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Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures in Between Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 23, 2011
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About the Author
Julia Whelan, a former child actress, began narrating and directing audiobooks after graduating from college with a degree in English and creative writing. She has garnered many positive reviews, won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, earned a Grammy nomination, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I hesitated to write this review, but I did not find a single reviewer who felt the way I did. Many of the 5 & 4-star reviews are from people who love Punky and want to read about her life. This book is a memoir with pictures of Soleil with other famous people, a whole chapter on how she got to meet all her famous crushes, and a very small portion of unremarkable stories of her birthing & parenting.
Soleil says she is an Earth-mother. Well, she turns out to be: a person who goes to the hospital to get induced, has an epidural, supplements her breastmilk with formula because "she isn't making enough", does not reference needing or wanting to educate herself prior to making birth and parenting choices, does not cloth-diaper and is completely unapologetic about it, has a disappointingly negative view of breastfeeding, etc, etc.
Before you get angry at me for condemning her mainstream choices: Soleil has an organic clothing company. She has positioned herself as an Earth-mother who has a "green" company. I feel, after reading her book, that her choices are not "green" or Earth-mother-like.
As for the placenta tree that one reviewer was disgusted by- Soleil says it may not even have been her placenta, because of the time between the birth and getting it from the hospital. This wouldn't have happened if you had a homebirth, Soleil.
Punky fans who grew up embodying the idea of radical self expression will find this book to be a little embarrassing for Soleil. It's like the lessons of having a radical hippie mom and being a character who was an outspoken non-conformist didn't make nearly the impression that the LA social scene did. She *thinks* they did, she talks about both as if they did, but what she says about her life and how she says it is evidence to the contrary
She's very blunt and honest and to the point. She doesn't give it to you in a harsh way or a this is how it should be done way...she gives perfect parenting advice that may or may not work with any parenting situation. Also, if your a fan of hers and would like to get to know more about her, this book is the perfect way to do that as well. Very affordably priced, comes with pcitures, and insets. I highly reccommend it even to non parents. there's good advice in there to help out your friends who are parents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book! I have always like Soleil as Punky Brewster, so I bought the book. It is also rare that I can read a book all the way through or finishing it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Spanky Mac
I have been a Soeil Moon Frye fan since she played Punky Brewster, I followed her career from there to Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Krystal De Masi
Really surprised me on how good it was. Punky forever! Loved reading about my favorite 80's star! Happy Chaos speaks to us all.Published 22 months ago by Jenn M
Arrived quickly and in excellent condition! It was a perfect present. The receiver loved it and is loving reading it!Published on October 12, 2013 by Suzun
It is unfortunate that no one knows how to do research, an outline, or be a real contributor. Frye wanted to write a book, describes herself as a hippy mom because ahem, her... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by ANON
This was a gift for our daughter who wateched Punky as she grew up. She was happy to see what the actor is up to now.Published on January 20, 2013 by jjvman
This is a good book if you just want to read about a celebrity and their lucky life. I was hoping for a book from a happy mom that has plenty of tips to help embrace the magic of... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Heather
If you're a new mother for the 1st time, or need a great baby shower gift --- THIS IS a GREAT BOOK to have and giftPublished on December 27, 2012 by Daphne Garmon
I totally loved this book.
I am not sure if I'm biased because I grew up watching Punky Brewster - and heck, with dark hair and freckles myself I literally thought I was... Read more