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Blacklisted from the PTA [Kindle Edition]

Lela Davidson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Blacklisted from 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 Everyparent-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.

Lela Davidson is the Managing Editor of and the Associate Editor of Peekaboo magazine. Her writing is featured regularly in family and parenting magazines throughout the country, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms. Lela is also a popular teacher of online writing and promotion strategies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1928 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jupiter Press, imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie (June 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054M8O8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will make you laugh in recognition July 25, 2011
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Before I became a parent, I had all these great plans...then the children arrived. And I found I wasn't living up to my own (admittedly unreasonably high) expectations. I don't make organic baby food. My six-year-old is hooked on Cheetohs and Lucky Charms. And my baby likes to try to gnaw on our dog. What happened to the perfect mom I thought I would be? Fortunately I have close friends who admit that they've had the same doubts and struggles I've had--and we can laugh about it. And we do.

Reading Davidson's book is like a conversation with one of your oldest friends, the one who will tell you that your jeans do make your butt look big or that the brownies you baked are overdone. Her essays are honest, candid, and laugh-out-loud (or snort-out-loud) funny. After reading her book, you'll want to hear more from her--I'm looking forward to her next collection of essays.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Fabulous summer read! July 13, 2011
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This really is the must read of the summer! I took "Blacklisted from the PTA" and my mother to the beach last week - we both read it and both laughed out loud through every story. I also know what I'm getting my younger sister for her birthday - a t-shirt that clearly states the only reason she's here is because my parents felt I needed a playmate.
I attribute this book to an even better vacation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very entertaining, humorous, but accurate view of life from a mother's perspective, but influenced also by that of an entrepreneur, businesswoman, author and writer. It doesn't get any better than that for an experiential influence that inspires!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant, Funny and Honest! July 3, 2011
This is a must read for any mom! I could totally relate to the stories and never wanted to put the book down. A great summer read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for Moms September 13, 2012
"What you were thinking, only funnier" is Davidson's catch phrase, and she's right -- most moms have had moments, at least, when they fantasize about how they could get blacklisted from the PTA and never have to attend one of those committee meetings again.

This book has some suggestions. My favorite: "Pass out peanuts. Peanuts in public school are like anthrax in Washington, D.C. Distribute peanut M&M's to the kids in your charge at the petting zoo and you'll never be asked to organize another field trip."

Davidson writes about everything from childbirth to dating your husband to a Girls' Road Trip to Vegas (including a pole dancing class). This collection of funny, well written essays may remind you of Peg Bracken, Erma Bombeck, or Patrick Campbell, but if you're a mom, you'll know just what she's talking about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST read! June 23, 2011
This is definitely a must read. The book is compiled of over 60 short stories (essays), which makes it so easy to read! You can sit down for 5 minutes or 30 minutes and I promise you will get a laugh. The author has a writing style that the reader can relate to, and I love the humor involved. If you are going to be a parent, are a parent, or have a parent, you will laugh out loud at the honest, no holds barred writing style of Lela Davidson. To be honest, I could not put this book down. I can definitely see it as something I would read again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Erin
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'Blacklisted' is a hilarious read from the woman within us all that screams, "Martha Stewart who?" Propriety and $500 table settings have their place, but 'Blacklisted' comforts the over-worked, over-stressed mother and emboldens her to say "enough is enough!" and reach for the red wine on a Tuesday night. So, tear up those PTA volunteer forms, sit back with a bottle of your favorite beverage, and laugh it up with fresh and funny Lela Davidson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Funny! July 26, 2011
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I loved "Blacklisted From the PTA"! I read it on the way to the beach and most chapters I read outloud to my husband as we traveled down the highway! We both laughed!! Lela knows how to take life's most ordinary and unordinary experiences and make them just plain FUNNY! I love when women can admit being a mother and a wife isn't easy and perfection is not expected. This book will remind you, you aren't "in it" alone!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyday is on this book.
I was a working girl and then became a wife and now a staying home mom. The author just very well described everyday with children and with husband. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I found it to be rather dull, few laughs
Was told this book was very comical. I found it to be rather dull, few laughs.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and funny
If you want a funny book that you can relate to the life lessons inside then this is the book for you. It's real life and a lot of humor. You won't want to put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Brande Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loves it
So great!! Funny mama!! She makes us gays gag. <3

Much love from the gay community in my opinion!!
Published 1 month ago by esequiel pacheco hernandez
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Published 2 months ago by Kelly Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read!
Published 4 months ago by Melissa Nieser
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 4 months ago by Becky J Zaleski
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Tried but not my type of book. Sorry.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love reading on my kindle app
Love reading on my kindle app, so easy and quick; reading this book for my book club selection; enjoyable read!
Published 6 months ago by Vickie Carpenter
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I found it somewhat slow and not very fluid
Published 6 months ago by Kelly Gannon
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More About the Author

Lela Davidson is an award-winning author and essayist (Blacklisted from the PTA, 2011, Who Peed on My Yoga Mat?, 2012), a freelance journalist and commentator for NBC News/TODAY Moms, and has been a regular contributor to iVillage and Huffington Post. Lela speaks nationally on motherhood, marriage, media, marketing, and the challenges of being over-40 in a Botox world. Her humorous, inspirational essays are featured in family and parenting magazines throughout North America, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms. Her book marketing advice has been featured in Writer's Digest.

Lela returned to corporate life in 2013 to launch a brand publishing, content and commerce division at an ecommerce startup. She is currently Vice President Media & Entertainment for leading country lifestyle brand, Country Outfitter.

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