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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312371225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312371227
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love it!  The immediate comparison is to my favorite pregnancy book, The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy.  I think every mom sending her child to kindergarten needs to read this book before Labor Day." -Amie Adams, DC Metro Moms, Mamma Loves, and Kirtsy  xxx "I aspire to the life lessons here, especially how to fake it for the bake sale." -Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor of All Things D, Author
 
“Take it from a Yellow Trash Dad that The White Trash Mom Handbook is a book that you should read. Actually, you don’t have to read it. Just buy it. Michelle will be just as happy either way--as would I be.” Guy Kawasaki, Co-founder of Alltop as in Moms.alltop.com, Author of The Art of the Start, founder of Garage Ventures xxx “Filled with lots of funny anecdotes and practical advice on not letting the pretentious aspects of Modern Parenting get you down.” -Gabrielle Blair, New York Designer, writer of “Design Mom” and founder of online community KIRTSY.
 
"Michelle Lamar's refreshingly realistic take on motherhood never fails to amuse -- and inform. If only we were neighbors, we'd buy her a beer." -Jessica Morgan, creator of HeatherCocksGoFugYourself.com and author of The Fug Awards 
 
"Michelle totally strips the veneer off the ideal mom and tells you to knock it off already if you are spending time and energy trying to be perfect, or even good enough.” -Melinda Roberts, The Mommy Blog, Chief Blogger for MomBlog Network, Author 
 
 "Some clarification is due here: Michelle is being ironic when she uses the term White Trash as in ‘My house doesn't look like the pages of Martha Stewart's Living -- I guess we're White Trash.’ Or ‘We were in a hurry, so the kids had a drive-thru lunch today -- I guess I'm White Trash.’  If you are looking for decorating tips for your doublewide trailer, this book is not for you. But if you'd like some real advice on juggling motherhood and work, navigating the hierarchy of your kids' schools or how to deal with the PTA, you will enjoy Michelle's book.” -Donna Schwartz Mills, Blogger for Socal Mom and Momocrats  
 
"This handbook is a LIFESAVER.  Now I can Fake It For the Bake Sale and Blend IN at the PTA meetings.  Michelle Lamar's irreverent handbook is a must read for all mothers. It's a reminder that no mom is perfect and offers tips and tricks even the trashiest Mom can use to help navigate the mess of love that is parenthood. " -Erin Kotecki, Vest-Queen of Spain Blog, Huffington Post
 
 “Buy it for your sister-in-law who gives you the stink-eye every time you give your kid an unthawed eggo.  Buy it for the woman in your mommy-and-me group who makes you feel like crap for not making your 3 year old go to Violin/French/Juggling lessons and send another copy to the bitchy chick down the street.  The White Trash Mom Handbook is not about money or status or education. It's about giving yourself the freedom to be yourself, and that is a good thing indeed.” -Jenny Lawson, Houston Chronicle and The Bloggess
 
“Every mother out there who doesn’t have a full-time nanny, chef, chauffeur, agent, personal trainer and masseuse should read this book!  The White Trash Mom Handbook  is mommy self-help at its finest and funniest.” -Lash Fary, Celebrity Gift Guru and Author
 
 "Whether you need help faking a tray of “homemade” brownies for the bake sale, or coming up with outrageous lies to tell your children for their own good, the White Trash Mom Handbook is a veritable encyclopedia of common sense wisdom. In a world that seems to continually reward style over substance, The White Trash Mom Handbook is a modern-day 95 Theses nailed to the pre-school door.” -Christopher B. O’Hara, author of Great American Beer, Senior Vice President, Reviewed.com
 
"Blogebrity, the "velvet rope" of the blog world has deemed White Trash Mom worthy of our “B” list.  The book is funny, even if you're not a parent." -Kyle Bunch Blogebrity.com
 
"Out of all the parenting books available to moms these days, White Trash Mom stands out. More than just a fierce, strong and hilarious punch back at the competitive moms - called out as Muffia - Michelle's book serves as a guide for moms with children of all ages to band together and revel in our imperfections. Plus, it goes well with a nice Merlot." -Stephanie Wilder Taylor, author of Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay and Naptime is the New Happyhour

About the Author

MICHELLE LAMAR aka “The White Trash Mom” has 20 years experience in the advertising and public relations business. Her website, www.whitetrashmom.com averages more than 3,500 unique visitors per week and counting and her blog has over 25,000 readers per month. In addition, Michelle blogs on Disney’s Family.com and contributes to a very popular blog called “Celebitchy” that gets over 2.5 million readers a month. 


