Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies)
By Jill Smokler
(Gallery Books, Hardcover, 9781476728346, 176pp.)
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and the wildly popular blog ScaryMommy.com, a hilarious new essay collection that exposes the “vicious lies” that every parent is told.
Newly pregnant and scared out of her mind, Jill Smokler lay on her gynecologist’s examination table and was told the biggest lie she’d ever heard in her life: “Motherhood is the most natural thing in the world.”
Instead of quelling her nerves like that well intentioned nurse hoped to, Jill was instead set up for future of questioning exactly what DNA strand she was missing that made the whole motherhood experience feel less than natural to her. Wonderful? Yes. Miraculous? Of course. Worthwhile? Without a doubt. But natural? Not so much.
Jill’s first memoir, the New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Scary Mommy, rocketed to national fame with its down and dirty details about life with her three precious bundles of joy. Now Jill returns with all-new essays debunking more than twenty pervasive myths about motherhood. She’s here to give you what few others will dare: The truth.
Jill Smokler is a New York Times bestselling author and domestic satirist whose candor about marriage and parenting has made her an unlikely hero among a new generation of women. She holds a degree in graphic design and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and has three children. Married to her college sweetheart, she and her family live in downtown Baltimore.
“Get ready to ditch those Prada shoes (and anything else nice you own) and face reality--you haven't had a brutal boss until you've had a baby. Confessions of a Scary Mommy is hilariously, outrageously truthful about the hardest job I know. Put this book at the top of your diaper bag!”
-Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, on Confessions of a Scary Mommy
“Jill offers up the perfect antidote to overly earnest parenting guides. It's like comfort food for anxious moms, served with a side of snark.”
-Cynthia Copeland, author of The Diaper Diaries and Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me, on Confessions of a Scary Mommy
“Jill has blown the lid off of what should and should not be said when discussing the experience of motherhood, using her sense of humor and the occasional “F-bomb” — and in doing so, Scary Mommy, has actually made motherhood a little bit less frightening… [Confessions of a Scary Mommy] dares to say the things most mothers have thought, but few have had the courage to admit.”
-ABCnews.com on Confessions of a Scary Mommy
"Smokler’s “scary mommy” version of motherhood makes no apologies, which is precisely why it succeeds ... If motherhood is starting to feel like a story without a plot, my advice is to pretend you’re sick and lock yourself in the bathroom with this book. Highly recommended."
-Library Journal on Confessions of a Scary Mommy
“Hilarious, brutal honesty about parenting.”
-New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black on Confessions of a Scary Mommy
“Funny . . . speaks the truths about motherhood when other mothers aren’t willing to admit it.”
-Parenting on Jill Smoker's Scary Mommy blog
“Any mother who doesn't stifle a million knowing laughs while reading Confessions of a Scary Mommy needs to make sure her funny bone wasn't accidentally sucked into the diaper genie.”
-Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof, on Confessions of a Scary Mommy
“It’s the same kind of honest, heartfelt wisdom that has lured thousands of readers to Smokler’s Scary Mommy blog and given untold numbers of parents the comforting knowledge that they’re not alone.”
-Baltimore Magazine on Confessions of a Scary Mommy
“Thousands upon thousands of mothers grasp onto her every word.”
—The Baltimore Sun on Jill Smokler’s groundbreaking blog
"If you need an irreverent, hysterical and oftentimes too-close-for-comfort look at motherhood, you need Scary Mommy."
-The Huffington Post