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STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare Paperback – April 2, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399159762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159763
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Koenig, the single woman’s antidote to mommy bloggers, has taken the most egregious examples of parental oversharing and compiled them into a hilarious book that even proud mamas and papas will enjoy.
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There's something about the sheer existential weight of so much fatuous and inappropriate oversharing of the details of the life of an independent organism which is well-suited to book form. Recommended. Perhaps for pregnant people.
The Hairpin

I recommend it to any parent who wants to know how not to act, and any childless person who wants to commiserate over the obnoxiousness of parents in the Facebook generation.
Pajiba

As much as it pains me to admit this (considering I have a 7-year-old daughter), sometimes I'm embarrassed to be a mom. So embarrassed that I read the new STFU Parents book with a box of tissues beside me; some for the tears from my hysterical laughter, some to drown my sorrows that I'm associated with these oversharing nitwits.
The Stir

“[A] public service to both people with kids and without, teaching both camps important lessons about how to be less offensive and clueless.”
—Slate

 

About the Author

Blair Koenig is a Brooklyn-based writer and humorist. In 2009, she created the blog STFU, Parents, which is now an entertainment destination for thousands of daily readers.

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I'm buying copies to pass out to friends with kids!
Fly_Girl
If you don't agree, you might just be the kind of person the book is about.
Danielle Ward
If you enjoy the STFU Parents blog, you will love this book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Farrington on April 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've been reading Blair's STFU, Parents blog for a little while now, and I just love it. The submissions themselves are outrageous but it's really her witty commentary that makes the blog. She is just hilarious! Her sense of humor is right in line with mine so when I say that I have laughed out loud, sometimes for borderline awkward amounts of time, I mean it.

Her book is like a slice of the blog broken down and explained. She outlines what patterns have emerged as the submissions came to her and the blog, provides select (hilarious) examples of each and then gives the examples her usual treatment of snappy, sarcastic, slightly twisted wit. I found myself laughing out loud anew as I read the book in one sitting (ok, that's a lie, I had to stop to go to the bathroom, but then it was back on). I couldn't put it down; like a greedy, undisciplined and over-indulged child, I had to have more.

Besides the general submission-commentary content of the book, I felt that Blair was actually doing something unique in her work: she wasn't just churning out yuks at ridiculous parents and posts, but she has organized the thousands of submissions she receives into observable patterns. While this isn't what you would call a scientific endeavor, it is fascinating to have this break down of human behavior on social media. As an anthropology student, I felt a billion research questions pop up at me all through the book based off of the structure Blair has created to handle and explain the submissions and discuss (if possible, because it isn't always) the mindset behind the posts.

One more thing: this book makes it clear that Blair doesn't hate babies or parents.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eve Vawter on April 2, 2013
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We all love our children, and we all take huge amounts of pride in the little and not-so-little milestones of their lives, but instead of videotaping these precious moments or calling a grandparent, we all log on to the Internet and post to Facebook:

MY KID JUST FED HIMSELF HALF OF A GRAPE.

Cool story, bro.

Blair Koenig has collected these parental over-shares in her book STFU Parents, and it is hilarious. Everything from horror-movie quality depictions of dirty diapers to "Mompetitions" to way too much information about mucus plugs to "Mommyjacking" it's all here, and the majority of us parents have been guilty of all of these status updates at one time or another.
And it's not just new babies who are subjected to their parent's status updates, because this book also includes teen over-shares and a mom who graciously updated her entire friend's list regarding her daughter's first menstrual period. Yay!

I can't think of a better baby shower gift to add to those adorable newborn layette sets (and yes, there are some hilariously awful baby shower posts in the book) for any new parents to enjoy while tending to a newborn, and who knows? It may keep them from discussing their infant's umbilical stump on Facebook.

Plus, the STFU parents bingo drinking game is included, and I am not sure there is enough booze in the world for this game.

Extremely funny, very relate-able, and you will probably find yourself cringing a few times due to recognizing some of your own personal over-shares. It's a hilarious read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Scott on May 11, 2013
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As a mother of 4, grandmother of 3 this really hit home. Even grandparents need to tell their friend to STFU.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By deacon629 on May 4, 2013
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A book that is funny, and just fun to read! Being an older adult (well past child bearing) this book fascinates me about how new Moms even have time to write down every detail of their baby's existence (even more personal things) and sharing it on a public forum. I feel the layout and format is genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Bakey on April 16, 2013
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This book did not disappoint this longtime fan of the STFU website and Facebook feed. The chronicles of Sanctimommies, Mommy Jackers, and Oversharing parents are shocking and hilarious. Blair brings us the creme de la creme of her vast STFU files. A great read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kristen hopping on April 5, 2013
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This book had me laughing from the minute I started reading the forward! The writing is the same witty and conversational style as the blog but it's more of a field guide of what NOT to do, which I love. This book is going to make a great baby shower gift for years to come!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Whieldon on May 24, 2013
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Until recently, I'd been a little insulated from the über-sharing "mommies" on Facebook and other social media -- having spent the past seven years as a graduate student surrounded by mostly other pre-spawn humans, it just hadn't come up.

Now that I'm back in the "real world", the stories and updates posted by my Facebook friends are scarily reminiscent of the snippets in this book. Definitely a hilarious read, and now I'm wondering if there's a polite-and-anonymous way to recommend it to some of the mom-bies in my social circle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on August 19, 2013
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I'd say the blog is still the most charming way to get your dose of parental overshare, but cheers to Blair for all the work that went into it. Hard to translate Facebook statuses to print, I'd say.
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