Blacklisted from the PTA

Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul de sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parentsBlacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul de sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parents they are not alone, and that it s okay to laugh at yourself, and at your kids These are the stories of every parent even if we don t always tell them out loud Each of these 62 essays can be read in under five minutes for a quick laugh either with or at the author.As a CPA on the mommy track, all Lela wanted to do was sit on the driveway and drink wine out of a box with the neighbors Luckily, she started writing down her stories instead Whether tackling PTA meetings, neighborhood politics, or inflation by Tooth Fairy, Lela exposes the humor in every awkward moment and maternal meltdown From a trendy Seattle condo, to a tidy Arkansas subdivision, Lela shares the comic side of family life She takes you to Mexican bars, the hockey rinks of St Louis, ski slopes near Santa Fe, shopping in Dallas, and even introduces you to a few strippers the novices on the playgrounds of New York City, and the pros in Vegas Lela says what the rest of us are thinking Her hilarious observations and subtle satire are always spot on She s not afraid to reveal her screw ups, along with fleeting delusional moments of wherein she honestly believes she is the best mom ever.
Blacklisted from the PTA Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul de sac with a

  • Title: Blacklisted from the PTA
  • Author: Lela Davidson
  • ISBN: 9781936214433
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Blacklisted from the PTA”

    1. Some of her anecdotes/stories were entertaining, some were merely okay, and some were down-right annoying. Her writing seemed to annoy me more often than it entertaining. Yes, I enjoyed some of the stories and it made me realize everyone feels or experiences the same things at one time or the other, but there were too many incidents when I wondered if I should just stop reading and forget the whole thing. For this and the fact the book was badly formatted and full of typos, I was not able to giv [...]

    2. It was pretty funny overall, not bad for a freebie. However I failed to find humor in her crack about peanut allergies, "Peanuts in public schools are like anthrax in Washington dc. Distribute peanut M&M's to the kids in your charge at the petting zoo and you'll never be asked to organize another field trip." Totally NOT funny to a mother of a son with a peanut allergy. I hate when people don't take food allergies serious. I had to take my son out of public school for this very reason. The r [...]

    3. As a recuperating PTA lady and suburb dweller, I can say with authority that this insightful and funny book will make you laugh until you need to re-touch your eyeliner. I wish Lela lived next door to me--and you will, too.

    4. This was laugh out loud funny. Light and fun, Lela Davidson is irreverent and sarcastic and says out loud what most of us think (at least once if we're honest). I'd read more by her; and may search to see if I can find her blog.

    5. A fun must read for all those not nearly perfect moms out there, just like me, who don't even aspire for perfectionjust survival!!

    6. (Despite the fact that claims there is no Kindle version, I did download it as one of those cheap, Kindle books). Great summer read. Even though I am a grandmother, I failed when I was a young mother those hurdles such as PTA bake sales (hated 'em), laminating national geographic articles for preschoolers (and having to avoid laminating naked boobs), making elaborate, homemade presents for the teachers, etc. I just couldn't reach those professional standards of the self-appointed professional m [...]

    7. Check out the full review at Kritters RamblingsHave you ever heard of mommy humor? Well I believe it could be a whole genre of its own and even though I may not entire the realm of motherhood, I still absolutely love this genre - it makes me giggle out loud all of the time. Lela Davidson takes the reader into her home as a mom and the different things she encounters due to motherhood. I think she did it perfectly without oversharing about her children; they can't be too embarrassed by the things [...]

    8. Oh my gosh, Lela is one hilarious lady! Once I opened her book, the only reason I had to stop at page 90 was because my book light batteries croaked off. But by the end of day 2, I'd laughed and giggled my way to the last page. The book is written in sections with tons of small stories; it is so easy to read because you just have to flip the next page. Any mom who reads this is going to be able to identify with just about every situation Lela brings up; whether she's joking about family life, th [...]

    9. Being that I do not have children, I sometimes hesitate to read books in the "Mommy" genre. I often find that I can not relate to the stories being told but this was not the case with Blacklisted from the PTA. Lela told her stories in such a way that they didn't alienate the childless. She doesn't assume every one agrees with her feelings or has even experienced the things she discusses.Her humor and wit is outstanding! The book is fast paced and fairly short. I read it rather quickly.The only r [...]

    10. "I just hope that in retrospect, like in the movies, they make them laugh. Because it could be worse. Our troubles could have nothing to do with botched directions and frustrated parental venting. I hope my children someday know that, and realize just how good they had it." pg. 191"While nothing about motherhood is constant, there are split seconds where everything is in balance. If we are lucky, we grasp those moments and seal them in our hearts before the waves of life wash them away. [break] [...]

    11. I'm SO behind in reading both of Lela's books, but finally read them both a few weeks ago. I think knowing her in person and picturing er in many of the situations made it extra funny. Nobody nails a witty retort like Lela, and her tag line "what you were thinking, only funnier" describes her and her books to a T. I recommend them both for light, fun reading and a hilarious take on everyday life but not the tiresome version so many other writers attempt. Lela is MY kind of mom of the year - the [...]

