My Parents Were Awesome: Before Fanny Packs and Minivans, They Were People Too

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Eliot Glazer
Random House Publishing Group, Apr 5, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
NEWSFLASH: Your mom and dad weren’t always parents.  They used to be people—and they were awesome

They bathed you. They fed you. They raised you to become the person you are today. Your parents are an integral part of your story. But guess what? They have a story too—one that started long before you entered the picture. Before embarrassing fanny packs and Lite FM, there was a time when Mom and Dad were young and carefree—just like you. They were also fun and flirty, full of hope and desire and effortlessly cool.

Based on the wildly popular website, My Parents Were Awesome shares heartwarming and hilarious essays by sons and daughters—including Jamie Deen, Christian Lander, Dave Itzkoff, Katherine Center, Laurie Notaro, and Holly Peterson—who’ tell tales of their folks before babies, mortgages, and receding hairlines: the mom and dad who traveled by VW bus to see Led Zeppelin for $1, the grandmother whose halter top and shorts belied her perfect demeanor, the father whose wanderlust passed down to his equally nomadic daughter. Accompanied by treasured vintage photographs, these stories will make you laugh, melt your heart, and spark your own reflections of Mom and Dad.

“Jimmy and Paula” by Jamie Deen
“Eleanor and Johnny” by Jennifer Mascia
“Steve and Teena” by Mike Adamick
“Tony and Leeka” by Aaron Khefeits
“Bruno and Elena” by Elia Bazan Garcia
“Richard and Jennifer” by Christian Lander
“Bob and Kitty” by Mindy Raf
“Elaine and Jerry” by Mike Sacks
“Josephine and Jim” by Salena Landon Reese
“Lil and Jon” by Sara Benincasa
“Seymour” by David Kamp
“Christy and Teddy” by Kambri Crews
“Joe and Patricia” by Tom McAllister
“Ron and Sherry” by Rebecca Serle
“Chuck and Debra” by Alex Blagg
“Bob and Leslie” by Bex Schwartz
“Gerry and Maddy” by Dave Itzkoff
“David” by Jackie Mancini
“Seymour” by Philip Glist
“Patricia and Jerry” by Mandy Stadtmiller
“Deborah” by Katherine Center
“Carol and Jimmy” by Laurie Notaro
“Heather and Ian” by Gabrielle Nancarrow
“Phil and Karen” by Mollie Glick
“Marty and Aveva” by Rachel Shukert
“Azra and Ilarion” by Veronica Lara
“David and Maria” by Anita Serwacki
“Wayne and Margaret” by Hanna Brown Gordon
“Martha and Jim” by Kate Spencer
“Roger and Terry” by Kyle Beachy
“Diane and Michael” by Leigh Newman
“Kevin and Moira” by Ben Craw
“Pete” by Holly Peterson
“Martin” by Bradley H. Gendell
“Addie and James” by Meg Federico
“Dolores” by Durga Chew-Bose
“Terry and Kathy” by Brandy Barber
“Jim and Kathy” by Jennifer E. Smith
“Hazel” by Rachel Fershleiser
“Andrei” by Alexandra Stieber
“Jud and Claudia” by Ryan Doherty
“Kathryn and Phillipe” by Kathryn Borel
“Astrid” by Ophira Eisenberg
“Don and Corinne” by Rachel Sklar
“Panfilo and Leonina” by Giulia Rozzi
 

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Eliot Glazer is an L.A.-based writer and performer who currently serves as an executive story editor on the popular Fox series New Girl. Prior to joining the New Girl staff, he was a writer on Darren Star's TV Land series Younger. Eliot can currently be seen in a recurring role on Comedy Central's hit series Broad City, where he also serves as a creative consultant. He has contributed to Funny or Die's Billy on the Street, Hulu's Difficult People, and Bravo's Odd Moms Out. He is the author of My Parents Were Awesome, which was based on his popular blog.

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