Area Woman Blows Gasket: And Other Tales from the Domestic Frontier

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - Humor - 224 pages
In these sharp and humorous essays, columnist Patricia Pearson takes us on a hilarious tour of our twenty-first-century obsessions and distractions. Pearson plumbs every facet of modern life, marriage, and motherhood, and her wry brand of wisdom is a refreshing and long-awaited release from our confusing and often contradictory world.
Patricia Pearson is a frequent contributor to USA Today and the author of the novel Playing House. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Observer, the Guardian, and Redbook, among other publications, and she won the Arthur Ellis Award in 1997 for best nonfiction crime book, When She Was Bad. She recently moved from Toronto to the boreal forest outside Montreal with her husband and two children.
"Pearson's writing is side-splittingly funny...but amid the debris of the near-disasters perpetrated by her children, there's a tender mother hanging on to her identity at all costs."-Albany Times Union
"Patricia Pearson holds little back as she admits to myriad foibles as a woman and a parent and a wife, and as she confesses her great puzzlement with so many accepted societal 'norms.' Not only did I giggle to myself throughout this book, but in spite of all her self-described flaws, I came out on the other end knowing one thing for certain: I want to be more like her."-Muffy Mead-Ferro, author of Confessions of a Slacker Mom
 

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Canadian journalist Pearson (When She Was Bad, 1997, etc.) offers some mildly amusing, finally innocuous comments on organic foods, daycare and surviving motherhood.Pearson's gently satiric essays ... Read full review

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Contents

Betcha Cant Eatjwt One
3
The Fastest Food in the West
11
Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
19
How to Get Hives Trying to Follow News of Cancer
25
Top Ten Toys in the Pearson Household
31
Beauty Shop Bullies
41
Buy Toothpaste Call Dad Plan Funeral for Self
50
To Be Mrs or Not to Be Mrs
56
My Sunny Valentine
101
Brushes with Royalty
113
To Get Famous in America You Must Set Your Alarm
123
Ode to Doreen Virtue Ph D
134
You Dont Want to Know What Your Therapist
140
La Dentista
153
A Simpler Life at Casa Patsy
160
The Neighbors in the Shrubbery
168

Let It All Come Down
64
Shakespeares Nanny
75
Is That a Cheerio Stuck to My Pants or Are
84
My Lousy Job
93
A Word About Ambition
176
Acknowledgments
194
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Patricia Pearson is a frequent contributor to USA Today and the author of the novel Playing House. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Observer, the Guardian, and Redbook, among other publications, and she won the Arthur Ellis Award in 1997 for best nonfiction crime book, When She Was Bad. She recently moved from Toronto to the boreal forest outside Montreal with her husband and two children.

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