SOCIAL SCIENCES

Mama, Mama, Only Mama: An Irreverent Guide for the Newly Single Parent—from Divorce and Dating to Cooking and Crafting, All While Raising the Kids and Maintaining Your Own Sanity (Sort Of)

Skyhorse. May 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781510743564. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781510743571. CHILD REARING
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Blogger Lillibridge (Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home) shares her own experience of single parenting through the story of how she and her children (nicknamed Big Pants and Tiny Pants) coped after she left her troubled marriage. Whether dishing on the benefits of single motherhood ("If we choose to have a blow-up boat in the living room for a week, no one complains") or the struggles of applying for WIC (Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutritional program, which requires her to attend a monthly demo on how much milk her child should be consuming and embarrasses her at the supermarket), Lillibridge's amusing tone is conversational. As a bonus, she peppers recipes throughout, such as simplified cassata cake (benefit: her kids hate it so she doesn't have to share), Swedish meatballs (which her mother calls man bait), and instant oatmeal cookies (a treat for when you have nothing in your food cabinet).
VERDICT Laugh-out loud amusing and all-around entertaining for those who enjoy mom blogs.

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