Planting Dandelions

Planting Dandelions

Field Notes From A Semi-domesticated Life

Book - 2011
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Penguin Putnam
Introducing a writer with a keen eye, a wicked tongue, and an appealing take on family.

In the family of Jen Lancaster and Elizabeth Gilbert, Kyran Pittman is the laid-back middle sister: warm and witty and confiding, with an addictively smart and genuine voice-but married with three kids and living in the heartland. Relatable and real, she writes about family in a way that highlights all its humor, while at the same time honoring its depth.

A regular contributor to Good Housekeeping, Pittman is well loved because she is funny and honest and self-deprecating, because her own household is in chaos ("semi-domesticated"), and because she inspires readers in their own domestic lives. In these eighteen linked, chronological essays, Pittman covers the first twelve years of becoming a family, writing candidly and hilariously about things like learning to maintain a marriage over time; dealing with the challenges of sex after childbirth; saying good-bye to her younger self and embracing the still attractive, forty-year-old version; and trying to "recession- proof" her family (i.e., downsize to avoid foreclosure).

From a fresh new talent, celebrating the joys and trials of a new generation of parents, Planting Dandelions is an entertaining tribute to choosing the white-picket fence over the other options available, even if you don't manage to live up to its ideals every day.

Baker & Taylor
A contributing writer for "Good Housekeeping" presents eighteen chronological essays on the lighter side of family life that cover such topics as maintaining a sexual life after childbirth, entering midlife, and making recession-induced sacrifices.

& Taylor

A contributing writer for Good Housekeeping presents 18 chronological essays on the lighter side of family life that includes coverage of such topics as maintaining a sexual life after childbirth, entering midlife and making recession-induced sacrifices. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781594488009
Branch Call Number: 306.8743 PIT
Characteristics: 244 p. ;,22 cm.


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A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: More like a series of essays than a memoir. This does reflect on her life and choices but examines more what it means to be a mother and a wife. OK read.

Feb 02, 2012

Fantastic! A comfort wrapped in hope for any mother approaching forty and feeling slightly scattered upon reflection of ones younger self. I laughed out loud, came away with understanding for my husband and fostered forgiveness and acceptance for my imperfect self. Must, must read this book!

Nov 08, 2011

I read a review somewhere that made me very interested in this book. It didn't turn out to be what I expected but I still enjoyed it. I have no idea where I saw the review but it was more domestic and less humourous than I expected.

debwalker Jun 04, 2011

"I believe ardently that you should drop everything and run toward your true self," writes Good Housekeeping contributor Kyran Pittman in her hilarious, searing essay collection. The twist: This child of bohemians found her true self in a Little Rock ranch house, where she lives in unexpected bliss with her family. Her tales of modern motherhood are fearless and addictive.

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