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Sunday, June 07, 2009

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Role Model: Jean Kerr

After "Mommy Wears Prada" came out last summer, I was approached by several literary agents wondering if I had a book.

"You could be Erma Bombeck," one told me, in a gross (if flattering) oversell.

"No disrespect to Mrs. Bombeck," I said, "but I'd rather be Jean Kerr."

Actually, I'd rather just be me. But if you haven't heard of Kerr, or read her book, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, you're missing out on some very smart and funny writing about motherhood. Kerr was cultured without posing, witty without snarking, warm without being saccharine. If Mommy blogs had been invented sixty years ago, she'd have been the Queen.



Blogger Cassie said...

I love that movie! Doris Day! I guess I didn't realize it was a book. I'll check it out of the library. Thanks!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I've not read Please Don't Eat the Daisies, but I'll add it to my stack. Thank you.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Joy! said...

Wow, I read that book eons ago. Must read again. I'm sure I'll appreciate it even more now.

12:01 AM  
Blogger foamfan said...

My local library has several of her books, and I've also found them sometimes at library book sales. Love the movie, but her real life was probably much more fascinating.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Mamalang said...

I do remember reading that years ago, before I had kids. I probably need to read it again!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Verda said...

Just got this from the library. The stars have alined and I actually have gotten to read most of it - what a treat! She is an awesome role model - cracks me up.

12:22 PM  

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