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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Jupiter Press (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936214962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936214969
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lela Davidson has built a multi-media career on everyday humor and candid observations. She is an award-winning author and essayist (Blacklisted from the PTA, 2011, Who Peed on My Yoga Mat?, 2012), a freelance journalist and commentator for NBC News/TODAY Moms, and a regular contributor to iVillage and Huffington Post. Lela entertains and inspires audiences in print, web, video, and television and speaks on motherhood, marriage, media, marketing, and the challenges of being over-40 in a Botox world.

Lela's humorous, inspirational essays are featured in family and parenting magazines throughout North America, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms and her book marketing advice has been featured in Writer's Digest.

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The book is a quick and easy read.
John Chancellor
So loud that my husband made me read him the chapter that is was laughing about.
Deborah Glickman
Another wonderful collection of funny essays by Lela Davidson.
Simply Gabriela

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Diehl on February 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I think this collection of blog posts/essays is one you're either going to love or hate. I have to admit, I struggled with this book, and in trying to write a fair review, because I have hot buttons, and this collection pressed them. Hard. Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Most of the writing is clever, witty, even brilliant in places. Some samples: "the scent of Newborn Ass lingered in the air," "Santa was long ago replaced by a kid in a blue Best Buy polo," and in a section about the kids' tape obsession, that they would be having a: "double wedding with Scotch and masking. Duct will be the maid of honor."

But to me, quoting the author and a story connecting Hooters and youth ice hockey, "there was tone." I had difficulty emotionally connecting to someone whose biggest worry seemed to be arranging carpool for cotillion class, or her husband's separation anxiety when their brilliant teenage son went away to an expensive engineering camp. For someone like me who spent her motherhood years replacing bald tires on the car two at a time (when I had a car that ran), this felt like #FirstWorldProblems at best. There seemed to be much price dropping: how trendy and fashionable the first condo was, how great the first house was, the drama of spending $83 for a steak at a fancy restaurant, bewailing writing checks for said engineering camp...

YMMV (your mileage may vary). My struggle with the material may be due to my personal hangups and jealousy/reverse snobbery. Ms. Davidson does know how to write well on a technical level; there are many funny bits; each essay flows and makes sense. So I encourage you to read this book for yourself and make up your own mind as to whether you like it, or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By StephMc on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
In all seriousness (sort of), this book is a ton of fun to read. In fact, I read the whole thing in one night because I just couldn't put it down.

Great job, Lela Davidson!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Leonard on March 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. I wanted to, but never really did. It's an odd thing, to almost like a book and frustrating too. I kept reading, wanting to connect, to laugh out loud, but I just never quite got there. I think the first issue for me is that the essays in the book read more like blog posts which I suspect would be a far more forgiving medium.

My other impression was that Davidson was playing it safe. For me, so many of her stories were on the verge of being very funny, but I had the sense that she was holding back. There were times when I longed to sit down with her and a couple of bottles of wine and say "ok, now tell me what you really thought!" My favourite chapters were those where a more biting sense of humour started to peak through - for example I really liked her tales of travelling in Spain, or where Davidson talks about meeting one of her reader's and goes on to describe the way in which that experience influenced her views on her own writing, and her sense of self as a writer. In both cases I felt a much closer connection to the writing.

I've had Lela's first book Blacklisted from the PTA on my Amazon wishlist for a while and I wonder whether I should have started there or perhaps even on her blog, which I have only recently discovered and which I really enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers on February 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I don't know how many times I actually laughed out loud while reading this book (lots, by the looks my partner was giving me while he was trying to do work) but I remember thinking, "If I'm going to include quotes for my review, I don't know which ones to choose!" Would it be the letter at the beginning explaining to the PTA why she shouldn't be expected to volunteer for anything involving other people's kids ("Kids never believe my 'I'll smack you in the face' threats until it's too late. No one wants that lawsuit.")? Would it be the horror she experienced when her nearly-teen daughter started listening to awful music (Enya! Her father gave her his old Enya CDs!)? Or would it be the time when she was irritated with her shaggy-haired and goateed husband after a long trip only to discover that the flight attendant was taken with him, and she realized she should see him as others do ("a handsome goat")? Too many to decide really.

I loved this book. I figured from the title that it would be funny--and it was--but I was also surprised by how sincere and even poignant it was at times. Lela Davidson writes honestly. She's just a lot funnier when she's being honest than most people are.

And she doesn't shy away from sharing experiences that might not be universal. Not everyone can relate to "gated private public schools" and sending their kids to cotillion (a cotillion? the cotillion? cotillion classes? I don't even quite know how to write it...the thing with dancing and fancy gloves...I think) but most moms can relate to her scrimping on groceries and "not buying name brand cereal." (Actually, now that I think about it, I do buy name brand cereal and I could never afford private school tuition...maybe there's a correlation? Note to self: No more fancy cereals!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Jacobson on January 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Few writers understand the rigors of suburban motherhood better than Lela Davidson. She's the type of girlfriend we all wish we had, always ready with a cocktail and a true story funny enough to make you spit out said cocktail. Fortunately for those of us not lucky enough to live in her zip code, she's written those stories down for moms everywhere to enjoy. Who Peed on My Yoga Mat is a hilarious, well-crafted, honest read penned by a talented writer who knows her craft--well worth a busy mom's time.
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