Take a woman fresh out of college, plop her down in Silicon Valley, saddle her with a mortgage, let her ride the tech boom, give her three babies in four years, slap her with the tech bust, watch vicariously as her marriage disintegrates, end her career, and hand her a computer. What do you get? A memoir in real time adapted from the wildly popular weblog, The Mommy Blog.Mommy Confidential is a naked, brutally funny, endearingly honest chronicle of family life beset by disaster on many fronts. Mindy keeps her family together through catastrophic illness, four bouts of postpartum depression, financial peril, relationship Chernobyl, familial Waterloo, and job instability. All through it her sense of humor and her sharp, edgy, witty writing keep her together and upright.
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By Melinda Roberts
Sep 15, 2011
Entertaining, Fun, Honest, January 29, 2008 By Jamie L. Ervin "Mommy of 5" (Portland, OR USA) I LOVED this book. I have read it several times since Hubby purchased an autographed copy directly from Mindy for Christmas 2006. She is honest and funny... has been through all the things we have been and isn't afraid to share her fears, frustrations or spontaneous combustion! Hubby sits beside my bubble bath some nights and is frequently found looking at me oddly, wondering what the heck is so funny. Sometimes I share. ------------ This Generation's Heartburn, January 29, 2008 By ReaderGrrl (Boston) Remember Nora Ephron's Heartburn? Years ago that book taught me how to make it through life's crises with a sense of humor. Working mom Mindy Roberts updates the concept of laughing until your ribs hurt through financial dips, health scares, and of course, heartbreak. Wonderful, warm, wisecracky and perfect with a glass of wine at the end of the day. ----------- Grab a cup of... More > coffee & get cozy!, January 27, 2008 By Joy M. Hall (So Cal) This refreshingly real account of Mindy's adventures with life is like a long chat with a girlfriend. Ms. Roberts' book is honest, real, funny and sometimes heartwrenching; however, always a delight. She doesn't let the trials and tribulations ruin her sense of humor as she conquers motherhood was grace and style. Cozy up to your favorite reading spot and enjoy! ------------ Rescued!, April 26, 2007 By L. Matison (New York City) I came upon Melinda Robert's wonderful and whimsical book during one of those dark moments all of us mothers have. Both in her book and in her blog, the author gently reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously. I have given her book as a gift to so many mom friends. I promise this "memoir of sorts" (don't you love that sub subtitle?!) will lighten your days. Happy reading! ------------ Every Mommy's Best Girlfriend, March 15, 2007 By A. Sydow (USA) Reading Melinda Roberts' new book, Mommy Confidential: Adventures of the Wonderbelly of Motherhood, is like spending an evening with your best girlfriends. I'm probably one of the few people (in the universe) who has not read her blog, but I'm so glad I ordered this book. It is fun, it is invigorating, and it is packed with brutal honesty. What's so unique about Roberts' book is that many of the events she records are written about within minutes of them happening -- so we get to experience the ups and downs of life with small children as she does. Her nearly daily entries reveal the truly tender, life-altering, and heartbreaking moments of motherhood in a way that no other book on the subject does. And Roberts is not just funny ha-ha. She is I-can't-breathe-I'm-laughing-so-hard funny. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she either turns this book into a stand-up comedy routine and takes it on the road, or that she comes out with a sequel. Regardless, I'll be keeping up with her future adventures on her blog. ------------- Warm, witty & tugs at your heart, February 9, 2007 By M. Lynne When I was first starting my own blog, I stumbled across the wonderful world of Mommy Bloggers. It was like this wonderful block party. Only it was on the Internet. So I emailed many of these bloggers, asking, shyly, if I could be invited to the party. So many of them responded with a hearty, "Yes, and bring the cocktails." And one of the first ones to welcome me with open arms was Melinda Roberts, proprietor of The Mommy Blog. Melinda has a loyal, snarky following, which goes with her slightly snarky blog about her life, her kids, her ex, her gourmet-cooking boyfriend. But her blog is also warm and poignant, too, as it started as a way for her to make sense of her son's life-threatening illness