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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: skirt!; 1st edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599212080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599212081
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,283,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Nowhere is the daze that swings between exultation and extinction in early motherhood better described. Amanda Lamb's raw, tender, bone-honest truths drive homethat some things would be too difficult—if we didn't do them out of love."
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of Still Summer and The Deep End of the Ocean
 

“For manic, multi-tasking mothers everywhere! Amanda’s tales will make you laugh—and remind you to enjoy this crazy journey.”

—Jane Skinner, anchor, Fox News Channel

“Amanda Lamb stands out as the new voice for momhood—not scared to say that parenting is not only sometimes scary but often laugh-out-loud hilarious, even raucous, but always tender...”

—Hollis Gillespie, author of Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch

 

“A must-read for working moms. Amanda Lamb beautifully captures the chaos that is her life as a mother and a TV journalist.”

—Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC anchor/NBC News contributor

 

“Amanda Lamb is a hard-charging, pull-no-punches veteran television reporter.  Smotherhood doesn’t pull any punches either. It is her story of the wrestling match with the demands of motherhood, marriage, and a very busy career, told in a way that is unabashed, honest, and frank.”

—Mary P. Easley, JD, First Lady of North Carolina

 

 

From the Back Cover

“For manic, multi-tasking mothers everywhere! Amanda’s tales will make you laugh—and remind you to enjoy this crazy journey.”
—Jane Skinner, anchor, Fox News Channel
 
“Amanda Lamb is a hard-charging, pull-no-punches veteran
television reporter. [This] is her story of the wrestling match with the
demands of motherhood, marriage, and a very busy career, told in
a way that is unabashed, honest, and frank.”
—Mary P. Easley, JD, First Lady of North Carolina
 
“A must-read for working moms. Amanda Lamb beautifully
captures the chaos that is her life as a mother and a TV journalist.”
—Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC anchor/NBC News contributor
 
With sixteen fast-read essays, Amanda Lamb touches the funny bone and eases the guilt of today’s smothered mothers. All booger-wiping, shoe-tying, boo-boo-soothing women will relate to her elusive search for a “balanced” life. Amanda has a successful career as a crime reporter for WRAL-TV, Raleigh/Durham, N.C., but it’s her two girls who force her to be a better person.

More About the Author

Amanda Lamb is a professional television journalist, author, and mother. Amanda writes in two completely different genres: one about her life at home, and one that mirrors her life as a hard news crime reporter. Currently, she has eight books in print.

Her newest title, "The Living Room" is available on Amazon. It chronicles her eighty day journey caring for her mother who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2012. In the midst of the tragedy Amanda learns how to live from her dying mother. The darkness is tinged with light as her mother's departure becomes a celebration of a full life well-lived.

In February 2013, Thomas Nelson published Amanda's first children's book, "I Love You to God and Back." This sweet and beautifully illustrated picture book teaches young children about the joy of bedtime prayers. This book compliments the adult version of the book of the same name published in April 2012. This book takes parents on a yearlong spiritual journey as Amanda documents and reflects upon her daughter's prayers.

Switching gears, "Love Lies" is her most recent true crime book. It was published by the Berkley Group in December 2011. It features the story of a young mother whose husband said she went jogging and never returned home.

By day, Amanda is also a veteran crime reporter for an award-winning CBS television station in the Southeast, WRAL. She also writes a parenting blog for WRAL every Monday called "Go Ask Mom."

In her nearly twenty plus years as a professional journalist, Amanda has developed a reputation as the go-to reporter for networks seeking credible feedback and interviews on high-profile murder cases in the southeast. She makes regular appearances on crime magazine shows on CBS, FOX News, CNN, truTV, Discovery Investigates, Biography and on the Oxygen network.

In January of 2011 she published her fourth book, a parenting humor book titled "Girls Gone Child." This book chronicles her daughters' journey out of babyhood and into parenthood with their mother as their imperfect but loving tour guide.

In April of 2010, Amanda's third book, a true crime called "Evil Next Door" (The Berkley Group, a division of Penguin Putnam) was published. It features the story of a 2002 rape and murder case she covered as a news reporter for WRAL. A young woman who was just starting out her life was stalked and killed by a man many believed was a serial killer.

