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Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves Paperback – April 1, 2014
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Certainly, this book on motherhood won’t ring a bell for everyone (nor ring everyone’s bell, for that matter). This is a warts-and-all (and by warts, think enemas, “boob sweat” that smells like goat cheese coming from breasts called “Big Berthas,” and the like) tale from a nurse who wanted kids all her life and then had them. Seasoned mothers may not care to be reminded that breast-feeding sucks (no pun intended) or that kids are a difficult and often thankless job. Those who haven’t lept this particular fence might find useful information here, presented in a grimly determined jolly-despite-it-all tome with such chapters as “Awkward Naked Moments,” “Fire the Ho,” and “Boys Have a Penis.” (There’s news! Shouldn’t boys have penises?) O’Bryant has a husband covering the bills and often nearby relatives covering the slack, and so she focuses on getting her shape back, finding a bra that fits (her Big Berthas don’t quite match), and, of course, raising her daughters. If you’re looking for an in-your-face, chipper-mom tell-all, complete with baby talk (“DON’T ’PANK ME!! PWEASE, MOMMA”), Ketchup serves. --Eloise Kinney
“A cheeky, amusing motherhood memoir.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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She is a hilarious and brilliant writer but more importantly, she is an incredibly amazing MOM! Although, I cringed while reading some of the antics her three precious little girls delivered, one thing shined through more than anything and that was how much she loves being their mother. I believe that anyone who reads this will find themselves aspiring to be a better mom even in their most frustrating moments of doubt. We all wonder if we are doing this right, and sometimes just knowing that other mom's are feeling the same, makes it all okay! These stories made me laugh, they made me cry and in the end, my heart was so full of gratitude, as I was graciously reminded that being blessed with the job of motherhood is the greatest gift God gave me! Thank you, Robin!
-Carolyn Coppola, Author of "Minivans, Meltdowns and Merlot"
Very easy to read a few chapters at a time, when you have the time, then come back to it later. It's a collection of short stories and experiences the author has had as mom to three girls.
Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.
Vegetable at work. I am a part time receptionist at a car dealership.
I was laughing so hard the sales guys came to see what in the world I
I am so glad to know I am not weird or odd or most importantly the
only one smelling my kid like he's a bottle of white out. I now call
it kid huffing, thanks to you, but my husband still thinks it's weird.
My son is five and still runs in to me after his bath and says "hurry
Mom smell my head before Dad reads to me." He realizes it is something
I must do as I am in fact an addict.
I realize how fortunate I am to have only one hyper active little
boy, as the mayhem in my home is on a much smaller scale. I have one
child because I can not handle two, let alone 3. Forget 19!
Thank you again for the laughs, and for being someone more like me,
Big Bertha's and all. It warms my heart to read about someone I relate
I have just signed up to your blog after reading your book Ketchup is
a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves. I enjoyed your book
SO MUCH. As a first time mum of a beautiful 6 month old little boy I
found your book so refreshing. I told everyone at my mother's group
about it as I was just so thrilled to read that other people's
children also have a special torture routine for their mummies; it's
not just mine!
I had many laugh out loud moments and was even found to be reading
excerpts aloud to my own mummy each night.
Thank you for sharing your story. It was truly delightful and so
amusingly told! I look forward to keeping up with the exploits of the
O'Bryant family on the blog.