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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312567146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312567149
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With humor rather than earnestness, Afterbirth plumbs the emotional and diaper-filled depths of procreation...the pieces here skewer the fantasties of parenthood and do it with hilarious candor."--Los Angeles Times
 
"This brutally honest (and often hilarious) collection is a refreshing take on the hardest job in the world."--Daily Candy Kids
 
"A collection of very candid and funny essays by parents that celebrate how life changes--for better and for worse--once that bundle of joy enters their lives."--www.teachmorelovemore.org
 
"Afterbirth is about what parenting is really like: full of inappropriate impulses, unbelievable frustrations, and idiotic situations...and Afterbirth is funny--the participants are some of the best comic writers and performers today, turning their attention very close to home and sparing no one, particularly themselves."--Women's Fiction Reviews, http://womensfictionreviews.blogspot.com
 
"These non-fiction confessionals shoot from the hip about the way kids will change your life...It's some funny reading when you need a break from all that child-proofing."--The Awesome List, joyhog.com
 
"I laughed my vicarious a__ off...Taking turns being irreverent and hilarious, the essays are not exactly "bad parenting" so much as they are aww, crap, no she DIDN'T" tales...that sound vaguely familiar. Except eminently more fabulous."--www.babble.com
 
"A relatable dose of reality. Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine is a collection of essays based on Dani Klein Modisett’s popular live show of the same name. Hollywood types, from Sex and the City writer Cindy Chupack to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, contribute personal takes on parenting. First family vacations, fertility, fear and father-daughter bonding are just a few of the topics tackled in this collection of personal stories."--UrbanBaby.com
 
"Oh, I would have given one student-loan-payment-priced maternity dress for some of this what-have-I-done angst captured in print!"--Brain.Child

About the Author

DANI KLEIN MODISETT is the creator/producer/director of the live show ”Afterbirth,” which runs twelve times a year in Los Angeles and New York City. She is also an actress and comic who contributes to Momlogic.com, and has taught comedy at UCLA for ten years. She lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and two sons.


More About the Author

JAMES BRALY is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, the writer and performer of the New York Times' Critics Pick Off Broadway monologue Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour, and the author of Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir, published by St. Martin's Press. James has performed at The Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, and on a 14-city national tour presented by Meredith Vieira Productions. His autobiographical stories have been broadcast nationally on NPR, Marketplace, and Selected Shorts, and his personal essays have been published in The New York Times and Redbook. Currently, James teaches storytelling at Fordham University, and is developing the television series based on Life in a Marital Institution with Meredith Vieira Productions.

Life in a Marital Institution LIVE from Bass Performance Hall, a live recording, was just released Meredith Vieira Productions -- Available at Amzn.com/B00J5TI70M.

www.jamesbraly.com

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Afterbirth" is hilarious, touching and spot-on true!
Christine Blackburn
Don't wait another minute to read this hilarious, meaningful, and moving book!
Rabbi Sherre Hirsch
Highly recommended for all parents, parents-to-be, and children of parents.
Seth Dudley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Taylor on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've read about a million parenting books, essay collections etc. so I opened this book feeling ever-so-slightly jaded. "Does anyone have anything new to say about parenting?" I wondered to myself. Well, apparently yes. Starting from the introduction, I was hooked. These unabashedly honest stories (as the book says "Stories you won't read in a parenting magazine) run the gamut from tear jerkers like Joan Rater's (Grey's Anatomy) recounting of her less than ideal adoption of a baby from China who had a severe attachment disorder to stories that will make you smile like Andrew McCarthy's battle with his overpriced Bugaboo stroller. This book is packed with name brand writers and each of their tales packs a punch, often unexpected, always rewarding. I highly recommend this one to new and seasoned parents. Even if you, like me, thought you wouldn't be buying any more parenting books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Whynotte on May 27, 2009
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My partner bought this book for me after hearing about it on the radio. I laughed out loud while reading every essay in this book. I have read so much! And this book is one of the only ones that I really identified with-- humor and grace and humanity. I would recommend it for any new parent with a story to tell and a good sense of humor-- the essays are short and sweet and therefore perfect for reading while breastfeeding, or sitting in the other room while you take a little breather from your crying baby. I'm buying 2 today for friends and passing my copy around to whoever will read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HaileyPeden on October 27, 2011
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I definitely laughed out loud with this book and I read it pretty quickly because of how entertaining it is. Some parts did make me cringe and there were a couple parts I wish I could wash off of my brain. However, all good comedy typically crosses a line here or there. And it always makes you feel like a better parent when you can think to yourself... "at least formula has never reminded me of cocaine."
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By Melissa Franzen on August 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book came to me at a perfect time- after months of being sleep deprived and wondering if parenting was ever going to be fun. These stories are great because they show the honest, uncensored, hilarious and sometimes sad sides of parenting. I really enjoyed this book because I was tired of reading parenting stories about perfect little angels and relaxed moms who loved every minute of parenting. Let's be honest, no one really loves every second of being a parent because being a mom or a dad is tough stuff! And this book is full of stories about the hard times, sad times, weird times, gross times and funny times. It is truthful and I think most parents will appreciate that. I highly recommend it for parents of children of all ages!
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Four years ago, before our first son was born, I had no idea what I was in for. I had no idea that some day, I'd watch in horror as one of the kids deliberately stepped in dog poop. I had no idea that I'd say things like, "Stop licking the pole on the bus." And I definitely couldn't have imagined that extreme frustration could co-exist with extreme happiness. Often in the same day.

It's this very sense of shock and awe that's at the core of "Afterbirth." Without a doubt, this is the most hilarious thing I've read in a long time. If you, like me, thought it was virtually impossible to find a unique parenting book, think again. And then go buy Afterbirth.
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By Mom of four on October 6, 2010
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever had a child. It is absolutely hilarious, a collection of stories from "famous people" -- actors and mostly professional fiction writers -- who turn out to have the same difficulties we do with our kids. Misery loves rich and famous company! Watch your frustrations with your in-laws, your spouse and his/her family, the commercial industry around kids and even with your kids themselves unfold in all their insane details, in the lives of people you assume would have the funds to "fix it all." Lesson: it can't be fixed, but it's still worth it.
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Pure 100 percent fun a great book to read ! You will giggel after reading the book for a long time a long long time. The book covers every thing from diapers to breaast feeding and so on . A kid takes a dump on a family phopto very very funny. A great writing and i wish there would be more of these kinda books.Tells you quick that all your litle mess ups as a parent is completley normal and the rich and famous do it too. Please buy this book the world nees smiling people. Translated that and make sure you have it available in all languages.
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Having seen Afterbirth as a play first, I was delighted when the book came out. As a parent of soon to be four children, sometimes you just need to laugh. Afterbirth is the antidote. After a really challenging day with my children, I open to any page and suddenly I am transported to a club of other parents that "get it". Dani Klein Modisett writes with humility, humor and honesty. Don't wait another minute to read this hilarious, meaningful, and moving book!
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