Another book review from my long list of suggestions!!

@oldchem1 (8144)
June 24, 2010 4:56am CST
This is my 'easy reading' time of year, when I have my grandchildren staying I tend to spend hours sitting around the pool and catching up on some nice easy reading. The Bad Mother's Handbook has been around since 2004, and in fact had sat on my shelf for over a year, but I had never got round to reading it, it despite enjoying reading Queen Mum, another book by this author. I have just spent a couple of enjoyable days absorbing myself in this book that is both poignant and funny. I have to admit for the first few pages I got rather confused as to who's account I was reading. As soon as I realised that slightly different fonts were used for each of the three main characters I soon got into it. As a Northener I could visulise the scenes in the book, which is definatly full of English Northern charm but still very readible by anyone - even Southern softies!! The dialects are not too difficult to read - in fact the differences in the dialects of the three main characters depict the changes through the fifty years covered. I found the book to be funny and clever in the way it dealt with social issues.There was plenty to laugh at and plenty to make you think. I don't think that there are many people who couldn't identify with at least some of the issues in this book I deals with contraception, pregnancy, abortion, adoption, birth( I though the description of Will's birth was very realistically portrayed, teenage mothers,friendship, family relationships, social welfare and the class system. I really enjoyed this book and was pleasantly surprised by the standard of the book, if all you want is 'chick-lit' this won't really hit the spot, but if you are interested in the psychological effecys of family and a little socoal commentary told in an absorbing fashion you will love this book - I certainly did.
2 responses
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
25 Jun 10
Imported books are expensive in my country, so normally I don't go to these stores. I just go to small 'used book' shops in alleys in Kuta, Bali. Since Kuta is a holiday tourist destination, many of the books sold in the shop are novels. So, my option is limited.^^
@oldchem1 (8144)
25 Jun 10
It is such a shame that books are so expensive for so many people, are you abl to get them through Amazon or E-Bay at all?
• Philippines
28 Jun 10
In our country (Philippines), imported new books are also expensive especially the books that I like,those books from Oprah's book club, so I usually buy those books in stores that sell used books.There's a lot of stores here that sell used books.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
28 Jun 10
Oldchem1, I cannot order from Amazon or E-bay (not technically). The delivery fee to Indonesia would cost more that the book's price.^^ Well, the last time I was in Chicago, I bought a backpack full of books. Or, if friends go overseas I would ask them to buy one or two books for me. Many of my friends do not like to read, so looking for one or two books in a book store give them headache...^^
• Philippines
24 Jun 10
Wow thats sounds interesting,being a mom now I know I can relate to that.I just finished a book,it's already an old book "Where the heart is" by Billie Letts.I love and enjoyed reading th book..The book is not difficult to read.I bet you already read this book..The main character is Novalee Nation 17 years old,7 mos pregnant and was dumped by her boyfriend in Oklahoma Walmart.It's a funny book and at the same time full of love. It talks about the ups and downs of life of a teenage mom.
@oldchem1 (8144)
24 Jun 10
No I've not heard of that one, I'll keep an eye out for it!! Thanks