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Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012
"A quick, lighthearted romp through the joys of motherhood as told by a real, honest and very funny mom." - Kirkus Reviews


"A Real Mother is a real pleasure." - ForeWord Clarion Reviews

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"Denise Malloy gives us a deliciously snarky, loving, and brutally honest look at REAL motherhood. Not one to pretend our little bundles of joy don't also bug the crap out of us, Denise tells it like it is. For those of us in the thick of "It" (as one tends to refer to one's child when blaming one's partner), we can know we are not alone, and if Denise is any indication, we don't have to throw out our sense of humor with the bath water."
- Katie Goodman, comedian, creator of "Broad Comedy," and author of Improvisation for the Spirit.
"In this hilarious collection where wry humor and loving warmth prevail, Denise Malloy's foray into parenthood puts her at the pinnacle with Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry. A must-read for anyone who ever laughed or cried over being a kid or a Real parent."
-Lauri Olsen, Author of Cold Moon Honor, Whispers on the Wind
"Denise Malloy has one of those remarkable outlooks that can turn any situation into comedy.  I never miss the chance to read her column in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and when I picked up her book, A Real Mother, I happily settled in for a good laugh. Perhaps it strikes a chord because I, too, am a MOM and every scenario that Denise pens has the tendency to sound familiar. Whether you are a mom, dad or a former kid, there is bound to be a story in this repertoire that will make you chuckle and as my Grandmother used to say, 'laughing is good for the soul.'"
-Jennifer Lowe-Anker, mother, artist and author of Forget Me Not
"Denise Malloy reminds readers that you don't have to be crude or edgy to be gut-bustingly funny. Call her a modern-day Erma Bombeck, but somehow she manages to consistently slice and dice modern-day living with good old-fashioned humor.  While no pet or human in her family is excused from her keen eye for the absurd (and then writing about it), she perhaps shines brightest when poking fun at herself - which she does, often."
-Megan Ault Regnerus, Managing Editor, Montana Quarterly and Balance Magazines, blogger, minor catastrophes

"If Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck had a Kentucky love-child, her name would be Denise Malloy."
- Chrysti M. Smith, host of the radio series "Chrysti the Wordsmith," produced at KGLT-FM in Bozeman, Montana
"Required reading for parents of all ages. Denise Malloy hits the all the right notes while relating the highs and lows of being a Mom."
-Michele Corriel, freelance writer and author

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: A Real Mother (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615577318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615577319
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,822,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Although she was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Denise Malloy will never be confused with a Southern belle even though she still says y'all. Denise lives with The Husband and The Boys in Bozeman, MT. After working as a lifeguard, a Peace Corps Volunteer, a middle school teacher, a switchboard operator and finally, an attorney (but don't hold that against her) she is uniquely qualified to do absolutely nothing. That is why she writes.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara from Louisville on May 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Denise Malloy's romp through parenthood in A Real Mother captures the essence of being a parent - it IS amusing! Children are funny and the situations in which one finds oneself in trying to parent are truly funny. How many times have I been in a parenting situation in which I have thought to myself, "I can either laugh or cry"? And, in the end, each one of those situations has always made for a "great story" after the fact. Denise has taken this one step further and actually written down those great stories! As a professional woman, I can totally relate to Denise's book. Denise left the professional world to devote her time and energy to raising chidlren. We professional women are always stunned to find out how little control we have over anything once the baby is on the way! How quickly we learn that parenting is nothing like the business world. Denise's stories begin with her pregnancy and track her life with children as they enter their teen years. She additionally adds in stories about becoming her mother, which may have been some of the funniest parts of the book. I also enjoyed her recounting of her mother's attempts to video-tape the grand children. Truly hilaroius! We have all experienced these stories in one form or another. It is great fun to read the telling of these familiar tales told from the view of a wonderful story teller. This book would make a great baby shower gift or Mother's Day gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jess on May 20, 2012
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This is an amazing book. From time to time a parent, especially a mother, needs some laughter and a humor when facing parenthood challenges. Author shares her stories about her family - her husband, her two boys. There are also chapters about her mother and her mother-in-law. Every chapter is an inimitable story written with wit, insights and lightheartedness. Personally, I uncovered some revelations on topic such as father-son relationships, a mother's identity and parenting styles. It is reassuring to know that you are not the only mom who gets frustrated; that you are not the only "frazzled" mom out there, and this too "shall pass". I believe that whether you are a new parent or already experienced one you will enjoy this humorous and insightful book on parenting and family relationships, which puts everything into a perspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kris on June 17, 2012
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Malloy weaves an honest tapestry of the human experience of parenting. Intelligent and satirical, each chapter serves up an authentic homemade slice of motherhood pie. I chuckled right along with Malloy's observations and accounts of `A-ha' moments, cheerfully recalling my own parenting blunders. I even discovered a tip or two from her hilarious antics. Malloy stands right beside the reader cheering us on as parents. She speaks, as one who has been there, as one who has walked the REAL parenthood walk. Reading Malloy is like making a new positive energy friend, who gets it, who honors our triumphs and stands beside us to share the pain. So much of the communication in our lives today is short bits of tweets, texts and sound bites, often lacking true meaning or connection. Readers of "A Real Mother" will feel they've discovered an attentive, new friend patiently waiting on the night stand, offering entertainment and real connection. Buy it for yourself and then loan it to your best girlfriend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By little reader on June 2, 2012
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Just finished re-reading "A Real Mother," the perfect thing to pick up and read when you need to sneak away from your kids (or spouse, or pets, or in-laws) a few minutes for yourself and have a good laugh. Nobody seems to capture the absurdity of modern parenting like Denise does, and you're always guaranteed several laugh out loud moments in every one of her essays. Pull up a chair, and let her spin you a tale...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. B. Swimley on April 13, 2012
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For every parent who answers the endless questions, diligently endures Tball and spends hours putting together Christmas toys, this is a must read. Denise Malloy captures the essence of motherhood with humor, honesty and the poignancy it deserves. If I didn't know these were her stories, I would swear they were mine. You won't be able not to laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reni on June 3, 2012
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It takes a Mother to know a Mother, and to be a "Real Mother" is just the icing on the cake. Denise Malloy writes of the adventures of motherhood with love, wit and an unfailing sense of irony that only a mother can do. For me, A Real Mother, Stumbling Through Motherhood gave me license to laugh at Denise's experiences in raising "boy one", "boy two" and "the husband" coupled with laughing at my own experiences with raising a "girl one" and "girl two". Through her writing Denise lets us know that it is perfectly fine to not take ourselves too seriously and Denise gives us reason to look back and remember the times that pass by far too quickly. After reading A Real Mother I found myself jotting down notes about happenings, incidences and occurrences that I never want to forget while raising my own two girls. I purchased 5 copies of "A Real Mother" and gave them to the various mothers in my life for Mother's Day (which turned out to be the PERFECT Mother's Day gift). A report from my Father-in-Law was that he could hear my Mother-in-Law laughing from where she was reading in a sitting room across the house. My Mother-in-Law reported that what she thought was remarkable about Denise's book is that it wasn't just one line in a story that was funny, the whole book was hysterical! Thank you Denise for showing us the humor in every day living and for using yourself as an example of how not to take ourselves too seriously. Above all, thank you for illustrating that the tremendous job of parenting is really very fun and is filled with extraordinary rewards.
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