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Milkshake [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Weiss
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Book Description

When she tries to feed her baby in an art museum, new mother Lauren Bruce suffers a wardrobe malfunction -- and becomes the "Joe the Plumber" of the breastfeeding wars. A sexy politician, running for Massachusetts governor, enlists Lauren to help her win the women's vote. Breastfeeding advocates, who call themselves the BOOBs, want to make her a true believer. And a group called the MOMs -- for "Mothers on Modesty" -- wants everyone to cover up. Now, Lauren has to decide where she stands, all while dealing with political rallies, breast pumps, talk show hosts, perfect-mommy friends, and post-baby sex.

"A chuckle-out-loud, parodying page-turner about the politics of the new momism" -

"Smart, compassionate, gently ferocious and always hilarious, MILKSHAKE is about the spectrum of women's mothering choices, breasts, breastfeeding, and babes, and how competition doth make fools of us all. Utterly charming."

-- Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of "Those Who Save Us" and "The Stormchasers"

"There are boobs … and then there are boobs. In Joanna Weiss' wickedly funny, perceptive novel we get politicians and the other kind, whence comes breast milk. All these boobs make for an original, oft times hilarious story for new mothers, longtime mothers … and campaign managers. (The only requirement is that you carry an unspoken disdain for the perfect mothers.)"

-- Margo Howard, syndicated and on-line advice columnist

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About the Author

Joanna Weiss is an op-ed columnist for the Boston Globe. Her columns appear, via the New York Times wire, in newspapers across the country. This is her first novel.

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  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EIPHR4
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read with something to say August 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first novel by Boston Globe Op-ed columnist Joanna Weiss. Her story takes twists and turns but always stays true to its characters who change and grow with the story. Even Joanna's antagonists are likeable and are not the typical stock characters you find in some novels.

The story is about many things, not just the battle over breast- vs. bottle-feeding. That drives the story, yes, but in the end, there is a greater lesson about living in absolutes.

It happens all the time. People start off down the road of righteousness with their one idea to make the world a better place, but get so tunnel-visioned by it that they do more harm than good. This story is a great reminder to always consider the big picture and even your adversaries before you take that road. It reminds us too how our passions for good can be easily usurped by those with agendas.

Read this book if you want to enjoy whitty dialogue that flows easily and characters you wish you could meet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun book! October 20, 2011
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As a new mom myself I very much related to the protagonist's desire to do what was best for her baby and also have a project that made her feel like "more than just a mom." It's a poignant, yet funy look at the mommy wars and does a great job of making both sides look silly. Lots of fun to read and a good message too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, smart and refreshing! August 3, 2011
By jomama
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, funny, fast-paced novel. The characters are bright and engaging, the dialogue is zingy and true, and for those of us who tend to take ourselves a little too seriously when it comes to personal choices and political stands, it's a friendly but incisive calling out. A terrific debut from a talented author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review April 6, 2012
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Milkshake is a funny and insightful look at the issues of new motherhood and an eyebrow-raising spoof on political causes run amok.

When Lauren Bruce, 35, mother of six-week-old daughter Rory decides to nurse her baby at a public museum and accidentally drops the blanket, flashing a group of HS students and is escorted to a privacy of the museum bathroom, she finds herself in the middle of a huge controversy and at the forefront of Candace Calloway's movement for women and backed BOOBS (Boston Organization for the Oversight of Breastfeeding). However, this new movement does more that hit hard in the breast women and men; it sparks and stirs Calloway's maternal instincts, fans the desire for love in campaign manager's Maisy Street's heart and has women around America pitted against one another as they fight for cause.

Author Johanna Weiss addresses many of the issues that preoccupy the minds and bodies of new mothers; from painful breasts to the decision of whether or not to breastfeed, from the glazed-over feeling to the struggle to rediscover a new life with a baby. In addition, Weiss examines the issues between new mothers and their husbands as seen in Lauren's response to her husband stating: "I miss them. I want them back." She replies: "You talk like you own them. They're mine."

