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Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy: Confronting Motherhood, Womanhood & Selfhood in a Household of Boys Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Sibyl Publications; First Edition edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963832794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963832795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I never thought anyone could capture the true spirit of my son -- ALL of our sons -- on paper. Yet Karin Kasdin does it with amazing accuracy and disarming humor. Karin proves that motherhood truly is one twenty-four hour sitcom! -- -- DANA FLEMING, Host, Kids These Days, LIFETIME TELEVISION

Karin Kasdin has captured the love and bewilderment that are part of this adventure. This is a great book for anyone who has a little boy in their life. Mothers, grandmothers, mothers-to-be, and anyone with a healthy sense of humor will enjoy this book. -- -- Cherry Valley Books

She deserves a medal for bravery in the face of adversity. She also deserves high praise for this delicious and provoking family memoir that takes on a vast array of subjects with wit, humor, and intelligence. -- -- THE AMERICAN REPORTER

Whimsical, thought-proboking, even a bit wistful ... and just plain funny! -- -- Rochester DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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A delightful book that all parents can relate to. Karin Kasdin has a way of capturing the contradictions and confusions between what child-rearing experts say and what its really like in the trenches day-to-day. Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy! was selected as OUTSTANDING by Parent Council.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine Burke on April 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
I LOVE this book. As a mother of three boys I turn to this book when I am at my wits end and need to lighten up. The antics Karin's boys perform are so similar to the ones that my boys act out, I can't help but laugh...many times hysterically! It really helps me put things in perspective.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
An amazing text of what it is like to be a mother to young boys. It is at turns hysterical, touching and frustrating just like parenthood. As a non-parent, I was completely taken with the book. Kasdin possesses a flair for a clever phrase and positions these gems within a wonderful narrative. A nice change of pace from the usual dreck that makes it on the Best Seller's List
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leepysae on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was impressed by all the good reviews and the blurb, but this book is pretty pointless and frustrating. The author doesn't recount any "lessons learned" other than, in her opinion, it is a foregone conclusion that boys will make disgusting noises, be overtly rude to everyone, have no appreciation for others, and be generally messy. She seems to give boys a "pass" due to their gender (the jovial way she describes her sons being abysmally rude to their father's boss, with NO consenquences, is jaw-dropping). Maybe the book is just supposed to be funny, but it failed for me on that level, too. I'm sorry I spent the money on it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dinah Zesel on March 19, 2000
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The trouble with raising boys in today's environment is that most grow up to be superpredators or Nintendo potatoes. Often both. Oh Boy, does it not have to be so! Karin Kasdin is like a Rosie O'Donnell for our time -- presenting us one woman's children (her own) who are neither caricatures nor abominations, but very human boys. We wait to see where she will go next. After Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh BOy, it's obvious that she could write anything from parenting guides to compelling comic theater.
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By Deborah Youngblood on August 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm the mom of three boys and always looking for comrades. This book fit the bill. I empathized, I laughed, I reflected on boyness and motherhood. It's a light read and I think that's what it should be. Any attempts to place in a deeper, feminist context I think miss the boat. But capturing the hilarity, energy and exhaustion that accompanies mothering three boys - she nails that.
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