Five Great Books about Motherhood and a Giveaway!

BY  |  Thursday, May 02, 2013 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (55)

WINNER: Congratulations to melissaann from Normal, IL !

Mother’s Day is almost here, and what better gift for a mom or soon-to-be mom than one of these recently released mom-penned books. All of the stories  are funny and relatable. And while you won’t find a lot of cooking, cleaning or craft tips, you will find lots to enjoy and laugh about as these women poke fun at the real joys—and trials—of modern motherhood.

Lost in SuburbiaLost in Suburbia a Momior, How I got Pregnant, Lost Myself and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs

by Tracy Beckerman

This New Jersey mom tells all about her transition from career woman to suburban stay-at-home mom with candor and wit that engages the reader from the start. You can read more about Tracy and the book in this Barista Kids interview: Tracy Beckerman Talks Lost in Suburbia in Montclair.



I Just Want to Pee AloneI Just Want to Pee Alone

An anthology by 37 Kick Ass Mom Bloggers

This collection of 36 essays covers everything from the indignities of childbirth to embarrassing toddler gaffes, and focuses on the real-life humor that motherhood provides daily. Put together by Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, there are four New Jersey contributors: Kim Forde of The Fordeville Diaries, Kim Bongiorno of Let Me Start by Saying, Amy Bozza of My Real Life and Anna Sandler (that’s me!) of Random Handprints.




Motherhood Comes Naturally and other vicious liesMotherhood Comes Naturally (and other vicious lies)

by Jill Smokler

Better known as Scary Mommy, the name of her incredibly popular blog and her best-selling first book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Jill’s latest release continues the theme of sharing, and laughing about, the real truth about life with your kids. Motherhood Comes Naturally debunks more than twenty motherhood myths, and as Jill so perfectly explains: “this is not a parenting manual or how-to guide… think of it instead as a coping resource.”



Moms Who Drink and SwearMoms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind

By Nicole Knepper

This collection of essays are as funny, outrageous and curse-laden as the title suggests, while also focusing on the “loving my kids” part of the title as well. Nicole also includes hilarious and heartwarming stories from her own childhood and the sage advice that  “being a parent shouldn’t ever mean trying not to be just who you have always been.” The book is based on her blog Moms Who Drink and Swear, as well as her hugely “liked” Facebook page of the same name (over 250,000!).




Parenting Illustrated with Crappy PicturesParenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures

By Amber Dusick

Amber’s first book is an outgrowth from her blog of the same name, Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. Amber began her blog “to vent about the funny (and frustrating) day-to-day things that happened to me as a parent.” And even though her own son blurbed “The drawings aren’t very good, Mama,” the book is a fantastic read, both for the words and the (not-so) crappy pictures. As Amber reminds, “sometimes the crappiest moments make the best memories.”



Giveaway – Enter to Win All Five of these Great Books!

Thanks to the generosity of the authors above, Barista Kids has copies of all five books (some will be signed!) to give to one lucky reader.

To enter, leave a comment with the last great book you read or which of these books you would like to read the most.

No purchase necessary. Starts Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7 am EST and ends Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10 am. One person who replies to this post by 10 am EST on Wednesday, May 8, will be chosen at random to win the five books listed above.  Open to U.S. residents ages 18 and older. Void where prohibited.

You MUST leave a comment here to be entered and you may only comment once to get an entry, but if you want another entry and up your chances of winning, here are a couple of ways:

  • Follow us on Twitter and leave a comment telling us you did with your Twitter profile. Make sure to include @baristakids  in your tweet.
  • Subscribe to our newsletter here and send us a message telling us you did with your email address.

Good luck!


  1. POSTED BY R. King  |  May 02, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    I would love to read “Lost in Suburbia” lounging at the pool…

  2. POSTED BY Grover  |  May 02, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I really want to read Scary Mommy’s book! If I can find the time to read, ha.

  3. POSTED BY rsh1  |  May 02, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    Hmmm…if the “R. King” who already entered the contest is my friend who I spend all summer with at the pool, then I hope one of us wins the contest so we can lend each other the books! Motherhood Comes Naturally sounds right up my alley.

