The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit

Jill Conner Browne, Author, Jill Conner Browne, Read by , read by the author. Brilliance Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4233-1128-7

Browne once again proves she's the perfect reader of her own rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays on motherhood and child rearing. You don't have to be a parent or even on the road to parenthood to appreciate her skewed views on the topic. She wonders why mothers dispense scare tactic misinformation to promote abstinence (like French kissing will make you “turn up pregnant”) when the truth is far more frightening (episiotomies and “nipples the size of salad plates”). Browne's spirited reading coaxes the laughs out of the material with a gentle Southern drawl, not a standup comic's rim shot. Her observational humor is mixed with tales of empowerment and life lessons. Listeners will have a hard time staying dry-eyed during the final chapter where, choked with emotion, Browne relives a harrowing month that included a fatal car accident and a cancer diagnosis for a woman who was a second mother to her. Simultaneous release with the Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 12). (Jan. 1)

Reviewed on: 12/24/2007
Release date: 01/01/2008
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