The Pile Of Stuff At The Bottom Of The Stairs

Hardcover | October 30, 2012

byChristina Hopkinson

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What's the thing you hate most about the one you love?

Mary doesn't know whether it's the way he doesn't quite reach the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but doesn't ever walk over and pick them up and put them in), or the balled-up tissues he leaves on the bedside table when he has a cold, or the way he never quite empties the dishwasher, leaving the "difficult" items for her to put away. Is it that because she is "only working part-time" that she is responsible forallof the domestic tasks in the house? Or, is it simply that he puts used teabags in the sink?

The mother of two young boys, Mary knows how to getthemto behave the way she wants. Now she's designing the spousal equivalent of a star chart and every little thing her husband does wrong will go on it. Though Mary knows you're supposed to reward the good behavior rather than punish the bad, the rules for those in middle age are different than the rules for those not even in middle school...

InTHE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS, Hopkinson pens a hilarious and acutely-observed novel about marriage, motherhood, children, and work. Readers everywhere will find Mary's trials hilariously familiar as they cheer her on in her efforts to balance home, work, children, and a clean bottom stair!

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What's the thing you hate most about the one you love?Mary doesn't know whether it's the way he doesn't quite reach the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but doesn't ever walk over and pick them up and put them in), or the balled-up tissues he leaves on the bedside table when he has a cold, or the way he never quit...

Christina Hopkinson lives in London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446573183

ISBN - 13:9780446573184

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Book I wouldn't tell anyone not to read this book. I did enjoy it. It is what I call a "fluff" book. Just an easy going book. I use "fluff" books to get me through until my next book order arrives. :) It's cute and it does have a point behind it how couples can only see the negatives of each other and if we don't discuss it, this could be your relationship. Again, cute book.
Date published: 2013-02-20