Thursday, May 17, 2012

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet...R&G!

Today I have the pleasure of sharing a book with you which truly touched my heart....No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is the true story of being a mom (times 9!).  Here is the scoop....

When the two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene confided to friends that she and her husband planned to adopt a four-year-old boy from Bulgaria to add to their four children at home, the news threatened to place her, she writes, “among the greats: the Kennedys, the McCaughey septuplets, the von Trapp family singers, and perhaps even Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, gave birth to sixty-nine children in eighteenth-century Russia.”


Greene is best known for her books on the civil rights movement and the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. But she and her husband have also pursued a more private vocation: parenthood. “We so loved raising our four children by birth, we didn’t want to stop. When the clock started to run down on the home team, we brought in ringers.”


A celebration of parenthood; an ingathering of children, through birth and out of loss and bereavement; a relishing of moments hilarious and enlightening—No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is a loving portrait of a unique twenty-first-century family as it wobbles between disaster and joy.
No Biking in the House Without a Helmet” is a poignant and hilarious story about the creation of one American family. Melissa Fay Greene and her husband, criminal defense attorney Don Samuel, had four children of their own before being inspired to adopt five children – one from Bulgaria and four from Ethiopia – within an eight year period. Today, the kids range from thirteen to twenty-nine years old.
“No Biking in the House Without a Helmet” is an emotional rollercoaster that describes the sometimes hilarious, sometimes perilous route toward becoming a loving family. This story gives rise to wisdom on subjects of profound interest – unmapped by experts, unknown to outsiders – to parents everywhere.

Wow!  What a journey and what a commitment to the joys and struggles of parenting.  When I look at my own "busy" life with three children I can scarcely fathom the level of busy with 9!  Melissa Fay Greene is truly a wonder and NOT In a way that makes you feel bad about your own life (don't  you just cringe at those "everything is coming up roses" books??).  Greene clearly loves being a mom (obviously) but she is not afraid to say it is full of challenges and times that are incredibly trying.  She is also very adept at sharing the hilarity that ensues when you are raising children.  She had me in stitches in several parts of the book.  Greene truly addresses the crazy things we say and do as parents and while I was reading I felt like I was listening to an old friend. 

If you are looking for a fun, touching and TRUE testament to the parenting journey be sure to scoop up No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene, it is truly a treasure!  Pick up your copy today on Amazon...

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15 comments:

slb3334 said...

Looks like a great book and one I would enjoy.

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Chris said...

Hi Kristin, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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gail said...

love the title
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Erin Elder said...

Any books about being a mom appeal to me(: I think its the cover that lures me in.

Nancy said...

The loving kindness of this family - and the humor of the title - appeal to me!

Nancy
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CAJUNMAN12 said...

Seems to be a great book and we would enjoy it

Tamar said...

I had a baby girl 2 weeks ago and now I need to focus on better parenting now that her 3 year old brother commands my attention and I still need to nurture my little girl.

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

the title just makes me smile
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Iliana Reyes said...

The title definately appeals to me!

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momma8385 said...

This book sounds like an awesome read. I would love to learn how the parents keep up with 9 children. Thank you for the chance.
:)Jeanne B.T.

tjmetz said...

The title appeals to me, also that the book centers around such a big family - I have 5 kids so I can somewhat relate!

Laurie said...

sounds like a great book about parenting

Kristie said...

I would like to learn about parenting with such a large number of kids. Amazing feat!!! Wow!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.