  4. POSTED BY Hollster  |  May 02, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    Just from the title alone, Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind sounds like a must-read! The last great book I read was Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner. I could not put it down!

  5. POSTED BY pamplemousse  |  May 02, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    All of these selections sound like a hilarious reads. Would love to read any/all of them!

  6. POSTED BY whacamolemom  |  May 02, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    But how can I choose? I’ve been wanting to read every single one of these! Pick me!

  7. POSTED BY bloomfield mama  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    I’d read ‘em all – they look fun! The crappy illustrations one would probably be the one i browse first.

  8. POSTED BY arcs8385  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I am currently (trying) to read/finish: “Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind.By: Nicole Knepper”

    Personally, I would love to read all of them. It is nice to be able to laugh (and cry) at the eerily familiar stories. Nice to know I am NOT alone! :D

  9. POSTED BY sldjohnson70  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    The last great book I read was the The Hunger Games Series. but I’ve been following Mom’s Who drink and Swear, and it sounds like a great book!

  10. POSTED BY rollikr  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    “y” was the last book I read. Can’t wait to read Moms Who Drink and Swear….because I do both….a LOT!

  11. POSTED BY mznikki  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    <—- mommy to 5 lil girls , I read before bed time ….. I need some new books

  12. POSTED BY urbanchicken  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    I would LOVE to read all of these books! ‘Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures’ is one of my favorite blogs and I’m super excited to see the book.

  13. POSTED BY caseyrparsons  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    would love, love, love these books <3

  14. POSTED BY caralyn  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    I would love to read Motherhood Comes Naturally

  15. POSTED BY huswoman  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    I SO want to read all of them!!

  16. POSTED BY colleenct1  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    I would love to read the book: Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind By Nicole Knepper. I love her facebook page and her blog but the reason I need to win the book, I have spent all my money on my kids and vodka. Please help a fellow mom get her hands on some great reading material.

  17. POSTED BY faithymom  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    I’d love to read Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures first, then the other 4 right after!
    PICK ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. POSTED BY mrssmartypants  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    The last book I read was actually, “I Want to Pee Alone”. LOVED IT!!!

  19. POSTED BY flan  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    Would love to read all of these.I like to get other mother’s views on life.

  20. POSTED BY beadkeeper  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    I really want to read YOUR book — the other 4 would just be amazing window dressing! And, btw, I’m from New Jersey! lol

  21. POSTED BY heyred29  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    I cannot wait to read, “Moms Who Drink and Swear”.

  22. POSTED BY riddle5  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Are you shitn’ me!?!? I wanna read all of
    those. I need my reading time back.
    Lynn R.

  23. POSTED BY hollyberry1130  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Parenting with crappy pictures…LOL and I follow MWDAS on facebook, love her. This would be a fabulous collection of books to own!

  24. POSTED BY cmafairman  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    i recently read World War Z and loved it!

  25. POSTED BY cmafairman  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    i followed you on twitter (@cmafairman) and tweeted about the contest using @baristakids. :-)

  26. POSTED BY carolinag88  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    I just read Carry On Warrior by Glennon Melton. Amazing book. I would love to win these books to add some funny to my reading list.

  27. POSTED BY cleobratra  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    I want to read them all! The crappy pictures one belongs on my coffee table.

  28. POSTED BY heidibug  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    I’d love to read Motherhood Comes Naturally!

  29. POSTED BY sara  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I recently read “Drinking Closer to Home” by Jessica Anya Blau. Awesome book. Now I want very much to read “I Just Want To Pee Alone.” It’s the prayer that I say every day.

  30. POSTED BY melissaann  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I love you and I love these authors and I would LOVE to win these books! I need a book break…..a long child free book break!!! :-)

  31. POSTED BY steviek  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    Would love to read the book Moms Who Drink & Swear! I Love Nicole. :)

  32. POSTED BY mcaranza  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    I so want to read all of these but really want to read Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind

  33. POSTED BY shenze  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    I would really love to read Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind By Nicole Knepper and running a VERY close 2nd is Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures!

  34. POSTED BY lovelyn  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    I am wanting to read Moms Who Drink and Swear so BADLY! I LOVE Nicole and constantly am looking forward to her blog and facebook statuses. She’s effing amazing….

