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Three Martini Playdate: An Essential Guide to Happy Parenting
Christie S. Mellor
0811840549
December 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Mellor, mother of "two darling little angels," tells parents it’s time take back their lives—and their right to have a few cocktails at a child’s midday birthday party. With chapters such as "Bedtime: Is Five-Thirty Too Early?" and "Screaming: Is It Necessary?," the author lays out a plan for parents to enjoy themselves and not be slaves to their children while still offering their kids a warm, nurturing environment. Mellor’s advice has a retro twang, and is always wry and often quite funny, standing in sharp contrast to the guidance normally found in books of its kind. The author urges readers to recruit children to pitch in with household chores ("Three years old is not too soon to start learning the fundamentals of decent vacuuming") and thinks excessively childproofing a home is...


Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember
John McCain
1400064120
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. As in last year's Why Courage Matters, McCain's latest volume uses biography as an illustration of virtue, but this time the senator broadens his palette significantly, telling 34 stories of heroes whose lives embody qualities ranging from honesty and loyalty to curiosity and enthusiasm. At the root of them all, he says, is a willingness to stay true to one's conscience against all challenges. Thus martyrs appear prominently, from Thomas More and Joan of Arc to Edith Cavell and Father Maximilian Kolbe, as do military heroes, including Pat Tillman, the pro football player whose love of country led him to enlist in the army shortly after 9/11. But the pantheon is inclusive enough to hold Aung San Suu Kyi and Gandhi alongside Churchill and Eisenhower. Although he is reaching out to a younger readership, McCain's...


Fatherhood
Bill Cosby
0425097722
May 1987
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this bestseller, the star of the top-rated TV series regales and comforts parents with refreshing, marvelously ludicrous tales about his life as the father of five. PW praised the appraoch, stating that "although Cosby mostly restates material that appears in many other books about family life, past and present, his is a winner." Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Here are two books by popular contemporary figures that deal with similar subject matter but take vastly different approaches. From a father's perspective and with his unique sense of humor, Cosby discusses the decision to have a child, the changes the child brings about, and the issues of discipline and independence. By making parents laugh at the pitfalls of parenthood, he...


Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
1416915060
March 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When Los Angeles comedian and television writer and producer Wilder-Taylor got pregnant, she feared undergoing this process: "a perfectly sane woman who swigs Jack Daniel's, never goes to sleep before eight a.m., and has had at least one STD gives birth and suddenly becomes a different person... [who] subscribes to three dozen parenting magazines, thinks a wild night is tossing back two O'Doul's, and never hits the hay after eight p.m." Of course, now that the author has a daughter, she's smitten; the child "grew on me every day, and by six months I was definitely her bitch." Hoping to be the voice of reason amid a cacophony of parenting advice (in the form of books, mothers-in-law and others), Wilder-Taylor dishes on sharing the parenting responsibilities with your husband ("I felt like saying, 'Didn't you get...


The New Dad's Survival Guide
Scott Mactavish
0316159956
Jan 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Mactavish presents a useful-though by no means comprehensive-guide for any dad-to-be who doesn't care about details and just wants to learn what's going to happen when his partner gives birth and how he should go about changing a diaper. The author is no doctor; he's "just a dude who's been through it twice," and his lingo-"BCF" means "be cool, fool" (borrowed from Mr. T.); "FPP" is your "female parenting partner"; an "NFU" is a "new family unit"-is appropriately casual. The book covers the most basic of parenting skills from birth through three months, with a few toddler tips thrown in. It's humorous (or insensitive, depending on one's point of view) in its approach. For example, on postpartum depression, Mactavish warns "PPD is a beaucoup serious condition that can have a devastating effect on the FPP."...


Worst-Case Scenario Handbook: Parenting
Joshua Piven (Editor)
0811841553
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Forget quicksand and shark attacks, child-rearing is the truly terrifying activity. A screaming baby on an airplane, no diapers (!), monsters hiding in the closet, a long family car trip, the first date - these are the high-risk adventures you need to survive. Fortunately, the authors of the phenomenally best-selling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series now keep parents safe, from cradle to teens. Hands-on, step-by-step instructions show you how to remove objects stuck in a child's nose or gum stuck in hair, and how to survive endless soccer games, slumber parties, and sleep deprivation. From baby-proofing the house to dealing with a dead pet, from the perils of the play-date to explaining about the birds and the bees, this essential guide tells parents what to really expect when your worst-case scenario is all...


Babies and Other Hazards of Sex
Dave Barry
0878575103
Jan 1984
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Book Description
In this classic crack-up of a book, Dave Barry gives his wacky perspective on sex, childbirth, parenting and other forms of slow, cruel torture.

In Babies and Other Hazards of Sex, Dave exposes natural childbirth for what it is: a pop phenomenon of the 1960s that, along with paisley bell-bottoms and creative sideburns, deserves a rest. He examines the new federal law requiring prospective fathers to free themselves from their self-made macho prisons--to laugh, cry, love and just generally behave like certified wimps.

Dave also reveals, for the first time in print, the secret chant for painless childbirth.

Then learn why no secret chant could possibly take a woman's mind off the fact that she is in such pain that she wants a gigantic comet to crash into the earth and kill her and her husband...


Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights from the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice
James Lileks
1400082285
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
From the author of The Gallery of Regrettable Food comes a horrifying-yet-hysterical book dedicated to the expert parenting advice from previous generations. Each glossy page includes vintage print ads and photos accompanied by James Lilek's mean comments. But then, what other response is possible, when faced with cough syrup advertisement with a happy child exclaiming, "A cough syrup good enough to eat with ice cream"!

