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Afterbirth

Stories You Won't Read in a Parenting Magazine

Edited by Dani Klein Modisett

St. Martin's Press

Afterbirth is about what parenting is really like: full of inappropriate impulses, unbelievable frustrations, and idiotic situations. It’s about how life for some parents changes for the worse after their kids are born. Or so it feels. It’s about how not every threeyear- old is charming and delightful and about how sometimes when your kid is having a tantrum, you have to stifle the impulse to round-house him. And Afterbirth is funny—the participants are some of the best comic writers and performers today, turning their attention very close to home and sparing no one, particularly themselves. The thirty-five pieces include:

• Caroline Aaron on what it feels like when the kid moves out of the house (“The New Parenting Paradigm”)
• Christie Mellor on why it’s dangerous to tell people what you really think about being a mommy (“Yahooey”)
• Joan Rater on parenting the unexpected (“Attachment Adoption”)
• Neil Pollack on unforeseeable and unreasonable parental rage (“The Tennis Pro”)
• Matt Weiner on trying not to parent violently like his father did (“Go Easy on the Old Man”)


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Chapter One

Baby Powder

Marta Ravin

I'm standing in my kitchen at two in the morning trying to make a bottle to soothe my wailing three-month-old. In my sleep-deprived haze I spill a large cup full of formula onto the shiny granite countertop. As I begin to wipe up the mess, I am struck by the fact that the last time I was looking at a mound of white powder on a shiny surface, it was definitely cocaine.

It wasn't like I ever had a "drug problem" per se; I was pretty much just a recreational user. I enjoyed drinking and smoking pot as much as
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Praise for Afterbirth

"With humor rather than earnestness, Afterbirth plumbs the emotional and diaper-filled depths of procreation...the pieces here skewer the fantasties of parenthood and do it with hilarious candor."--Los Angeles Times
 
"This brutally honest (and often hilarious) collection is a refreshing take on the hardest job in the world."--Daily Candy Kids
 
"A collection of very candid and funny essays by parents that celebrate how life changes--for better and for worse--once that bundle of joy enters their lives."--www.teachmorelovemore.org
 
"Afterbirth is about what parenting is really like: full of inappropriate impulses, unbelievable frustrations, and idiotic situations...and Afterbirth is funny--the participants are some of the best comic writers and performers today, turning their attention very close to home and sparing no one, particularly themselves."--Women's Fiction Reviews, http://womensfictionreviews.blogspot.com
 
"These non-fiction confessionals shoot from the hip about the way kids will change your life...It's some funny reading when you need a break from all that child-proofing."--The Awesome List, joyhog.com
 
"I laughed my vicarious a__ off...Taking turns being irreverent and hilarious, the essays are not exactly "bad parenting" so much as they are aww, crap, no she DIDN'T" tales...that sound vaguely familiar. Except eminently more fabulous."--www.babble.com
 
"A relatable dose of reality. Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine is a collection of essays based on Dani Klein Modisett’s popular live show of the same name. Hollywood types, from Sex and the City writer Cindy Chupack to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, contribute personal takes on parenting. First family vacations, fertility, fear and father-daughter bonding are just a few of the topics tackled in this collection of personal stories."--UrbanBaby.com
 
"Oh, I would have given one student-loan-payment-priced maternity dress for some of this what-have-I-done angst captured in print!"--Brain.Child

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Edited by Dani Klein Modisett

  • DANI KLEIN MODISETT is the creator/producer/director of the live show ”Afterbirth,” which runs twelve times a year in Los Angeles and New York City. She is also an actress and comic who contributes to Momlogic.com, and has taught comedy at UCLA for ten years. She lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and two sons.

  • Dani Klein Modisett © Russell Baer
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Afterbirth

Stories You Won't Read in a Parenting Magazine

Edited by Dani Klein Modisett

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St. Martin's Press

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