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Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion (edition 2009)

by Deborah Copaken Kogan

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Title:Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion
Authors:Deborah Copaken Kogan
Info:Voice (2009), Paperback, 224 pages
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Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion by Deborah Copaken Kogan



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Most nonfiction has subtitles for a reason, and it’s a good idea to pay attention to them. In the case of Deborah Copaken Kogan’s personal-essay collection, Hell is Other Parents, you’re going to encounter more “other tales of maternal combustion” than the snarky observations about modern parenting that the title implies. That said, the main title isn’t misleading. There are snarky observations about modern parenting in “Hell is Other Parents,” “La Vie en Explose,” and “The Adolescent Vulcan” (a double entendre of sorts--Kogan’s son Jacob played the young Spock in Star Trek (2009)), but Kogan herself is the object of some of them, and her life as a parent is largely incidental to pieces like “The Big Chills” and “The Graveyard of Old Beaus,” a followup of sorts to Shutterbabe, her earlier memoir of her life as a globe-trotting photojournalist.

More: http://www.3rsblog.com/2013/01/book-talk-hell-is-other-parents-by-deborah-copake... ( )
  Florinda | Jan 16, 2013 |
Essays on the state of families today...except not serious. Funny and engaging. I did think the book would be more about how other parents get on her nerves, but I didn't mind being wrong. Good, light read for anyone who has kids. ( )
  bookwormteri | Aug 20, 2012 |
Kogan is witty and her observations are sharp. She writes clearly and sympathetically of the challenges of parenting and being a working mom. She doesn’t hide her insecurities about things like her parenting decisions, the less than thorough decision making that went into conceiving her third child, and her constant worries about money as a mother of three living in NYC who makes her living as a freelance writer. But she doesn’t seem to have much insight about these, either.

Few will argue with the real-life examples Kogan offers of mean other parents, and I bet many could respond with stories in kind; I know I could. But this book shines when it’s relating the events of a interesting woman (Kogan was a photographer and war correspondent in years past) as she tackles motherhood and challenges like a son who really wants to act and daughter who really wants a dog, both against their parents’ wishes. ( )
  Girl_Detective | Nov 4, 2009 |
You can find Bethanne Patrick's thoughts on Hell is Other Parents here at The Book Studio.
  thebookstudio | Sep 25, 2009 |
If all the other mothers in her Manhattan milieu are Alpha moms, Deborah Copaken Kogan is a Beta mom. Mom 2.0. Mom on the bleeding edge, making up the rules as she goes along, and making me jealous once again since reading her brilliant novel last year that we're not best friends. Containing brutal honesty about the highs and lows of motherhood mixed with lighter moments, it's also got its earthy moments, and I was glad to see tales of Kogan's personal history (work hurdles, former lovers) woven in with her parenting stories. An alpha mom might write a book for the self-help section, but Kogan's book shows all the other smart, strong and still sane moms out there that they have a voice, too. ( )
  AngieK | Jul 11, 2009 |
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The author discusses parenting as the greatest challenge of her life in a series of essays that describes her haphazard encounters with overprotective, competitive, and interfering fellow parents.

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