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Product Details

  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Aventine Press (October 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593304358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593304355
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,340,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Melinda Roberts is a pioneer in the blogging community, founding The Mommy Blog in 2002. Witty, sarcastic, and engaging, her writing has been described as a cross between Erma Bombeck, Nora Ephron, and Helen Fielding. Melinda has appeared on Oprah, CNN, ABC, Fox, CBS and other fancy media outlets. Her first book, Mommy Confidential: Adventures from the Wonderbelly of Motherhood was nominated for The Blooker Prize in 2007.

Newly remarried, Melinda and her husband live with their blended family of six children in the Bay Area.

You can find her online at http://themommyblog.com and http://melindaroberts.net.

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Wonderful, warm, wisecracky and perfect with a glass of wine at the end of the day.
ReaderGrrl
I'm probably one of the few people (in the universe) who has not read her blog, but I'm so glad I ordered this book.
Anjali Enjeti
Mindy Roberts tells the story most moms live - overextended, constant crisis management with a side order of chaos.
H. Woodward

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie L. Peterson on January 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I LOVED this book. I have read it several times since Hubby purchased an autographed copy directly from Mindy for Christmas 2006. She is honest and funny... has been through all the things we have been and isn't afraid to share her fears, frustrations or spontaneous combustion! Hubby sits beside my bubble bath some nights and is frequently found looking at me oddly, wondering what the heck is so funny. Sometimes I share.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joy M. Hall on January 27, 2008
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This refreshingly real account of Mindy's adventures with life is like a long chat with a girlfriend. Ms. Roberts' book is honest, real, funny and sometimes heartwrenching; however, always a delight. She doesn't let the trials and tribulations ruin her sense of humor as she conquers motherhood was grace and style.

Cozy up to your favorite reading spot and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ReaderGrrl on January 29, 2008
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Remember Nora Ephron's Heartburn? Years ago that book taught me how to make it through life's crises with a sense of humor. Working mom Mindy Roberts updates the concept of laughing until your ribs hurt through financial dips, health scares, and of course, heartbreak.

Wonderful, warm, wisecracky and perfect with a glass of wine at the end of the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lynne on February 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I was first starting my own blog, I stumbled across the wonderful world of Mommy Bloggers. It was like this wonderful block party. Only it was on the Internet. So I emailed many of these bloggers, asking, shyly, if I could be invited to the party. So many of them responded with a hearty, "Yes, and bring the cocktails." And one of the first ones to welcome me with open arms was Melinda Roberts, proprietor of The Mommy Blog.

Melinda has a loyal, snarky following, which goes with her slightly snarky blog about her life, her kids, her ex, her gourmet-cooking boyfriend. But her blog is also warm and poignant, too, as it started as a way for her to make sense of her son's life-threatening illness early in her life. Thankfully, that son is now a healthy child who drives her somewhat crazy -- as all healthy children should do to their mothers. But the blog, thankfully, has blossomed and grown. In fact, I'm happy to say that it's blossomed and grown into a real live BOOK.

MOMMY CONFIDENTIAL: Adventures From the Wonderbelly of Motherhood, is that book. It's just as warm, witty and yes, wonderfully snarky, as her blog. I can't imagine having gone through what she has while still retaining my sense of humor. But she certainly has, and I recommend her book to everyone looking for a laugh, a cry, a warm fuzzy feeling - and an excuse to go gross out your children by smothering them with sloppy hugs and kisses.

So go read Mindy's blog, and buy her book. You'll be glad you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anjali Enjeti on March 15, 2007
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Reading Melinda Roberts' new book, Mommy Confidential: Adventures of the Wonderbelly of Motherhood, is like spending an evening with your best girlfriends. I'm probably one of the few people (in the universe) who has not read her blog, but I'm so glad I ordered this book. It is fun, it is invigorating, and it is packed with brutal honesty.

What's so unique about Roberts' book is that many of the events she records are written about within minutes of them happening -- so we get to experience the ups and downs of life with small children as she does. Her nearly daily entries reveal the truly tender, life-altering, and heartbreaking moments of motherhood in a way that no other book on the subject does.

And Roberts is not just funny ha-ha. She is I-can't-breathe-I'm-laughing-so-hard funny. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she either turns this book into a stand-up comedy routine and takes it on the road, or that she comes out with a sequel. Regardless, I'll be keeping up with her future adventures on her blog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Matison on April 26, 2007
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I came upon Melinda Robert's wonderful and whimsical book during one of those dark moments all of us mothers have. Both in her book and in her blog, the author gently reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously. I have given her book as a gift to so many mom friends. I promise this "memoir of sorts" (don't you love that sub subtitle?!) will lighten your days. Happy reading!
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