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How to Party With an Infant Hardcover – August 9, 2016 by Kaui Hart Hemmings

From the Publisher. The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author ofThe Descendants—a hilarious and charming story about a quirky single mom in San Francisco who tiptoes through the minefields of the “Mommy Wars” and manages to find friendship and love.

When Mele Bart told her boyfriend Bobby she was pregnant with his child, he stunned her with an announcement of his own: he was engaged to someone else.

Fast forward two years, Mele’s daughter is a toddler, and Bobby and his fiancée want Ellie to be the flower girl at their wedding. Mele, who also has agreed to attend the nuptials, knows she can’t continue obsessing about Bobby and his cheese making, Napa-residing, fiancée. She needs something to do. So she answers a questionnaire provided by the San Francisco Mommy Club in elaborate and shocking detail and decides to enter their cookbook writing contest. Even though she joined the group out of desperation, Mele has found her people: Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry (a stay-at-home dad). As the wedding date approaches, Mele uses her friends’ stories to inspire recipes and find comfort, both.

How to Party with an Infant is a hilarious and poignant novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings, who has an uncanny ability to make disastrous romances and tragic circumstances not only relatable and funny, but unforgettable.

 

 

 

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. There are lines and scenes in this book that had me laughing out loud. Kaui Hart Jennings is witty and real in this story that is formatted as a cookbook entry questionnaire. Mele, the main character, chooses a story from each of her mommy group friends and slyly assigns a recipe to represent their story. Some of the scenarios are funny, heartbreaking, scary, cringeworthy or a combination thereof. You will probably recognize some of your own parenting style somewhere in there. There is adultery, class wars, swearing, sexual innuendo, racism and a lot of cooking. I loved it and read it in one sitting.

 

Copy provided by Publisher and NetGalley

 

About the Author

Kaui Hart Hemmings has degrees from Colorado College and Sarah Lawrence, and she was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, a New York Times bestseller, The Descendants, has been published in twenty-two other countries and is now an Oscar-winning film directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. She is also the author of a story collection House of Thieves, the novel The Possibilities and the YA novel Juniors. She lives in Hawaii.
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