Monday, January 21, 2013
Epic Mom - Book Review
It is with great pleasure that I tell you about this book I just finished reading, called Epic Mom, by Marianne Walsh and Julie R. Harrison.
I first came to know Marianne through her very funny blog We Band of Mothers and then recently Julie from her equally funny blog Mothers of Brothers.
When I finally made the connection that these two had written a book together that was to be published, I knew it was a book I was going to want to read. I eagerly awaited the date of its release and ordered a copy to read and review here on my blog. (I think I got a bit of a discount for agreeing to review it on my blog, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to say this or not, but I better just to make sure I cover all bases).
Anyway, this book was one of the most hilarious, if not the hilarious books I have ever read. I would be laughing literally out loud after reading a part of it that my husband would just look at me like I was crazy, so I started suppressing my laughs when I was reading it in the same room as him, but he still knew I was laughing.
Through a series of essays, Marianne and Julie write of the joys and challenges of being mothers and how sometimes even in the best of intentions things don't go the way we mothers would like in raising our children.
The book is broken into sections, a few stories from Julie, then a few stories from Marianne, then rotating back and forth. I never laughed so hard as when Julie was writing about Mommies Anonymous and Marianne writing about Curing Baby Fever, or the ice cream cake that defrosted too quickly for one of Julie's sons' birthdays, or Marianne writing about APPS for phones that let you know when to change your child's diaper. But each and every essay was filled with humor and provided at least a chuckle, at most a roaring belly laugh.
One of the cute things the authors did was whenever they mentioned a company or a product, show, whatever, they always referenced something about it, who started it, how it got famous, that type of thing. They always included something funny about it too, for instance when referencing Mike's Hard Lemonade Co, Marianne said "Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. was founded by Anthony von Mandl in 1999 and is owned by Mark Anthony Group. They did not pay me to mention them in this book, but if they want to send me a case or two, that would be fine." Reading their references like this was just as funny as reading the essays.
I highly recommend this humorous book to any mom who needs to laugh and who doesn't have time to read much during the day. Each essay can be read in just a few minutes and will put a smile on one's face that will last through whatever crisis they might be going through as a mother for that particular moment. Definitely a good gift to give for any occasion.
And its probably one of the few books I know that has my name published in it.
Seriously, a great book that I highly recommend; you will not be disappointed.