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House of Testosterone: One Mom's Survival in a Household of Males [Kindle Edition]

Sharon O'Donnell
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Book Description

Every woman has asked herself the question What was he thinking? at least once in her life. When you are the mother of boys, it seems like this question is on a continuous tape loop in your head. Humor columnist Sharon O’Donnell knows this feeling. In House of Testosterone, she chronicles her adventures raising three sons and reining in her über-male, forgetful husband, Kevin. She shares her stories of welcoming her third son into the world, resisting the gravitational pull of the “guy zone,” and running a household immersed in a world of sports, bathroom humor, and laundry. O’Donnell’s spirit shines through as she struggles to find some “me time” or survive another comical family vacation.

These entertaining episodes of child- (and husband-) rearing lovingly illustrate why Sharon calls herself “Lady of the House of Testosterone.”

Editorial Reviews


"A witty, intelligent primer on how to survive and succeed in a houseful of male hormones." -- Missy Chase Lapine

About the Author

Sharon O'Donnell is an award-winning humor columnist for The Cary News (North Carolina) whose work has also appeared in Good Housekeeping. She lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (April 19, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1UODG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She Knows Her Territory January 2, 2007
Though only one of my four kids is a boy, I could relate to (and laugh out loud at) these finely-observed tales of life among menfolk. (This author has three sons, plus a husband and I think a male dog, too.) With this book mothers of boys will have something to entertain them on the sidelines of endless sports practices, while also finding kinship in a world of stinky socks, burp contests, toilet seats left up, etc. In other hands it might be cliched material but ihere it reads like, well, all-too-real life among the (sweet) savages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and honest January 9, 2007
I'm not a mother, but I really enjoyed this book's funny, rueful take on the travails of raising a passel of boys-- including boy numero uno-- the author's husband. House of Testosterone may exagerate a bit for laughs, but it never distorts the difficulties and rewards of family, nor does it fall prey to the kind of saccharine platitudes of the so-called "family values" crew. Families are our support systems and give our lives meaning, but boy can they also be a big ol' pain in the butt. Anyone who pretends otherwise is a prude or simply kidding themselves. Fortunately from this reader's viewpoint, Sharon O'Donnell is neither.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kathy R. (New York, New York) January 10, 2007
As a single woman whose major contact with men is in the dating scene, I found this book to have smart, funny and illuminating insights into the male mind and male behavior. Whatever the age of the male, the differences between the sexes provide for poignant, heartfelt and hilarious moments. While the author's incidents are located within the realm of one specific family, I couldn't help smiling or laughing at how much it strikes a chord with my own, very different life. Whether you're a mom or not, women will appreciate her honest and humorous look at one woman's struggles with mankind!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud! December 23, 2006
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This is a fun book full of laughs and some poignant moments. Several short tales are held together well and well sequenced. Good for when you have just a few minutes. But, also holds attention well for long periods too. Do not read when you would be embarrassed to laugh out loud!!! A must read for anyone who has children of ANY age and for those thinking about children or marriage. I am recommending it to all my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that!! June 17, 2008
I stumbled upon House of Testosterone at the grocery store a couple of months ago, and couldn't pass it up! I am also the mom of three sons (no girls), and laughed my way through to the last page (where I cried). I have a photo of my oldest son at about age 4, dressed in his "Rainbow Man" outfit, very similar to the little guy on the book cover. My son had a red hand-me-down shirt with an appliqueed cloud and rainbow, and we just happened to have a pair of tube socks with red, blue and yellow stripes; and Rainbow Man was born. Every boy wants to be a superhero.

As soon as I finished the book (now that my boys are grown and out of the house, I can finish a book quickly), I gave it to my younger sister, who is the mom of four boys, no girls, knowing that she would also enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift book March 8, 2007
By Lilly G
THis book was humorous, but also poignant at times. Having three boys myself, I could relate to many of the situations in the book. It is also a book you can read a little at a time, and read over again for a laugh. I was actually laughing out loud! This also makes a good gift book for moms with boys. I have bought them for many of my friends. Also, I enjoyed going to the author's website. Lilly G
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on Point March 26, 2007
This book is humorous and heartfelt. As I was reading it, there were moments where I wanted to cry or just burst out laughing. This is a good book to read whether you are a mother or not. It is very informative, right on point about males all round, regardless of their age. I will use this book as my guide to raising my two sons. It is a must buy for yourself or as a gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have Boys? Read This!! June 19, 2008
By K. May
Absolutely hilarious! I found myself laughing so hard, my husband had to come and check on me. Her expression of daily life in a house of boys shares the humor, exhaustion, isolation, and love that are part of every moms' existence. It's a fun, quick read that left me feeling like I am not the lone woman trapped in a world of poop humor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Audrea M. Landrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book
Brilliant laugh out loud book!
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Published 18 months ago by VALERE TOWNSEND
3.0 out of 5 stars review
This book was bought for our daughter who has a house full of boys. we have not heard a review from her, nor do we know if she has had time to read it.
Published 19 months ago by Leon Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and written well memoirs, but not much of practical use for...
I bought this book in anticipation of some hints and tips for raising boys. Frankly speaking,I have not gotten any of that. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Arkansas Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on
I can relate to almost every story in this book one way or another. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It had me laughing, crying, and thinking about how much I love my boys. Read more
Published on January 26, 2013 by ABJoanning
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!
I really enjoyed this book! Mothers who have all sons can surely relate to this entertaining book. I'm planning to pass it along to friends of mine who would appreciate different... Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by Trisha
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!!
If you have a house full of boys or even one boy this book is a must. It is so relatable. The authour is absolutley hilarious. I just couldnt put this book down. Read more
Published on June 21, 2010 by EaglesFan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Moms with Men in the house!
My Mom purhased this book for me because I am a mom of three boys and the little boy on the cover looks exactly like my youngest son, complete with towel cape, goggles and tidy... Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by E. Wrenn
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