graceful and funny writer, and this is a tale to which many moms and dads will relate with gusto."--Hartford Courant
"A relief from the recent string of fairly predictable books about family...a witty, honest look at being a stay-at-home parent."--Newark Star-Ledger
"How Tough Could It Be' is an honest, funny and touching book about family life and family love in the new millennium"-Adam Gopnik"
"Humorous, heartwarming."--Portland Oregonian
"Skilled at capturing human interest details, Murphy writes in a fluid, anecdotal manner, displaying a sensitivity and homey humor that will be equally appreciated by men and women."-Publishers Weekly
From How Tough Could It Be?:
I am not doing this for Laura's approval. I am doing it to find out what it feels like to live in her world, to learn valuable skills and lessons such as: What Happens When Young Children Are Not Fed Dinner On Time. Answer: They undergo cataclysmic, Old Testament meltdowns such as the collapse suffered by Willa, who had been reading on the sofa in the living room until choosing this moment to cast her Lemony Snicket book on the floor and sob, "I'm hungry!" After intense negotiations-Would she like Chee-tos? Hellll no. "I like the puffy ones but you always get the skinny kind!" she accuses, bitterly-she agrees to accept buttered toast and a glass of milk.
As Laura showers and I prepare Willa's snack, a suspicious growling emanates from Spike's crate. Funny, I don't remember incarcerating the dog. Closer inspection reveals a crate occupied by Spike and a certain six-year-old. They are having a little taco-shell picnic. I reach down to open the gate, latched from the inside by Devin, then think better of it. What we are killing here, with dog and boy in self-imposed captivity, is two birds with one stone.
|Cupid, Kiss My Ass||39|
|Idiots Like Me||59|
|Of Lice and Men||73|
|Please Pull All the Way Forward||85|
|Birds, Bees, and Bullet Trains||95|
|Life During Wartime||101|
|Nothing Left to Give||143|
|Happy Mother's Day||151|
|The Longest Week||161|
|As Good As It Gets||173|
|Once More into the Breach||197|
Posted March 25, 2009
This book was wonderful! As a stay at home mom for 5 years, I totally related to everything in the book. It was great to hear from a guy's point of view & have everything that you've gone through validated. I read this book in a day & was laughing through the entire book. A definite must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2006
As a stay at home mom this was the funniest and most validating book I have ever read. Austin Murphy is a fantastic writer and hits the nail on the head while making me (and my husband) laugh out loud!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2004
I just finished the book, and I thouroughly enjoyed it. I found it highly entertaining and funny. It was a quick read, which I enjoy every once in a while. Austin Murphy wrote a delightful book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2004
Very funny book... brings to life the reality of what moms do all day and how it's no where near as easy as it may seem to the uneducated! Great Father's Day gift.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.