Protagonist Lauren Bruce is a sympathetic, sensitive and credible new mother, struggling to make sense of all the new information, "baby-related paranoia" and guilt about her absent sex life and initial difficulties with breastfeeding. Lauren's emotions are well tempered, showing a believable balance as she enjoys the limelight of her newly found fame, but also struggles with the peer pressure as the group she first inspired, takes the movement to extremes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't quite make it September 11, 2012
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I thought this book had promise as it started out really well. However about half way through it lost a lot. The characters became super annoying and the single issue of breastfeeding overtook everything else and became one dimensional. And the ending was so predictable. To add insult to the reader, the author leaves a "hanger" on about who the father is of her child. Really? If a reader actually makes it to the end of the book, the author could at least give them the answer. The book put everything on the table but then at the end holds onto one detail. Seems very weird. Not a book really worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job, Joanna Weiss! April 10, 2012
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This is a fun and educational read so far. The author takes a controversial subject, breastfeeding, and through her plot and characters shows the various points of view, while keeping it light. Don't worry, those who know me, I will have a huge "review" when I finish reading this delightful book.


This book doesn't let up! That's a good thing. There are no stones left unturned. All aspects of womanhood are addressed, none being perfect, none being wrong. I don't know how Joanna Weiss did it. Maybe by calling this "Chick Lit?" Fem-lit works better for me. This addresses deep issues women face from the time they consider themselves adult. The main issues are those of guilt, shame, and lack of self confidence. As a new mom you are bathed in those issues and may not even know it. But our main character, Lauren, in Milkshake represents those insecurities.

Don't get me wrong, this is far from a downer. As Lauren battles the new mom issues, her life is taken over by others who are stronger and manipulative. But Lauren shows she does have her own mind and sees things differently than those who would use her.

Ugh! This still sounds like a debbie-downer. It is funny! It hits on all the points of view, bottle versus breast, breast ownership, art, politics, very political, Earth-mothers versus career-ladder-climbers. Ok, still not sounding as enjoyable as the book actually was.

Actually, that is what I am trying to say: this book takes deep subjects and lightens them to help us to see the wisdom in our choices is far from the wisdom of others, but the choices are equally valid.

This book has very little romance, YAY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Topics Made Fun
I received a review copy of this book and really enjoyed it. Motherhood can be rough, and too often as women we end up judging each other for every individual choice. Read more
Published on February 26, 2013 by Katy
3.0 out of 5 stars Light reading
The description is far more enticing than what the book actually produces. I did read it all the way through, and the last chapter was good and it started off strong and... Read more
Published on February 22, 2013 by Z Cat Nip
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, fun to read while nursing
I enjoyed this book. I was nursing my own son when I came across this story and it really hit home. If you nurse you will smile to yourself at how true to life the book seems
Published on January 23, 2013 by krys
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Thought-Provoking
This book was laugh out loud funny--and such a great commentary on the two-party political system in our country and the lengths to which campaigns will go to win an election. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Ingrid Ricks
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, pointed satire
Two days after I finished this book, my Google Reader exploded with links discussing the latest issue of Time magazine, which profiles Dr. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by Bookphile
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
Joanna Weiss has written a humorous, insightful and entertaining story that intertwines a wide swath of current issues from equal rights to civil liberties to perpetual campaigning... Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by BostonSean33
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Summer Read
For full disclosure, I received my copy through Goodreads giveaways. I was excited to start this book because of the interesting concept. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by Marinn Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny contemperary fiction
Perfect introduction the the wacky world of todays American child raising mommy wars where judgemental opinionated women are more concerned about how others are raising their... Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful look at the radical and moderate sides of this issue.
I think moderates on both sides of the breastfeeding debate will enjoy this book. As the new colloquialism intones ... "haters gonna hate" ... Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Debra E. Fox
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More About the Author

Joanna Weiss is an op-ed columnist for the Boston Globe. Her columns appear, via the New York Times newswire, in newspapers across the country. She has previously covered politics, culture, parenting, and television, and is a frequent public speaker on subjects that range from women in politics to the glories of 'Cupcake Wars.' She is a member of the League of Extraordinary Authors. 'Milkshake' is her first novel.

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