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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; First Edition edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738215139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist
“In her latest book, GOP political guru and former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan goes behind the scenes to discuss her remarkable family. Bay and Her Boys is a practical, common sense guide to raising kids single-handily in a modern family. No matter if you’re a single Mom or married with kids or expecting kids soon, <i>Bay and Her Boys</i> will inspire you with heartwarming stories of her devotion to her children.”

Library Journal, 4/30/12
“[Buchanan] gives readers a touching look into her (at times) tumultuous home and combines these stories with ‘eight rules for single parenting.’ Of course, not every reader will agree with her views…but she makes no apologies for her beliefs and the text never reads arrogantly. Her style is inviting and humorous…Her advice is in line with the best of child development experts, and her honesty and pure stamina are evident throughout. Bravo, Bay!”
 
Hudson Valley News, 4/26/12
“A practical guide to parenting. [Buchanan’s] tough-love book is often wise, often funny. Bay’s rules and anecdotes will help any harassed mother take charge of her life—and do a better job. What better time of year than Mother’s Day to read a book like this?”
 
InfoDad.com, 5/3/12
“Straightforwardly written and forthright in expression…May be useful for single parents in confirming that they are on the right track…When Buchanan writes that ‘my boys brought out the best in me,’ she sounds sincere—and she clearly brought out the best in them in a variety of ways.”
 
Bookviews (blog), May 2012
“The book offers some very good advice for all mothers, single or married.”
 
Newsweek, 5/14/12
“Bay Buchanan has waded into the Mommy Wars with characteristic fearlessness, and her take might surprise you…Buchanan’s conservative credentials are gold-plated. Yet in her emotionally powerful new book, Bay and Her Boys, Buchanan rejects an ideological approach to the family…Buchanan has written an unvarnished, at times heartbreaking, account of a young mother whose husband left her with boys who were 4 and 2—and with a third boy on the way. She doesn’t sugarcoat the challenges.”
 
Buffalo News, 5/5/12
“[Buchanan] has landed squarely in the middle of the zeitgeist with her new book on single motherhood…In her book, Buchanan offers lessons and advice culled from her personal experiences—which are painted in vivid, and sometimes hilarious, detail.”
 
LifeSiteNews.com, 5/13/12
“In Bay and Her Boys, we get a fascinating view of what Bay herself surely wished she could have seen that dreadful first day: just what happens when a sharp analytical mind and a truly indomitable will turn to attack full-force the problem of bringing three boys across the ocean of a fatherless childhood…A bittersweet testimony to the importance of family…The book is an often funny, often incredible testimony to the force of a full-throated ‘yes’ to life and family, even after a family has been broken…A fascinating tribute to the power of motherhood—single or married—and a heartening encouragement to all moms who feel beaten by the odds.”
 
Newsmax.com, 5/14/12
“An insightful, candid guide to bringing up kids, whether for a single or married mother or father.”
 
Politics and Patriotism, 5/22/12
“A revealing autobiographical journey…[Buchanan’s] narrative is passionate, pugnacious, and persuasive. There’s a lot of food for thought in these pages. This book would be useful to any single parent, regardless of gender.”
 
Hollywood on the Potomac Blog, 6/3/12
“The first step by a prominent conservative to be there for all mothers: standing with them, inspiring them, and arming them with tools that will help their kids succeed in life.”

Townhall, June 2012
“Offers a solution to the problems of single parenting while documenting [Buchanan’s] own journey as a single mom…Provides a conservative approach to parenting as a single mom from someone who has been through it herself.”

Midwest Book Review, June 2012
“Packed with striking moments and discussions of family values, a mother's role, and how mothers can have family and career options alike, with a little support.”

Portland
Book Review, 6/20/12
“This book…shows that a single parent can raise children successfully…This is an outstanding book for single parents looking for inspiration.”

About the Author

Bay Buchanan is a former Treasurer of the United States. Currently, she is a political analyst and columnist. This is her second book. She lives in Virginia.
 

