The Plate Spinner Chronicles

The Plate Spinner Chronicles

by Barbara Valentin


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The Plate Spinner Chronicles by Barbara Valentin

From author Barbara Valentin comes a collection of hilarious Plate Spinner columns from her bestselling Assignment: Romance series...

What working parent hasn't considered delivering a performance review to their child prior to granting a salary, er, allowance increase? "The Plate Spinner Chronicles: A Working Mother's Epic Adventure" is a hybrid memoir/how-to guide that is stuffed with multi-tasking advice and relevant, but nostalgic anecdotes, all written in the wry tone of a harried working mother who'd rather laugh than cry over the length of her to-do list.
This book is a compilation of The Plate Spinner columns which originally ran in the Chicago Tribune.

Assignment: Romance novels:
False Start
Help Wanted

What critics are saying about Barbara Valentin's books:

"Barbara Valentin delivers love, laughter, and a happily ever after-what more could you ask for?"
-Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

"False Start was such a wonderful romantic comedy and even though there isn't an ounce of steam in it. I completely loved it! 5 stars!"
-Boundless Book reviews

"I had a hard time putting (Help Wanted) down. That's probably why I had no trouble reading it in two days! I'll also stubbornly admit that I got a little teary-eyed towards the end, and I absolutely loved the ending. It was the perfect finish and one of my favorite endings, hands down."
-Chick Lit Central

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515302391
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Barbara is an award-winning novelist and second-generation journalist. After spending a decade in maternity clothes, she has five boys to show for it and much fodder for her column, The Plate Spinner Chronicles, a long-running feature in the Chicago Tribune. A member of RWA's Windy City chapter, she still dreams of the day when her to-do list includes "Send NY Times book critic thank you note" and "Accept Godiva's request to be a taste-tester."

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The Plate Spinner Chronicles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite The Plate Spinner Chronicles by Barbara Valentin is a humorous look at the travails we invite for ourselves both figuratively and otherwise. These recollections also do not have a beginning or an ending, covering the daily existence of the spinners’ lifetime. Helping her children with school uniforms, books or lunch, finding the day's work schedule for herself, tending to a sick child, extending hospitality to surprise visitors, or profusely apologizing for a prank 911 call, this memoir covers it all. She acknowledges the contributions of others too. To her husband, she says, “You have your own special way of turning the world so it is facing the way that I’m going.” The Plate Spinner Chronicles is an excellent read. I can’t but agree with Barbara Valentin when she says, “I have mastered the fine art of faux focus, or appearing to be listening when I’m actually doing a dozen other things at the same time. All it takes is a little practice.” This book is a good account of that and much more; making out what two children are saying simultaneously, handling tantrums together with a nutritious meal, or adjusting the trouser length with safety pins (which became a hit leading to unimaginable consequences!). This is a book embedded with humor that catches the reader quite unexpectedly. The author might also make a few grand old spinners of philosophy turn in their graves, when she says “I spin, therefore I am.”
cattouch More than 1 year ago
This is little slices and observations of the authors everyday life. Fun and enlightening.
charleneC More than 1 year ago
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Fun Read! This was a fun book to read by author Barbara Valentin. This book is a hybrid memoir/how to guide that is full of multi-tasking advice from a working mother. This book is for any parent and is full of humor and laugh out loud moments. This is the first book I have read by this author, and looking forward to reading more. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
tjbg More than 1 year ago
Hilarious!!!! A very entertaining way to look at daily life and also very true!
karen39 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.