The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days
by Ian Frazier
Genre: Literary Fiction
Review: By far the most hilarious satire I have read in years, maybe ever. I had to try very hard not to laugh so loud I woke up my sleeping fiancee. This novel was very funny on the surface with a serious undertone and compelling critique of society: insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the mindfulness movement, parents who want to medicate misbehavior out of their children.
Written as a daily diary or "book of days," this book grew out of popular columns in The New Yorker, but it is in no way snobby or high-falutin' literary fare. You will relate to Cursing Mommy even if you are not a mommy; she tries so hard, but things just don't go her way. She tries to be peaceful and mindful; she tries to test out a weight watchers dog, in one of the slapstick-hilarity-ensues scenes, yet once again she ends up on the floor surrounded by disaster.
Link to three Cursing Mommy columns: http://thattherepaul.com/features/cursingmommy.html