Area Woman Blows Gasket: Tales from the Domestic Frontier

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Random House of Canada, Apr 30, 2010 - Humor - 256 pages
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From the author of Playing House comes a sharp and sophisticated collection of essays that takes us on a hilarious tour of our twenty-first-century obsessions and distractions.

Patricia Pearson is a working woman, wife and mother on the verge. Whether it’s being humiliated by the Beauty Bullies at the Lancôme counter or failing to live up to the Serene Mother ideal, Pearson is fed up with negotiating our present-day myths and fads. In Area Woman Blows Gasket, Pearson plumbs every facet of modern life, marriage and motherhood: from choosing the right vegan-bran-hemp diet for your family to confronting your husband’s irrational fear of mayonnaise. Adult education classes, psychotherapy, $100 haircuts, the latest news on what may or may not cause cancer, Christmas shopping — all come into sharp focus with the help of Pearson’s comic eye. Her wry brand of wisdom is a refreshing and long-awaited release from the contradictions thrown at us by society.


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AREA WOMAN BLOWS GASKET: and Other Tales from the Domestic Frontier

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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

Preface
NEWS WE CANT USE
Betcha Cant Eat Just One
The Doctor Will See You Now Sir Sir?A Word About Men Women and Health News
The Fastest Food in the West
To Market to Market Cause Im a Fat Pig
Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
How to Get Hives Trying to FollowNews of Cancer
My Lousy Job
AlmostForgotten Rites of Passage
My Sunny Valentine
The Seven Circles of Heck
SOME THOUGHTS ONGRABBING WISDOM TO GO
Brushes with Royalty
And What News of the King?
To Get Famous in America You Must Set Your Alarm

CHOICES WE DONT CARE TO MAKE
Top Ten Toys in the Pearson Household
Shop and Do Twenty
Beauty Shop Bullies
Shave and a Haircut
Buy Toothpaste Call Dad Plan Funeral for Self
To Be Mrs or Not to Be Mrs
The Illusion of Choice
Let It All Come Down
CONSOLATIONS FOR THENEUROTIC MODERN PARENT
Shakespeares Nanny
Sleeping Beauties
Is That a Cheerio Stuck to My Pants or AreYou Just Happy to See Me?
Penises and Pryin Eyes
Speak to Your Dog and Grow Rich
Ode to Doreen Virtue PhD
You Dont Want to Know What YourTherapist Is Thinking
The FiveMinute Phobia Cure
EFFORTS AT ESCAPE
La Dentista
A Simpler Life at Casa Patsy
The Neighbours in the Shrubbery
Some Thoughts on Being an Immigrant
A Word About Ambition
Serenity with a Full Complement of Spies
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR
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About the author (2010)

Patricia Pearson is a columnist for Maclean’s and a former columnist for the National Post. She is also a frequent contributor to USA Today and the author of the novel Playing House, which was nominated for the 2004 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan, and she has won three Canadian National Magazine Awards. She lives in the Gatineaus with her husband and two children.


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