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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Zigman Narrator: Emily Durante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Toddlers, Julia remembered hearing someone say, were like big tyrants of tiny countries. Demanding, insatiably needy, and all ego and id, her son was still by far the best boss she'd ever had.

Julia Einstein knew that being a stay-at-home mom had a lot in common with her former job as a celebrity publicist - endless, irrational demands, little to no appreciation, and constant hustle. But it isn't until her husband is laid off from his job and she's forced to go back to work and resurrect screen legend Mary Ford's career that Julia realizes how very much she prefers an actual child to a formerly famous client.

For example, her child doesn't steal $10,000 leather coats from photo shoots. Nor does he require a constant, fresh supply of a soda that is no longer in production. He doesn't curse at Julia, pronounce her name Einstein with a thick layer of disdainful irony, or incessantly poke at her with his index finger while reciting odd variations on childlike rhymes like a psych patient on day pass. With a mortgage looming and three years out of the business, however, Julia knows she has no choice but to make Mary's comeback a success. Even if it kills her.

Which, at this pace, is a possibility. But if there is one thing Julia has learned from her time off from the office, it's that sheer determination can solve almost everything. After all, if she can get through suburban living with its uncontrolled clutter and playground politics, how hard can it be to resuscitate the career of an aging, desperate has-been? And get over the fact that her husband is a better stay-at-home mom than Julia ever was? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/19/2014

    " I'm not reading any more books in this particular "genre", the career woman/New Yorker/whatever genre. I couldn't even finish the audio book. And seriously if PR people let their washed up actors who actually need their help physically "poke" them without getting a big slap something is messed up here. just a big "MEH" for this one and I really liked Animal Husbandry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/5/2014

    " This book is about a stay-at-home mom who goes back to work. It was very funny and a quick, easy read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Katie | 2/1/2014

    " I don't know what I was thinking when I picked this up. I should've been able to relate to the struggles of a Jewish working mother. But I didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deb | 1/22/2014

    " Julia has left the world of celebrities behind to become a full time mom. When her husband is laid off she has to try to pick up where she left off and begins working for a new agency whose major client is an old has been actress (Joan Crawford type) trying to make a comeback. Missing her son, jealous of her husband who gets to stay at home and organize things, and trying to be successful all try to get her down. But once again the powers of a woman win out. Cute. "

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About the Author

Laura Zigman grew up in Newtonville, Massachusetts, and spent ten years working in the book publishing industry in New York. Her pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. She lives in Washington, DC.