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

Reasons My Kid Is Crying From Left to Write Book Club Discussion

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 Tour: Raise the Child You’ve Got

Raise the Child You've Got Cover

Raise the Child You've Got Cover

We invite you to join Nancy Rose on her virtual book tour for her book Raise the Child You’ve Got-Not the One You Want.

As a mother of young children, I struggle to find the balance between my expectations of them and what they would rather be doing. Currently, my four-year-old is not a fan of washing his hands, but I think it’s a rather important habit. We have the same argument whenever I ask him to wash his hands. I know there has to be a better way than battling it out every time. Enter Nancy Rose’s book Raise the Child You’ve Got-Not the One You Want.

Speaker and parenting coach Nancy Rose is on a mission to make sure that children receive the acceptance and guidance they need to become the best version of themselves, instead of who they think they should be to please us, their parents. Her book gives parents ways to connect with their child to discover their CoreSelf and how to be a leader to guide their child with acceptance. Her methods will help parents build a healthy connection with their child, no matter their age.

You can learn more about Nancy’s parenting philosophy on her segment on The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda. (Video below)

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Visit  Nancy Rose’s website to download your free copy of  The Key to Understanding Your Child: The Nine Traits of the CoreSelf.

Learn more about Nancy and her book by visiting the stops on her virtual book tour. The tour starts next week on January 6 and runs through January 17.  Make sure to check back often as we update the tour schedule with links to interviews, excerpts, reviews, and giveaways of the book.

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

January 6
Review at Home and Never Alone

January 7
Author Q&A and giveaway at  The Seeds of 3
Review and giveaway at Nap Time is My Time

January 8
Author Q&A The Real Nani

January 9
Review and giveaway at tales from the crib

January 10
Review and giveaway at A Magical Mommy
Excerpt at Houseful of Nicholes

January 13
Review at Jodifur
Excerpt at Chewsy Lovers

January 14

Excerpt at Mommy Works A Lot

January 15
Author Q&A at Say It, “Rah-shay”

January 16
Excerpt and giveaway at Cupcake Kelly’s
Author Q&A at Girlfriends With Goals

January 17
Review and giveaway at Janeane’s World
Review and giveaway at Honest & Truly!

Book Review & Giveaway: Reasons Mommy Drinks

Reasons Mommy Drinks Book

Reasons Mommy Drinks Book

When I’m having a rough day with my kids, my friends and I joke that it’s wine o’clock. It’s either that or locking myself in the bathroom (with my smartphone).  The authors of Reasons Mommy Drinks not only empathize with those crazy days but Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson have given us solutions.  In the form of cocktails.

Lyranda and Fiona are my new best friends.

There’s a special cocktail (or mocktail) for every parenting occasion accompanied by a hilarious (but true) rant that I can relate to. The “pacifier rating system” lets you know how badly the accompanying cocktail is needed for each event, with 5 being the most dire. I’ll let you guess what the pacifier rating is for #29 Explosive Poo for which we need mudslides. Exactly.

The book starts with mocktails to help moms celebrate their pregnancy with drinks like The Due Date to help you get through #1 The Baby Shower where “well-educated, properly raised successful women resort to eating baby food, guessing how fat Mommy is, and melting O’Henry bars in diapers to simulate poo.” I have been there. Eating mystery baby food is not fun.

The one that made me laugh out loud is reason #78 Working From Home. My 3-year-old is not in daycare or preschool; he’s home with me. My conference calls are eerily similar to the re-enactment in the book. I try to schedule all of my conference calls during my son’s nap time but he doesn’t always nap when he’s supposed to (see #49 Nap Time).

I think we could all partake in the accompanying drink for #78 which is the Career Suicide, which is rated at 4 pacifiers:

Career Suicide

1 oz Malibu rum
1 oz tequila
3 oz lemon-lime soda
splash of orange juice
splash of grenadine

Combine all ingredients in an ice-field glass and stir. Enjoy while surfing

Any cocktail that calls for tequila is my friend. I’ll have to go and check my bar for rum. Hmmm.

If you are a parent or around small children, you need a copy of Reasons Mommy Drinks by Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson. Why cry during those stressful parenting moments when we can laugh and pour ourselves a beverage?

I also think it would be an awesome baby shower gift. I’m not sure first time moms would get it, but they will soon. Check out the authors’ website for more hilarity. They are also on Twitter.

Want to win your very own copy of Reasons Mommy DrinksJust leave a comment sharing when you last needed a cocktail. I’ll draw a winner on Oct 7th.

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Sept Book Club Announcement: Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

Mother Mother by Koren Zailckas

Mother Mother by Koren Zailckas

We’re changing tracks for our second September book club selection with psychological thriller Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas. Everyone has mother issues, but the characters in this novel have a different perspective.

More about the book:

Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed.

This novel will grip you from its very first chapter.  Mother, Mother is an intense, satisfying read. So pre-order your copy now so you’ll receive it on its pub date September 17. You can spend a sleepless night devouring the book so you can join From Left to Write book club members on September 19 as we discuss the book! See how that works out?

You can follow Koren Zailckas on her website and Twitter.