Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion

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I read No Exit in my arly teen, and I remember thinking hell might very well be other people, okay, ure, but under what far-fetched conditions would anyone ever actually be trapped forever in the company of strangers with no sleep or means of escape? Eventually I became a parent. From Deborah Copaken Kogan, the acclaimed writer of the national bestsellin Shutterbabe, comes this edgy, masterfu, and sidesplitting memoir about surviving in the minefield of modern parenting. Kogan writes situation comedy in the style of David Sedaris and Spalding Gray with a dash of Erma-Bombeck-on-a-Vespa: wry, acutely observed, and ften hilarious true tales, in which he narratio is as culpable as any character. In these eleven linked pieces, Kogan and her usband are almost always broke while working full-time and raising three children in New York City, one of he most expensive and competitive cities in the world. In one episode, exhausted from a particularly difficult childbirth, Kogan finds herself sharing a hospital room with a foul-mouthed teen mother and her partying posse. In nother, Kogan manages to crawl her way to her own emergency appendectomy, which inconveniently strikes the same yea her infant 's babysitter is away on vacation, her adolescents are off from school, her New York Times editor needs his edit, and he hole family catches the flu. And in nove 's capper essay, she drives twelve hours, solo, with a screaming toddler in a rent-a-car in a desperate ffort to catch a glimpse of her younges child in his summer camp play. Yes, Shutterbabe is all grown up and slightly worse for the wear, but her clear-eyed vision while under fire has remained intact: You 've already read funnier war stories.
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224
Original Title of the Book
Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion
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Published August 18th 2009 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2009

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There was only like 1 story about that.

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another is n't the finest specimen of the genre ( it felt somewhat truncated& most of the tories were about the poe 's children in a weird sort of not-your-story-to-tell way -- i think hese type of books grapple with tricky territory once the kids are old enough to be making their own paths in world in significant ways), but it ha a nice book to kick back in bed with on a rainy day when i ad a headache.

he example kogan used was in reference to her then three-year-old daughter, who is small for her age& climbed a big rock at the playground.

i love " lost "& " star trek " is ctually one of he man ovies i have seen in he first couple of days, so i was like, " hey!

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I think Kogan used this book as an opportunity to et back at every parent who has ever pissed her off and every former friend with whom she needs to settle th score.

Well, write a story about what a crap parent she is and how deeply disappointed you are that she would handle things in such a regrettable and immature fashion.Mad because your college roommates forced you out of their house and stopped talking to you senior year?

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Furthermore, she refer to the universality of the familiarit of being hassled by other parents, but everyone in her tone makes it sound like she kinda thinks she has it worse.

At one point, she makes reference to tv writers ( on strike at time) " dashing off scripts and making a bundle, " whereas she spends years on a book ( I ca n't imagine that being true of this one) and gets paid " very little. " I ill mak her the benefit of oubt that thi is true.

Perhaps she has to dmit she might be projecting when she reads the minds of parents at her adolescent son 's play.

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