Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales Of Maternal Combustion by Deborah Copaken KoganHell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales Of Maternal Combustion by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales Of Maternal Combustion

byDeborah Copaken Kogan

Paperback | August 18, 2009

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I readNo Exitin my early twenties, and I remember thinking hell might very well be other people, okay, sure, but under what far-fetched conditions would anyone ever actually be trapped forever in the company of strangers with no sleep or means of escape?
Then I became a parent.

From Deborah Copaken Kogan, the acclaimed author of the national bestsellerShutterbabe, comes this edgy, insightful, and sidesplitting memoir about surviving in the trenches of modern parenting.

Kogan writes situation comedy in the style of David Sedaris and Spalding Gray with a dash of Erma-Bombeck-on-a-Vespa: wry, acutely observed, and often hilarious true tales, in which the narrator is as culpable as any character. In these eleven linked pieces, Kogan and her husband are almost always broke while working full-time and raising three children in New York City, one of the most expensive and competitive cities in the world.

In one episode, exhausted from a particularly difficult childbirth, Kogan finds herself sharing a hospital room with a foul-mouthed teen mother and her partying posse. In another, Kogan manages to crawl her way to her own emergency appendectomy, which inconveniently strikes the same week her infant's babysitter is away on vacation, her adolescents are off from school, herNew York Timeseditor needs his edit, and the whole family catches the flu. And in the book's capper essay, she drives twelve hours, solo, with a screaming toddler in a rent-a-car in a futile effort to catch a glimpse of her eldest child in his summer camp play.

Yes,Shutterbabeis all grown up and slightly worse for the wear, but her clear-eyed vision while under fire has remained intact: You've never read funnier war stories.
Deborah Copaken Kogan worked as a photojournalist from 1988 to 1992, and her photographs appeared inTime,Newsweek,The New York Times,L'Express,LiberationandGeo, among many other international newspapers and magazines. She spent the next six years in TV journalism, including a time as a producer forDateline NBC. Her writings have appear...
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Title:Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales Of Maternal CombustionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.12 × 5.12 × 0.62 inShipping dimensions:8.12 × 5.12 × 0.62 inPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1401340814

ISBN - 13:9781401340810

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Deborah Copaken Kogan writes with verve, warmth, and passion about the complexities of parenting, her love for her children, and all the comedies and melodramas that the complexities and the love together make us perform.-Adam Gopnik, author of Paris To The Moon and Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York