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Blacklisted from the PTA [Kindle Edition]

Lela Davidson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 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: 324 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 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 7 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Lela! June 4, 2013
By chickie
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Great assortment of essays on life from a mother, wife, pet owner.... some are better but all are good, defintely worth a read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to brighten your day December 24, 2012
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This book is a collection of short stories which makes it easy to read. You can read one a day, or several a day. And they are very humorous. It is a good book to give as a gift to an adult friend to brighten their day as I think almost anyone can relate to one or more of the stories within these pages and likely get a good laugh at yourself. It also shows you that you don't have to be perfect, just be a mom. Give it a try, I am sure you will enjoy it, I sure did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great. December 12, 2012
By Wendy
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This is a very funny and entertaining book. I didn't think it was as funny as it could have been but maybe that's because it resembled my life a little too much. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars funny and light read
Perfect for a vacation. Easy to relate to short stories of modern motherhood. Sometimes it feels like she is trying too hard to be different tho or I would have given it 4 stars.
Published 7 hours ago by Margaret K Valentine
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Worth it - quick read that just makes you laugh out loud! No matter the stage of your children (or none at all) you can identify!
Published 9 days ago by Lori Schuermann
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not quiet as good as I had hoped. Was sometimes humorous, but kind of dry. I would suggest 'I just want to pee alone' instead.
Published 28 days ago by Aslyn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Look at Everyday Life
This humorous collection of essays will make you laugh and shake your head in agreement. She captures life in a funny and light hearted way.
Published 1 month ago by Interested in a Wide Range of Subjects
4.0 out of 5 stars Great funny read
Another one that I read in a day or less... while lounging in bed building up energy to fight the flu! It was a crack up, LOL kind of book. Short stories of life in the moms realm.
Published 2 months ago by Amelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love it!!!
This book kept me laughing from cover to cover!!! Would definitely recommend it to anyone!!! Very good book with lots of funny parts!
Published 3 months ago by Kelby Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Blacklisted from the pta
If you are, or are thinking about becoming a parent I recommend reading this book. It's a humorous account of parenting, and reminds us that children don't come with an owners... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bratty_me27
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
This book is hilarious! Love it, easy to read short stories were very entertaining and down to earth, good book.
Published 7 months ago by Kassie Faye
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Ok
Very repetitive, pretty funny but it kind of droned on towards the middle and near the end, I did not even finish it.
Published 7 months ago by Tricia Ritter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
This book was hilarious and very entertaining, I would definitely read more from this author. I highly suggest reading it!
Published 8 months ago by Diana
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More About the Author

Lela Davidson has built a multi-media career on everyday humor and candid observations. She 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 a regular contributor to iVillage and Huffington Post. Lela entertains and inspires audiences in print, web, video, and television and speaks on motherhood, marriage, media, marketing, and the challenges of being over-40 in a Botox world.

Lela's humorous, inspirational essays are featured in family and parenting magazines throughout North America, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms and her book marketing advice has been featured in Writer's Digest.

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