A Funny Book To Go With Your Wine

by Christine@TheAums on June 6, 2012 · 12 comments

Great news! Our iVoices team is expanding to include the one and only Lela Davidson, author of the racking-up-all-kinds-of-literary-awards Blacklisted From the PTA.

What many folks don’t know is that those are actually my legs on the cover I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy to review and, lo and behold, my blurb made it into her book!

If you’re looking for a funny book for yourself, your mom, your best friend, give them a copy of Blacklisted and, perhaps, a bottle (or box) of wine. You can read my full review below.

As a homeschooling mom with absolutely no PTA experience, I think Lela Davidson is pretty clever. In Blacklisted from the PTA, she has succeeded in writing a universal collection of short personal stories that are shockingly honest! The shocking part is she dares to reveal what we are all thinking and feeling as we wake up to face another day of motherhood ups and downs.

This comes as no surprise. As the former host of the weekly Parenting Squad twitter chats, Lela managed to choose hot topics, ask frank questions, and make that one hour of my week something I look forward to with relish, and sometimes reckless abandon. Twitter’ll do that to you! Through her honesty, she promotes an open dialogue and is always there with a comforting laugh and anecdote!

Blacklisted from the PTA is arranged like life. It starts with giving birth and ends with the “Me Time” that usually comes last on our To-Do lists. In between we get embarrassing, awkward, squirm in your seat, watery-eyes-hilarious confirmation that we are not alone. Have to give the talk about the birds and the bees? Need to make a costume for the school play? Are you fantasizing about having one more baby? Does your husband sleep through it all? There are also more than enough tender moments to remind us all how very worth it is to give up sleep, spontaneous sex anything, fill in the blank! The only thing missing are pictures…I would love to see the infamous turkey costume or heck, how about a centerfold of the lawn boy!

The fact that each story is a juicy 5 minute confession is so addicting, I’ll admit I squeezed in “just one more,” one too many times. In Blacklisted From the PTA, Lela Davidson presents the thoughts you think, but somehow, writing them down is pure genius…and pretty damn funny.

Christine Candelaria

Self-blacklisted, home-schooling, tofu-eating, cloth-diapering West Coast mother of 4 (this makes tons of sense when you read the book)

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MJ from iNeedaPlaydate June 6, 2012 at 8:16 am

Oh! A new book to read (after I finish the 50 Shades trilogy, of course hehehe)
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Christine@TheAums June 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Mary, when I first started writing this post, I began “If you like the 50 Shades trilogy, you’ll love Blacklisted….” It’s true though, means you have a sense of humor and like to have fun (among other things, ahem.)


Rachee June 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Oh boy! Another book to add to the pile. Because, liked don’t have enough to read.
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Christine@TheAums June 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Out of all the blogging conferences I’ve heard about (never been to one), the book one you just went to ranks high on my list. And yup, add this one to the list…you can read it in short 5 minutes spurts…promise!


Rachel Cotterill June 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Sounds like a fun read! :)
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Stasha June 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

Sounds like fun!! Great legs Christine! I mean great review.
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Blond Duck June 11, 2012 at 4:37 am

Popped in from SITS! Going on my library list!
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Runnermom-jen June 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Definitely going to check out this book! And, you’re a blurbologist!!!!!!! That’s awesome!! You’re famous! :)
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Christine@TheAums June 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Going to add “blurbologist” to my LinkedIn bio now.


Jeanne July 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Thanks for the tip! I downloaded it to Dave’s Kindle and I’m already 30% done. Very funny stuff!
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getfitchick December 1, 2012 at 6:42 am

Need to check out this book, the title reminds me of the old movie “Harper Valley PTA”. And congratulations on the blurb, how cool is that? WAY COOL!
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Christine@TheAums December 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

You should totally check it out. And she just came out with a new one called “Who Peed On My Yoga Mat?”


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