You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom

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Kensington Books, 2007 - Humor - 228 pages
Sometimes described as "Erma Bombeck in leather," Los Angeles writer Erika Schickel is sexier and hipper than the divine Erma, but just as side-splittingly funny as she shares her misadventures in marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. It all begins with her discovery that unsafe sex with her hubby is hot--and impregnating. From Week 1 when Schickel's embryo is as small as a pinhead to Week 39 when baby morphs to the size of Marlon Brando, she finds out that motherhood doesn't change her mind or her irrepressible spirit (her body is another story).

Erika still detests the SUV she calls her 4,299 pound mistake, she now accepts the life-altering power of a girdle when it helps her squeeze into a tight dress to rock out at a Patti Smith concert. Here she shares a decade of marriage and motherhood in a smart, outrageous, and laugh-out-loud book. . .perfect for anyone who's done time in a modern American family.

"Witty, observant, and apparently fearless, Erika Schickel has just moved the modern mommy marker another notch forward."--Merrill Markoe, author and humorist

 

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User Review  - bookwormteri - LibraryThing

This book is so fun. It is nice to know that other moms lose their patience, have vices, and aren't always perfect. Don't read if you are easily offended or are a perfect mom without a bad thought ever. Read full review

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User Review  - agirlandherbooks - LibraryThing

After sitting on my reading list for two years, I finally bought this book, after all three of my public library systems refused to buy it. Now I know why. From a first-paragraph description of the ... Read full review

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Contents

The Obsterical Dilemma
1
Pussy Belly
15
Falternamom
23
Journey to Another Girl
33
Bum Wrap
47
Sacred Grounds
51
Saving Sophie
57
The Gift of the Magi
61
Franny and Zoo
101
Zorba the Geek
109
When Night Was Falling
113
Operation Peaceful Summer
117
The Odyssey
123
Sick
131
Necessary Sugar
141
Potluck
153

Tossing the Cookies
67
Reel Baby
73
Volcano
79
Grand Theft Mommy
85
Cereal Killers
97
The Fucking Cat
159
Foot Notes
173
Fire Escape
191
Sisters
217
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