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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Jackie Hennessey (February 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985031808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985031800
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 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: #2,906,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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This book is so much fun to read and would make a wonderful Mother's Day Gift!
Lisa W.
I had the opportunity to meet Jackie Hennessey, who also lives in Southeastern New England and she created a wonderful little bit of sunshine for the mom world!
Ei
This book would make a great gift for any mom of young children... especially if given from one of her girlfriends!
L. Verni

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrsmay on March 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
It is wonderful that jackie is able to distance herself from her position in a way that allows her the creativity and humor necessary to pen this book. A wonderful gift idea for any mothers of small children, and grandmothers too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love to Read on September 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
For all Moms everywhere! This book is the perfect way to laugh, smile, nod your head and make sense of the sometimes insane world of motherhood. The color version is lovely and so are the recipes! Author Jackie Hennessy won an indie publishing award for this hilarious and tummy delighting book -- when you read it you will want to give her the award of being your new Mom BFF! Cheers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon K. Couto on August 29, 2013
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How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker made me laugh out loud at the universal, hilarious truths of motherhood... and I'm speaking from a Grandma's perspective. You never lose the memories of "those days" and Jackie Hennessey brings it all back in the form of laughter, oh-my-I-SO-remember-that - with cheese. A perfect gift for new Moms, seasoned Moms and yes, Grandmas. Highly, hilariously recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Martinka on August 28, 2013
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This book is more of a guide to laughter. It will remind you of all the things you've made it through in life, as well as the good times yet to come. The hilarity is topped off with cheese and wine... does it get better than that? Jackie writes to every woman out there, and is sure to please you with this perfect "long-weekend" read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Govednik on August 28, 2013
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I'm not a mom yet myself (baby is on the way!), but I am very close to my 10 nieces and nephews. I know that motherhood is joyous, trying, exhilarating, exhausting, and everything in between! The "mommy whines" in the book are funny and relatable, and I love the idea of pairing them with cheese recipes! This book makes a great gift - I love it!
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy DeLuca 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 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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