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Sahm I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe Paperback – May 1, 2005
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"A quick read, and very amusing... If you tend to take life too seriously, it is a must read!" -- Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D author of The Gift of Motherhood, If Life is a Game, These are the Rules, Negaholics
"Christine illuminates the life lessons found in the seemingly simple acts of parenting in stories full of wit and wisdom." -- Kathy Nenneker, Editor, New Parent Magazine
"Christine lets us know that we're not alone in this almost impossible, yet absolutely rewarding, job we have taken on." -- Lissa Coffey, author of What's Your Dosha, Baby? Discover the Vedic Way for Compatibility in Life and Love
"Hohlbaum's second book touches at the very heart of family life, proving it doesn't matter where you live. " -- Heather McNamara, co-author of Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul
"S.A.H.M I Am is a must-read for those who seek to understand the meaning of life..." -- Jack Canfield, Co-creator, #1 New York Times best selling Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul®, Author, The Success Principles
"SAHM I Am offers support, guidance, laughter, and much-needed perspective on the whole experience." -- Christiane Northrup, MD
About the Author
From the University of Constance, Germany, Hohlbaum obtained her combined master's degree in International Relations, German and English Literature. She has appeared on numerous programs including NPR's The Parent's Journal with Bobbi Conner, Defining Women, ApPARENTly, Star-Style, WorldTalkRadio, WAHM Talk Radio, and the Mom Radio Network. She has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine, Pregnancy magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Parents and Woman's Day.
Top customer reviews
This made absolutely no sense to me, until I realized that this author *had* no language barrier to overcome. There may not have even been that much of a culture shock. Her husband has a German name, one of her children's grandmothers lives in Switzerland. I believe the author also majored in German in college and did graduate studies at a German university. She does not write about any issues her children faced with making friends, tackling German kindergarten, or learning to speak German. Reading between the lines, her children probably spoke German before they arrived.
This is all wonderful for the author, and I am glad that she has been able to integrate so well into German culture. But if her children are half-European native German speakers, if the children have family in Europe, if the author herself is fluent in German, if her husband is European, and if she has lived and studied in Europe before -- then it's not really the tales of a true expat family living in a Bavarian cow town, is it? Yes, she lives in a foreign country, but it is not foreign to her.
I agree that this book could have been set in anywhere in the USA, as there is very little discussion of the overseas aspect of her life with children. Its title is misleading.
Perhaps some of the other SAHMs in Germany that have posted should start a blog about what their experiences were like. It sounds like something I would like to read (and what I had hoped to read about in this book).
At the same time, Hohlbaum is honest about the challenges facing all work-at-home (or stay-at-home) mothers, no matter where they live. "Sadly, there is barely a day that goes by without my first having to deal with thirteen obstacles before I reach the keyboard," the author admits. Hohlbaum has crafted a fabulous career as an award-winning writer and marketing professional. I highly recommend her delightful book to every woman with similar dreams and goals, as well as to every parent who enjoys reading short pieces about motherhood.
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A foreword by Cynthia Brian of Chicken Soup fame lauds this book of essays by a woman who she says, "exalts the roles of housewife and mother to the level of CEO--Chief Excitement Officer."
Author Hohlbaum has a sense of the absurd, enough not only to survive, but to do it in style. Her stories are inspirational, funny, and short enough for a mother to read in the span of time her children will spend taking their naps. It is exciting that Hohlbaum is enjoying life with two pre-schoolers but I can't help but wonder if she would be doing so well if it weren't for that computer that connects her to the outside world and that her writing may be working as therapy in printer's ink. For all young parents who don't have those advantages, there is S.A.H.M. It is a book designed for maintaining sanity with a chortle or two.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's first novel, This is the Place, has won eight awards. Harkening, a collection of stories, has won three and her how-to book for authors, THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER: HOW TO DO WHAT YOUR PUBLISHER WON'T, is USA Book News' "Best Professional Book 2004." Learn more at: [...])