your three words

That term fits me to a T! Although, on certain days, I often wonder if I am fully certifiable.

The term half-insane working mom, and many more just like it, are presented in “Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom.” I can not even begin to tell you how much I loved this book! I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately and this book was absolutely the best thing I need to read right now. I even read it in 3 days, which is a record for me. (It was also book #14 on my 50 in 2010 list!).

From the website:

Using stories and insights from her own life, Kristin con Ogtrop provides a lexicon for the half-insane working mom. Anyone who has left a meeting to race to the Halloween parade immediately understands van Ogtrop’s definition of “Kill the messenger” as The action you must take in order to forget about the office for a time—that is, to remove your Blackberry/Treo/iPhone/whatever from your person and store it as far away as your neurotic self will allow.” Filled with essays, lists, and resonant observations, JUST LET ME LIE DOWN establishes van Ogtrop as the Erma Bombeck of the new millennium.

There were many, many, many terms that I could relate 110% to in this book. And it was great to know that there is at least one other woman out there who understands me. I found myself nodding my head and saying “Amen, sister” to much of the book. And did I mention it’s funny?

I also really loved the dictionary style to the book. Instead of chapters, the terms are presented in alphabetical order like you would find in a dictionary.

Have I convinced you to read the book yet? Want to win a copy for yourself?

To enter: (you must leave one comment for every entry)

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Contest ends July 1st at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be announced on June 2nd at 8:30 pm EST.

Written for Hachette Book Group , who supplied the book  for review and giveaway. The opinions are mine; other than the books, no compensation was received for this post.


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  1. Hi there.
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  2. I've got an award for you over at my blog!

    Heading over to halfinsanemom now to check things out – most days it feels like I've lost my marbles so this may be right up my alley:)

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