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In this wickedly witty "momoir," Los Angeles writer Schickel chronicles her misadventures in parenting, beginning with a candid account of the pregnancy from hell as her embryo grows from the size of a pinhead to the size of Marlon Brando, and the toll it takes on her body, if not her spirit.

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"Candid and largely unapologetic, Los Angeles writer and mother of two Schickel indulges herself first, her kids next and arbiters of proper motherhood never in this frequently funny, entirely irreverent and occasionally inappropriate essay collection. Though she starts with an amusing pregnancy chronology ('Week 36-Your Baby is Now the Size of a Barcalounger'), Schickel makes her real subject apparent in the very next essay, concerned wholly with trying to fit into a cool dress for a Patti Smith concert. More often than not, Schickel uses her rarified concerns to make cutting cultural observations; guilt over her inability to keep up with hip, feminist 'Alterna-Moms' segues into a takedown of 'Life-Stylers' in general: 'Whether the theme is Urban Cowboy, Church Lady, or Sex-Positive Swinger ... they seem to come with wardrobe, ideology, and upholstery swatches so you don't have to make any difficult choices.' Occasionally she missteps with some you-had-to-be-there stories, like her night out with a girlfriend at a West L.A. strip club, but even there she manages some incisive last-minute commentary on the nature of desire-her own and her daughter's. But amid crass language and off-color topics-including her pre- and post-natal marijuana habit (now ceased)-Schickel turns the parenting experience into a child-like search for sense among the rules we follow, make and break. Though both author and subject are prone to selfishness and immaturity, this bold, addictive collection deals honestly with the messy, confusing, scary human condition and comes out laughing." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Madam Pince, October 15, 2008 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
After sitting on my reading list for two years, I finally bought this book, after all three of my public library systems refused to buy it. Now I know why. From a first-paragraph description of the sexual position used to conceive her first child, Erika Schickel spends 228 pages bemoaning her “pussy belly,” hating her minivan, vacillating between alterna- and trad-moms, playing Grand Theft Auto, and getting lap dances from female strippers.

I enjoy warts-and-all mothering books, because it was the most difficult, demanding and immediate-reward-deficient assignment of my life. But a history of drugs used by stay-at-home moms to medicate their misery (while bitching about how hard it is to quit smoking weed)? Excuses for how much you hate your cat, to the point of returning it to the shelter? (As a mother of three refugee dogs, that one really set me off.) Losing your cookies because foot surgery hurts and renders you temporarily handicapped?

I should have known this book wasn’t for me when I saw Susan Reinhardt’s prominent blurb. She and Schickel peddle the same tone-deaf pseudo-humor (apparently the specialty of their publisher, Kensington), and I’m dedicating the rest of my life to avoiding it.
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ISBN:
9780758215376
Author:
Schickel, Erika
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
Parental Memoirs
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.18x5.58x.65 in. .48 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Candid and largely unapologetic, Los Angeles writer and mother of two Schickel indulges herself first, her kids next and arbiters of proper motherhood never in this frequently funny, entirely irreverent and occasionally inappropriate essay collection. Though she starts with an amusing pregnancy chronology ('Week 36-Your Baby is Now the Size of a Barcalounger'), Schickel makes her real subject apparent in the very next essay, concerned wholly with trying to fit into a cool dress for a Patti Smith concert. More often than not, Schickel uses her rarified concerns to make cutting cultural observations; guilt over her inability to keep up with hip, feminist 'Alterna-Moms' segues into a takedown of 'Life-Stylers' in general: 'Whether the theme is Urban Cowboy, Church Lady, or Sex-Positive Swinger ... they seem to come with wardrobe, ideology, and upholstery swatches so you don't have to make any difficult choices.' Occasionally she missteps with some you-had-to-be-there stories, like her night out with a girlfriend at a West L.A. strip club, but even there she manages some incisive last-minute commentary on the nature of desire-her own and her daughter's. But amid crass language and off-color topics-including her pre- and post-natal marijuana habit (now ceased)-Schickel turns the parenting experience into a child-like search for sense among the rules we follow, make and break. Though both author and subject are prone to selfishness and immaturity, this bold, addictive collection deals honestly with the messy, confusing, scary human condition and comes out laughing." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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