Google+

Motherhood Diaries Book Review

The Motherhood Diaries: 51+KMDS6swL
A Humorous Look at Motherhood in the New Millennium
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Strebor Books
Paperback, $15.00
220 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59309-499-7

Book Review by Kam Williams

“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve kept a diary… Instead of writing out all the shenanigans of my life on paper, I [now] share them with five thousand of my closest friends on Facebook… As the mother of wonderful, precious children, ages 13, 10 and 5, I think I’ve got this motherhood thing down, so I have some stuff worth sharing…

On social media, I got immediate reaction from my updates on my never-a-dull-minute life… It was from reading some encouraging words on Facebook and Twitter that I came up with the idea for this book…

The Motherhood Diaries is all about exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly side of my motherhood path… It’s for women who complain, fuss and rant about their kids but will go Mama Tiger crazy if you mess with one of their babies.”

— Excerpted from Introduction (pages ix-xi)

This is an age where many career women find themselves frustrated in the attempt to balance motherhood and work. One person who has met that challenge with flying colors is ReShonda Tate Billingsley, a sister who has figured out how to flourish professionally while raising three children with the help of her husband.

This remarkable Renaissance woman is not only the prolific author of over 20 best-selling books but is also a radio talk show host, a newspaper editor, a ghost writer, an actress and an inspirational speaker. On top of all that, she is currently producing the upcoming screen adaptation of one of her novels, “Let the Church Say ‘Amen!’” which is being directed by Regina King.

Since she’s kept a journal for as long as she can remember, ReShonda decided to share some of the secrets of her success in a book chronicling the ups and downs of her hectic life. Entitled, “The Motherhood Diaries: A Humorous Look at Motherhood in the New Millennium,” the author gives the subject-matter a light touch in a folksy fashion which has this critic thinking of her as the black Erma Bombeck, if that name means anything to you.

Each chapter opens with a comical quote from a journal entry, like “My 4 year-old needs a muzzle” and “Why is it I’ve turned into a lush?” followed by an elaboration of the incident that prompted ReShonda to have that thought. Between being blessed with the knack for narrating an anecdote and a comedienne’s gift for making observational insights about everyday occurrences, she’s a natural for weaving a winning memoir.

While the first half of the timely tome is comprised exclusively of ReShonda’s pithily-delivered pearls of wisdom, the rest of the opus is devoted to the relatively-sobering reflections of a couple dozen other moms. For instance, there’s Lorna Lewis’ “Diary of a Grieving Mother,” Raquel Rogers’ “Diary of a Forgetful Mom,” Edna Pittman’s “Diary of a Special Needs Mother,” Crystal Brown Tatum’s “Diary of a Breast Cancer Survivor,” Jamesina Greene’s “Diary of a Depressed Mom,” Miranda Parker’s “Diary of a Mom with a Disability,” and Lichol Ford’s “Diary of a Welfare Mom,” to name a few.

Overall, this alternately comical and heartbreaking collection adds up to a compelling compendium of refreshingly-honest conversations about modern-day motherhood.

To order a copy of The Motherhood Diaries, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/159309499X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Entertainment

Mob Wheelman Puts Pedal to the Metal in Adrenaline-Fueled Blockbuster

  Baby Driver Film Review by Kam Williams Mob Wheelman Puts Pedal to the Metal in Adrenaline-Fueled Blockbuster All you really need to know about Baby Driver is that it's the best film of the year so far, hands down. The picture was written and directed by Edgar Wright, who is best known for a trio of British comedies starring Simon Pegg: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World's End (2013). Wright ventured across the … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Gil’s Goodwill!

  Gil Robertson The “Book of Black Heroes” Interview with Kam Williams Gil's Goodwill! For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson, IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift. The one-time political organizer initially made his mark in entertainment journalism, penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

  How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate by Amy Lignor   You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Ejogo’s Largo!

    Carmen Ejogo The “It Comes at Night” Interview with Kam Williams Ejogo's Largo! Carmen Ejogo has established a distinguished career in both feature films and television. She is best known thus far for her leading role of civil rights activist ‘Coretta Scott King’ opposite David Oyelowo in Ava DuVernay's universally acclaimed SELMA as well as being singled out for her ‘mind-blowing’ lead role as Sister in SPARKLE alongside … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Fishing for swordfish in Louisiana? You bet

  Fishing for swordfish in Louisiana? You bet by Craig Lamb The Mississippi River delta and surrounding offshore waters are without a doubt some of the richest fishing waters in the world. Venice, Louisiana, is the hub for reaching the richest saltwater game fish waters in the U.S. Yellowfin tuna. Snapper. Grouper. Wahoo. Dolphin. Marlin. And lately, there are swordfish. If you want to experience the latest hot trend in Louisiana … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic

  You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic by Amy Lignor   No, the sport is not called ‘Zorba’, but it most definitely fits for this article’s title. This most unusual sport is actually called ‘Zorbing’, and has caught on like wildfire across the globe. And now, seeing as that the NBA has wrapped, with Golden State proving that they were determined to make amends for last season; and with the NHL closing up shop for the season … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects

  Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects by Amy Lignor   There are a whole list of summer activities for you and the kids planned. Most of them, of course, you want to be nothing but fun, such as grilling outside on the patio or swimming in the pool. However, having the backyard pool and patio are two things you really need in place before either of those activities could be enjoyed. And building this area could be a great … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All

    Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that the largest travel locations are also beyond popular. Among the downsides of this fact is that when you’re looking for peace, quiet, and basically a chance to do nothing more than spend time with yourself and, perhaps, one other best friend, the most popular places don’t offer that. In other words, it is the most remote (sometimes most … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]