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From Here to Maternity: The Education of a Rookie Mom Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767916948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767916943
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Boston Herald columnist Teitell gives her unvarnished view of life as a new mom in this latest in a spate of "tell it like it is" motherhood memoirs. Like its predecessors, Teitell's memoir is a mom-centric comedy beginning with pregnancy and ending with the revelation that she really is a good parent. Her observations walk the fine line between comic and horrifying, as when she describes a friend as "one who might go with the less expensive softer mattress—the increased risk of SIDS be damned—if it meant she could still go to the expensive highlights place." Teitell's insistence that nannies "have become cappuccinoed, which is to say anyone can have one," is a little off-putting, although her riff on her subterfuge to hire one is amusing. Teitell occasionally comes across as self-indulgent, but for the most part, her observations are on the mark. Her account of "mommy dating"—that treacherous world of finding a mom and toddler both you and your child like for play dates—is so eerily and wonderfully accurate it'll have moms cringing. In fact, anyone who's ever felt insufficient as a parent at one time or another will empathize with Teitell. Moms, especially those dealing with toddlers, will certainly find glimpses of themselves.
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From Booklist

This witty memoir of one mother's first year of parenting will resonate with many new moms, especially professionals of a certain socioeconomic status who are taken a bit aback by the reality of new parenthood. Details ring true, from the fear the nanny will sense maternal incompetence, to the tendency to pack for a day's excursion as if parent and baby were climbing Mount Everest, to the temptation to put the stroller on a treadmill for babies who seem to sleep only in motion. The portrayal of a playdate as similar to an actual date is particularly hilarious, and spot on, with babies sporting new clothes in order to impress the other mothers, and moms nervously posing and responding to the perennial closing question, "Shall we do this again sometime?" Nearly every paragraph ends with an arch witticism, which gets a bit repetitive, and the leavening of genuine emotion found in Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions (1993) is missing here. Even so, this makes for amusing light reading for new moms with a few delicious minutes to themselves. Diane Foote
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This is the gift I'm giving to every pregnant friend I have!!
Emily M. Terry
She is witty and truthful, all while writing in a style that makes us `regular moms' feel so much better about some of the crazy thoughts I'm sure we've all had!
JMO
Some of the anecdotes are so spot-on, I felt like Teitell was a witness to my own funny moments.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emily M. Terry on June 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the gift I'm giving to every pregnant friend I have!! This book is just hilarious and I have given it as gift to some of my pregnant friends (while all the rest of their shower gifts were for 'baby' this book was such a nice gift for the mother!). I was so happy when the moms I gave this book to--despite being in the midst of postpartum exhaustion-- said From Here to Maternity was the only thing they felt like reading because it made them laugh again and again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Senator on August 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For my money, From Here to Maternity really hits the right note. It is both funny and sweet. Teitell knows how to take any difficult parenting moment and relate it with Seinfeldian humor and yet maintains the warmth and love of a real mom who has been through it. This is an honest look at the earliest days of motherhood, told in such an accessible style that it is guaranteed to hook any mom, no matter what state of parenting she is in. Teitell conveys deliciously the insecurities we all feel parenting in upscale America but makes us feel like we are actually part of the hip set. From Here to Maternity is fun and a MUST READ for anyone who is in need of a good laugh -- which means every mom!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LoveBooks on July 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I laughed so much while I read this book on a recent trip that everyone around me kept asking the title. The author found the humor in the everyday stresses of life as a mom with young children. The reality is - raising kids is hard work and it becomes so much easier if we allow ourselves time to laugh about it, rather than stress about it. I recently sent my copy to a friend to read and we have spent a ton of time comparing our favorite parts. A must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2005
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Beth Teitell hilariously recounts life with her two young boys. It reminded me of so many feelings I had 10 years ago when my daughter was an infant. I wish I could tell my stories as truthfully as the author does - and she's so funny!

If you want a book that will make you laugh out loud, buy Beth Teitell's book. It makes you wish you had a best friend like her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim A. on June 1, 2005
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What can I say? I am a mother of three young children and have a wonderful, crazy and sometimes difficult life. Beth Teitell captures it all perfectly. "From Here to Maternity" had me laughing out loud. Her honesty, sentimentality and sense of humor about the joys and pitfalls of motherhood makes this book a must-have for all new moms and even seasoned veterans nostalgic for the old days. I highly recommend it to all parents.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Bloom on April 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book as a gift and loved it. It's such a realistic view of the trials and triumphs of motherhood and does a wonderful job of putting it all into perspective. I felt like I could immediately relate to Beth Teitell and found her voice to be laugh-out-loud funny and touching (I even got a little teary eyed at the end). I know I'll think back to her experiences as I go through them myself and they will make me laugh and remind me that I'm not alone in my thoughts and feelings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fan of Beth on April 15, 2005
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Being child-free, I turned to a mom friend for advice on baby shower gifts. She mentioned that she had seen this book menmtioned on Daily Candy Kids, so I included it in a basket of baby trinkets. Well, the mom-to-be is crazy about it! Apparently the humorous aspects of motherhood are conspicuously absent from the standard books, and Beth Teitell takes up the slack with good-natured empathy. I (and my mom-to-be friend) highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a lighthearted take on parenthood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia B. Lowy on April 4, 2005
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This is the book I wish I'd been given in the hospital with the birth of my son. It's "Everything you need to know" that no one else but your best girfriends will tell you. Beth Teitell is the Erma Bombeck of this generation!
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