Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review: Lela Davidson books

Blacklisted From the PTA
Who Peed on my Yoga Mat
by Lela Davidson

Publisher: Jupiter Press 
Pages: 248
Pages: 200 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Blacklisted from the PTA - Goodreads:  

Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family. From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul-de-sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet. Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parents they are not alone, and that it's okay to laugh—at yourself, and at your kids. These are the stories of every parent—even if we don't always tell them out loud. Each of these 62 essays can be read in under five minutes for a quick laugh—either with or at the author.

As a CPA on the mommy track, all Lela wanted to do was sit on the driveway and drink wine out of a box with the neighbors. Luckily, she started writing down her stories instead. Whether tackling PTA meetings, neighborhood politics, or inflation-by-Tooth Fairy, Lela exposes the humor in every awkward moment and maternal meltdown. From a trendy Seattle condo, to a tidy Arkansas subdivision, Lela shares the comic side of family life. She takes you to Mexican bars, the hockey rinks of St. Louis, ski slopes near Santa Fe, shopping in Dallas, and even introduces you to a few strippers—the novices on the playgrounds of New York City, and the pros in Vegas. Lela says what the rest of us are thinking. Her hilarious observations and subtle satire are always spot on. She's not afraid to reveal her screw-ups, along with fleeting delusional moments of wherein she honestly believes she is the best mom ever.

Kritters Thoughts:  In honor of Mother's Day tomorrow - 

Have you ever heard of mommy humor?  Well I believe it could be a whole genre of its own and even though I may not entire the realm of motherhood, I still absolutely love this genre - it makes me giggle out loud all of the time.  

Lela Davidson takes the reader into her home as a mom and the different things she encounters due to motherhood.  I think she did it perfectly without oversharing about her children; they can't be too embarrassed by the things she shared.  Moms and mom to bes and just fans of this humor should pick up her two books, you will laugh from beginning to end.  I also think she wrote these books with moms in mind because the stories are short simple and sweet - with only a few pages to each story.  I know because of my sister that she doesn't have limitless time to read each day, so short stories allow her to enjoy a book, but also to put it down and be easily picked back up again at another time.

If you need a chuckle and some comrade in your battle of motherhood, grab Lela Davidson's book as armor or a companion - she is the friend that will encourage you to take the low road, not the high road!!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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