Parents Behaving Badly
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.
Patrick has narrated numerous audiobooks including The Power of Six Sigma, which was a finalist for a 2001 Audie Award. In addition to narrating audiobooks, Patrick is an accomplished stage actor, director and stage combat choreographer. He has worked extensively Off-Broadway and regionally for companies in Utah, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and all over California, as well as Finland and Germany. Classically trained, his roles cover a wide range, from Vindice in The Revenger's Tragedy and Marc Antony in Julius Caesar to Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and The Big Bad Wolf in The 3 Little Pigs.
"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