Parents Behaving Badly
By Scott Gummer
(Dreamscape Media, Compact Disc, 9781611200553)
Publication Date: April 2011
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Parents Behaving Badly is an uproarious, surprising, and poignant satire of American suburbia and youth sports gone wild. Everyone that has ever been involved with youth sports can relate. Kids, coaches, friends, family - everyone knows 'that guy' or 'that mom. The setting is Little League, but the experiences and issues are universal. Layered beneath the book's laugh out loud action are provocative questions about the what ifs of our adolescence, the lost art of personal interaction in the age of texting and Twitter and Facebook, what constitutes infidelity, and blurring the line between fair play and bad sports. Parents Behaving Badly is a good, fun read that will make you laugh, make you think, and make for conversation in bleachers and on sidelines everywhere.
Scott Gummer is the author of two books, The Seventh at St. Andrews and Homer Kelley's Golfing Machine, and has contibuted to over forty magazines including Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Travel + Leisure and more. He lives with hos wife and children in Sonoma wine country, where he has coached youth sports at every level from peewee boys to high school varsity girls, and where he serves on the Little League Board of Directors.
An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. His recent audio includes the New York Times bestseller The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell (Tantor). "Lawlor is masterful." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Appealing and accessible..." - Publishers Weekly
"...funny...[a] winning book..." - New York Journal of Books
"As much as it's a sharp-tongued takedown of win-at-all-costs culture, Parents Behaving Badly is also a teasing, but ultimately affectionate, story about a happy marriage grappling with the approach of middle age and the pressures of parenting kids who are getting older every day." - NPR
"[Gummer] excels in hilariously detailed descriptions of the sport and its participants. "Parents Behaving Badly" will leave you laughing..." - Washington Post
"Scott Gummer does a great job of reminding us why kids play sports, why parents coach and, with tongue in cheek, what happens when parents forget that sports are supposed to be fun. With a great deal of humor he never loses sight of the life lessons baseball teaches kids and parents alike. Parents Behaving Badly is a thoroughly entertaining story of a youth baseball season that should be a must read." - Cal Ripken, Jr., member, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Chairman and CEO Ripken Baseball
"Parents Behaving Badly isn't just a sharp satire about Little League madness; it's also a shrewd and sympathetic portrait of a mid-life marriage. Scott Gummer writes with equal insight about wayward spouses and conniving coaches." - Tom Perrotta
"Parents Behaving Badly is the perfect melding of the modern American bloodsports of Little League and wedlock: harrowing and warm-hearted." - Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper and Go Mutants