Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays by Jill Smokler

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Pocket Star Books, via NetGalley,
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Now that we've survived Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day, do you feel it's save to deal with the extended family?

Are you thinking ahead to Easter?

Oops, maybe not quite....

This hysterical book will remind you of the humor from the past season, before the reality of Easter coming sets in!

Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays cover


From New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed “Scary Mommy” blogger Jill Smokler comes a funny and practical guide filled with essays, recipes, and tried-and-true tips sure to get any parent through the holiday season—without losing your marbles.

Ah, the holidays: a time of joy, celebration, serenity, and peace…

Unless, of course, you have whiny, screaming children demanding presents, attention, and a personal appearance by Santa or Judah the Maccabee. Then you’re screwed.

But wait, there’s hope: Scary Mommy Guide to Surviving the Holidays to the rescue!

Yes, in this handy holiday guide, you’ll find everything you need to survive the fall/winter rush of cheer in style, and without having a mental breakdown. From relatable, hilarious essays on everything from the Santa myth to being seated at the dreaded kids’ table, to easy-to-follow recipes that might include just a little something special to take the edge off (can anyone say Kahlua?), to fun and accessible gift ideas, this book is your ticket to peace of mind—and a laugh—during the busy, crazy holiday season!


Since I started reading the Scary Mommy blog, I've found my sarcastic, normal mother home. And I'm not alone, many of my friends with young kids read it too. We frequently share posts and laughter. So I was thrilled to check out this book, with stories from the blog and more. We've all been there with holidays that will never make the 'greatest moments' reel of our kids' memories. Yet those screwed up Anti-Martha holidays are the stuff that helps unite us in our misery of perceived failure. Jill does an excellent job in bringing together essays that remind us that family life is messy, imperfect, and filled with little moment of joy and humor.

Read this book and every holiday with the extended family won't seem quite so bad anymore! be sure to pick it up soon- after all Easter is a mere 6 weeks away! EEK- the relatives, they're COMING!!!!!!!!!!

About the Author: 

Jill Smokler is a New York Times bestselling author and domestic satirist whose candor about marriage and parenting has made her an unlikely hero among a new generation of women. She holds a degree in graphic design and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and has three children. Married to her college sweetheart, she and her family live in downtown Baltimore.

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