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From Publishers Weekly
From the opening ultrasound scene, in which Spelling frets that her unborn son's nose is too big, through her two bouts coping with baby weight and numerous shopping sprees, the memoir focuses heavily on appearances. What rescues the book from complete narcissism are Spelling's sense of humor—which is truly fun and alive to irony—and her obvious love for her small children. Listeners will respond to her desire to create a real life for them, even as they raise eyebrows at her decision to have their childhoods broadcast on reality television. Spelling narrates with a chatty Valley Girl style and loads of inflection and drama—whether or not the circumstances warrant it. (A scene about showing up with the wrong Halloween costume at a party is delivered with the same agitation as one in which her baby loses consciousness from a seizure.) A Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover. (May)
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About the Author
Tori Spelling is an actress whose career spans theater, television, and film. She's received critical praise for her work in such independent films as Trick and The House of Yes. She both starred in and executive produced the comedy series So NoTORIous on VH1 and the popular reality series Tori & Dean: Inn Love on Oxygen. She lives with her husband, Dean McDermott, son, Liam, and daughter, Stella, in Los Angeles.
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My problem with this book is that she's really struggling with her own mother and her issues. While part of me wants to scream "just stop talking to her and go on with your life!", I do understand that she just wants her mother to love her and be a normal mother. For that, my heart breaks for her as I do understand some of what she's going through (not my own mother, she rocks!). I want to hug her and tell her my own story and how freeing it can be to let someone toxic in your life go... I feel so bad for her in that respect.
But she seems like she's making as normal of a life as she can given who she is and what her life is like. I loved hearing about her trying to be normal in suburbia. Oh, she has some big ideas about what life should be like, the big parties and stuff are a little over the top, but ya know, sometimes a big party is just fine - as long as you realize that sometimes it's not going to happen like you think it will. She does seem to realize this too, her kid didn't want a cake for his birthday, that's just fine, he can eat the decorative bananas in the trees instead - who needs a cake-smeared-on-his-face pic for the baby book? It will be just fine.
It's interesting because while I don't consider myself a fan of hers, I didn't watch her shows or anything like that, I am a fan of her writing, the honesty and the silliness alike. I like that she's not afraid to point out her flaws, things she's learned the hard way, and things she does right. Give it a read.
What I love the most about Tori's books are that they're so honest and funny. Tori always tells it like it is, and is very open about every aspect of her life, from pregnancy to sex to personal insecurities. She's also laugh-out loud hilarious...the Stella "PUTP" incident made me laugh so hard, I was almost in tears. If Tori and I ever meet one day, I have a feeling we'll be fast friends.
The one thing that I didn't like about this book was that Tori did seem to take a bunch of unnecessary shots at the people in her life who have wronged her in some way, from her mother to Luke Perry to her husband's ex-wife, and even to some extent her young stepson. I don't blame Tori for feeling the need to vent about those relationships, but I think her comments will probably end up doing her more harm than good. In her future books, she should probably just try to avoid certain subjects that could potentially showcase her in a bad light.
Overall, though, "Mommywood" was a fun and enjoyable read. I hope Tori has another memoir in the works!
I did not read sTORI Telling, but when her Mommywood book came out I was intrigued. I love watching Tori be a mom on her reality show and was curious what her book would be like. The book is extrememly entertaining and a fun read! Tori is funny and witty. Throughout the book Tori gives you an inside view to who she is deep down. She is a mom like most moms out there, who loves her kids to pieces and it clearly comes across in the book. While I was reading her book, I felt like I just hanging out having coffee with a good friend. You know, where you just sit with your friend and trade crazy stories about the things your kids have done. By the time you finish reading the book you feel reassured that this stuff happens to other moms too, even moms in Mommywood. I am still laughing at the poop in the swim diaper and the PUTP stories!
In "Mommywood" Tori Spelling picks up where her last book left off writing, quite simply, about the day to day goings on of her life. She uses a lot of humor while showing a normal 'human' side of herself outside of that of a celebrity, one that is very relatable. Using compassion and humor she writes about her life as a mother in Hollywood, being a wife, her work, being a celebrity and at the core of the book she describes how she attempted to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in a suburban neighborhood. Of course, threaded throughout are remarks and comments about her mother.
While I did enjoy this book, I did not find it as compelling as her first book. I think this is simply because in "sTori Telling" there were so many fantastic stories of lavishness and excess that were absent in this one.
This book had me laughing and going WOW im glad i had two boys and didn't have to deal with "poop up the puss"!! i am so happy to just have some balls to wipe around!