In this laugh-out-loud book, Malloy tells it like it is. She waxes profound, and occasionally profane, on issues that touch every Real Mother's life - from diapers to dating. Malloy inhabits a world that most parents will recognize, but few have described quite so honestly, or hilariously.
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A Real Mother
"Denise Malloy gives us a deliciously snarky, loving, and brutally honest look at REAL motherhood. Not one to pretend our little bundles of joy don't also bug the crap out of us, Denise tells it like it is. For those of us in the thick of "It" (as one tends to refer to one's child when blaming one's partner), we can know we are not alone, and if Denise is any indication, we don't have to throw out our sense of humor with the bath water."
- Katie Goodman, comedian, creator of "Broad Comedy," and author of Improvisation for the Spirit.
“In this hilarious collection where wry humor and loving warmth prevail, Denise Malloy’s foray into parenthood puts her at the pinnacle with Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry. A must-read for anyone who ever laughed or cried over being a kid or a Real parent.”
-Lauri Olsen, Author of Cold Moon Honor, Whispers on the Wind
“Denise Malloy has one of those remarkable outlooks that can turn any situation into comedy. I never miss the chance to read her column in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and when I picked up her book, A Real Mother, I happily settled in for a good laugh. Perhaps it strikes a chord because I, too, am a MOM and every scenario that Denise pens has the tendency to sound familiar. Whether you are a mom, dad or a former kid, there is bound to be a story in this repertoire that will make you chuckle and as my Grandmother used to say, ‘laughing is good for the soul.’”
-Jennifer Lowe-Anker, mother, artist and author of Forget Me Not
“Denise Malloy reminds readers that you don’t have to be crude or edgy to be gut-bustingly funny. Call her a modern-day Erma Bombeck, but somehow she manages to consistently slice and dice modern-day living with good old-fashioned humor. While no pet or human in her family is excused from her keen eye for the absurd (and then writing about it), she perhaps shines brightest when poking fun at herself - which she does, often.”
-Megan Ault Regnerus, Managing Editor, Montana Quarterly and Balance Magazines, blogger, minor catastrophes
"If Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck had a Kentucky love-child, her name would be Denise Malloy.”
- Chrysti M. Smith, host of the radio series "Chrysti the Wordsmith," produced at KGLT-FM in Bozeman, Montana
“Required reading for parents of all ages. Denise Malloy hits the all the right notes while relating the highs and lows of being a Mom.”
-Michele Corriel, freelance writer and author