How Not To Calm a Child on a Plane: And Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source

Da Capo: Perseus. May 2014. 224p. ISBN 9780738217345. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738217352. CHILD REARING
Stein works the comedy circuit from such venues as Comedy Central, VH-1, and even the Disney Channel. While the author might proclaim herself as a "questionable source" when it comes to parenting, her credentials in chuckles are undisputed. The offering itself is nothing new (brief, humorous essays on the trials and tribulations of parenting), but Stein has such a delightfully immature sense of humor ("…about my perfect motherhood…I feel so happy I could puke a friggin' rainbow") that the reader feels compelled to continue reading in anticipation of what she might possibly say next.
VERDICT From birthing classes ("We persevered…we were about to be parents, it was important that we rise above our juvenile tendencies") to labor itself ("I am going to tear the linoleum off the delivery-room floor and eat it") Stein gives a laugh-out-loud presentation sure to be a hit with the no-punches crowd.
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