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The Top Pick for Imperfect Parents



Leave a comment on this entry, and you could win a copy of The Woman Who Is Always Tan And Has a Flat Stomach: And Other Annoying People! Winner will be selected at 12 midnight March 3.  Don’t miss our interview with Lisa and Lauren!

Lauren Anderson and Lisa Perry have written the ultimate book to help imperfect parents feel normal – The Woman Who Is Always Tan And Has a Flat Stomach: And Other Annoying People. Have you ever felt like the only woman who doesn’t knit? Have you ever wanted to thwack your husband on the head for obsessive video camera use? Have you ever felt intimidated by the homes that are decorated for every holiday? Have you ever needed an antidote to the Martha Stewart factor in suburbia? Don’t worry – The Woman Who Is Always Tan And Has a Flat Stomach: And Other Annoying People is here for you!

But wait, there’s more! Lisa Perry and Lauren Anderson have taken written snapshots of those people, the ones that make you feel inadequate and irate, all at once. Realizing that you aren’t alone in those feelings is one of the first steps toward acceptance of your imperfect self. Laughing at caricatures of “perfect” people, and even caricatures of ourselves can help you get through the dark, dull winter days. I could see myself on both sides – as the caricatured person and as the imperfect person, and I laughed equally hard at both.

Each annoying person is given their own short (2-5 page) chapter in which we see the imperfect author vs the annoying person. The caricatures are beautifully written – they stay within the bounds of humor, but with a bit of an edge. The book includes chapters about:

  • The Husband Who Either Asks for Inane Instructions or Else Gives Inane Instructions
  • The Woman Who Has Her Christmas Cards, Shopping, and Decorating Done Before Thanksgiving
  • The Perfect Soccer Mom Who Knows All the International Rules of Soccer
  • The Wine Connoisseur Woman Whose Wine Rests More than I Do
  • The Woman Who Cleans Out the Refrigerator Every Thursday Whether It Smells or Not
  • The Infomercial Couple Who Start Every Sentence with “But Wait! There’s More!”
  • The Husband Who Doesn’t Notice When His Wife Redecorates the Living and Dining Rooms

There’s nothing quite like a book that contemplates polygamy as a solution for a stressful holiday season! (One wife to make the cookies, one for shopping, one for writing the cards, one for decorating…) I can understand why Lauren Allison and Lisa Perry self-published The Woman Who Is Always Tan in 2005, it needed to be out in the world. In their introduction they thank their “perfect” friends, “Without you, our self-esteem would never have plummeted and we never would have written about our many inadequacies.” These women have a flair for bringing humor to parenting and self-esteem issues, and an ability to help the reader laugh at herself and rejoice in her imperfect self.

This book was so much fun, and if laughter counts as exercise, I giggled away several pounds! Anyone who needs a laugh should pick up a copy of The Woman Who Is Always Tan And Has a Flat Stomach: And Other Annoying People. Carry it with you so it can perk you up on days when you’re down. It’s a nice, thin book that’s easy to carry, with short chapters that can perk you up in moments. Be sure to buy copies of The Woman Who Is Always Tan for your other mom friends – they will thank you!  Don’t miss our interview with Lisa and Lauren!

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This book was received from the publisher for review

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