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It was a fast read.
Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT
It reminds us all the most important thing is to accept, embrace, and celebrate our imperfect parenting skills.
Practically Perfect Patti
If you want to let go, laugh, and get REAL parenting advice, buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny B on August 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, with really solid tips and trips written in a uniquely hilarious style. Don't be fooled by the title; the bulk of this book is extremely relevant to most parents (trashy, white, or otherwise) on how to keep your sanity and perspective in a society that tends towards extreme parenting. A must-read!
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Book Review: The White Trash Mom Handbook by: Michelle Lamar with Molly Wendland

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Book Review: The White Trash Mom Handbook

By: Michelle Lamar with Molly Wendland

Deneale K. Williams
As featured on the Yahoo Contributor Network and Associated Content when they were in existence and first published on: December 30, 2010

The White Trash Mom Handbook By: Michelle Lamar with Molly Wendland

I was at the book store the other day and checking out the clearance shelves for good book at a lower price and found this book for only a dollar. It caught my eye because I seen "white trash" on it. I looked at it, because I wanted to know what the Author considered "white trash." And since it was only a dollar, I decided I couldn't go wrong and bought it.

As soon as I brought the book home, I couldn't wait to read it. As a handbook for Mothers, I was sure it might be an even more interesting read!

In the beginning, the writer gives acknowledgements to darn near everyone in her life. People she applauds as "white trash," friends and family. She acknowledges everyone, and I am certain she managed to not leave out a soul! I was impressed to find someone who actually took out the time to acknowledge everyone, I always wondered if you could do that when you write a book. So this little introduction, impressed me.

Then comes her little preface to explain the purpose in her book. Ok, I am still interested and want to read, sort of.
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Taken with a sense of humor, The White Trash Mom Handbook is a refreshing respite to anyone who's ever battled with baking from scratch, or felt guilty for not signing up for the class trip, or taken to screening your calls, even though you are a stay-at-home mom and probably could have arranged [cough, cough] to be available.

In my opinion, their message is clear - it's okay NOT to be perfect. Just strive to be an exceptionally good example of being human.

But, then again, I am a Professional Dork!

Liz Thompson, Owner
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The White Trash Mom Handbook: Embrace Your Inner Trailerpark, Forget Perfection, Resist Assimilation into the PTA, Stay Sane, and Keep Your Sense of Humor
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OK -- get past the title and BUY THIS BOOK! It reminds us all the most important thing is to accept, embrace, and celebrate our imperfect parenting skills. We all know our kids best and God in his infinite wisdom and perfect sense of humor gave them to each of us to raise - to the best of our abilities. This book drives home the message again and again that our actions speak louder then words. Who wants little Susie to think that time spent with a trainer perfecting our backhand or at the mall searching for the latest designer handbag is more important then time spent volunteering and taking care of our families - while having fun and staying sane? Well done, ladies, well done!
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Don't let the "White Trash" bit fool you... This isn't really for trailer park moms--this book is for EVERY mom who (obviously) loves her kid/s but sometimes needs to take a shortcut to get through the mommy madness. Hello? That's all of us!!! There are so many great tips in this book that will make your life easier and happier that you won't even want to lend it out--you'll have to buy your friends their own copy. The chapter on which school volunteer activities to pick and why, alone, should make this book required reading for all parents (at least, the ones with a sense of humor). I love this author and can't wait for her next book! Still laughing...
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Even though I try not to let the competitive moms get to me, sometimes I feel like I'm failing to keep up with the 21st century version of being a mom. The White Trash Mom Handbook is the perfect volume that helps me keep things in perspective with a grain of salt and a sense of humor.

The book isn't about being "white trash" -- it's about taking the life of modern day motherhood in stride and staying focused, with humor, on how to keep from getting sucked into the power games at school and the inevitable comparisons we get about which mommies are the best mommies.

I love Michelle Lamar and I think you will too!
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Love this book. It was a fast read. That Michelle Lamar is one sharp cookie. She is on a crusade against perfection and leads us on a trail to follow. Who said motherhood has to be pretty and perfect? Ah ha, she gives real and honest advice about how to navigate your way through the school yard, but also makes you laugh by sharing her personal stories. This book will make you miss the days of opening your lunch box and seeing that foiled wrapped ding dong.

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