REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – Exploiting My Baby

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Exploiting My Baby: A Memoir of Pregnancy & Childbirth

  • Author: Teresa Strasser
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Original edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232076

EXPLOITING MY BABY, the honest, hysterical, and touching new mom-oir form television and radio personality Teresa Strasser just hit stores, and I want to make sure you and your audience are aware of this fresh look at motherhood.

LA Weekly recently raved about the book, writing that “Teresa Strasser cuts right through the mucus plug with Exploiting My Baby*: *Because It’s Exploiting Me. With such titles as ‘Sitting Stretch Mark Shiva’ and ‘I’ll Miss You, Toxins,’ Strasser’s funnier than your funniest friend and her neuroses are more acute than Joan Rivers’ Having a Baby Can Be a Scream. From the initial wondering, ‘Would both my ass and my mind wear mom jeans?’ to her post-birth home that ‘looks like Chuck E. Cheese after an earthquake,’ Strasser’s hilariously forthcoming about every step of the process. And as for exploiting her little bundle of joy, she states: ‘Kid, I just made you a spleen and some eyebrows. The least you can do is get Mommy a book deal’.” And check out Teresa’s fantastic interview about the book and motherhood with THE TALK (CBS-TV): http://www.cbs.com/daytime/the_talk/video/?pid=Z8geNK5gF9rDeBnzdZuigCVok1RPATWX&vs=Clips&play=true

Teresa Strasser, an award-winning journalist, thought to herself, “If Tori Spelling and Kate Gosselin can milk their children for all they’re worth, why can‘t I?” So she has given birth to EXPLOITING MY BABY, BECAUSE IT’S EXPLOITING ME: A Memoir of Pregnancy and Childbirth, the unflinchingly honest, always hysterical, and surprisingly heartwarming collection of essays about being a mom for the first time at 38. Strasser’s unique and candid take on motherhood is certain to open up a more honest dialogue between moms everywhere, and is a refreshing entry into the mom-oir world.

Experience Teresa in action, both on television and over the radio, on her website (http://www.teresastrasser.com/ ), and her blog, ExploitingMyBaby.com (http://teresastrasser.com/blog).

Whether discussing her significant “mommy” issues with her own mother and “stepmonster,” the physical toll that comes from carrying around a growing human being for nine months, or her nagging doubts about her ability to be a good mother, in EXPLOITING MY BABY Strasser provides an uninhibited and edgy look into the life of a new mother. With Strasser’s honesty about her flaws and fears along with a candid look at the highs (having doors opened and seats offered) and lows (leaking breasts and uncontrollable gas) of pregnancy, EXPLOITING MY BABY takes on many of the things that annoy real moms, including:

· Advertisements for pregnancy products featuring models with glowing skin and zero weight gain

· The formula versus breast milk debate

· A list of bad mothers (like Marilu Henner, whose own parenting book, “I Refuse to Raise a Brat,” features her two young sons on the cover)

MY THOUGHTS

I haven’t finished reading this yet, I’m only part way through. So far I’m enjoying it, and have found it to be pretty funny. I really enjoy the lists seen in chapters such as The First Trimester Box core and How Freaky And Paranoid Is Your Google History. This book s a light read, great for times when you want to relax and read without thinking too much.

WIN IT!

ONE winner will receive a copy of Exploiting My Baby.

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

To enter leave a comment here telling me if you had any funny or strange thoughts during your fist pregnancy.

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THE SMALL PRINT.

The winner will be selected using random.org. US addresses only please, no PO Boxes. This contest will end on Thursday 03/03/11 at 11:59 pm est. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This post has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

16 comments

Kim February 20, 2011 - 7:42 pm

I always thought my baby would have a ‘fro. But he did not!

Kim February 20, 2011 - 7:42 pm

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Kim February 20, 2011 - 7:47 pm

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pat.navymom February 21, 2011 - 8:20 am

A post=hormonal take or not in your opinion?

Jason Scott Smith February 23, 2011 - 2:31 pm

This was pretty cool! I will forward this to my followers.

Mama Zen February 27, 2011 - 10:52 am

I don’t really remember too many strange thoughts, but I sure had strange dreams!

amandasue February 28, 2011 - 4:52 pm

I keep dreaming that my baby is gonna be like 12lbs and get stuck! This book sounds great, I saw her on a talk show and she is super funny!

Linda Kish February 28, 2011 - 7:27 pm

Not really but I knew he would be a boy when I thought about teaching him to pee standing up…single mom, no brothers.

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Emily March 3, 2011 - 5:38 am

I haven’t been pregnant yet so I don’t know if I’ll have any strange or weird thoughts during pregnancy, but my sister said that she was very forgetful while pregnant

Emily March 3, 2011 - 5:39 am

I Follow you on twitter as @Forgetshyness

Nancye Davis March 3, 2011 - 11:31 pm

Since my oldest will be 16 in a few weeks, I don’t remember all that much. I can remember having really vivid dreams.

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