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I recommend this book to all family types.
Mark
I work with several single mothers and I think their job is one of the most difficult jobs anyone can have.
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It is also a very good read in that it has humor as well as serious parts.
Peaches

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Single Dad on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love this book--it's funny, wise, very well written and often touching. I am a single dad who heard about this book from a friend. I find it's been a struggle to balance creating structure against over indulging because of divorce-driven guilt. You would think that with all the divorced, singe parents out there that helpful advice would be readily available. This is no so in my case. Bay and Her Boys filled this gap. Some of the chapters seemed written just for me. While not all the author's advice leads to easy solutions, for example, restrictions on dating while the kids are young, she makes a strong case for the rewards, both in the near-term with a happier, more comfortable family life and for a future where the kids will have a firm foundation for happy lives. Having a guide who has done it and done it well is a great comfort.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aileen Reilly on April 2, 2012
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I found this book to be full of great information, not only for single parents, but also for married parents looking to build the type of home that their children want to come home to, for a lifetime. It was wonderful to read Bay's story (and her sons' stories) and to get to know the mom behind the woman we see on TV. Bay is an inspiration to single moms everywhere, and her book is full of encouragement and realities. Bay and Her Boys is a testament to a single mom determined to put her children first, no matter what, and to build the home, life and values that she dreamed of when she had children. Whether you are a single parent by circumstance (or by choice), Bay's book provides a great starting point with a simple outline on how to do this and how to do it well - not just "get by," but rather how to succeed. I look forward to sharing this inspirational book with all the parents (single or not) I know!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Walter on March 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am related to Bay Buchanan, well I am her step son. I have heard some of the stories in this book and I am so excited she has put them into writing. I would definitely recommend this book, not as a step son, but of a lover of fun and entertaining short stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Molasses on July 3, 2013
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I heard about this book when I saw Bay featured on Book TV on C-Span a few months ago. I was so entertained by her presentation and story-telling I was inspired to purchase this book. I am also a single mother, raising two sons and am always seeking inspiration to move forward as it can be so overwhelming. I really related to her expressions of total shock of finding herself in this position-I had waited 10 years of marriage before having children-never dreaming I would end up a single parent. I am much more fortunate than most single mothers to have a exhusband who actually pays child support; and also I have a college education-however, I believe that is the exception of most single mothers, not the general rule.

The two features of this book I struggled with was 1) that Bay is a CPA, that is an upper level degree with excellent earning potential...affording her the opportunities to send her children to private schools and having the assistance of a nanny for most of their lives and 2) a very successful exhusband whom I am certain also paid child-support although it seems he did not provide as much parental support as a father should. What I have found with the hardships I have endured so far is that it pales in comparison to the majority of single mothers' situations. After losing my job (due to a loss of a federal grant) I reluctantly had to find employment for half of my previous earnings with no benefits and realized just how dire the consequences are for single mothers trying to hold down minimum-wage jobs. With the cost of childcare, housing, and food I have NO IDEA how they survive. It had never occurred to me before until I realized while earning $10 an hour it was impossible for me to pay my rent, living expenses, auto payment, and childcare on that amount of money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Mautz on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great advice for all parents, single or happily a married. With humorous and poignant anecdotes. These three boys, now adults themselves are the proof of what their Mom has written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Memere' on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So far I have only read excerpts from the book and I already love it! As a single mom Bay shares lessons she learned along the way but which she wished she had known all along as a single parent. This work is not to be missed by anyone struggling with being a parent or who hopes to one day have children of their own. And don't be worried about reading some boring self-help book, either! Although it is very helpful and yet very entertaining!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen on December 20, 2012
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Bay is to be applauded for her parenting skills and optimistic expectations and challenges for other single parents. It would have been nice if she had used her considerable skills and bully pulpit of her successes and connections to influential individuals to emphasize the realities of single parenthood for those less well equipped to meet the challenges. The realities and all too frequent poor outcomes of single parenthood as the result of broken marriages and the sheer numbers of out of wedlock births present a far more bleak picture. Still, it was comforting and encouraging to read about the possibilities of wonderful outcomes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacob A Russell on April 14, 2012
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As new parents, my wife and I found this book to hold great truths that can be applied to anybody, single parent or not. Cannot recommend this book enough.
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