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I'm Too Sexy For My Volvo: A Mom's Guide to Staying Fabulous! Paperback – March 2, 2006

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First time author Londergan teases and laughs her way through the first nine months and the years beyond. This fun, flip approach to pregnancy and parenting pays equal attention to minute details (clothes and mani-pedis) and larger ideas (single motherhood). Organized chronologically from conception to college, each chapter includes rules (e.g. "Rule #26: Wear anything that fits"), guest writers, funny stories and tons of hip tips. ("If your hospital is anything like mine, you are in for a boatload of freebies.") Chapters conclude with "bonus pointers" that are tantamount to survival school for mommies. ("When you don't work outside the home, it's easy for working moms...to assume that you're available for free childcare," or "make some gay friends.") Though pregnancy and the first year are covered in detail, years 1 to 20 are scrunched into a single chapter. And if Londergan seems a bit smug, she's careful to acknowledge that her "emotional hardships seem...well, shallow" compared to most single mothers. Mothers-to-be with disposable income will appreciate Londergan's libertine approach to being gloriously gravid.
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About the Author

Betty Londergan is a creative director in advertising, and has worked on some of the largest brands in America, including Tylenol, Vanguard, US West and AT&T. Formerley a single mom, Betty is now the happily married mother of Lulu and stepmother of Jamie, Lindsay and Tyler.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Second Edition edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593375026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593375027
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,062,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

If you want the long, extended story of my life you can go to my website, but here are the "highlights."
I'm one of eight children and I had a very happy childhood, mostly spent in Wilmington, Delaware. I went to school at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated Phi Beta Kappa (which still annoys my brilliant husband who is key-less) with a degree in History and English. I moved to Colorado, worked on a paper in the mountains for three years, then started a career in advertising that lasted a couple of decades and involved lots of trips to Los Angeles to produce music and commercials, innumerable escapades and insane moments, some of the best friendships of my life and a pretty great income. In 1991 I had Lulu, which was the very best moment of my life. Lulu and I moved from Colorado to Swarthmore, Pennsyvlania in 1996 to marry Larry Schall and I became a stepmother to his three kids: Jaime, Lindsay and Tyler. Nine years later, last August, we moved to Atlanta so Larry could become President of Oglethorpe University, a small liberal arts college right here in Buckhead. And then my book got published.....and I met you!

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After reading the editorial review which stressed this was a book for "birth and the years beyond", about "pregnancy and parenting" I incorrectly assumed it would be a fun read for me as the mom of a two-year-old. Probably it would have been a great read before I had my baby, but once you've been through it you've pretty much figured out all this stuff yourself - even if it is much more cleverly and humorously expressed by the author.
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Finally! A book that tells parenting like it is - a difficult, never-ending set of hurdles that can only be safely overcome by adopting a seriously frivolous attitude. Forget trying to be perfect - this book tells you how to stay SANE in that first year, and the advice Londergan gives really works. I LOVE it! I gave it to two new moms who were already guilt-tripping and en route to prozac because they felt so inadequate and so unlike all those perfect moms they'd seen on TV. They were deeply relieved - and about a zillion times happier - when they realised their feelings were totally normal and started putting some of Londergan's great secret tips into action (her hilarious but effective tried-and-tested tips include the best her friends know, too).

She's also brilliant at identifying all the pointless worries we moms nurture and telling you how to stop, re-track and grope your way - laughing - back to feeling human and even great again. And how to genuinely fall in love with your baby, which only really happens once all the pressure is off.

I would totally recommend this book to anyone having their first baby who wants to know how real women become real, happy moms.
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Adorable, funny and true. And what a steal: I'm stocking up for baby shower gifts!
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A must-read for all new moms, or anyone else who wants to laugh at the author's advice/misadventures/successes in her zany, thoroughly modern life. I can't wait for Betty Londergan's next book!!
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