The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days

A Novel

Ian Frazier; Read by Cynthia Nixon

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Based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, Ian Frazier’s uproarious first novel, The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days, centers on a profoundly memorable character, sprung from an impressively fertile imagination. Structured as a daybook of sorts, with the Cursing Mommy—beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two boys, twelve and nine—trying (more or less) valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass. Her voice is somewhere between Phyllis Diller’s and Sylvia Plath’s: a hilariously desperate housewife with a taste for swearing and large glasses of red wine, who speaks to the frustrations of everyday life.

From On the Rez, an investigation into the lives of modern-day Oglala Sioux written with an impressive mix of humor, compassion, and imagination, to Dating Your Mom, a side-splitting collection of humorous essays that imagines, among other things, how you might begin a romance with your mother, Frazier has demonstrated an astonishing ability to operate with ease in a variety of registers. Here he tackles yet another genre with his usual grace and aplomb, and an extra helping of his trademark wicked wit. The Cursing Mommy’s failures and weaknesses are our own—and Frazier, at the height of his powers as a writer and observer, gives them a loving, satirical spin that is uniquely his own.

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JANUARY
 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4
And so, we set out. Ideally, this daybook would have started on Saturday morning, January 1, but Larry and I had to be in Encino. A client of Larry’s invites the whole office out there to stay over in his gigantic house for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day every year. This client brings in a huge amount of business and Larry says we might be sleeping in the car if it weren’t for him, so of course we have to go. And I do mean we, because the client is a big believer in wives attending, though they don’t have much to do.

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“Cynthia Nixon does a wonderful job expressing The Cursing Mommy’s escalating frustration, then returning to the calm-voiced, advice-dispensing sage to which The Cursing Mommy aspires.” – The Star-Ledger


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Ian Frazier; Read by Cynthia Nixon

Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish’s Eye, On the Rez, Family, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Coyote v. Acme and Dating Your Mom, all published by FSG. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days
A Novel
Ian Frazier; Read by Cynthia Nixon

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Unabridged Compact Disc

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Macmillan Audio
October 2012
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427226976
ISBN10: 1427226970
Audio Run Time: 7:00
$29.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
October 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427226983
ISBN10: 1427226989
Audio Run Time: 7:00
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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374133184
ISBN10: 0374133182
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$25.00

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Picador
October 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250037763
ISBN10: 125003776X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$15.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374709495
ISBN10: 0374709491
256 pages
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