Mommywood
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Mommywood

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by Tori Spelling, Hilary Liftin
     
 

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IF YOU THOUGHT TINSELTOWN WAS TOUGH . . .

Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she’s just another suburban working mom . . . whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of US Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you

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IF YOU THOUGHT TINSELTOWN WAS TOUGH . . .

Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she’s just another suburban working mom . . . whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of US Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you move in.

Like most parents, Tori wants her children to have the one thing she didn’t have as a kid—a normal family. On their hit Oxygen reality show, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, the starlet and her husband Dean McDermott regularly wrestle dirty diapers, host the neighborhood block party, and tackle temper tantrums on the red carpet. But when the cameras aren’t rolling, Tori’s still having awkward run-ins with a former 90210 costar at a laser tag birthday party, scooping rogue poo out of the kiddie pool on a resort vacation, and racing to win back her pre-baby body before the media starts calling her fat. For all her suburban fantasies, Tori Spelling is no June Cleaver.

With the same down-to-earth wit that made her entertaining memoir sTORI telling a #1 New York Times bestseller, Tori tells the hilarious and humbling stories of life as a mom in the limelight, from learning to be the kind of parent her own mother never was to revealing what it’s like to raise a family while everyone is watching. Mommywood is an irresistible snapshot of celebrity parenthood that you won’t get from the paparazzi.

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Publishers Weekly
From the opening ultrasound scene, in which Spelling frets that her unborn son's nose is too big, through her two bouts coping with baby weight and numerous shopping sprees, the memoir focuses heavily on appearances. What rescues the book from complete narcissism are Spelling's sense of humor—which is truly fun and alive to irony—and her obvious love for her small children. Listeners will respond to her desire to create a “real” life for them, even as they raise eyebrows at her decision to have their childhoods broadcast on reality television. Spelling narrates with a chatty Valley Girl style and loads of inflection and drama—whether or not the circumstances warrant it. (A scene about showing up with the wrong Halloween costume at a party is delivered with the same agitation as one in which her baby loses consciousness from a seizure.) A Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover. (May)
Library Journal
The somewhat disjointed anecdotes that actress (Beverly Hills 90210), reality star (Tori & Dean), and No. 1 New York Times best-selling author (sTORI Telling) Spelling shares in this self-read memoir come across as whiny, only mildly amusing, and ultimately flat. Her contempt for her mother, Candy, is rampant, as are her trying reminders of how normal her life is. Despite these shortcomings, however, the production quality is excellent, and Mommywood is likely to have wide appeal given the success of Spelling's previous aforementioned memoir and her Oxygen Network reality show, currently in its fourth season. [Audio clip and video interview with the author available through audio.simonandschuster.com; the Simon Spotlight Entertainment hc, published in April, was a New York Times best seller and an LJ Best Seller.—Ed.]—Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416599104
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Tori Spelling starred in and executive produced the Oxygen hit reality television series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. She recently hosted TLC’s Craft Wars and appeared in the ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones. The creator of the online lifestyle magazine ediTORIal at her website torispelling.com, she is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of three memoirs; a party planning book, celebraTORI; and a children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah. She and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, live in Los Angeles with their four young children, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and Finn.

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Mommywood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 186 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first one, and the second one is just as good!
Peachball More than 1 year ago
I picked up Tori's first book for a little light reading in between fictional novels. I read it in 2 days. It is so light, comical and real. Some of her stories had me in stitches and she the way she wrote made me feel like she was just one of my friends recapping some events in her life. This was a great read if you are looking to laugh. She seems like a great mom, wife and friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and down to earth!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was good, the 2nd is a repeat of 1st. Tori, one book was plenty. This bored me.
LittleJoy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book, but I think her first one was a little more juicy. This was a fast read and you can tell she has matured and tried to tell things in a way not to hurt someone's feelings. I don't know if I would want to buy as I got it from the library and read it in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Stori Telling, but in comparison Mommywood is a big disappointment. The stories felt repetitive and poorly organized, and weren't as well written as in the previous book. The editors really dropped the ball on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love tori and her first book was great!!! this book is even better. I would buy any book she writes b/c they are so honest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Tori's books, they are honest and sincere. She lets herself be human like the rest of us and that is great. In this book, she lets people know it is not an easy job juggling stardum and being a mommy at the same time but she is handling it like a real trooper. It is a shame that her mom will never have a relationship with her or her grandchildren. I can relate very well to that. She learned to let things that can't change go and so have i. Tori's book is wonderful and i will get any book she writes in the future. Donna Russomanno clemens2280@comcast.net
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tori is being the best mother she knows how and if that means keepeing her mother out of the equation, then she should go for it. I understand where Tori is coming from. We all, on some level, want to love our mothers and (for the people whose mothers aren't in the picture) want them to be in our lives, but you have to look at the big picture. Does anyone critisize you on your parenting or on your relationships? The only difference between Tori and everyone else in the world is that her world, her life is more public than ours. We all have tiffs with someone around us.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love all of toris books. Funny and I love getting to know her
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Dayna61612 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy her books they are light hearted and true to her personality.
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Great read
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