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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs

Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs by Whitney Dineen

After yesterday’s post about the things my daughter has done in the past month to drive me crazy, I read the very relatable Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs by Whitney Dineen. It was just what I needed to laugh and focus my thoughts on the crazy that is motherhood and the joy it brings.

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This book is a collection of short essays about Dineen’s personal experiences and thoughts on mothering, along with several stories about her love of all things Costco (who can blame her?). She is honest and funny. However, she does a nice job of reminding readers that while motherhood involves plenty of hysterics, children are a joy. After her personal struggles with miscarriage, she is especially sensitive to the fact that children are a gift – even when they drive you nuts.

I liked that the book is a series of short essays. They are short enough to read in between chores, in the car pickup line, or even during a restroom escape break from the kids. It is a nice little reprieve in the endless tasks of mothering to read someone who understands and commiserates with you. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“For me, motherhood is about as relaxing as sticking your finger into a live socket. I never feel prepared, put together, or on top of any situation. I’m like a blownup raft that’s been tossed into a Class Six rapid. Essentially, I’m trying not to roll over, get thrown out of the boat, or take an oar to the head. My only agenda is to get us all through the ride alive. Barring that, it’s a total free for all.”

If you are looking for a fun, quick read this summer (or anytime you need to be reminded that mothering is hard, but beautiful), give this book a try.

* I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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