Mother on Fire

Mother on Fire

A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!

Paperback - 2009
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This is a story about the year I exploded into flames...which turns out to be more common than you'd think among forty-something humans. Yeah, we can hold it together in our thirties, with a raft of hair products and semi-tall nonfat half-caf beverages....Come the forties, though, cracks begin to appear....Gourmet coffee splats; the wig slips askew. In other words, my friends, THE WHEELS COME OFF.

Sandra Tsing Loh is the fiercest, funniest, and most incredibly honest voice to emerge from the "mommy war" debates. Here she fires away with her trademark satire of societal and personal irks, prompted by her own midlife crisis, when she realizes she can't afford private school for her daughter--and her only alternative is her neighborhood's beyond-repair public school.

Mother on Fire documents Loh's "year of living dangerously" among pompous school admissions officials, Prius-driving parents, vindictive bosses, and old friends with new money as she first kisses ass--and then kicks it.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2009]
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780307450418
0307450414
Characteristics: xii, 298 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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damari
Sep 20, 2011

Recommended for any parent who has been or is going through the getting your kid in school process. Also those who have noticed the epidemic of scary giftedness.

I won't spoil readers by revealing where Loh's daughter ends up in kindergarten, but by the time the decision is made you'll have side-splitting descriptions of everything from the public elementary down the street (94% free or reduced-price lunch) to the $22,000/year "socialist" idyll.

It's worth picking this book up, if only to read the formula Loh figures determines the price of a private school.

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