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How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker: Mom-to-mom whines, cheese, rants and recipes Paperback – February 26, 2012

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Jackie Hennessey is a mom who understands what other mothers go through. She has worked full-time, part-time, and been a stay-at-home mom too. She earned a BA in journalism from Texas A&M University where she received the “Best Aggie-Life writer” award from the university newspaper. She has more than seventeen years of experience in journalism and public relations and is currently a blogger and pr consultant in Rhode Island. She worked as an assistant editor of Seattle area newspapers and in agency and corporate pr early in her career. Jackie's blog, www.ventingsessions.com, attracts moms of all ages. In addition to writing, blogging and consulting, she serves on the Steering Committee for Dress for Success Rhode Island, volunteers at her kids’ schools, and enjoys networking with women and venting with other moms every chance she gets: at the bus stop, on mommy blogs, in line at the grocery store and during those treasured girls’ nights.
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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Jackie Hennessey (February 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985031808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985031800
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,795,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TonyaH on May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
As parents we have all been through the emotional roller coaster consisting of whining and ranting. We jump on the phone with one of our dearest friends and unleash all of the funny, embarrassing, and down right mortifying details of your day.

Author Jackie Hennessey decided to compile a ton of rants and whines from moms coast to coast while adding in some of her own from moving to a new city to the horror of shopping with kids. Reading through the book you can't help but laugh at the time you were in the same shoes as these poor poor mothers.
Jackie proudly states her love of cheese and how it makes everything better. Heck, we all have that one thing we could eat constantly if it didn't go straight to our thighs and make our butts jiggly (chocolate frosting anyone?). At the beginning of every chapter there are recipes and you guessed it as they all have one ingredient in common and that is CHEESE!!! From a delicious sounding cream cheese taco dip to hot bacon dip you are sure to find that perfect cheese recipe to make your day all better. Don't forget the wine!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Verni on April 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a cute book! It's an interesting combination of tell-it-like-it-is stories of real moms venting about the realities of parenting life, easy cheese-related recipes, and great illustrations.

Funny, commiserative, and perfect for the mom who is ready to admit that she's not perfect and neither is anyone else, there are some laugh-out-loud moments and lots of feeling understood. The stories are short--perfect for the mom who is short on time, and the recipes are easy--perfect for the mom who is, um, short on time (and loves cheese, as most of us do).

It was a quick, lighthearted read, and will be kept on my recipe book shelf to turn to next time I need to make some sort of a cheesy, dippy, yummy thing. On second thought, maybe I should just store it on the kitchen counter!

This book would make a great gift for any mom of young children... especially if given from one of her girlfriends!

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an impartial review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa W. on March 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Being a mom is no easy task, especially when you're feeling alone. Jackie Hennessey realized how valuable girl friends can be in the grand scheme of parenting, because all moms need time to get together to eat and vent together. She began compiling stories from others and of her own, and the result is a wonderfully humorous collection of reality-bites from moms, called "How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker: Mom-to-Mom Whines, Cheese, Rants, and Recipes."

I really enjoyed reading through this book. It's light-hearted and real, full of great stories that nearly every mom can relate to. I laughed out loud at several of the stories. There are also awesome recipes that are easy to make, and impressive to serve at a candle party or play date. Jackie manages to capture both the joy and the anguish of being a mom, and the necessity of having someone that can listen, relate, and empathize with both. This book is so much fun to read and would make a wonderful Mother's Day Gift!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Colston on April 25, 2012
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I'm so glad Jackie Hennessey produced this book. Parenting has never been an easy job, but it seems these days it's become a competitive sport. Is your child in the best school possible? Do you work with her academically ON TOP of sending her to said school? How many extracurriculars is your child involved in? Are you just as good as the other homeroom moms who can bake, sew and make a paper-mache SUV? Do you still have a social life and, if so, are you ashamed? There are so many different ways to keep up with the Jones' and now parenting has been added to the list. "How To Spread Sanity On A Cracker" is a great compilation of true mommy encounters that remind us that we're all human and, yes, it's OKAY. Between its honesty and recipes, it's a book that's both relatable AND delicious - very clever. Well done Ms. Hennessey!
~ Michelle Colston, "The Undiscovered Goddess"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Romance-ish Reader on May 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This little book is fun on a cracker! I intended to enjoy the chapters in short, yummy bites of time but ended up gorging on the whole thing at once. Oh well, I'm sure Jackie would understand. She seems like one of those kind of gals, based on her own stories and the ones she compiled from hilariously-honest moms around the country. If there's anything better than laughing and feeling a little better about yourself all at once, I don't know what it is. I want to give it to all my girlfriends with kids. And you'd better believe I'm trying those cheese dip recipes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Edelman on May 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker is essentially, a virtual venting session for moms. It combines cheesy recipes with funny parental anecdotes, sent in from mothers all across the country, including potty-training stories, grocery-shopping stories, tantrum stories, stories of parents who snapped in entertaining ways, etc.

The stories, at their best, are hysterically funny and deeply honest. I suspect anyone who's ever had kids will find something in this book that will strike a familiar chord, raise a rueful chuckle of agreement, or even make you want to write in to the author with a story or two of your own.

The book has the feel of a warm and homey gathering of women, all circled around the cheese dip, topping each other with, "No, wait, let me tell you what MY kid did just the other day," stories. Every parent needs that sort of thing now and again, and this book is a welcome stress-buster and mood-lifter.

The recipes could use a bit more variety - granted, the cheese theme is somewhat limiting, but about ¾ of them are simple variations on spreads and dips. This is not necessarily a bad thing, if you, like me, are particularly fond of cheese dip, but a few more diverse recipes would be appreciated, if and when the author puts out a sequel. One can do a lot with cheese. However, this is a minor quibble, and I can cheerfully recommend this book to any parent looking for a reason to smile and keep on going, along with a few interesting appetizer suggestions for that next venting session.

Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader
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