General categories include "Clothing and Accessories" (including a pattern to make a headband that binds protruding ears to babies' heads), "Bowels" (featuring an ad with the text, "If he spanks me again, I'm going to run away from home"), and "The Good Old Days", which offers several detailed options for creating a home delivery center. In every chapter, Lilek's comments are the equivalent of cracks from your most sarcastic friend.
For any new parent who's tired of modern advice books, or expecting parents in need of a touch of humor amidst the stress of pregnancy, look no further. Every page has a laugh, and every page will remind the reader that sooner or later, almost all parenting advice will end up having the same worth as what's included here. Jill Lightner
If you read this book in a public place, everyone will gather to see "what's so funny". It is a great look at products and practices in the modern past on having babies and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by BR
Not quite up to the standard Lileks set with his Gallery of Regrettable Food and Interior Desecrations, this is still a good book for anyone who needs an entertaining fix for their... Read morePublished 8 months ago by pb
As I read through the pages, I often wonder how I got out of my childhood alive. James Lileks finds the bizarre in what used to be considered normal.Published 8 months ago by rjl6955
James Lileks always makes me laugh, and this book is no exception. it's amazing to read examples of actual advice that was given to parents in the past. Read morePublished 13 months ago by E.S.
Does anyone else out there get the impression that Mr. Lileks just ......COASTED after his fabulous " Gallery of Regrettable Food " ? I am not sorry I bought it but ... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Martina Dinale
The snippets of parenting advice that are presented in this book - advice from the "experts" in the fifties and sixties - are funny in their absurdity! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barbara L Battles
seems to me this book isn't so much about bad parenting as it is about unscrupulous manufacturers, sellers, doctors and others who took advantage of naive parents who in turn... Read morePublished 20 months ago by undrgrndgirl
James Lileks is funny.
He has collected old advertisements and articles aimed at parenting in the early part of the 20th century, and added his commentary in this book. Read more