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Tales from the Crib [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Coburn
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Book Description

"Jennifer Coburn's Tales From the Crib is a deliciously fun, laugh-out-loud read about one woman's journey toward motherhood. You won't be able to put this book down until you arrive at the final, satisfying page."

- Emily Giffin, author of Something Blue

"I absolutely loved this book. Jennifer Coburn has written a smart, modern day tale that will have you laughing out loud through every delicious page."

- Karen Quinn, author of The Ivy Chronicles

Reading about Lucy Klein is like rooting for your funny best friend. An uplifting, highly amusing tale that will have readers laughing, crying, but most of all staying with this heroine because they want her to find her happily ever after."

- Adele Parks, author of Playing Away

Talk about bad timing!

When Lucy Klein gets her positive pregnancy results, she’s overjoyed. She and her husband Jack have been trying to get pregnant for years throughout their rocky marriage. But before she can tell him the big news, Jack has something he needs to announce – he wants a divorce!
Rather than split up, Lucy and Jack decide to live together as friends. This way, they can share expenses and parenting responsibilities. Co-parenting is a fine deal for Jack who is back in the dating scene by Lucy’s third trimester of pregnancy, but is a frustrating one for Lucy who has unfulfilled sexual fantasies about every man from restaurant delivery boys to puppeteers.

Meanwhile, Lucy’s mother is taking over her life. The grand dame of Planet Earth, Anjoli frequently visits her daughter to share her own brand of maternal wisdom.

As Anjoli leaves her Drama Queen bookstore to “help” Lucy with baby Adam, the new grandmother has an affair with baby’s pediatrician, hosts two weddings (including cousin Kimmy’s wedding to herself), and constantly frets about which kind of pie to serve guests. With a cast of family and friends from Lucy’s Jewish aunts to Junior League neighbor, Candace, Tales From the Crib is the story of how one baby can bring people together – so they can drive each other nuts!

Product Details

  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097SNQSY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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168 of 173 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a miss September 15, 2012
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This started out as a strong idea, Lucy finds out she is pregnant just as her husband announces he wants a divorce. They decide to open-marriage/co-parent and everyone wins...well, not so much Lucy.

While she battles a plethora of complications and illnesses her husband is off having a good time dating. After the baby is born and she is sleepless, in pain, and well, just plain new mom overwhelmed he is having a good time sleeping with his girlfriend in their house. This type of co parenting is better for the kid than divorce? Wow. I found the plot a stretch and really rolled my eyes at Lucy's "quickie" experience.

The whole breast feeding, sore nipple stuff was too much. Pages and pages of it, like this was the only stressful, hard, interesting part of dealing with this baby. I was ready for a chapter on colic just so I wouldn't have to hear anymore about her nipples.

The ending let me down. As hard as the rest of it had been for Lucy, if just seemed to resolve itself too easily. The humor I expected from reading the synopsis and other reviews was just not there. After the first couple of chapters the humor parts dwindled down to near nothing.

The supporting characters veered between heartwarming and fun---I'd rather have read a whole book on Rita and Bernice--all the way to shallow and bizarre, Anjoli and Kimmy ended up caricatures in the attempt to show how different Lucy was from them.

There were some formatting errors that were distracting and annoying. Words were broken up causing minor confusion and spacing was missing quite often in dialogue. This second problem was both more prevalent and more annoying as it made it harder to track who was talking.
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Puh-leese! April 4, 2014
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Please, what an unbelievable pile of crap. The whole family is selfish and incredibly self centered. There were a few places that were very funny, and new mothers especially would identify with the difficulties of child birth, breast feeding and the sleep deprivation of new motherhood. However, most of the main characters in this book could be poster children for "Bad-Choices-Are-Us." Lucy knows her marriage is going through a rough spot, but is unprepared when her husband asks for a divorce, on the same day she tells him she is pregnant. Fortunately, Jack has a solution. They will live together as "friends" and "co-parents" in the same house without getting a divorce, and they will have the freedom to live their own lives, that is, Jack can go get himself a girlfriend, which he promptly does. So why is he still alive? His wife is pregnant and he is out tomcatting around. After the baby is born, he actually brings his girlfriend TO THEIR HOUSE! Lucy is not really happy about it but pretends to be a sport about it. She even lets her douch bag husband and his "girlfriend" take her newborn baby on an outing for the day!

