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Please Don't Eat the Daisies (Fawcett Crest) Mass Market Paperback – July 12, 1979

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Jean Kerr, author, playwright, and wife of theater critic Walter Kerr, has invited all of us to join her in the madcap life she describes as a (real life) suburban working mother of four boys. Although dated, these 1957 vignettes into the Kerr household, read here with ease by Marni Webb, suggest that without a heavy dose of humor, any Mom is liable to end up on a psychiatrist's couch at $25 an hour. For example, if you don't remember to tell your child what not to do (usually something completely unimaginable and totally outrageous), there she will be, doing it, having conceived the impossible and actualizing it herself. Recommended for libraries with older audio listeners who want to recall the nostalgic 1950s.AKristin M. Jacobi, Eastern Connecticut State Univ., Willimantic
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"This timeless audiobook, originally published in 1957, sounds as fresh as a daisy...These tapes sound like two hours of stand-up comedy. Webb delivers it in a deadpan manner with appropriate pauses for laughter. Her tone conveys the frustration and hilarity of being a young mother trying to survive in a rough environment." -- AudioFile, June/July 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett (July 12, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449240991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449240991
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
well, maybe my title is going a bit too far, but this book has long been one of my favorites. it is not a well known book, despite having had a tv show and movie based on it. i think it is sad, since this collection of stories deserves to be known by all. it is not deep reading, by any means, as the title most assuredly reveals, but it is fun reading, reading that will take your mind off things. the stories in this book are a collection of jean kerr's various magazine articles reflecting on her life, her family, and the always amusing events that surround her. this book may have been written in the fifties, but most of the things she discusses still occur today in everyday life. i recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a lighthearted laugh and a good read. you won't be sorry you took a trip into the garden. (gosh that was a bad pun!)
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Format: Hardcover
An hilarious collection of essays by Jean Kerr , playwright, wife and mother. Very funny and unsentimental accounts of family life, full of wonderfully quotable lines. For instance, when she speaks of looking for a larger house "I wanted a house that would have four bedrooms for the boys, all of them located some distance from the living-room - say in the next country somewhere". Her comments on theatrical life are as funny as her comments on family life, as when she observes that the failure of a play, according to the producer, is always to be blamed on "that first-night audience". She understands children better than any child psychologist, as when she observes that you should never say to children "Are you trying to drive your poor moomy smack out of her mind?" Of course they are, but do you think they'll admit it?" A funny, funny book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sadly, this book is out of print and even more sadly, a lot of people have talked themselves out of reading it because they assume it is nothing more than Jean Kerr's sunny suburbia with kids, sheepdog and a long-distance commuter, theater critic Walter Kerr. The 1960 movie with Doris Day and David Niven was that way, as was the mid-1960s sitcom on NBC starring Pat Crowley . . .

BUT there is much, much more! To get off the ranch and create this book, Jean Kerr let her redoubtable comic genius roam into all kinds of spaces, and recall that she had not only upper-middle-class suburbia but America's biggest urban area to draw upon. Kerr's ingenuity in thinking of topics is legendary. My very favorite is her tone-perfect send- up of Francois Sagan's 1955 bestselling weepie, BONJOUR TRISTESSE (which was published only a couple of years before Kerr satirized it).

And that leads to the only serious problem with this book, though it isn't Kerr's or the book's fault: it's fifty-some years old. Herein are lots and lots of references to New York restaurants, night clubs, and theaters (and their plays) that have long since vanished. Nonetheless, if you like spot-on written humor of multiple varieties, overlook the arcana and don't get too mad at the pre-feminist kids-house-yard-dog assumptions that sometimes exist (cheerily but dubiously), Kerr's smash hit could be your meat. Sadly, I am allergic to most old pulpy paper but I was able to snag a hardbound version at a reasonable price. Amazon makes it possible to do just that. The quality of the humor is "classic" enough IMHO for me to rate PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES five stars. ***** Enjoy!
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I came to this book by way of the film. The book is a delightful set of essays about raising kids (boys), buying a home and working (writing). The book stands the test of time well, continuing to be funny and relevant. The book's only problem is that it is too short!
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