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Renae Clare has lived with the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis including paralysis, depression and fatigue for over 40 years.

This deeply personal account, Potty Mouth, was written as a series of essays after each of her psychotherapy sessions. Her therapist, Dr Cinzia LeValds recommended putting them all together into book form feeling that Renae's completely open and brutally honest voice would help a great many people. She has dealt with abuse, with aging, with disability, and with loss.

Renae's wickedly profane sense of humor shows her optimistic spirit shining through even under the most depressing and difficult times. This book is gut wrenchingly truthful and yet, at times it is laugh out loud funny. It was written for the purpose of healing and forgiving Renae Clare's past and as such there are many things in Potty Mouth that she had never spoken of before beginning therapy. It is written with the thought of helping not only herself but others to find the inner strength and inner peace needed to get through the obstacles that she has come up against over time.

Although she has MS her optimism shines through and she is an inspiration to everyone she meets.

Potty Mouth also includes practical guides to finding help for disabled people and how to keep and restore self-confidence and self worth.

Renae Clare's book hides nothing.
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A remarkable and thoroughly moving book that provides a window onto the difficult world of someone living with multiple sclerosis. The book is written very much from the heart, with a great deal of love and affection, but is also free of self-pity in its straightforward narrative. It's remarkable that the narrative can be so free of self-pity considering the tribulations Ms. Clare has faced. It's a completely absorbing and fascinating book, highly recommended.more
This was a very good book, as far as nonfiction memoirs go. I’m a big fan of the genre and have read dozens (if not hundreds) in my lifetime. I’d say that “Potty Mouth” ranks up there with the best of them. I liked the author’s narrative voice and found her perspective refreshing and uplifting. There was a great balance between the heavy moments and the lighter ones. She gracefully wove in various parts of her life into a seamless story that showed much more than just a woman with a disability. I do feel that some parts could have benefited from a more in-depth exploration, as I occasionally felt things were glossed over or rushed. This is one of those books that could have easily been twice as long and I still would have devoured every page and never been bored. Perhaps she’ll write another one. Recommend to fans of nonfiction and even general fiction (some parts read like it!)more
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that it ended! (okay, that and the block text on my iPad). It was awesome! I mean that in the most reverent way, of course. I didn’t like reading about the bad things the author endured, but what I loved was her strength! My favorite line was “there is no drug as powerful as the human spirit” and that is so true! What an inspiration Renae Clare is not only to people who are fighting this debilitating disease, but to people everywhere who face challenges they think are too much to bear. Ms. Clare could be a role model to us all. She isn’t perfect, nor does she claim to be. And that is what makes her and her story so amazing!more
I read this book in one sitting. I could NOT put it down. I cannot believe some of the crazy things that Ms. Clare writes about, and the crazy people she’s had to deal with! But lucky for me she wrote a book about it so I was able to read about it all. The short chapters kept me turning the pages on my kindle as fast as I could (and the chapter titles are hilarious!) And some of the characters…Dr. Ick, the taxi driver…my God, this woman can tell a good story! She is creative and funny and has a natural gift. I totally enjoyed this book from beginning to end and know that you will too! A MUST read!more
"Potty Mouth” by Renae Clare sheds light on, and puts a human face to, this horiffic disease of MS. And she does it with the best sense of humour, even at the darkest times! I made a lot of notes while reading this on all the points I liked and I think this would make a fabulous book club pick. In fact, I’m going to recommend it at my next meeting. There were so many things the author writes about that we can ALL relate to, MS or not. Like not being a victim, standing up for one self, coming to terms with the past, forgiveness, optimism (even when life SUCKS!) I mean, I can’t even imagine how tough things must get for Renae Clare at times, yet she is still kicking with a big ol’ smile on her face. She rocks!!more
