Class Mom

Class Mom

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Laurie Gelman's clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom--a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom--or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it's her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max--this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the "wisest" candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents' response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of "special" brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen's methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen's past, a hyper-sensitive "allergy mom," a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction--the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman's acerbic truths.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250124692
1250124697
Branch Call Number: FIC GELMA
Characteristics: 290 pages

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maggiepcurtis
Aug 27, 2017

As a mom who has volunteered a lot at school, I found many things amusing in this book. It's nothing serious but it's a fun, light read.

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jasmine81
Aug 14, 2017

Too much swearing and sarcasm in just the first chapter. I didn't finish it.

debwalker Aug 06, 2017

The cut throat world of Kindergarten politics. And that's just the parents!

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