Mama Tried

Mama Tried

Dispatches From the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting

Book - 2015
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New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book.

For most people, having a child doesn't go exactly as planned. Not many are willing to admit that not only did they dislike the early days of parenting, they sometimes hated it. MAMA TRIED is a relatable collection of cartoons and essays pertaining to the good, bad, and (very) ugly parenting experiences we all face. Subjects range from "are you ready for children?" to "baby gear class-warfare." With incredible honesty, Flake tackles everything from morning sickness to sleep training, shedding much needed light on the gnarly realities of breastfeeding, child proofing, mommy groups, and every unrealistic expectation in between. MAMA TRIED will be an indispensable companion for sleepless parents and a fond reminder for those already out of the woods.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455558230
1455558230
Characteristics: 191 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.

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TheresaAJ
Sep 18, 2017

It's comforting to know that parenting challenges haven't changed all that much since 1985. The newest factor to make parents feel inadequate is the ubiquitous presence of social media in which everyone else feels free to judge while hiding behind carefully curated photos and clever quips. This combination graphic novel/short essay book explores parenting from pre-conception woes through toddler tantrums. My favorite sections include Baby Registries of the 1%, Baby Shower Activities, and Stroller Accessories. The Kinchester Montessori Preschool Evaluation for Branwyn Z. Adams-Wright hits many current parenting targets with sharply barbed arrows. This book would probably not be a good choice for the idealistic, "I'm going to do it perfectly" first-time mother. It would be a great choice for the second or third time mother who has a wicked sense of humor.

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Erinl1972
May 05, 2016

Spot on. Hysterical. Reassuring. Absolutely a must-read for parents esp moms.

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spencerdi
Oct 13, 2015

Very funny - definitely NOT an idealized picture of early motherhood! Flake's illustrations are uncomfortably accurate and her sense of humor deprecating, but the whole book is oddly reassuring about how weird having a baby ends up being. We may not be the exact same type of mom, but we certainly had some similar experiences!

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TheresaAJ
Sep 18, 2017

"The first time she slept longer than three hours in a row, I half-woke up during hour four thinking "Oh God. She's dead." And then the not-awake half went 'Well, if she is dead, waking up now won't make her any less dead, so just go back to sleep.' And that woke me up for real, because... I'm a monster."

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