Lucy is not exempt from the bad choices club either. After the baby is born and her husband is flaunting his young girl friend in front of her, she decides she is feeling so deprived of sex that she goes out and picks up a virtual stranger and has sex with him in the car while it is going through the car wash. Seriously? You are breast feeding a two month old baby and you pick up someone who could very likely have diseases and have unprotected sex with him? What are you thinking? Amazingly enough, the sordid interlude leaves her feeling dirty and used. Duh.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny January 10, 2006
This is the story of Lucy Klein, a woman whose pregnancy goes wrong in every way imaginable. Her husband dumps her after her first trimester, yet wants to have a "platonic marriage". She develops Bell's palsy, which makes her face crooked. And she has to put up with the girlfriends her husband brings home (they have agreed that they can see other people).

Despite the depressing-sounding premise, this book often made me laugh out loud. Lucy is a spunky, zany character whose friends are equally outrageous. One of her friends is the producer of a TV show, Real Confessions, that airs Catholic confessions on Fox and enrages the Catholic church and almost everyone else.

This is one of those books that is more about madcap happenings and crazy humor than a conventional plot. The plot arc between Lucy and her husband is ultimately less interesting than all the unusual events that take place in Lucy's life. However, the book has plenty to keep you interested, even if Lucy and her husband's relationship is not foremost among them. If you want a laugh, read this book. I think Jennifer Coburn's books just keep getting better, and this is no exception.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 23, 2013
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It was supposed to be "laugh out loud funny". Ummm...No! It was somewhat amusing but even that was spoiled by the constant use of the "F" word. Don't t waste your time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A tale best left untold December 19, 2013
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I was ready to enjoy the book and started reading. I realized the husband really should have been shown the door, the wife showed
a strange idea of living with with your husband when he and his girlfriend had fun in the bedroom and the poor baby was almost an afterthought. I felt a lack of genuine emotion from anyone in the book and felt they all should have been shown the door. I have read books like this before and there was emotion and sadness and a coming together again with true love a commitment. Not my cup of coffee. I expect more depth and character development. It seem as if this a book of one dimension all the way around.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
It's a pretty good story. Has laugh out loud moments and kept me wanting to read even when I could barely hold my eyes open.
Published 1 day ago by Amber M. Carrothers
3.0 out of 5 stars "Cute" book
This is a "cute" book. Anyone who has given birth will identify with her struggles.
Published 1 day ago by Edwina M. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed a different perspective
The author is very frank in her writing. A refreshingly truthful way to look at a new mothers difficult road through the first year. I enjoyed a different perspective.
Published 2 days ago by Jana Votava
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Ordinary Soccer Mom
Interesting and unusual characters and a unique story told with a sense of humor.
Published 3 days ago by Peggy Stuart
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for a few laughs.
This was an ok book. There were a few good laughs in there, and moments that made you chuckle. But, it was kinda soft, the ending especially. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Shri
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
very good story that shows good ending can come from a bad start elsie
Published 12 days ago by elsie whitton
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and fun read
I enjoyed this book, it was a good read, it made me laugh at various times, I would come home to the book and read until I would be rudely interrupted and forced to stop, it wad... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Arcelia Duenas
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous reality
The book got off with a slow start but turned into an I can't put this book down story. Stayed up way to late reading this humorous book mixed with reality. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars I got bored with it and I tend to get very involved ...
The story started out with promise but it sort of droned on from there. Some of the characters were too melodramatic for my taste and I found the story evolved to become very... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jolly
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fun, fun!
Tales from the Crib had me smiling all the way through. The characters were interesting and Lucy is a riot. This is not your typical chick lit romance or story about motherhood. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Lauriebeth
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More About the Author

Jennifer Coburn is an award-winning journalist who has written for magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Jennifer, a native New Yorker and a graduate of the University of Michigan, has six published novels and is a contributing author to four anthologies. We'll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.

She currently lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie.

Jennifer can be reached directly at or at

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