Saturday, January 3, 2015

Blog Tour: TALES FROM SUBURBIA by Brandi Haas

Brandi Haas is no domestic goddess . . . but she’ll tell you that parenting is probably the hardest gig in the universe: “The pay is horrible, the wardrobe is pathetic, and your boss (although utterly adorable) is usually a tyrant." 

Brandi brings her trademark wit from the popular blog to this new collection, sharing stories of birthday party mayhem, mommy martyrdom, and snow shoveling majesty. 

The setting is Anytown, USA, among barking dogs, picket fences, and eclectic neighbors. Tales from Suburbia: You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Live Here, but It Helps will make you laugh, warm your heart, and let you know you’re not alone. Mothers (and fathers) will recognize themselves, their children, and the absurd situations that family life brings to us all.

Not my usual read, but an enjoyable break nevertheless!  A collection of episodes of parenthood, in TALES FROM SUBURBIA Brandi Haas explains the subtitle You Don't Have to be Crazy to Live Here but It Helps.  Any parent (or grandparent) will relate to some of these stories, if not all, as most have experienced Chuck e Cheese (shudder), picking up their child or children at the school and wanting to be first in line, and many of the other adventures of motherhood Haas tells us about. Certainly, even if you have no children you are familiar with the dreaded school fundraisers and the "prizes" children get for being big sellers. My favorite though was the story of 6-year olds dipping strawberries in chocolate - more than once.  Not always politically correct, her adventures with motherhood, as well as with the grandparents, are entertaining.  

About the Author:
Brandi Haas is a former high school English teacher turned stay-at-home mom. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Missouri with her husband, daughter, and their dog, The WonderMutt. She is consistently inconsistent about her weight and age because, really, it’s no one’s business anyway. She sees humor in everything and began writing stories about her life as way to share her insanity with the world.

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