Ahhh…I am really struggling with this one. On one hand I really loved it…really, this is one of the best written books I’ve read in a long time! The only thing stopping me from rating it 5 stars is, well, two things…As much as I loved the “stories” of the events in her life, I kept feeling like I wanted more. More background, more details…some parts felt kinda rushed and not well-developed. Like we were just skimming the surface. The other thing that threw me was the fact that all the text showed up left-justified which makes it hard to read. An easy fix, but I wish it had been formatted better when I was reading. My old eyes get tired easy, and this is not a cheap ebook. Other than those two things I was very impressed with this book and would strongly recommend it to others with no hesitation.more
Sometimes you can read a book, and the topics may be interesting, but the writing really isn’t all that great. Sometimes you can read a book that is exquisitely written, but the storyline is kinda ho-hum. But it is extremely rare to come across a book that is both flawless in its execution, and also riveting to the point of being crazy addicting – and this is exactly how I thought “Potty Mouth…” by Renae Clare was. It was stylistically near perfect, with great pacing and an always-engaging storyline that touched on a wide range of topics and events. The characters and descriptions were well-rounded and vivid, and I truly felt like I was experiencing the world through Renae’s eyes. It really helped to broaden my perspectives and opened my mind to a new world I’d only thought about in passing, if at all. Recommend to everyone.more
This is a good book that is inspiring without being overly sappy. I was worried that it may be a “woe-is-me-look-how-I’ve-suffered” book, but it was anything but. And I got to say, if anyone had the right to say “woe-is-me-look-how-I’ve-suffered”, it’s probably be Ms. Clare. Some of the tales she relays are downright incredulous! It’s like, the hits just keep on coming! They say truth is stranger than fiction, and some of the things she’s gone through take the cake! But the way she tells about it is so charming, so down to earth and relatable…and funny! I was surprised at how many times I actually laughed out loud while reading this, or found myself with a grin. Quite an interesting mix of emotions, but this book is a rollercoaster ride, and a terrific one at that!more
This book was fantastic! A real page turner. I can’t imagine having to go through just some of the things Renae Clare has gone through, let alone all the things she writes about in this book. It is amazing to me that so much could happen to one person, but she writes about it in such an entertaining way! Not to be “amused” by her suffering, but appreciate what she has gone through and respect how she has emerged stronger with her head on straight. She’s lucky to be rid of those loser ex’s and maybe this will help her see who the real people are in her life. Her shrink sounds great and kudos to her for encouraging Ms. Clare to write her story. (Btw LOVED the “lists” and “questions” part!). This is a book that I won’t soon forget, and I hope to read more from this author in the future.more
I am so blown away by this book and its AMAZING author, Renae Clare! Wow, I had no idea that I was going to be this impressed and invested in a book about a stranger’s life. But by the end of the first chapter I felt like Ms. Clare and I were best friends and her journey was mine. It is really hard to sum up this incredible book in a short paragraph, just that it is wickedly funny, sad, truthful, and deeply profound. I applaud Ms. Clare for sharing her wonderful story with us and will shout from the rooftops that others MUST read this book now!!!more
Where do I even begin with this book? It was incredible, hands down. Brutally honest, funny, unbelievable (yet believable). Author Renae Clare shares her struggles with MS, a disease that I admit I’ve never given much thought to. But I was in a serious accident several years back and had some experience (albeit it briefly) with your body not working and having to rely on others. It’s an eye-opening experience that I remember scared and depressed me. Ms. Clare went through so many struggles, yet her attitude and sense of humor makes it clear that she is no “victim”. She is an amazing woman who wrote a great book that I highly recommend to everyone! No she’s not a famous celebrity, just a regular gal like us. But that is what makes this book so special. Buy it. Read it. Love it.more
Yeah, I read this book in one sitting, and Renae Clare is now on the top of my “dream dinner guests” list! (along with the elusive Oprah…maybe Ms. Clare can pitch her story then!) ;) To be honest, I had my share of reservations on reading this for several reasons – I thought the too-long title to be a turnoff (“Potty Mouth” is much more succinct), the formatting on my Kindle read like block text (making it hard to read), and I was thinking, we all have problems…do I really want to read about someone elses? Well, not even 2 chapters in I was totally hooked and continually impressed, shocked, and intrigued by the vignettes Renae Clare shared. Some parts were downright heartbreaking…others hysterical and I found myself saying, OMG, WTF more times than I can count. One of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read. Highly, highly recommend!!more