    12. I downloaded this one b/c it was free on the Kindle a few weeks ago and I just recently started (and finished) it. What a great pick-me-up broken up into several short stories of the glamourous life of a mom and wife. It was great just to read one or a few at a time and put it down when the mommy-life calls. Hilarious stories, but I really don't know if they all happened or if she's just a bit hyperbolic with her narration. But it's funny and a few I just couldn't finish without laughing out lou [...]

    13. Very easy to read, small anecdotes from a modern mom's life. I appreciated this author's candor, ability to self-analyze and concise way of presenting her stories. I had a hard time with the layout of the book, it didn't seem to build on itself at all, it was just a random series of events that I found a bit off-putting sometimes. Other than that, I appreciated being about the read about some things that have happened in my life as well, an easy book to relate to.

    14. This was a collection of essays about parenthood. It started out kind of lukewarm for me; then, it got better before returning to its tepid state. I was happy to discover the author has lived in both my current state and beloved home state of Arkansas. Must admit, I've never heard of "Boo'ing" someone. And, I do wish she seemed to like animals more than what came across in the books. Oh, and mine was the Kindle version (it wasn't an option to choose from on GR).

    15. Humourous, but not laugh-out-loud so. Written by a blogger, reads like a blog. Which is great for blog posts, but not what I'm looking for in a book. I don't mind short anecdotes, but this was just disjointed. Worth a read if you've got the kindle version and are somewhere without a book & wanting something quick & light.

    16. I've been in a book rut and this was just what I needed. Fast, fun, easy and fitting (in my life). I felt like the author was expressing what I feel in certain situations. If you aren't a parent with school she children you might not enjoy it as much, but it will certainly give you a taste of what life is like thus day and she with kids.

    17. If you have survived the childhood of someone (or more than one) you gave birth toor if you are in the process of doing soyou will probably find yourself nodding, grinning, laughing, and sighing through Lela Davidson's Blacklisted from the PTA. This was a fun read.A free download for Kindle.

    18. I wish I read this book 8-10 years ago, when my babies were babies. These essays were laugh out loud funny and irreverent. I loved the author's perspective; she wants to be a little crunchier than she is, she is never holier than thou, and she made me laugh during each chapter. Short, but fun, book.

    19. When I opened this book for my book club, I was hoping for a funny novel about a quirky mom, or a bunch of funny stories about quirky moms. The author is funny, but this is a series of essays. My personal tastes are that I like to read stories with a plot. The author is good at what she does, it just isn't my type of story.

    20. I bought this book for free on . Even though I'm not a mom, I was still very entertained by this book and could relate to it in a way since I have been working as a babysitter for a long time. I did notice several grammatical errors, which bothered me, but all in all, it was a very quick and entertaining read.

    21. This book was laugh out loud funny. A quick read for any woman whether a new mom or veteran mom. Lela Davidson is someone I want to sit down and trade notes with and enjoy a few martini's with. Lela helps all women understand the our best laid plans may not always turn out the way we hoped and that we aren't the only mom's who loose control every now and then.

    22. SUPER FUNNY!!! Lela is witty, entertaining and hooks you from the beginning. One of the better books I've read this year! I can relate to her and her stories so closely, and she gives such a fun take on woman hood and raising your kids - not only exposing the behind the scenes truths to parenthood but giving first hand accounts. I would read this again!

    23. A collection of stand-alone essays (I'm assuming at least some were posts from her blog) about parenting. Good for when the kids have your brain so fried you can't pay attention to any topic for longer than 2 pages. The description calls it "irreverant," but I'd say it's gentle humor. I prefer comedy books to push the envelope more, but I did laugh out loud a few times.

    24. Funny, makes you laugh at yourself & felt like I could have written it myself except for the fact that I have yet to get blacklisted from the PTA! Quick read, finished it the same evening I started it.

    25. This book was just ramblings of a middle aged woman. A few bits were funny but in all its not my kind of thing. If you love people's takes on life then this is for you. I found it hard to read and was glad when it finished. I know the type of women who would like this but it just wasn't for me.

    26. Books like this normally amuse me for a few pages and then get old but not this one. From start to finish, I was frequently laughing and either nodding my head with sympathetic understanding or shaking my head in bemused disbelief. Very enjoyable read.

    27. Everyday is on this book. I was a working girl and then became a wife and now a staying home mom. The author just very well described everyday with children and with husband. I felt like she's been in my head. Highly recommend for easy reading.

    28. Left me with the utterly disappointed feeling of a child after a night of trick-or-treating in a neighborhood of adults with poor taste in candy. You may get a few Snickers here and there, but you're mostly left with a bag loaded with Candy Corn and Bit o' Honey.

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