Lela Davidson wrote, in Blacklisted from the PTA, about childbirth (not quite the way it sounds in natural childbirth class), babies, preschoolers, elementary school field trips (don’t hand out peanut M&Ms — unless you want to get blacklisted), and stripper class.
Now she’s moved on. She’s writing about teenagers, text messaging, how close you have to get to church before you’ve done your cultural duty as a parent (how else are the kids going to learn about mangers?), and push up bras.
Life is different for ladies in their 40s, but it’s still funny. Lela’s essays give serious consideration to issues like self image, privilege, self expression, cultural identity, and womanhood. She does this while also telling funny stories about Botox and corn mazes.
This book will be funnier to suburban women with teenaged kids than to, say, male hipsters in their 20s, but everyone should read it. It’s a collection of gracefully written essays filled with self-deprecating wit and insight. Consider it for your book club.