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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2nd prt. edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374133182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374133184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ian Frazier is funny and clever and a wonderful distraction . . . With the Cursing Mommy, Frazier . . . has created a comic-strip heroine for the chattering classes, a creature both endearing and diabolical, especially when disaster looms . . . But here’s the great thing about the Cursing Mommy, which perhaps accounts for her popularity—she’s a caricature, but she isn’t a joke. Thanks to Frazier’s generous and gentle spirit, she isn’t some suburban hot mess, though she is suburban and hot, and surely some kind of a mess. But she’s also eternally optimistic.” —Judith Newman, The New York Times Book Review

“Ian Frazier is not a mommy, and as his best friend I can swear that he is not a curser in any way, yet this book, The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days, is the funniest book I have ever read on the subject of moms and the crazy bliss that makes up their life. Being and Nothingness? Read this instead, for it is even funnier than Frazier’s other book: African-American Women Writers in the Diaspora: A Reconsideration of Morrison, Walker, Dove, and Frazier.” —Jamaica Kincaid

“[The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days] is not only very funny but may actually remind you of the occasional frustrations of your own everyday life. Sit down on the floor with a big scotch and read it.” —Joe Peschel, The Boston Globe

"Ian Frazier is not a mommy, and as his best friend I can swear that he is not a curser in any way, yet this book, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, is the funniest book I have ever read on the subject of moms and the crazy bliss that makes up their life. Being and Nothingness? Read this instead, for it is even funnier than Frazier's other book: African-American Women Writers in the Diaspora: A Reconsideration of Morrison, Walker, Dove, and Frazier." (Jamaica Kincaid)

About the Author

Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish’s Eye, On the Rez, Family, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Coyote v. Acme, Dating Your Mom, and Lamentations of the Father, all published by FSG. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

Customer Reviews

This is one of the funniest books I have ever read.
Gretchen
The book is written in a diary like format and starts out funny but after a few chapters I found the book extremely repetitive in its writing style.
Regina Niesen
This book made me laugh out loud as the mom melts down into cursing as the day goes on.
Ann Osgood

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Thomas on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An unbelievably funny book, possibly the funniest I've ever read. I listened to an excerpt on YouTube read by the wonderful Cynthia Nixon and simply had to get it. The book is a diary of one year in the life of "The Cursing Mommy," a housewife living with her two boys and husband, Larry, who offers tips to her readers on a myriad of tasks, from "The Cursing Mommy's No-Fuss Party Planner" to "Conquering Clothes-Closet Chaos." In every instance something goes terribly wrong and she ends up cursing a hilarious blue streak. She also has to deal with issues like Larry's "Client/Boss" constantly texting come-ons to her; the book club friend who runs off with her favorite poet / philosopher / lifecoach / armchair guru, M. Foler Tuohy; and the group of religious fanatics, the "Hendersonites," who end up running her sons' school. The brilliance of Frazier is how he makes it all work so perfectly page after page after page. And while the constant flow of curse words may bother a few "politically correct" readers, most will appreciate the sheer silliness and giddiness of it all and let themselves revel in the creative genius at work here.

There is a very good reason Ian Frazier is the only writer to ever win two Thurber Prizes, the country's premier award for humor writing. It's because he's the funniest writer alive. Period. Whatever you do, don't miss this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Wesley on October 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
OK, first of all, if you're offended by foul language, then this is obviously not the book for you. "The Cursing Mommy" is not a cute moniker - it is an apt description of the central figure in this hysterically funny novel.

I couldn't put this book down. Once I started it, I had to see what shenanigans TCM would get herself into next. I have never called a book "a real page turner" in my life - but this one definitely is. The situations are so outlandish, so utterly bizarre, and TCM's hatred of the Bush administration so pervasive that it is just impossible to put this book down until you've read the last page.

This is not your typical American nuclear family, despite the 2 kids (1 heavily medicated to suppress his antisocial tendencies), the cats & the occasional prairie dog infestation. TCM's checked-out husband (Larry) is hobbled with a difficult work situation and obsessed with a bizarre hobby, leaving TCM alone much of the time - and all too often lying on the ground, staring up at the sky. It's in these moments, as well as in the parking lot of her oldest son's therapist, that TCM can wax philosophic and it's in these moments this book really shines.

TCM has a short temper and most assuredly an inappropriate response to events gone awry, but she is perhaps the most put-together parent, philosophically speaking, in fiction. Buy for the humor, re-read for the insights.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank@nashville on October 18, 2012
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The thoughts expressed by The Cursing Mommy just catch me and elicit a laugh-out-loud reaction before I even think about where I am when reading. The combination of rage at the most common, everyday minor occurences with the creative cursing and dragging in of the entire Bush administration (except for Condi Rice of course) is nothing short of hilarious - this is a most entertaining read. Plus having it on my Kindle Fire just makes it that much better! I highly recommend this book for the adult that is open minded enough to appreciate the humor.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Closer on October 4, 2012
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"Cursing Mommy" is funny in bits, though it ultimately is just a compendium of bits. The shtick is reasonably funny--Cursing Mommy has yet another Lucy Ricardo-style "great idea", something goes wrong, and wild cursing ensues. Frazier delivers the setup and payoff in an entertaining way, but ultimately it is the same schtick over and over again. The book reads like a grown-up version of the "Secret Diary of Adrian Mole", but "Mole" has a some actual substance to sink your teeth into as the diary progresses; there is depth beneath the surface. "Cursing Mommy" remains pretty superficial by comparison. Still, it IS funny, and worthy of 3-4 stars as something to read in amusing little bits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Summerroll on April 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
That people would describe this book as the "funniest book ever read" or "hysterical" is unfathomable to me. The idea of a satiric blog from a frazzled suburban woman is rich for mining, but this book, while occasionally amusing, is not that blog. The book describes, in superficial detail, an inept, though good-hearted mom's attempts to recreate a normal suburban life, with advice on closet cleaning and cooking that inevitable ends with the mommy snarled in wires, lying in filth, repeating the same prosaic curses. If it is a cursing person's book of days, shouldn't there be advice on how to curse, and curse creatively? How about a book about real cursable existential angst, like why we waste our best years on fluff? How about instructions on tailoring specific curses to things that deserve cursing---in this book, the Reagan and Bush administrations, for instance, don't get any more scathing, or funny, or imaginative curses than the blocked toilet or the disrupted flower bed.

No doubt Iain Frazier is a funny man (I admire his New Yorker pieces very much) and a fine writer. But he is out of his element here. Women---suburban American women--- are not like this. What I mean is, they are not as two-dimensional as this, and to think that a book of domestic disasters invoking bland cursing, written from a perspective which seems to be contemptuous of them, would please them, is a bit self-congratulatory. My criticism that the book is patronizing is not, I don't think, because I don't understand the satire. I know it's joking. But it seems to be the nudge nudge wink wink joking of people who find ADHD and bullying to be remote problems of the flyover hinterlands, too plebian for their concern, the fake diagnoses of hysterical people.
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Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish's Eye, On the Rez, and Family, as well as Coyote v. Acme and Dating Your Mom, all published by FSG. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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