  35. POSTED BY skyekinkade  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Moms Who Drink and Swear!!

  36. POSTED BY jpatton18  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    I am dying to read ‘Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind’ By Nicole Knepper. I’ve been reading her blog for years and I absolutely love her. If I don’t win, I think I might just have to buy it for myself for Mother’s Day.

  37. POSTED BY melissastewart  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    I would love to read the Moms Who Drink and Swear book :) I love her blog! The last book that I have read that was amazing was actually a trilogy called Sleeping Beauty written by Anne Rice. The novels make 50 Shades of Grey seem prudish.

  38. POSTED BY mom2ab4  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    It has been so long since I have read a book that doesn’t have pictures or make some kind of noises!! I would love to read any of these books – although, the only time I actually have to read is locked in the bathroom…lol I could always bring them to work with me and indulge at lunch time…as long as I find a good hiding space in which they won’t find me and talk to me as though they don’t see me trying to enjoy my little hour!! I don’t dare lock myself in the bathroom at work, they will only send someone in to find me.

  39. POSTED BY kristenfuchs  |  May 02, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    I would love to read all of these books! It would be nice to know that I am not the only one who feels like going crazy sometimes :-)

  40. POSTED BY darlam8472  |  May 02, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Hell to the yeah I wanna win these books!! The last book I read for an adult was Damned by Chuck Pahaluniuk? Pahlnuik? Oh hell, you know who I’m talking about..that guy! And the last year I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series to my kid. I need some sunshine!

  41. POSTED BY graceveronica82  |  May 02, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I’m currently trying to read life of pi. It’s a little difficult with a 5 yo, 3 yo, and 1 yo running around. I want to red all of them, but I honk mom who drinks and swears the most :)

  42. POSTED BY daylacox  |  May 02, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    TORN! Lost in Suburbia or Moms Who Drink and Swear if I HAD to pick. All sound awesome.

  43. POSTED BY nishabannick  |  May 02, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    I need to read Moms who Drink and Swear . . . I facestock the author regularly : ) She is hilarious!

  44. POSTED BY rexfall  |  May 02, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Pick me Pick me :) I love Moms who drink and swear and would love to read the others too!

  45. POSTED BY nadiatc  |  May 02, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Such a coincidence that all of these books are on my summer reading list! Especially Moms who drink and swear…

  46. POSTED BY daltonje  |  May 02, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    I really want to read Scary Mommy’s book, I follow her on fb and she is hilarious!! The last book I read myself was “Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me” and it was very funny!

  47. POSTED BY twomoms  |  May 03, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    I love all of the books just based upon the titles alone. I would love to read them all. It would be lovely to have a few books my daughter would not also want to read. I tried to read a Harry Potter book and she immediately took it away. Sigh.

  48. POSTED BY rockinrobin  |  May 03, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    All of the books sound fantastic, but I am a big fan of Amber Dusick. She makes me laugh!

  49. POSTED BY stefhl  |  May 03, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    I really want to read I Just Want to Pee Alone – one of my favorite mommy bloggers – Rants from Mommyland – contributed and she is HYSTERICAL.

  50. POSTED BY Heathersaurus Rex  |  May 03, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    I came here initially because I really want to read Moms Who Drink and Swear but after reading these fantastic titles, I really want to read I Just Want to Pee Alone also! Both seem like they’re interesting enough for me to make time to read!

  51. POSTED BY reginachadwick  |  May 04, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    The last great book I read was The BFG…sad, I know. I would love to read I Just Want to Pee Alone. The title hits home!

  52. POSTED BY mssleep  |  May 06, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Looking for some good reads! Thanks!

  53. POSTED BY mindi  |  May 06, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

    I want to read Mom’s Who Drink and Swear!

  54. POSTED BY madamerkf  |  May 07, 2013 @ 2:36 am

    Motherhood Comes Naturally (and other vicious lies) sounds like a great read

  55. POSTED BY charisse  |  May 08, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    I am working on finishing the first book of The Hunger Games right now…I can’t wait to make my way through I Just Want To Pee Alone!!!

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