Catching up on book reviews here, as I’ve dropped behind.
The Nanny Diaries by Emma Mclaughlin – This was one of those cheap thrills chick lit reads, which I got through very quickly, and the best thing I got out of this book was that it made me feel better about myself as a working mother. It was fascinating to read about the rich women in NYC that don’t work, but hire full time nannies so that they can go to the country club, spa, shopping and plan excessive parties. I also learned a discipline trick that works like a charm on Little Miss. It was referenced as something like “Good Witch/Bad Witch”. The idea is that when a child is being good, you talk to them like Glenda the Good Witch — high pitched and super sugary. When they do something wrong, you turn into the Wicked Witch of the West, using a low, imposing voice. As soon as the child corrects the behavior, you snap back into being Glenda the Good Witch. Works like a charm with a toddler — go ahead, try it.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert — I read this one while on our Mexican cruise, and it was highly enjoyable. After divorcing her husband in her early thirties, the author goes on a year long trip of recovery in three stops: Rome, for pleasure (mostly gluttonous, with a special emphasis on gelato); an ashram outside of Mumbai, for spiritual searching; and Bali, for “balancing.” I enjoyed the part about Italy the most, as it brought back lovely memories from our honeymoon. It was interesting to read about her spiritual journey, but what this book did for me was make me feel remarkably normal. While reading about her having a panic attack on the floor of her bathroom when she realizes that she married the wrong man and doesn’t want children, I felt a calm, as I’ve had similar strong feelings telling me that I married the right man and that I was meant to be a mother (and those feelings didn’t require a panic attack). It made me slightly more interested in meditation, but not enough so to actually meditate myself. Anyway, I highly recommend this book.
Why Moms are Weird by Pamela Ribon – This is another chick lit light read, but I devoured it in less than a week. Pamela Ribon is a writer for the new show Samantha Who?, and I’ve been reading her blog, Pamie.com, for a while. I also read her first book, Why Girls are Weird when it first came out (a fun read about how a girl’s blog lets her create a sort of alternate reality). Anyhow, this book wasn’t at all what I expected (kind of thought it would be from a Mom’s point of view), but it was a light hearted read with good bits of humor. And I’m proud to report to Pamela that the writer’s strike has driven me away from the TV and back into books (on her blog, she said the best way to support the writers was to not watch the reality shows currently filling the space for the shows currently off air due to the strike).