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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452105979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452105970
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christie Mellor is the Los Angeles-based author and illustrator of The Three-Martini Playdate and The Three-Martini Family Vacation. She is the mother of two children, one of whom recently left her nest.

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While pursuing a happy life that includes an interesting husband, two almost-always pleasant children, and a neurotic duck, Christie became a vociferous cheerleader for the "other kind of parenthood," the anti-perfection, you-deserve-a-life kind. Her first book, "The Three-Martini Playdate," was a harbinger of a new trend for today's beleaguered parents, helping them to withstand the unceasing and overbearing good advice and pressure to raise perfect, highly enriched offspring,. She continued the thread with "The Three-Martini Family Vacation." Christie also likes to draw, and does so repeatedly throughout the pages of "Raised by Wolves: Clues to the Mysteries of Adulthood," out in paperback in the spring of 2010, a book designed for the adult child whose parents did NOT read "The Three Martini Playdate." Christie's rants have been published in Britain in The Guardian, Junior Magazine, and the Sunday Express, and in Australia's Sunday Life Magazine, and she's been heard on Britain's BBC radio and American Public Radio's Marketplace, in addition to being reviewed and interviewed in Newsweek, Playboy, The New York Times, People, and other publications.
"You Look Fine, Really" is due from HarperCollins in the spring of 2010. It's for the ladies. The gals. The women. Specifically women over the age of 40. And yet, it's totally girly! Christie is very excited about this one.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marty on August 24, 2012
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This book is both hysterical and helpful. Kids growing up and moving out is a rite of passage... for those parents experiencing or about to experience it... this book is a big smile with a number of good ideas on how to get the most out of ones delightfully empty nest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna on February 18, 2013
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this was a Christmas gift for my husband. we will soon be empty nesters after raising three children. It is a bittersweet time and this read helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raeanne Little on July 28, 2013
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Okay, Christie's advice is all simple and obvious, but exactly what I needed. Like a smack in the head from a tough but truly delightful friend, this book will help you embrace this new phase of your life with anticipation. I read it all in two day and laughed out loud often. My only criticism would be that there are a lot of typos in the Kindle version- nevertheless, good fun and good advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Remington on June 28, 2013
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This book has a fun, lively style, and good suggestions for this time of life. I guess I just feel past that time. I should have given it at least one more star. It's really enjoyable to read and useful.
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