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Mommywood Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 14, 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Mommywood was more concerned with her worries about being a good mother and trying to fit in in the suburbs, the latter with mixed results. I know that people feel she bashed her mother too much here, but -- if anything -- it seems less direct than in Stori Telling, and more an inevitable result of her own motherhood. Her relationship with her mother directly informs the type of mother she wants to be and not be, so it does come up a lot, but it seems valid. (Her mother, btw, yammers to the press about not seeing the grandkids when -- according to Tori -- her mother was the one who stopped the playdates with the oldest child, Liam.)
If there's one thing Tori cops to, it's being someone neurotic, always worried she won't be good enough, and terrified she'll screw up her own kids. That's what the stories are about, and perhaps the reason this book is less enjoyable to some is because they wanted more celeb goss and less of the stuff they live every day. I think the reason it was slightly less enjoyable to me is because I wish the author was able to overcome a few more of her fears. What was gratifying in both books is how she is built a family of friends who help her through, and I wish that this allowed her to better overcome what still comes across as self-esteem issues based on being in the public eye since childhood.
Ultimately, I enjoyed reading this book and wish the author all the best in raising her family.
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!