early in her life. Thankfully, that son is now a healthy child who drives her somewhat crazy -- as all healthy children should do to their mothers. But the blog, thankfully, has blossomed and grown. In fact, I'm happy to say that it's blossomed and grown into a real live BOOK. MOMMY CONFIDENTIAL: Adventures From the Wonderbelly of Motherhood, is that book. It's just as warm, witty and yes, wonderfully snarky, as her blog. I can't imagine having gone through what she has while still retaining my sense of humor. But she certainly has, and I recommend her book to everyone looking for a laugh, a cry, a warm fuzzy feeling - and an excuse to go gross out your children by smothering them with sloppy hugs and kisses. So go read Mindy's blog, and buy her book. You'll be glad you did. ------------- Review submitted by Christine Louise Hohlbaum:, November 5, 2006 Mommy Confidential: Adventures from the Wonderbelly of Motherhood by Melinda Roberts is a witty, heart-breaking, and real-life chronicle of a young divorced mother of three in Silicon Valley. Her fast-crack wit will give you a benevolent case of whiplash as she moves through her days of chaos, calamity, and cuddling with her kids. Her irreverant and unapologetic take on motherhood is refreshing, making it stand out from other, perhaps more polished diatribes on contemporary parenting. The rough and tumble of raising boys is also evident, yet there is always an undercurrent of unshakeable love for the tykes who call Mindy "Mom". The reader accompanies the author's journey over several years: from daughter Daisy's first steps to her trying to save her brother from 'certain death' on the floor. High drama and deep belly laughs are guaranteed from this first-time author. I look forward to reading the sequel! Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of DIARY OF A MOTHER and SAHM I AM: TALES OF A STAY-AT-HOME MOM IN EUROPE, lives near Munich, Germany, with her husband and two children. -------------- From the gut with no punches pulled, May 30, 2009 By H. Woodward (Carrboro, NC USA) My husband brought me this book - as a blogger and a mom he thought I would enjoy it and boy, was he right. Mindy Roberts tells the story most moms live - overextended, constant crisis management with a side order of chaos. And she doesn't hold much back. She is brutally honest, not just with others, but herself. She manages to talk about her kids in a way that makes you want to keep them for yourself, even when they're running naked down the street. Maybe especially when they're running naked down the street. The book is alternately laugh out loud funny, and heartbreaking. Definitely worth reading. -------------- The Confessions of a Mother, April 7, 2009 By Hadiyo Jim'ale (USA) Melinda Roberts may be young but she has got one hell of an experience. Although she goes through absolutely insane early years of motherhood including that horrible disorder a lot of us mothers suffer, Melinda (who calls herself "Mindy") takes life in strides. She is a wonderful mother who struggles to keep her life in order for the sake of her children. And when she writes late at night (as is the time most of us mothers find any time for ourselves), she taps into a great source of energy because she writes like a woman who has no worry in life! Her wit and positive outlook on life kept me glued to the pages of her book to the end. Don't get the wrong idea, Mindy is brutally honest about her life. She is honest about her career ambitions. She is honest about the ways her marriage was destroyed by the family economy. She is honest about her struggles with her feelings about herself as a mother. It is not a "Oh, poor me!" kind of a book. No, not at all. I think what makes this book so important above everything else is that it validates our own experiences as mothers. It is very easy to relate to Mindy's life, even if we have experienced life on different circumstances. Her genius is the generosity in which she writes as a mother. I spent half of it going "AMEN!" because her life mirrors that of so many of us in ways you don't realize until you are reading these pages! -------------- Long but Funny, July 27, 2008 By Kevin Beto (Redmond, WA United States) Mindy is no-doubt snarky and real. She reconstructs moments of calamity, of bliss, of despair, and of hilarity with a fresh use of language. (My favorite example: "Christ in a sidecar!") I feel the book is a little long and sometimes overuses an expression or literary technique so that it becomes distracting...but I'm definitely Hooked on Mindy.< Less
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