Synopses & Reviews
For young single women, every night is Ladies' Night. For Brett Paesel and her friends, Friday happy hour is all they get if they can wrangle the babysitting. Like most mommies, they support each other through pregnancies, sleep deprivation, and the need to talk about it all. Instead of meeting at the playground, they convene at the local watering hole while sipping Black and Tans and flirting with the cute bartender.
Now with a poignant voice and a fresh style that makes this memoir read like the best women's fiction, Paesel navigates mommyhood in all its forms the ecstatic, the terrifying, the tedious, the hilarious, the transcendental, and the sticky.
So grab a comfy seat; it's time for the performance art that is the daily existence of a twenty-first-century mama, where life bounces back and forth between the heartfelt desire to be a loving wife and mother and the burning need to reclaim your former self by letting your hair down every once in a while.
Paesel's laugh-out-loud perspective will appeal to all women who are braving the new world of motherhood, where the secret question on their minds at playgroup is "When is it too early in the day to start drinking?"
"Paesel would love to spend 'an evening doing half a gram of coke in the back of a limo with her girlfriends' and still craves 'a stranger to fuck me blind in a parking lot after loading me up on margaritas and Thai stick' only she's got a husband, a baby and a toddler waiting for her at home. Paesel couldn't care less if other mothers have careers (she herself is an actress who's appeared on Six Feet Under and Mr. Show) or stay home with the kids. She's got bigger problems like, what's happened to all the parties? This collection of short sketches opens with a trip to an L.A. prenatal yoga class, where 'gorgeous actresses' with 'little round bellies' brag about how much birthing pain they plan to endure. With enough drugs, Paesel actually enjoys childbirth but full-time parenting is another story. Luckily, she's got a foursome of girlfriends who spend Friday afternoons at the local bar together, doing a reality check on all the mothering guilt trips they've had to endure all week. This is Seinfeld but raunchy and L.A. with a full cast of potty-mouthed moms. No wonder it's already optioned by HBO." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"I love Paesel's laugh-out-loud writing and skewed perspective that always resonates with deep, complex, hilarious truth. She thinks like no other." Jill Soloway, writer and co-executive producer of Six Feet Under and author of Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants
"Brett Paesel made me laugh so hard I nearly wet my pants. Why oh why was she not in my mommies group?" Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
"Funny and silly and true. I mean, I'm not a mother, and to be honest I don't drink, but I can tell you that this book is better than a giant bong hit. And I'm not even high right now." Sarah Silverman
"Just when you worry there are no taboos left to explode, Brett Paesel redefines new motherhood with a book so painfully honest and funny, there should be a two-drink minimum
an R-rated book for women reluctant to enter a G-rated world." Cindy Chupack, author of The Between Boyfriends Book and a writer/executive producer of HBO's Sex and the City
"Paesel's musings are not as shocking as they sound, since her actual debauchery consists of Friday evening drinks with fellow moms, an occasional cigarette and a hit off of somebody's homegrown marijuana." Los Angeles Times
For young single women, every night is Ladies' Night. For Brett Paesel and her friends, Friday happy hour is all they get--if they can wrangle a babysitter. Like most mommies, they support each other through pregnancies, sleep deprivation, and the need to talk about it all. Instead of meeting at the playground, they convene at the local watering hole while sipping Black and Tans and flirting with the cute bartender. With a poignant voice and a fresh style that makes this memoir read like the best women's fiction, Paesel navigates mommyhood in all its forms--the ecstatic, the terrifying, the tedious, the hilarious, the transcendental, and the sticky. Paesel's laugh-out-loud perspective will appeal to all women who are braving the new world of motherhood, where the secret question on their minds at playgroup is When is it too early in the day to start drinking?
In this collection of true stories drawn from the author's own experiences with motherhood, MOMMIES WHO DRINK explores the common bond that either unites women in friendship or polarizes them in wildly opposing camps. Every Friday, Brett Paesel and a group of her closest friends meet at a local bar. As an actress in Hollywood, Paesel lives a life that is at once unusual--she once appeared naked in an episode of HBO's Six Feet Under--yet, like any parent, deeply ordinary. Here, in a voice that's as incisive and poignant as the very best women's fiction, she addresses the issues she and her friends face as they brave the new world of motherhood--where the secret question on their minds at the playground is "What time of the day is too early to start drinking?"
About the Author
Brett Paesal is currently writing a half-hour comedy for Touchstone and Fox, called Home Base. She is also writing two other books, one a novel and the other a collection of autobiographical stories called Nobody Rides for Free.