Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chillin' in the Mommyhood

Motherhood is not just a job; it is a disaster. My children have me trained so that I panic when everything is going WELL! If the elementary school doesn't not call me - I call them. When the high school calls I immediately ask if Jess is actually there, because getting a cell phone violation at least means she is in the building - a small victory I know. I guess crazy loves company because I enjoy reading books about other imperfect people...it makes be hold my head up a little straighter.

Mommy lit usually has a basic formula that I like:

  • A "regular" mommy struggling to keep up
  • One or more "perfect" mothers who make her feel inadequate

  • The"perfect" mom is either; murdered, faking the perfectness or becomes friends with the regular mommy (sometimes all three)
  • Dad is absent most of the time even though they are still married
Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA by Ellen Meister
Four completely different women come together for a common goal. They want their school to be the location for a movie starring George Clooney. High jinks and mishaps are plentiful in this fun book.

Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead by Saralee Rosenberg
Mindy has the worst neighbor, Beth. Beth has the worst neighbor, Mindy. This book is a suburban nightmare. This book is full of cute mishaps: unplanned pregnancy, in-laws, break ups and a long lost son. It is laugh out loud funny!

Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
Kate Klein doesn't quite fit in to the Connecticut housewife clique. She is not as well groomed or as well organized as the other mommies, but when the queen bee invites her to lunch she thinks all will change. And it does, Kitty is dead in her kitchen. While Kate plays amateur detective she runs into her old flame and starts to question the life she chose.

Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom by Robyn Harding
Paige's friend Karen has an affair with a really HOT younger guy and Paige is a little jealous because her 12 year marriage is a little flat. The envy is quickly snuffed when Karen is murdered...yikes. Paige then decides to play detective and find Karen's killer, after all she watches TV cops shows.

Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neil
Lucy is so disorganized. She puts her contacts in a water glass by the bed and her husband drinks it. She brings store bought cookies to school instead of fresh baked. She gets her underwear caught in her pants and everyone sees it. She sends the entire class an email about her sex life. She hides in her car so that no one will know it is her car that is so messy and then a crowd forms wondering who left a kid in the car alone. Lucy is the British version of me.

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