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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Jupiter Press (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936214431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936214433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kelly JamesEnger on 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 By Gracie Terrell on 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 By Lori Walker on July 12, 2011
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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 By Angela D. Hopkins on July 3, 2011
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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 By Rebecca Haden VINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
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"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 By Danielle on June 23, 2011
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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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'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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kamron Whitehead on 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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