NonFiction Book Club I Sleep At Red Lights by Bruce Stockler Buy book: $16.73
What Anne Lamott did for motherhood, Stockler does for fatherhood in this fresh, hilarious chronicle of raising triplets. When he and his wife Roni discover that they are pregnant with triplets, it's the start of a well-observed, moving roller coaster ride into the exhausting and joyful experience of parenting multiples.
This guy is a writer I know I will enjoy. He has a great humorous touch. He relates to circumstances as we all have and has been able to capture their essence. "Oh! Yah! I've been in those sterile environs with those 'professionals'."
My sister has a set of triplets. They celebrated their 8th birthdays just last week. So when I saw the review of this book, I was really interested in it. These kids (2 boys and 1 girl) have been a blessing to my sister and brother-in-law but it has certainly come with a few struggles and battles. It was difficult to watch my sister (who is 5' and weighed just 100 pounds at the time) balloon up with three babies inside her.
"Beela. Zoosh. The computer is busy. Life is reduced to a palette of sound effects."
Although I thought the book started a bit slow, when I got to these lines, I perked up. I love poetry of words and I felt it coming here. I was not disappointed. Just finished Day 2 of this Online Book offering and I'm enjoying the words and phrasing. And loved the inane conversation as they sat watching tv discussing chicken supper! It's easy to imagine the unsaid words behind each comment.
This seems to be my Multiples Week. Last week, here at the library where I work, I was talking with a nanny caring for twins. As she walked away, another woman started talking to me...a mother of quadruplets. Now I get to read about twins. If I wasn't past the age of childbirth, this would all scare me!
This promises to be a humorous and captivating book. I also like the writing as another respondee said "poetry of words". Think I will send the reads to my dtr. who has been struggling with 3 1/2 yr.old and 6 mth. old. (if she has time to read it) She is doing better now, thank you, in dealing wih the behavior of the older--changed her tactics. Oh, I love being a gr.mother and enjoyed being a mother of 3, but only one at a time, thank the lord. Cannot imagine tripletts. But will find out with this book.
I'm sorry. I must be jealous. I'm reading this, but it's a fairy tale to me. I am put off by what seems like an obviously upper class yuppie fable. I think it was the Brazilian chicken from our favorite Chino-Latino that finally put me over the edge. What time does the nanny show up? Obviously the kid gets taken care of during the day by SOMEBODY. Here's my nonfiction pick: Global Woman, Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed). Maybe your next non-fiction book.
I am absolutely loving this book, this man, and his writing. He is so honestly and absolutely letting us into his mind, heart and soul. I can feel the love for his son and the anxiety concerning all that is to come for his wife, himself, and the family as a whole. Will definitely get this book and finish it.
The title of the book caught my eye as humorous from the very beginning. The style of writing just makes you feel apart of the action. The humor is there in the story and told wonderfully. This is definately a book to pick up where you left off and read on your own. Thanks to Suzanne and the gang for bringing to all of your faithful readers.
I signed up with this bookclub through my local library and this is second time I've been introduced to a book that they don't have, can't get and aren't interested in buying! Okay, I know part of the deal is they want to encourage people to buy...
That being said, I like the author's wry sense of humor and writing style. I will finish this book. As a first-time mom of a 9 month old, I like to read about parents who have it harder than I do, LOL!
Loved the excerpt, so I had to read the whole book. Glad I did,too. It was a riot. The only thing I didn't like was toward the end he mentions how polite the kids are when they take them out to dinner, etc. He credits his wife, Roni, with that. But I don't see how since throughout the whole book, she's the one working full-time as a lawyer, never gets home for dinner with family. And on the weekends, she's out shopping with her girl friends. You hardly see any interaction with her kids. So I think he just plugged that in so she doesn't look too bad for not being involved with her kids.
I'm so glad to see someone else enjoyed the book and posted almost the same time as I did ( new non-fiction today). I was a little put off too by how little she seemed to interact with the kids but you'll notice in several places when she does, ie, when she insists on making three birthday cakes for them on their first birthday. Seems she has to interact with them at odd hours of the day and night. I thought the book was hilarious, poignant, very honest and intimate, and I absolutely love his dry witty style of writing. Their whole relationship seems a little off the beaten path, but as he said, they are both a little weird in their own ways. Looking forward to more writing from him.