Blacklisted From the PTA Celebrates Its First Birthday with a Giveaway!
July 26, 2012 in Book Club Possibility, Davidson Lela, Elementary Educators, Helping Girls and Women Around the World, High School Teachers Tags: Book Club Possibility, Book Giveaway Contest, Parenting, Parenting tips, Parenting young adults
I am very excited to be a part of Blacklisted from the PTA‘s birthday party! I first met the author, Lela Davidson, at the Missouri Writers’ Guild conference in St. Louis in April. She’s a riot, and I liked her immediately! When I read the title of her book and saw the subject matter was not your typical parenting book, then I knew I had to have it.
I read it and laughed and smiled all the way through. You see, I, myself, am not a typical parent–I’m not that into crafts (I do like to scrap book, though), I don’t bake, and I don’t like to cook. Sometimes, I let my toddler eat meals in front of the TV, watching Family Feud or Big Bang Theory, and I take her everywhere with me, including to Weight Watchers and writing conferences and critique groups. As a matter of fact, she is lying here beside me in the bed sleeping while I write this blog post because she woke up from her nap when I took a shower, screamed her head off, and when I laid down with her to calm her down, she fell back asleep. So, I grabbed my computer and started blogging. . .
Anyway, back to Lela, you will love this book. You will want to buy two copies and give one to a friend. You COULD win one if you leave a comment for Lela and me below (she is giving out e-books OR hard copies). You can tell us WHY you are the type of parent who might be blacklisted from the PTA OR why you are Mrs. Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver. You can ask a question or just leave a comment like, “Sounds like a good book.” As long as you leave it by Sunday, July 29 at 8:00 pm CST, you are entered to win. If you have a mailing address outside the United States, you may only have the choice of an e-book.
Here’s my review of Lela’s book:
Take some time to see how one real, honest mom deals with forgotten piano recitals, date nights with her husband and those pesky questions children always ask at the wrong moments. Lela Davidson shares the stories of her motherhood experience in several hysterical, true essays in the book, Blacklisted from the PTA.
Davidson states in her introduction that she didn’t plan to write this book. She wanted to write a novel: “one of those quirky romantic titles that get made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon or Kate Winslet.” She said she didn’t know how to do that, so she set out to learn. While she was learning, she wrote the essays in this book.
“All I seemed to be good at was sitting on the driveway drinking boxed Chardonnay and talking to my friends,” Davidson writes. “So that’s what I wrote—the stories that made us laugh.”
And that is exactly what these stories do—they make you laugh. They also make you realize that you’re not alone. Every mother has the idyllic dream of how she’s going to approach her babies and handle motherhood. She looks back at her own childhood and says either, “I’m going to be just like my mom,” or “I will never do that to my children.”
No matter what you’ve pictured or said about motherhood, most of the time the reality is much different. That’s what Davidson shares with readers in her debut book—a dose of reality with a side of belly laughs.
She begins with the section on babies and birthing, and how “The Birth Plan” for her daughter, her second child, didn’t turn out quite the way she expected. Babies often have minds of their own, especially when being born, and Davidson’s “natural” birthing plan was ruined after eight hours of intense, painful labor, and her daughter still didn’t want to come out. The most hilarious essay in this section is: “If I Had Tweeted My Labor.” She writes about her daughter’s birth through a series of 140-character tweets. Anyone who is on this social network site will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek tweets of the birthing play-by-play, as they have surely read tweets from people during sensitive times, such as from the altar during a wedding or in an operating room. Davidson nails this trend in her essay.
Other sections in her book include, “The Terrible Twos, Give or Take a Few,” “Suburban Bliss,” “Blacklisted,” “Happily Ever After,” “The Journey,” and “Me Time.” Essays in each part are short and easy to read; readers will find a smile on every page and often a laugh-out-loud moment. This book recently won the best nonfiction book of 2012 at the Oklahoma Writers Federation annual conference.
So join Davidson while she talks about lawn care, explains how to get blacklisted from the PTA, discusses turkey costumes for her son’s school program, and pretends she has a Prada bag. Celebrate the joys and sorrows of motherhood with Blacklisted from the PTA.
Don’t forget to leave a comment and your e-mail address for a chance to win!