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A light touch and quick wit,
This review is from: Exploiting My Baby: Because It's Exploiting Me (Kindle Edition)I first became familiar with Teresa Strasser on the home improvement show "While You Were Out" where she was a host for a season- sandwiched between the other two hosts who were a spunky little blond chirpette and a high energy "lets go!" guy, Teresa was a rare tv commodity, a host making sly, clever remarks that were neither mean, scatological or the single entendre type that most "funny" women on tv get by on.
She left the show and I saw her once more on a pop news show ridiculously tarted up, and then she disappeared off the airwaves for good as far as I knew. A ridiculous summary of tv if there was no place for an attractive, empathic and genuinely funny girl between the vapid like Brook Burke and a snarling Rosie.
When she left WYWO I googled her blog and read on her blog that the reason she left was that she left she'd never have a relationship if she stayed on the road. This book I guess is the culmination of that journey.
Most importantly lets state right off that Teresa can write. This is actual writing. This isnt a book that has been thrown together from disconnected snippets scrawled on an "ideas" pad over the course of a year and then dumped into a word processor. If you are familiar with Whoopie Goldberg's books, or Joy Behar or Greg Fitzsimmons you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that for once someone didnt try to pick up a quick pay day by jotting down their "takes" and "bits" on issues, nominally chapterizing them and calling it a book. The sentences actually flow. There is care taken in word choice and there are themes developed. Teresa's writing is full of surprising delights, such as a sentence on the age of her ovaries that ends by comparing them to Miss Havisham wedding cake.
The early quote "I second-guess everything, including writing about second guessing now" tells you about everything you need know about the author's voice in this book. We march through chapters on her worrying about not be able to get pregnant before event trying, about phantom illness and conditions, stretch marks, episiomoties, not loving her baby, breast feeding, clothing, cribs etc.
Frankly some of this stuff is a bit too intense to be a good read for a man. It probably never occurred to us to worry about problems we dont have and some of the subjects are TMI.
However, apparently many women will find resonances with Teresa's concerns. Strasser herself even picked through the motherhood books by Nancy O'Dell and Jenny McCarthy for wisdom and guidance so there is a readership hungry for this sifting.
I rate this a four star book- the subject matter will limit its appeal but I look forward to more books from Strasser. She has a great light comedic touch like Jerome K. Jerome and it will be interesting and pleasurable to read her future work. If tv couldnt use her, the world of books certainly can.