In June 2008, Amanda published her second book, "Deadly Dose: The Untold Story of a Homicide Investigator's Crusade for Truth and Justice" (The Berkley Group, a division of Penguin Putnam), a true crime about a young, promising scientist who is poisoned with arsenic by his scientist wife.

In August 2007, Amanda published her first book, "Smotherhood: Wickedly Funny Confessions from the Early Years" (Globe Pequot), a collection of irreverent anecdotal humorous essays about being a working mother in the twenty-first century. This book landed her an appearance on The Today Show.

For more on Amanda and her work got to www.alambauthor.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter (links to those addresses are on her website).

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It has been a LONG time since I have laughed so hard reading a book!
Kristen
Given the time, I couldn't call my friend right then, but I could not wait to talk to her the next day.
Laura S. Morgan
Amanda is candid in her thoughts and I could relate to her in every aspect.
Teresa Zamarron

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Bowling on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
After reading this book, I was tempted to buy a copy for every mother that I knew. After hearing stories from my maternal friends- and reading this book- I 'understood.' For the people out there who are not mothers (or fathers) like me, this book was a hilarious account of all those moments you hear about at work and from your friends. There are passages in this book that alternately make you laugh and tear up at the same time- uplifting and feel good. I highly recommend to anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookwoody on September 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
In the tradition of David Sedaris, Raleigh, NC claims another great humorist. Maybe it's something in the water, and anyone who takes motherhood too seriously should take a swig. Lamb is honest, insightful and often poignant but above all, hilarious. The breakneck schedule of a TV news reporter and the nerve-frazzling pace of a new mother collide in this dynamo and the results will make any new mother, any veteran mother, anyone who has ever had a mother, laugh themselves to tears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura B. Simpson on January 19, 2009
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We selected this book for book club because the author is a news anchor in our area. My reaction to the book was that it was laugh out loud funny. The chapter on vasectomy was really a hoot. If you are a mom in the Raleigh/Cary area, you will be tickled to see all the local references in the book. The author makes some neat observations about how busy kids are and how that impacts family life. (ex: mommy wants to quit ballet) . Many times I thought to myself - "That is exactly how I feel". Birthday parties and goodie bags are out of control. I did feel that the book jumped around from topic to topic and didn't really tie in that great, but the author has such a way with words and quick quit that I didn't mind. I feel that this book is only for mom's with young children. I don't think it is a classic book for everyone that is timeless. I wouldn't recommend to my mother or someone without children.
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By MomofTwo on October 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bravo! Thank you for telling it like it really is Amanda Lamb- the sleep deprivation, the poop, the husbands sleeping through the baby's crying, the stupid goody bags at kid bday parties and the "bad" parenting moments. This book made me feel normal!!!

The vasectomy chapter had me laughing until tears came out of my eyes. I will say, if nothing else, I learned what a scrotum holder is and the value of having one I suppose (at least versus a jock strap).

I hope as her kids grow into teenagers she'll write a sequel!
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...but this one elicited dozens of LOLs. Very well-written and painfully honest. I even shared some excerpts with my husband, and we both appreciated the realism and humor. I received it as a gift, and will give it as a gift at the next opportunity.
Definitely pick it up if you need a pick me up!
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What I particularly like about this book is its focus on the perspective of the working mom, as opposed to the many child-centered books on parenting. Lamb lives the daily juggling battle, wanting desperately to succeed in each realm, recognizing that humor is often the best medicine. "The thing about being a crazy, distracted working mother is that all distractions are not equal. Somehow I can remember that Mallory needs pinecones, a brown sock, and gumdrops for a class project on Thursday. Chloe needs a white sweatshirt, eleven valentines and a digital picture of herself...But it's the really common things I forget...I forget to bring tampons or an umbrella. I forget where I'm going and drive right past the day care." With wit and wisdom, Lamb captures the chaos that so often results in our efforts to have it all.
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By Joyce on October 15, 2008
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who thought it was hiliarious. Anyone who has children has been through the situations Amanda Lamb writes about. You are not amused when your children are putting you through the wringer; however, when you read about them you really find the situations funny, I think because you realize you are not the only one being tortured by your children. I recommend this book to all mothers! It is hiliarious!
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