Wow…what else can I say? How does one sum up a book like “Potty Mouth” by Renae Clare? It is leagues above anything else I’ve read out there as far as medical nonfiction goes, where so many of the authors take things so seriously and make themselves out to be either victims or heroes. Ms. Clare does neither, and writes with a candid honesty that I found to be refreshing and inspiring. I was completely sucked in from the first page to the last and was sad when it was over. I felt like I could have kept reading for another hundred pages easy!! At one point Ms. Clare makes a comment about how she “wrote about what she knew”, and in my humble opinion she should write more about it. I have a feeling she could find more stuff to talk about, and I for one would LOVE to listen. Definitely recommend to just about anyone who enjoys a good story, but perhaps its best suited for adults as there is a lot of foul language (hey, can’t say she didn’t warn us in the title!)more
"Potty Mouth: A Woman Disabled With Multiple Sclerosis…” by Renae Clare is the first book I’ve read about (or by) anyone with this disease. It was a real eye-opener for me and has made me appreciate my health that much more. It’s sad what we can take for granted until someone reminds us that it could be worse. My heart absolutely broke for Ms. Clare when she told of her problems with the home health care workers, and my blood boiled when the teenage girls mugged her. There were many difficult challenges that she faced, and, I imagine, still faces on a daily basis. But this book wasn’t about being on the outside looking in on her life…it’s about being there with her and experiencing her struggles for ourselves, but through her filter of a strong woman with an honest sense of humor. I loved how “real” this book felt, and I want to give the author a ((((((hug))))) and tell her she has a new friend and fan in me. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!more
I just did a quick count, and I have read 42 books this year. And hands down, “Potty Mouth…” by Renae Clare is one of—if not THE—best I’ve come across. Ok, one minor beef about the formatting (it was all left justified and needs indentation for the new paragraphs…any author that is asking almost $10 for the ebook should at least have proper formatting.) But other than that, this book was FLAWLESS. Such an unexpected treasure! Part of me feels bad for loving it so much when so much of the book was about these crazy, unbelievable, horrible experiences she went through. But as the (too) long title suggests, she faces these “stranger than fiction” experiences with courage, wisdom, and a profane sense of humor. I was chuckling and shaking my head at so many parts, and couldn’t wait to see what would come out of the authors mouth (hands) next. I Thank Renae Clare SO much for writing this book and I hope she writes more! She has such a gift for telling great stories!more
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A remarkable and thoroughly moving book that provides a window onto the difficult world of someone living with multiple sclerosis. The book is written very much from the heart, with a great deal of love and affection, but is also free of self-pity in its straightforward narrative. It's remarkable that the narrative can be so free of self-pity considering the tribulations Ms. Clare has faced. It's a completely absorbing and fascinating book, highly recommended.more
This was a very good book, as far as nonfiction memoirs go. I’m a big fan of the genre and have read dozens (if not hundreds) in my lifetime. I’d say that “Potty Mouth” ranks up there with the best of them. I liked the author’s narrative voice and found her perspective refreshing and uplifting. There was a great balance between the heavy moments and the lighter ones. She gracefully wove in various parts of her life into a seamless story that showed much more than just a woman with a disability. I do feel that some parts could have benefited from a more in-depth exploration, as I occasionally felt things were glossed over or rushed. This is one of those books that could have easily been twice as long and I still would have devoured every page and never been bored. Perhaps she’ll write another one. Recommend to fans of nonfiction and even general fiction (some parts read like it!)more
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that it ended! (okay, that and the block text on my iPad). It was awesome! I mean that in the most reverent way, of course. I didn’t like reading about the bad things the author endured, but what I loved was her strength! My favorite line was “there is no drug as powerful as the human spirit” and that is so true! What an inspiration Renae Clare is not only to people who are fighting this debilitating disease, but to people everywhere who face challenges they think are too much to bear. Ms. Clare could be a role model to us all. She isn’t perfect, nor does she claim to be. And that is what makes her and her story so amazing!more
