Parents Behaving Badly

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 12, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
3 Reviews
An uproarious, surprising, and poignant satire of American suburbia and youth sports gone wild

When Ben and Jili Holden must move from Manhattan with their three children back to their small hometown of Palace Valley, California, they are forced to reconcile the parents they’ve become with the dreams they had, the choices they’ve made, and a sex life much more down-to-earth than the epic Ferris wheel tryst of their youth. After reluctantly stepping up to lead his son’s Little League team, Ben is challenged to finally come to terms with the long shadow of his father, a legendary high school baseball coach and mentor who is beloved by generations of players, yet largely a stranger to Ben.

At the heart of the story are the universal experiences and themes of family and community, as Ben and Jili struggle to connect with their technology-addicted children and grapple with issues of marital fidelity—both at home and in the hotbed of sexual tension that is the Little League park. Among an unforgettable cast are Del, an autocratic coach who issues his own Ten Commandments; Liza, Ben’s unrequited high school crush; Logan, a smart-aleck ringer whose preteen talents are eclipsed only by his ego; and Cyn, the sultry thong-wearing team mom with the serpent tattoo. Every mother and father of every boy and girl who have ever participated in youth sports can relate, and in Parents Behaving Badly Scott Gummer brilliantly skewers overzealous parents and lunatic coaches, giving the grown-ups who seek vicarious glory the send-up they so richly deserve.
 

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

Witty dialogue, outstanding characters, remembrances of memorable moments throughout your life (especially parenthood), reliving your youth and laughing out loud. I can totally see a movie here! Read full review

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User Review  - Jen -only4lightn - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. It has all kinds of real life lessons that can be applied to any parent. Being in the midst of league softball with my kid, I could see a lot of the parents, and some of the couches in the book. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
23
Section 4
36
Section 5
50
Section 6
69
Section 7
84
Section 8
99
Section 9
115
Section 10
130
Section 11
149
Section 12
160
Section 13
176
Section 14
191
Section 15
202
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Scott Gummer is the author of two books, The Seventh at St. Andrews and Homer Kelley's Golfing Machine, and has contributed to over forty magazines including Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Travel + Leisure and more. He lives with his wife and four children in the Sonoma wine country, where he has coached youth sports at every level from peewee boys to high school varsity girls, and where he serves on the little league Board of Directors.

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