Mother on Fire

Mother on Fire

A True Moth %#$@ About Parenting!

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
This is a story about the year I exploded into flames. Which turns out to be more common than you’d think, among forty-something humans. Yea, we can hold it together in our thirties, with a raft of hair products and semi-tall nonfat half-caf beverages and much brisk walking to a lot of interesting appointments. Come the forties, though, cracks begin to appear. One staggers suddenly along life’s path; gourmet coffee splats; the wig slips askew. In other words, my friends, THE WHEELS COME OFF.

Sandra Tsing Loh is the fiercest, funniest, and most incredibly honest and self-deprecating voice to emerge from the “mommy war” debates. In Mother on Fire, she fires away with her trademark hilarious satire of societal and personal irks large and small, including limo liberals who preach the virtues of public school but send their children to fashionable private ones, the proliferation of costly skin-care products that just don’t cut it, society’s obsession with aromatherapy, her Chinese father’s disdain for her life as an artist, and $10 Target pants (“Are they running pants, exercise pants, pajama pants?”) that are the ubiquitous Mother of Small Children uniform.

Prompted by her own midlife crisis, Loh throws her frantic energy not into illicit affairs, shopping binges, or exotic trips, but into the harrowing heart of contemporary, dysfunctional L.A. life when she realizes that she can’t afford private school for her daughter, and her only alternative is her neighborhood’s public school, Guavatorina, where most of the kids speak Spanish and qualify for free lunches. In a theater-of-the-absurd-style odyssey, Mother on Fire documents Loh’s “year of living dangerously” among pompous school admissions officials, lactose-intolerant, Prius-driving parents, mafia dons of public radio, vindictive bosses, and old friends with new money as she first kisses ass—and then kicks it.

Baker & Taylor
A humorist and radio commentator shares her quest to find the perfect kindergarten for her five-year-old daughter, while dealing with the loss of her job, a therapist, and her evolution from manic status-seeking mom to community activist.

Baker
& Taylor

In a hilarious memoir, a humorist and radio commentator shares her quest to find the perfect kindergarten for her five-year-old daughter in an L.A. in which status dictates that youngsters attend private school, while dealing with the loss of her job, a therapist, and her evolution from manic status-seeking mom to community activist. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780609608135
0609608134
Branch Call Number: 818.6 L83m 2008
Characteristics: xii, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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damari
Sep 20, 2011

Recommended for any parent who has been or is going through the getting your kid in school process. Also those who have noticed the epidemic of scary giftedness.

I won't spoil readers by revealing where Loh's daughter ends up in kindergarten, but by the time the decision is made you'll have side-splitting descriptions of everything from the public elementary down the street (94% free or reduced-price lunch) to the $22,000/year "socialist" idyll.

It's worth picking this book up, if only to read the formula Loh figures determines the price of a private school.

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