Book Club Feature: Dad Is Fat

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Our next book club feature for April is the entertaining and laugh-out-loud Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. I’m not sure how he, his wife and FIVE (yes, 5) kids manage not to kill each other in their two-bedroom Manhattan apartment. His family’s tight quarters mean more laughs for us:

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins (“celebrities for little kids”) to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’sFatherhoodDad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

Just a warning if you read this book in public: people will shoot you crazy looks when your chuckles turn into full out laughs.

Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

From Left to Write book club members will discuss Dad Is Fat (Three Rivers Press) on April 22 in celebration of the book’s paperback release. If you can’t wait until Tuesday, order the hardcover or ebook (for instant gratification), and come chime in our discussion.

Keep up with Jim Gaffigan via his website, Facebook or Twitter.

Book Club Discussion: Reasons My Kid Is Crying

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Today we’re veering a little bit from our usual book club discussion format. Usually From Left to Write book club member share a personal story that’s inspired by our book club selection. We’re getting even more personal. Greg Pembroke had us laughing in his new book Reasons My Kid Is Crying.

Inspired by the photos of crying children and the true reason for their sadness, From Left to Write bloggers shared their photos and personal stories too. Ready to come laugh with us?

Grab your copy of Reasons My Kid Is Crying and laugh along with us! You can follow Greg Pembroke at his websiteFacebook, and Twitter.

Book Club Feature: Reasons My Kid Is Crying

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Our next From Left to Write book club selection is Reasons My Kid Is Crying
by Greg Pembroke. Anyone who has taken care of young children will love this book.

As a parent, I never want my kids to cry. Sometimes, they cry for reasons that only make sense to them. Father and blogger Greg Pembroke began documenting these parenting moments on his humorous blog Reasons My Son Is Crying. I’m not sure what is funnier, the photos or the captions. Soon other parents began sending him their own photos of their children crying.

Reasons My Kid Is Crying by Greg Pembroke

Greg gathered curated his favorite of those submissions in his new book Reasons My Kid Is Crying. Filled with color photographs of crying kids, his book will help us laugh when those parenting moments make us want to pull their hair out.

Grab your copy of Reasons My Kid Is Crying and join us next week on Tuesday, April 15 as our book club members share their Reasons My Kid Is Crying stories and more!

You can follow Greg Pembroke at his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Book Club Discussion: The Opposite of Maybe

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Newly single and pregnant was not what Rosie had planned for her 44th year in life.  Somehow with the help of her grandmother and her friends, she manages to make sense of these big changes in the novel  The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson. From Left to Write members have been discussing this book club selection behind the scenes.

Today our bloggers share their personal stories inspired by The Opposite of Maybe:

If you want to learn more about Maddie, check out the our interview with her. In the meantime, visit Maddie Dawson’s site for great the readers guide (with book club discussion questions) for The Opposite of Maybe. Maddie is also fun to chat with on Twitter!

Don’t forget to grab your copy of The Opposite of Maybe!

Book Club Feature: The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson

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Spring means lots of exciting book club features. Our next selection’s author is no stranger to From Left to Write. We’re thrilled to announce that  The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson as our next book club!

Our members have been raving over Maddie’s newest book and you’ll soon see why when we discuss it next Tuesday, April 8.  Here’s more about the novel:

Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised. But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.

It’s meant to be a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers. When Soapie reveals a long-hidden secret, Rosie wonders if she has to let go of her fears, and trust that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits her just may be the one she was meant to live.

You’ll fall in love with Rosie, just like our members did. Pre-order your copy The Opposite of Maybe so you can dig right in after our book club discussion next week.

Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson

If you want to learn more about Maddie, check out the our interview with her. In the meantime, visit Maddie Dawson’s site for great the readers guide (with book club discussion questions) for The Opposite of Maybe. Maddie is also fun to chat with on Twitter!

Don’t forget about our live chat with author Holly Peterson at 2PM ET today! We’re giving a lucky winner a copy of her new book, THE IDEA OF HIM.

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Book Club Discussion: The Idea of Him

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It can be easy to overlook your loved one’s faults, but what if those faults are keeping you from your dream? That is Allie’s struggle in The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson.  The man she fell in love with and married might not be who she hoped he would be. Especially now that they have children.

Not only is today the publication date for The Idea of Him, but From Left to Write members are also discussing the novel. Head over to their sites and jump into the conversation:

Read an excerpt over at Holly Peterson’s site. Make sure you like both Holly’s Facebook page and the From Left to Write Facebook page so you’re ready for our live chat on April 3 where you can win a copy of The Idea of Him.