The Bro Code for Parents by Barney Stinson – Audiobook Review

The Bro Code for Parents by Barney Stinson and Matt Kuhn, narrated by Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris)
Published in audio by Simon Audio, published in print by Touchstone, both imprints of Simon & Schuster


From the publisher:

So you’re going to be a parent.

You might be asking yourself a series of important questions:

Will I be a good parent? • Will I be able to afford this? • Can I ever have sex again?

Well, the answer to all these questions is a rock-solid no. But just because your existence is now a petrifying turd on the canvas of life doesn’t mean your kid has to be as lame as you’re about to become. That’s why I’ve written this book—to teach you how to be an awesomommy or legendaddy.

The Bro Code for Parents will help you:

Choose a baby name that won’t get your kid stuffed into a junior high locker •

Interview and hire a smokin’ hot nanny • Teach your child instant classics like “The Boobs on the Bus” and “Bro, Bro, Bro Your Boat”

With full-color illustrations, interactive work sheets, and even suggestions for how to turn a stroller into a broller, The Bro Code for Parents gives you all the tools you’ll need to raise your child to be almost as awesome as I am. Almost.

Thoughts on the story:

If you’ve watched How I Met Your Mother this is probably exactly what you think it will be: ridiculous, slightly sex-obsessed advice that bears little resemblance to any sane parenting advice, but is pretty funny. This will sound like I’m damning The Bro Code for Parents with faint praise and I don’t mean to do that, but the best thing about this book i that it knows when to stop. I absolutely do not mean that it gets tired. The thing is, this concept absolutely could get tired, but Stinson (okay, Kuhn) keeps it to the perfect length where you feel that he has covered what he should, but he doesn’t overdo it. If you find Barney funny on How I Met Your Mother, you are likely to be amused here, too.

Thoughts on the audio production:

I have only watched How I Met Your Mother sporadically and, while I really enjoyed it, I’m not sure that I am into it enough that I would have cared much about this book in print. Audio, though? Neil Patrick Harris kills it. He KILLS it. The voices, the vocal sound effects… Yeah, audio is the way to go with this, because of the supreme awesomeness that is Neil Patrick Harris.


If you’re into Barney Stinson and have any knowledge about parenting, this is – at 2.5 hours – a fun diversion of an audiobook.

Buy this book from:
Powells: Audio/Print*
Indiebound: Audio/Print*

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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz – Book Review

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
Published by Simon & Schuster

Perhaps you remember, but I recently adored Head You Lose, Lisa Lutz’s new book, with cowriter David Hayward. Based on my love for Heads You Lose and the recommendations of many readers I trust, I decided that the next new series I start would have to be Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files. I took the first book out from the library and it sat around my house for a few days. Then last week, when I felt myself on the verge of a reading slump, I had a feeling that The Spellman Files might just be the cure for what ailed me.

It is quite difficult to describe the plot of The Spellman Files without making it sound convoluted and ridiculous, which it really isn’t. Anyway, there’s Izzy Spellman, second of three children in the Spellman clan, although she’s more or less an adult now. Izzy’s parents are private investigators, and she’s been involved since she was old enough to trail a perp – although she was very distracted by pot and petty vandalism as a teenager. Now she lives with her parents, 12 year old sister Rae, and their Uncle Ray who has turned to a life of alcohol and debauchery, after clean living gave him cancer. Rae and Ray are at war, and Izzy is trying to hide from her parents her relationship Exboyfriend #8, the dentist who thinks she is a teacher. There are footnotes scattered liberally throughout the book as asides from Izzy, and some of the subplots have their own set of chapter numbers, so you can read two chapter 2s in a row. It is also clear that most of what is being told is leading up to a time when Rae is missing, and Izzy is trying to tell her story to a detective in the present to give him background on Rae. Luckily these scenes with the detective are in a different font from the rest of the book, so they are easily distinguishable.

See? I didn’t do a very good job convincing you that this book isn’t overly complicated. The thing is, though, Lisa Lutz makes it work. I never had to stop and think about which story thread I was following, even when I did read two chapter 2s in a row. Everything is weaved together so effortlessly, that I just relaxed and went along for the ride. Anyway, I totally loved The Spellman Files, Lutz has a real talent for very funny mysteries. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, I will definitely be keeping them on hand for when I need a change of pace.

Highly recommended.

Buy this book from:
Powells | Indiebound*

Source: library.
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Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski – Book Review

Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of Macmillan

If you read “A Bump in the Road” (which you don’t need to understand and enjoy “Not Ready for Mom Jeans”), you already know that Clare Finnegan has a new baby after what was an unplanned pregnancy for herself and her husband. Not that they don’t both adore their daughter, but life with Sara is so different than life before Sara. One of the biggest differences is Clare’s newfound questioning of her career. Being an event planner is something that she has always loved, but when Clare’s maternity leave ends, she feels an intense amount of mom guilt leaving her precious little girl at daycare with strangers.

Although I couldn’t always identify with Clare and the old, single, pre-child ways she did not want to give up, like staying out for most of the night to go drinking with her friends, I think that most mothers will identify with Clare’s struggles with work-life balance. For Clare motherhood is a constant reinvention of self, and she has a lot of soul searching to do in order to determine what is best for her and her family.

A couple of minor continuity problems failed to dampen my enthusiasm for this funny and realistic look at the tough choices of modern motherhood. I think most moms – nay, parents – would be able to relate to the decisions Clare finds herself forced to make.

Buy this book from:
A local independent bookstore via Indiebound.*

Maureen Lipinski’s website

Other Books by Maureen Lipinski:
“A Bump in the Road”

This review was done with a personal copy.
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College in a Nutskull edited by Anders Henriksson – Book Review

College in a Nutskull edited by Anders Henriksson

You know those books about funny malapropisms that kids make? The ones that almost make you cringe because they show such a lack of either thought or education?

Okay, well, imagine one of those, but filled with things that college students have written on tests. Such a book is “College in a Nutskull.”

Anders Henriksson, a professor at Shepherd College in West Virgina, has collected some of the most completely absurd things that college students around the United States have ever written on exams, and put them into this book, organized by subject and designed to look like a spiral-bound notebook. Some of my favorites:

John McCane’s biggest mistake was to think that Sara Palin could cattle pout him into the White House

Life in the trenches was very dangerous due to constant attacks by submarines.

Fascism is where your social life is totally on Facebook.

When I first received this book, I wasn’t really sure it would appeal to me. Then I sat down and began flipping through it, and had a hard time putting it down! Reading it a section or two at a time, I finished this entire book in a single day. Normally these types of books made me cringe, but this one was so funny (cattle pout? hilarious!) that funny beat out sad for me. Of course there were some cringe-worthy moments too (note to all college students, fascism has nothing to do with Facebook!), but on the balance I really enjoyed “College in a Nutskull.”

Give this book to your favorite graduate – if only to make sure that they don’t think any of this makes sense!

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This review was done with a book received unsolicited from the publisher.
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