I’d like to go out on a limb here and suggest two non-standard parenting books, one for Him and one for Her
I bought Alec Alternadad by Neal Pollack for Father’s Day and I admit it was a shot in the dark. In fact, I was looking for The Dangerous Book for Boys but they were all sold out at Cody’s so I got this instead.
He’s reading it in fits and spurts on the bus to/from work and before bed. He’s really enjoying it and will probably finish it today. He can’t decide whether to tell me all about it or to insist I read it when he’s done. That’s a good sign (did I mention that he has Harry Potter (Book 7) unopened on his nightstand?!)
When he said to me this evening that, “it’s nice to read about some people who are cooler than us having the same problems” — I had to agree. But more because it reminded me of the book I just finished yesterday…
I received Confessions of a Naughty Mommy: How I Found My Lost Libido from my friend Jeanine. She brought it over unsolicited along with a very thoughtful gift of a massage from one of my book clubs (side note: this is a mom’s only book club and they let me attend even when I don’t read the book, so I continue to not read the books and I just show up for dessert and camaraderie).
I gobbled up this book. The author, Heidi Raykeil writes a column — Sex in the Suburbs no less — for the fabulous online magazine Literary Mama and has obviously had some fun sexy times both with and without her husband before settling into a hormonal-new-parent sexual slump. What a relief.
So, if you’re looking for some quippy fun books to make you feel like less of a loser, try one or both of these and let me know what you think!
Related entry: Too cool for preschool? Not me… I wish.