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I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting

I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting

Written by Karen Alpert

Narrated by Karen Alpert


I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting

Written by Karen Alpert

Narrated by Karen Alpert

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4/5 (125 ratings)
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3 hours
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Released:
Apr 8, 2014
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9780062343147
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Description

Popular blogger Karen Alpert shares her hysterical take on the many "joys" of parenting-I Heart My Little A-Holes is full of hilarious stories, lists, thoughts and pictures that will make you laugh so hard you'll wish you were wearing a diaper.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 8, 2014
ISBN:
9780062343147
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook

About the author

Karen Alpert started her blog Baby Sideburns as an antidote to the perfect-seeming families she saw on social media. Her writing about the messy, unpredictable side of parenting struck a chord, and her first book, I Heart My Little A-Holes hit the bestseller list. She also wrote I Want My Epidural Back (William Morrow, 2016). She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two kids. 


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  • (5/5)
    A MasterpieceFew authors write with the skill, the compassion, the insight into human nature—the almost preternatural understanding of what it means to struggle with one’s identity, one’s humanity—that Wally Lamb displays when he tells a story. But to imply that Lamb “simply” tells stories is to do him a disservice. He, in fact, creates worlds that mirror our own life experiences and tells stories that penetrate to the very depths of our knowledge.In “I Know This Much is True,” Lamb tells the story of Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, identical twin brothers with anything but identical life experiences. One of the driving themes of the novel is Dominick’s quest for his identity. As he narrates the tale, he implies that any number of elements—his ability to distinguish himself from his schizophrenic brother, discovering their father’s identity, understanding how he managed to destroy his marriage to Dessa, his ex-wife—will provide him with the comfort he so desperately seeks.Epic and sprawling (in the best of all possible ways), this novel almost defies summary. And, after all, summarizing it would reduce it to mere story. This is a novel that MUST be experienced. Lamb’s skill as a storyteller is on a par with John Irving, Toni Morrison, and William Faulkner. He is an author to be savored and treasured, for he understands the importance of storytelling and how it enriches our lives in ways that nothing else can.Read this novel. You will benefit from it immensely.
  • (5/5)
    I was ready for a thick, involved book and this was the perfect story. It is one that haunts me still. There were times that I really disliked the book - REALLY disliked it!! But, I couldn't stop!Dominick is a twin. That descriptor has defined him through his entire life. Being a twin brings to mind pleasant images of shared secrets and moments. That is not the life of Dominick and his twin Thomas. The book opens with Thomas cutting off his hand in a public library to protest the Gulf War. Yes, cutting off his hand.This is a culmination of Thomas' life with mental illness. His defining moment in the stacks of the library. Thomas is convinced that this event will force the world leaders to pause and rethink their march to world destruction. But, this event also defined the moment start of the end for both Dominick and Andrew. The book then is about the journey from that moment for Dominick - the road to understanding of his own limits and the road to healing as he fights to keep Thomas safe and deal with both is mother's death and her refusal to admit how his real father was. Buried in this is the story of Dominck and Thomas' grandfather - a story that had been translated from Italian and uncovers the tendrils of mental illness from past generations. I gotta say - I cried and sighed and wrote down the final lines of this book! I LOVED it!!!
  • (5/5)
    This is an excellent, well written novel. I highly recommend this book! The character development is exceptional.
  • (5/5)
    What can you say about a novel that starts out with a suicide, includes a monkey with an almost incestuous relationship, and a young man who comes of age, along with the other characters who mature through the story? This one is a keeper to reread in my old age.
  • (3/5)
    Definitely not as good as his first book and very difficult at times, but overall a good solid novel. It was awfully depressing at time and the main character was thoroughly unlikable for a good chunk of the book; but the theme of redemption brought both Dominick and me around. It was not an easy book, but it rang true in that it showed the nuance of life - nothing is simply black and white; everything in life has shades of grey.
  • (5/5)
    Loved this book (read in 2000). My favorite passage:“I am not a smart man, particularly, but one day, at long last, I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family’s, and my country’s past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things.This much, at least, I’ve figured out. I know this much is true.”
  • (4/5)
    Traumatic read... the story of twins, one of them a schizophrenic. It's the story of how one deals with a 'broken' loved one, healing from dysfunctional family ties, and the realization that we're all broken somehow... even if the cracks don't visibly show.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of those books that is a book with a capital "B". This has two stories going at the same time, wonderful writing, great characters..... it's just got it all. I was actually glad that this book was so long because I enjoyed every page of this one.
  • (5/5)
    Another favorite author!
  • (4/5)
    I had this book on my shelf for forever and after reading some reviews decided to finally read it. I wasn't disappointed, it was pretty good, just not as great as everyone else seemed to think. The characters were good and so was the story line, it was just soooo long!
  • (3/5)
    Great book, awesome characters. I didn't like the parts where it went way back into history.
  • (2/5)
    Did not particularly enjoy this book, but it was an Oprah selection if you like those.
  • (5/5)
    An all-time fave!
  • (4/5)
    A sprawling and fascinating three generation family history, which was hard to put down. Deals with themes of self-forgiveness, as well as forgiveness of others.

