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Revelations in the Rearview Mirror: One Mother's Hard-Won and Hilarious Epiphanies on the Road to the Empty Nest Hardcover – May 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Sky Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933979321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933979328
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A perfect gift for the maternal figure in your life."  —The Examiner


"The woman is the 21st century Erma reincarnated . . . Could someone tell Mayor Tom Leppert that instead of getting major corporations to move to Dallas, he needs to cajole the Parsleys to relocate up here?"  —D Magazine

About the Author

Louise Parsley is a mother of three who speaks on family-related topics to schools, women's groups, charities, and churches nationwide.

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So funny I hurt myself reading it.
Thomas S. Musser
It will undoubtedly be the year we come to remember as the year that Louise Parsley brought us "Revelations in the Rearview Mirror".
J. Carman
I have bought several copies to give as gifts for fellow new mom's and would recommend this highly.
Katherine Chambers

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Carman on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
2001 marked a turning point in nonfiction. It was the year that Augusten Burroughs redefined the memoir with the release of "Running With Scissors." A few years later, in 2004, David Sedaris pushed the genre again with his collection of autobiographical essays, "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim". 2009 promises to further elevate the landscape of contemporary nonfiction. It will undoubtedly be the year we come to remember as the year that Louise Parsley brought us "Revelations in the Rearview Mirror".

In this collection of short personal essays, Parsley combines the self-deprecating humor of Sedaris (minus the eccentricity) with the cynicism and wit of Burroughs (minus the alcoholism), then throws in a few kids, a husband and a dozen or so in-law's (just for fair measure) to deliver her own unique style of laugh-out-loud comedy and pluck-at-your-heartstrings prose.

From Bourbon-filled baby bottles to teenage driving debacles, Parsley's stories are bound to resonate with both mothers in the throes of maternal insanity and empty-nesters alike. But luckily for the rest of us, you don't necessarily have to be a mother (or a woman for that matter) to identify with the triumphs and failures of Parsley's everyday family life.

"Revelations" does that thing that all good nonfiction is supposed to do---it somehow manages to cross boundaries imposed by gender and age and make the personal ephiphanies of one, relevant to all. With this collection of work, Louise Parsley proves that she can hang with the likes of Burroughs and Sedaris and reminds us, just as they have, that there's more humor in the mundane than meets the eye. So long as you're not afraid to laugh.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Chambers on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for any new mom. I have a 7 week old and picked up Louise's book and have really enjoyed reading it - while feeding the baby. It makes me laugh and cry at the experiences she shares and what I imagine will be our similar life adventure with our little one. I have bought several copies to give as gifts for fellow new mom's and would recommend this highly. An easy read and heartwarming stories that will surely strike a chord in every reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison Thayer Hutcheson on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for every mother, daugher, or individual who has been forced to take a road trip with the family. Ms. Parsley's words have a way of transporting the reader into her world and making her laugh, cringe, and laugh some more. From the hilarious family road trip tales to the beautiful final chapter written by her son, Ms. Parsley has written a book that readers will enjoy time and time again.
Buy a few: it makes a great gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas S. Musser on June 8, 2009
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So funny I hurt myself reading it. And the biggest compliment I can pay: if I'd read it earlier, the kids I helped raise would be better today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mimi B. Vance on March 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The mark of a wonderful read: crying while I giggle, and laughing while I sob..... Bought this months ago and finally got a chance to read it. Not an easy feat with my own toddlers, but well worth the stolen moments! Louise Parsley made me want to hug my babies, and then call my Mama and tell her I love her. It's amazing how her well-told, well-written stories reminded me over and over that maybe one day I'll laugh about some of "these days," too..... and convinced me that it is long-since time to laugh about "those days." This is one of those books that attaches itself to your heartstrings and won't let go.

"Revelations..." is my new 'Graduation Gift' for moms and dads of high school graduates!! I hope Louise Parsley is busy working on another book - - I can't wait to read more.
Mimi Brian Vance [...]

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