I read this book in one sitting. I could NOT put it down. I cannot believe some of the crazy things that Ms. Clare writes about, and the crazy people she’s had to deal with! But lucky for me she wrote a book about it so I was able to read about it all. The short chapters kept me turning the pages on my kindle as fast as I could (and the chapter titles are hilarious!) And some of the characters…Dr. Ick, the taxi driver…my God, this woman can tell a good story! She is creative and funny and has a natural gift. I totally enjoyed this book from beginning to end and know that you will too! A MUST read!more
"Potty Mouth” by Renae Clare sheds light on, and puts a human face to, this horiffic disease of MS. And she does it with the best sense of humour, even at the darkest times! I made a lot of notes while reading this on all the points I liked and I think this would make a fabulous book club pick. In fact, I’m going to recommend it at my next meeting. There were so many things the author writes about that we can ALL relate to, MS or not. Like not being a victim, standing up for one self, coming to terms with the past, forgiveness, optimism (even when life SUCKS!) I mean, I can’t even imagine how tough things must get for Renae Clare at times, yet she is still kicking with a big ol’ smile on her face. She rocks!!more
Ahhh…I am really struggling with this one. On one hand I really loved it…really, this is one of the best written books I’ve read in a long time! The only thing stopping me from rating it 5 stars is, well, two things…As much as I loved the “stories” of the events in her life, I kept feeling like I wanted more. More background, more details…some parts felt kinda rushed and not well-developed. Like we were just skimming the surface. The other thing that threw me was the fact that all the text showed up left-justified which makes it hard to read. An easy fix, but I wish it had been formatted better when I was reading. My old eyes get tired easy, and this is not a cheap ebook. Other than those two things I was very impressed with this book and would strongly recommend it to others with no hesitation.more
Sometimes you can read a book, and the topics may be interesting, but the writing really isn’t all that great. Sometimes you can read a book that is exquisitely written, but the storyline is kinda ho-hum. But it is extremely rare to come across a book that is both flawless in its execution, and also riveting to the point of being crazy addicting – and this is exactly how I thought “Potty Mouth…” by Renae Clare was. It was stylistically near perfect, with great pacing and an always-engaging storyline that touched on a wide range of topics and events. The characters and descriptions were well-rounded and vivid, and I truly felt like I was experiencing the world through Renae’s eyes. It really helped to broaden my perspectives and opened my mind to a new world I’d only thought about in passing, if at all. Recommend to everyone.more
This is a good book that is inspiring without being overly sappy. I was worried that it may be a “woe-is-me-look-how-I’ve-suffered” book, but it was anything but. And I got to say, if anyone had the right to say “woe-is-me-look-how-I’ve-suffered”, it’s probably be Ms. Clare. Some of the tales she relays are downright incredulous! It’s like, the hits just keep on coming! They say truth is stranger than fiction, and some of the things she’s gone through take the cake! But the way she tells about it is so charming, so down to earth and relatable…and funny! I was surprised at how many times I actually laughed out loud while reading this, or found myself with a grin. Quite an interesting mix of emotions, but this book is a rollercoaster ride, and a terrific one at that!more
This book was fantastic! A real page turner. I can’t imagine having to go through just some of the things Renae Clare has gone through, let alone all the things she writes about in this book. It is amazing to me that so much could happen to one person, but she writes about it in such an entertaining way! Not to be “amused” by her suffering, but appreciate what she has gone through and respect how she has emerged stronger with her head on straight. She’s lucky to be rid of those loser ex’s and maybe this will help her see who the real people are in her life. Her shrink sounds great and kudos to her for encouraging Ms. Clare to write her story. (Btw LOVED the “lists” and “questions” part!). This is a book that I won’t soon forget, and I hope to read more from this author in the future.more
