Birth and Other Surprises

Birth and Other Surprises

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Birth and Other Surprises is a memoir of childhood in the seventies (no seat belts, no bike helmets, lots of eating paste) and early parenting adventures (no privacy, no clue, lots of eating what's left on the plate) by Foreword Reviews INDIE Finalist for Humor Kimberly Davis Basso. Both a follow up and a prequel for fans of I'm a Little Brain Dead, it's written in the same brutally honest style and will ignite book club discussions all over again. Early parenting lessons from a child of the seventies - because you have to remember what it's like to be a child, in order to raise a child.

Why, yes, there is a chapter on Epidurals, Episiotomies and Enemas called E.e.e.k! and Kimberly did do all the research herself. You'll also get the Top Ten Questions she should have asked while pregnant and learn The Stupidest Thing We Ever Did, 1978 edition in addition to interactive portions of the book, like the Parenting Spirit Animals Quiz. 100% not scientific and yet still remarkably accurate- turns out Kimberly's spirit animal is a sea horse, like so many. Lovely Hubby does make an appearance or two, what with being the other half of her procreative process and once again all names have been changed to protect the innocent. Even if you aren't a parent, the alien analogies alone are worth a look. After all, Kimberly wasn't born, she arrived.

Kimberly Davis Basso has been hononred as Book of the Year Finalist for Humor from Foreword Reviews, a Writer's Digest Honorable Mention Author for Life Stories, an International Book Awards Finalist and others, none of which impress her children.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 327g
  • English
  • 1734552301
  • 9781734552300

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"Roll on the floor hilarity" - Neil White, Author of Turn a Blind Eye

"A wicked, wicked sense of humor. I'd like to meet her." - Cath and Kindle Reviews

"All the flair of a standup comedian... reminds me why I like talented writers so much." - Writer's Digest, Judges Notes

"Wildly honest, hearbreakingly human." - Tania Katan, Author of My One Night Stand with Cancer

"We are held by fear. We are held by laughter. Oh how well Basso wields this double-edged sword." - Julia Simpson Urrutia, Author of The Red Sea Bride

Early Praise for Birth and Other Surprises

"Basso makes you laugh, makes you laugh loud and hard as you move through the ridiculous, the sublime... It's only after that you realize what she's done, that through her humor she brings you deeper into the great truth, that is Basso's gift." - William Quigley Author of Joy Bliss This

"After reading Basso's book on childbirth, I will never look at the chest burster scene in Alien the same way." - Bradley Upton, Author of Blood Stakes
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