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Smotherhood: Wickedly Funny Confessions from the Early Years Paperback – August 1, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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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.
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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: #2,912,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kelly Bowling on September 23, 2007
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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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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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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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A friend gave me this book as an early Christmas present after hearing me moan and complain too many times about trying to balance a career with my new title as "mommy." She made me promise to call her when I got to the chapter about the husband's vasectomy. When I finally had enough peace and quiet time to reach that particular chapter, it was 1am on Christmas Eve and I laughed until tears were rolling down my cheeks. Given the time, I couldn't call my friend right then, but I could not wait to talk to her the next day.

This book is truly hilarious. I love Laurie Notaro and David Sedaris and this book is right up there with both of those humor-writing greats.

Amanda Lamb has a wicked sense of humor and you'll appreciate the hilariousness of the reality of being a working mom. Call me when you get to the chapter on the vasectomy!
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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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I recently purchased this book when I was in Raleigh for a business trip. I had no idea who Amanda Lamb was or what her book Smotherhood was about, but after reading a few snippets, I know that I had to have it. As a mom with 3 kids, I could totally relate to everything that Amanda wrote about. She has an amazing way of retelling stories that makes you feel as though you were there. I laughed, cried and just truly enjoyed reading this book. Actually, I was bummed when I got done. It was that good!! This is the perfect book for parents, grandparents, parents-to-be and just anyone who loves the little people that rule our worlds. :-)
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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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