I am so blown away by this book and its AMAZING author, Renae Clare! Wow, I had no idea that I was going to be this impressed and invested in a book about a stranger’s life. But by the end of the first chapter I felt like Ms. Clare and I were best friends and her journey was mine. It is really hard to sum up this incredible book in a short paragraph, just that it is wickedly funny, sad, truthful, and deeply profound. I applaud Ms. Clare for sharing her wonderful story with us and will shout from the rooftops that others MUST read this book now!!!more
Where do I even begin with this book? It was incredible, hands down. Brutally honest, funny, unbelievable (yet believable). Author Renae Clare shares her struggles with MS, a disease that I admit I’ve never given much thought to. But I was in a serious accident several years back and had some experience (albeit it briefly) with your body not working and having to rely on others. It’s an eye-opening experience that I remember scared and depressed me. Ms. Clare went through so many struggles, yet her attitude and sense of humor makes it clear that she is no “victim”. She is an amazing woman who wrote a great book that I highly recommend to everyone! No she’s not a famous celebrity, just a regular gal like us. But that is what makes this book so special. Buy it. Read it. Love it.more
Yeah, I read this book in one sitting, and Renae Clare is now on the top of my “dream dinner guests” list! (along with the elusive Oprah…maybe Ms. Clare can pitch her story then!) ;) To be honest, I had my share of reservations on reading this for several reasons – I thought the too-long title to be a turnoff (“Potty Mouth” is much more succinct), the formatting on my Kindle read like block text (making it hard to read), and I was thinking, we all have problems…do I really want to read about someone elses? Well, not even 2 chapters in I was totally hooked and continually impressed, shocked, and intrigued by the vignettes Renae Clare shared. Some parts were downright heartbreaking…others hysterical and I found myself saying, OMG, WTF more times than I can count. One of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read. Highly, highly recommend!!more
Wow…what else can I say? How does one sum up a book like “Potty Mouth” by Renae Clare? It is leagues above anything else I’ve read out there as far as medical nonfiction goes, where so many of the authors take things so seriously and make themselves out to be either victims or heroes. Ms. Clare does neither, and writes with a candid honesty that I found to be refreshing and inspiring. I was completely sucked in from the first page to the last and was sad when it was over. I felt like I could have kept reading for another hundred pages easy!! At one point Ms. Clare makes a comment about how she “wrote about what she knew”, and in my humble opinion she should write more about it. I have a feeling she could find more stuff to talk about, and I for one would LOVE to listen. Definitely recommend to just about anyone who enjoys a good story, but perhaps its best suited for adults as there is a lot of foul language (hey, can’t say she didn’t warn us in the title!)more
"Potty Mouth: A Woman Disabled With Multiple Sclerosis…” by Renae Clare is the first book I’ve read about (or by) anyone with this disease. It was a real eye-opener for me and has made me appreciate my health that much more. It’s sad what we can take for granted until someone reminds us that it could be worse. My heart absolutely broke for Ms. Clare when she told of her problems with the home health care workers, and my blood boiled when the teenage girls mugged her. There were many difficult challenges that she faced, and, I imagine, still faces on a daily basis. But this book wasn’t about being on the outside looking in on her life…it’s about being there with her and experiencing her struggles for ourselves, but through her filter of a strong woman with an honest sense of humor. I loved how “real” this book felt, and I want to give the author a ((((((hug))))) and tell her she has a new friend and fan in me. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!more
I just did a quick count, and I have read 42 books this year. And hands down, “Potty Mouth…” by Renae Clare is one of—if not THE—best I’ve come across. Ok, one minor beef about the formatting (it was all left justified and needs indentation for the new paragraphs…any author that is asking almost $10 for the ebook should at least have proper formatting.) But other than that, this book was FLAWLESS. Such an unexpected treasure! Part of me feels bad for loving it so much when so much of the book was about these crazy, unbelievable, horrible experiences she went through. But as the (too) long title suggests, she faces these “stranger than fiction” experiences with courage, wisdom, and a profane sense of humor. I was chuckling and shaking my head at so many parts, and couldn’t wait to see what would come out of the authors mouth (hands) next. I Thank Renae Clare SO much for writing this book and I hope she writes more! She has such a gift for telling great stories!more
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