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Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom Paperback – April 6, 2011
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"A witty lexicon of marriage and motherhood."―Vogue
"van Ogtrop has created an entire lexicon for modern parenting to make the life of a working mother that much easier, not to mention funnier."―The Daily Beast
"A hysterical and touching handbook for frantic working moms."―Self magazine
"Frank and funny."―Entertainment Weekly
"Full of humor and insight of how to juggle a successful career and a growing family."―Danielle Dreger-Babbitt, Seattle Book Examiner
"This handy survival-primer will offer a laugh, some respite or both. There's something for every mom here."―Linda M. Castellitto, Bookpage
"van Ogtrop offers insightful advice with humor and warmth."―Marigne Dupuy, the Times-Picayune
"Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but pretty much dead on."―Tara Trower, "Mama Drama" columnist for The Austin American Statesman
"Full of hard-won wisdom and kick-ass wit, Just Let Me Lie Down perfectly captures the joys and frustrations of an entire exhausted demographic. I would like to add one more thing to van Ogtrop's mile-long To-Do list: Run for President."―Mary Roach, author of Bonk, Spook, and Stiff
"Just Let Me Lie Down is the very definition of a smart, funny, and useful book about parenting and work. If you can add one more item to your towering to-do list, it should be to read this book."―AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All
"Wise, warm, and well-adjusted, Kristin van Ogtrop untangles life's alphabet of chaos one letter at a time."―Ben Schott, author of Schott's Miscellany
"A wise and witty thesaurus of marriage and parenthood. The ideal girlfriend gift."―Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
"Wise, moving and hilarious--and refreshingly (ok, staggeringly) honest--Just Let Me Lie Down captures the choas, ambivalence, and dagger-through-my-heart love felt by just about every working mother."―Cathi Hanauer, editor of The Bitch in the House and author of Sweet Ruin
"A smart and hilarious primer for all those terminally over-committed moms who not only could use a laugh, but need one."―Steve Almond, author of Candy Freak and (Not That You Asked)
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"Conflict of interest: It's Sunday: you must take the dog to the park before 9:00 a.m. when he is allowed to be off the leash. Husband has soccer from 9:00 to 10:00; teenager has church confirmation class, also from 9:00 to 10:00. Teenager must be at soccer game one town over at 10:30. Middle child has church school from 10:00 to 11:00."
Add 8 more lines of this, and you have a sample entry. Is it "charming"? "Hilarious"? Well, the back cover says so, but I disagree.
If you look at the gushing reviews from other well-known authors, which is what got me hooked in the first place, you will see that someone mentions it would make a good gift. I should have read between the lines: this means it's gimicky. You can't dive into this book: it's just too shallow. Good for quick wading, but that's about it.
Kristin van Ogtrop is the editor at Real Simple Magazine and has been working since before her first child was born. Her writing is funny and easy to read. I got through the book in just a few days mostly while I was nursing my son or winding down before bed. Each chapter is arranged with a letter and alphabetical listings of terms for moms. Some examples are "accounting error" when you accidentally have one more child than you can handle, "boredom fantasy" when you remember back to when you were much younger and actually had enough free time to be bored, "ignore the tray" where you must act like a waiter and not look at all that is on your plate otherwise it will all tip- just keep you head up and keep going and you will be fine, and "that-sounds-like-fun-I'll-try it!" where you end up thinking you can do more than you can and end up in a situation that may be uncomfortable or just a pain like having your house renovated while you are still living in it.
Van Ogtrop is really funny, it is nice to read about other mothers who don't feel like they have it all together all the time. I really enjoyed the alphabetical nature of the book, it made it feel organized. Earlier this year I read a book called Mother Daze and this reminded me of that one. It was also written by a working mother who had three children and they both did a good job with relating to the reader and using humor. For all mothers and maybe even all women, there is such a balancing act going on in our lives with how much time to give to our jobs, our families and ourselves and it is so hard to achieve what feels just right for all of those areas and really, sometimes if we just managed to get a bit more sleep it would go smoother but it feels like there isn't enough time to get that rest since so much needs to be done and we just keep going around on this treadmill.
I requested this book for review from Hatchette Books
Her advice for better child care? Spend more money. I don't know too many people that can spend the kind of money that she does anyway, let alone spend more. She feels that her children were just fine with her gone most of the time - seeing each other on evenings and weekends. Then the tone became that everyone's kids should be fine. Sorry sweetie, a lot of kids *can't* handle it. Thank you for heaping guilt on the mothers that scrape to get by because they want to be with their kids.
When Real Simple first started, it was a magazine to live a "good" life within budget. Now when I pick it up, there are $450 rain coats that will be "so last season" in a few months. This book has the same cosmopolitan unrelatable feel.