Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life

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Penguin, Apr 28, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
Introducing a writer with a keen eye, a wicked tongue, and an appealing take on family.

In the family of Jen Lancaster and Elizabeth Gilbert, Kyran Pittman is the laid-back middle sister: warm and witty and confiding, with an addictively smart and genuine voice-but married with three kids and living in the heartland. Relatable and real, she writes about family in a way that highlights all its humor, while at the same time honoring its depth.

A regular contributor to Good Housekeeping, Pittman is well loved because she is funny and honest and self-deprecating, because her own household is in chaos ("semi-domesticated"), and because she inspires readers in their own domestic lives. In these eighteen linked, chronological essays, Pittman covers the first twelve years of becoming a family, writing candidly and hilariously about things like learning to maintain a marriage over time; dealing with the challenges of sex after childbirth; saying good-bye to her younger self and embracing the still attractive, forty-year-old version; and trying to "recession- proof" her family (i.e., downsize to avoid foreclosure).

From a fresh new talent, celebrating the joys and trials of a new generation of parents, Planting Dandelions is an entertaining tribute to choosing the white-picket fence over the other options available, even if you don't manage to live up to its ideals every day.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this memoir mightily. Pittman is about 6 years younger than I am, and she's negotiating some territory very familiar to me. Her voice is wry but never snarky, revealing but not so intimate ... Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher way, way back in April. It has been at the top of my TBR pile since I received it, but other books kept pushing it down in the stacks ... Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Introduction
The Hitch
Meet the Sunshines
Attach and Release
DIY Spells
Ring of Fire
Penis Ennui
Back in the Saddle
The Rearview
A Pilgrims Progress
The Facts of Life
Mom the Musical
Mommy Wears Prada
Me the People
The Crush

Feast of Sorrow
For Richer for Poorer
Goodbye Girl

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About the author (2011)

Kyran Pittman is a contributing writer for Good Housekeeping. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and three children.

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