    My only minor complaints were that it all wrapped up a little too neatly at the end, and also that it bordered on schlocky very occasionally - specifically thinking of the psychiatrist sessions

    But it was gripping and moving, for sure. May read another
  • (5/5)
    Lamb gets into his characters' heads better than anyone. He manages to make you care about all of his characters in spite of their flaws. A well-crafted story about mental illness, love and healing.
  • (5/5)
    Son of a timid woman, stepson of a hard man, identical twin of a paranoid schizophrenic...Dominick Birdsey is both a sympathetic yet unlikeable protagonist, if that's even possible. He's so angry at weakness but doesn't stand up for it. Instead, he tramples upon it, takes advantage of it, allows himself to gain from it. However, as the story moves along and as he suffers through exceedingly difficult trials, there are people placed in his path that challenge him to become better. And he does. It's poignant. It's slow. It's certainly the growth process that we see in real life rather than the quick fix we find in many novels. It's painful to read but told so beautifully that I can't do anything but recommend it. I've become a true Wally Lamb fan.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of those books that is a book with a capital "B". This has two stories going at the same time, wonderful writing, great characters..... it's just got it all. I was actually glad that this book was so long because I enjoyed every page of this one.
  • (5/5)
    What a story!
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely loved this book. The characters were so real that they continue to live on in my mind weeks after I finished the book. There were times during this book that I laughed and times that I cried. Even though Thomas is the twin in the mental hospital, Dominick, who always felt it was his job to take care of his brother, is having a major meltdown due to all the trauma in his life. This is the story of twin brothers who both deal with the demons in their lives. It is a long but absolutely fantastic book and should is a must-read!
  • (4/5)
    Excellent story about mental illness and the effects on a whole family. A bit long and one I could put down and pick back up, but very well written.
  • (1/5)
    I didn't finish this book as it became more and more vulgar. I guess that's what I get for reading an Oprah pick.
  • (2/5)
    I felt about this the same way I felt about Lamb's She's Come Undone.
  • (3/5)
    2.5 starsLamb writes the psychoanalytic process so well. However, this book bogged down with unnecessary detail (the grandfather's diary, for example).Twin brothers, one of whom is schizophrenic, struggle to find individual identities. Tom commits a horrific act of self-mutilation and Dominick struggles to "save" Tom - spiraling out of control himself. Only when Dominick can come to grips with his anger (at Tom, at his stepfather, at his late mother, at his grandfather, at his "missing" father) can he ultimately forgive those closest to him - and himself. The ending is a little too neat.
  • (5/5)
    Karen is a hilarious mother sharing her stories of raising her children, being a wife and running a household. With in your face comedy of life. This book is sure to please those who have those moements from I just want to pee alone to.... I need a vacation from my life.These stories are sure to make you laugh, and I mean laugh till you cry or pee your pants depending on the type of laugher you are. I am rereading this book outloud to my husband as both being parents we get a kick out of the stories and moments in this book.You will not be disappointed.
  • (2/5)
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  • (5/5)
    Honest. I think I owed at least three times during this book. Twice from laughing and once just for solidarity. Hugs to you, Baby Sideburns.
  • (5/5)
    Awesome
  • (5/5)
    I must confess that I have never read the blog by this author, nor have I read any other works published by her. Upon saying that I have to admit that I had a blast reading her book and wound up sharing it with my spouse. I realize that this book is not for everyone and can be seen as a bit intense with the foul language. However, I would argue that is what gave the book its character and made the author’s experiences more believable. Being a parent to three children who are all on the ADHD spectrum sometimes makes us feel isolated and very frustrated. It is nice to see that others secretly share those hidden feelings that we are not going to utter out loud. Like the author, my kids are also the loud and hyper children that seem to get into everything. I seem to be the one parent that is always NOT bragging about how special my kids are today. I am just grateful they are not trying to get into something or fighting with one another again. The author has a unique way of writing, which was a little refreshing for me. I found it fun and very easy to read. The constant need to refer to poop was a little much, but I get it. If you are a parent of a hyper kid like me than you will love the book. I think most parents would enjoy this book. However, if you are someone who is easily offended, than you might want to skip this one. There is a lot of vulgar references and cursing in the story. It fits just fine, but some people might not like it. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat to a dozen other people that I know. I think that many people would relate to it.
  • (2/5)
    SO I only read 40 pages, but gah. I didn't like anything about it. Boo.
  • (3/5)
    Haunting, chilling. Years later the premise of this book still breaks my heart.