General categories include "Clothing and Accessories" (including a pattern to make a headband that binds protruding ears to babies' heads), "Bowels" (featuring an ad with the text, "If he spanks me again, I'm going to run away from home"), and "The Good Old Days", which offers several detailed options for creating a home delivery center. In every chapter, Lilek's comments are the equivalent of...



Chicken Soup for the Single Parent's Soul: Stories of Hope, Healing and Humor
Jack Canfield
0757302416
February 2005
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Book Description
The Chicken Soup for Little Souls series (more than 400,000 copies sold) brought the magic of Chicken Soup to young readers with heartwarming stories of love, friendship, and kindness that parents could read to their young children. Now these classic books have been resized and rewritten into intermediate-level readers that kids 6 and up can read themselves. While the text has been shortened and simplified, it retains the enduring Chicken Soup message of sincere and heartfelt virtue. The new reader series starts with two books: In The Best Night Out With Dad, Danny can't wait to go to the circus with his dad. It's going to be the best night ever! But the night has a surprise ending when Danny meets Victor in the ticket line. In The Greatest Gift of All, Izzy finds out that her parents won't let her go to Pine...


Be Prepared
Gary Greenberg
0743251547
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Take your average guide for new mothers, chuck most of the stuff about breast feeding and ditch the deep background research and stats, then generously pepper with illustrations and burley humor and what do you have? Your average guide for new fathers. Be Prepared follows that template pretty closely, and that's really quite an acceptable thing. Yes, there's a bit too much emphasis here on broadly drawn manly stuff like changing a diaper at a ballgame, but there's also heaps of useful advice that's cleverly and efficiently presented for pops who, despite their best intentions, really aren't prepared to dig into encyclopedia-sized tomes. The basics (childproofing, bathing, feeding, entertaining) intermix with nifty sidebars (homemade bath toys, foods to never give your baby, exercises for dads) in easy-to-peruse chapters...


My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy
Ian Davis
0761521674
September 1999
Paperback
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Review
Finally—A Pregnancy Book That Won't Put Men to Sleep

Review
Finally?A Pregnancy Book That Won't Put Men to Sleep

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Babyhood
Paul Reiser
0380728729
Aug 1998
Large Print Paperback
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Book Review
Fans of television's Mad About You and its star, Paul Reiser, will be delighted with his second foray into the self-deprecating self-help genre. Couplehood, his first book, leads logically to this next phase--Babyhood. In a chatty voice Reiser takes us from the "Maybe someday we'll have kids" step into the deep-sea dive of commitment. Babyhood begins on an airplane, with Paul and wife blissfully unencumbered by children. They are seated across from the young parents (graying before his eyes) of a terrorizing 2-year-old and a screeching infant. This sobering reality manages magically to pale in a transcendent moment of the baby's bliss, uncomplicated by drool or colic, and the two decide: "Now." Well, more or less now. First they try to get pregnant, making expeditions to the bookstore to case out the...


The Guy's Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood
Michael Crider
0738210277
May 2005
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Boston Parents Paper 6/1/05
"Funny, true, and often times racy, Crider's book is refreshing...first-time dads will learn plenty."

Nashville City Paper 6/1/05
"This book will grab you and not let you go-a must read. The perfect gift for Father's Day."

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The Rebel Housewife Rules
Sherri Caldwell
1573249564
Sept 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
For all their cheeky rebellion, fun-loving housewives Caldwell and Todd succeed in imparting lots of practical advice in this slim little book. In six sections ("And Baby Makes Three," "Men, Sex & Other Fantasies," etc.), the saucy pair present a slew of housewife myths ("you can turn your frog into a prince"), shatter them with bold reality checks ("once a frog, always a frog"), declare rules ("buyer beware!") and then tack on a laundry list of quirky Rebel Rx to keep domestic life sane and happy. Seasoned wives and mothers probably won’t encounter anything new in the book—it focuses on familiar issues like surviving the in-laws, a tight budget and underappreciation. However, women new to the roles will find useful tips on how to cope with life after the honeymoon, the arrival of children and OPMs...


The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His EX-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace
Sally Bjornsen
0451214196
April 2005
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Book Description
A funny, honest, and empathetic resource for the novice stepmother, which includes advice on The kids: Adjusting to suspicion, resentment, and biological-parent loyalties; The ex-wife: Living calmly alongside her, whether she's a psycho or the perfect mother; The holidays: Accommodating old family traditions and developing new ones; The sex: Keeping love alive through the kids' bed-wetting and nightmares. Plus an invaluable list of resources, websites, publications, and organizations specifically for the new stepmother.

About the Author
Sally Bjornsen is an author and commercial photographer's agent. A full-fledged stepmother, wife, and collaborative co-mama, she lives happily in Seattle with her husband, their son, and her two stepsons.


You Can Childproof Your Home, But They'll Still Get in
Dave Meurer
0800787277
May 2005
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The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood: Wise and Witty Advice on Everything from Coping with Postpartum Mood Swings to Salvaging Your Sex Life to Fitting into That Favorite Pair of Jeans
Vicki Iovine
0399523308
January 1997
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Book Review
Just had a baby? Lie down, rest your weary womb, and muster up a rousing cheer! (Shh! Don't wake the baby!) Now, from the author of The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy, comes the book all new moms have been waiting for, whether they know it or not. Vicki Iovine talks turkey ... and stitches, and weight loss, and depression, and sex (trying it for the first time after labor and delivery? "Inebriate and Lubricate"). Vicki--yeah, I know I'm calling her by her first name but after reading this book you'll be on a first-name basis with her, too--is funny, informative, and utterly (udderly?) irreverent. New mothers have never had it so good.

From Library Journal
Iovine follows up her successful The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy (Pocket, 1995) with this breezy,...

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