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Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Shankle
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.”

This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.

Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it.

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Profoundly insightful, witty and relatable. . . . Relish this ride, you won't be sorry you took it!
Beth Moore, New York Times bestselling author and speaker. --Review


Profoundly insightful, witty and relatable. . . . Relish this ride— you won’t be sorry you took it! (Beth Moore, New York Times bestselling author and speaker)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, especially for those who read her blog February 14, 2013
By mindibz
I have read Melanie's blog for years so I knew I would like this book. I enjoy her style of writing (witty and mindless is how I would describe it). And I don't say mindless in a bad way, but rather mean that I can usually read it without having to think too much and get lost in the story (which is usually about nothing at all, as she'll often start the story by warning you) and still walk away having laughed and being glad I took the time to read it. I felt the same about the book. It offered some background and additional stories for those of us who know her through the blog, but it didn't really go deeper than the blog does. I would love to visit with someone who read it who had never read her blog. I would be interested to know what it was like to read with none of that context, and if they were able to connect as much. I was secretly hoping for a little more depth with the book because occasionally she posts with depth, and I enjoy that side of her as well, but it's easy to understand that the book was intended to showcase the writing style for which she gained her current following.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delight for a Mommy's Heart February 10, 2013
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I have anxiously awaited this book since the first I heard of it being in progress, since the Big Mama blog is one of my daily moments of me-time. Melanie's writing style is a breath of fresh air in a world of pretension. The chapters are fluid and the book is organized perfectly. I found myself continually wanting to read portions of the book out loud to whomever would listen. Green Sparkly Earrings did for me what the best books do-- it made me laugh, cry, recognize myself in its pages, and close the back cover with a sense of sadness that it ended. Motherhood is a challenging task at worst, a joy every moment at best, and it is wonderful to know that women like Melanie Shankle are documenting the journey.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! February 8, 2013
By jemomma
Ever read something and then feel like "man,I think I could be friends with this girl?" That's how you feel reading her blog and this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brought Back Memories ... with a Smile February 18, 2013
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I had not read anything by Melanie before this, so Sparkly Green Earrings was a very pleasant surprise. So much of what Melanie shared brought back memories of my own parenting experiences. That made it an enjoyable read straight away. The humour was just the icing on the cake.

I felt the book lost momentum a little as it reached the end. Although Melanie wrapped things up in a very positive and quite lovely way, it lost a little of that special spark contained in the rest of the book. Even so, for anyone who is planning a family, has a child, or has been through the whole experience, this is well worth the read. Quite delightful at times.

The book does relate the author's Christian faith, but not in an overly heavy way. In fact, Melanie managed to balance communicating her faith while still being very real. She has a style of communication that relates very well to the reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Big Mama Blog February 12, 2013
By Cobo
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As a daily reader of The Big Mama Blog, I eagerly anticipated Melanie Shankle's book and, as predicted, read it in less than 24 hours. I love her writing style and her ability to say what a lot of us are thinking, but in a more interesting way. If you're not familiar with her blog, I consider this a "best of" collection of her stories with a little more insight into some private parts of her world. If you are familiar with her blog, it's a great reminder of the fun "we've" shared over the years, and it's a nice way to support someone who has provided so many of us with free daily laughs for years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On the other hand... August 30, 2013
Hmm...this is a tricky one...

On one hand I liked this book--for the sweet, tender moments, and the humor.

On the other hand, I felt the author harbors resentment and disappointment.

I read to be uplifted and entertained, which this book did in places, but there were many instances where I felt the entertainment value was overshadowed by negativity and whining. Because of this, I didn't finish the book.

I've heard great things about this author/blogger, but this particular read didn't do much for me.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever turns of phrase, but lacking substance February 20, 2013
By MrsB
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The author is a popular blogger whose writing has improved over the years, and she does have some very funny insights. If you approach this book wanting to enjoy her wit and genuine love for her daughter, you won't be disappointed; however, holding her up as a parenting expert, a brilliant writer (her editor should have reined in her use of sentence fragments,) or even as one whose opinions are a model of mothering is a different story. I understand the appeal of "keeping it real," but as a teacher and as a mom who worked very hard for the PTA, I somewhat resented Mrs. Shankle's flippant condescension. I appreciate her gift for humor, but think the reviews for the book thus far are a bit effusive for the quality of the work. Hopefully her future books will show a bit more perspective and maturity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! February 8, 2013
By LIsa
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Never to disappoint, again she does a fantastic job of making me want to be her best friend...just don't want to be a stalker! READ THIS BOOK!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully funny and insightful
Nothing has touch so close to home when it comes to marriage and kids. I couldn't put it down felt like it was about my life.
Published 3 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Totally recomend. Lots of LOL moments.
Published 6 days ago by Amanda West
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, relatable book
Poignant and funny! Authentic and relatable! I have 4 children and have experienced exactly what Melanie describes in this book. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Linda Skaer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and charming
I loved "Sparkling Green Earrings". I feel like Melanie is sitting in my kitchen making me laugh! I am definitely a new fan. It is a quick and funny read. I highly recommend.
Published 8 days ago by Bonnie Pannhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars must read for new moms
I heard your interview on the catholic channel, this book is awesome. I laughed out loud ,I would recommend this book for all moms
Published 25 days ago by jean kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Melanie Shankle!
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia M. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars I love her blog
Insightful, witty and relatable book on motherhood. Melanie Shankle has a way with words and I look forward to reading more of her books. I love her blog!
Published 1 month ago by this is asome
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're not religious, this book is not for you.
This was a pretty funny book (a friend passed it down to me), and well-written, but not for non-religious people, as some version of "but God had other plans for us... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was hanging out with a friend over coffee and hearing...
I first heard Melanie Shankle at a blogger conference. She was my favorite speaker at the event. She was so funny, but she also packed a lot of truth into her message. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tricia Goyer: Author, Speaker, Homeschooling Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Such a great read. Laughed Til I cried
Published 2 months ago by Casey Richards
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More About the Author

Melanie Shankle writes daily on her blog, Big Mama. She is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what's on sale at Anthropologie, and trying to find the funny in every situation.

Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline and the wife of her husband, Perry. The three of them live in San Antonio, Texas.

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