Book Review | Just Let Me Lie Down by Kristin van Ogtrop
Title: Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom
Author: Kristin van Ogtrop
Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Format: HARDCOVER BOOK
Publish Date: 4/1/2010
About the Book:
Kristin van Ogtrop knows she’s lucky–fulfilling career, great husband, three healthy kids, and, depending on the hamster count, an impressive roster of pets. She also knows she is tired. Always. Using stories and insights from her own life, she provides a lexicon for the half-insane working mom. Anyone who has left a meeting to race to the Halloween parade immediately understands van Ogtrop’s definition of “Kill the messenger” as “The action you must take in order to forget about the office for a time–that is, to remove your Blackberry/Treo/iPhone/whatever from your person and store it as far away as your neurotic self will allow.
I just finished reading Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom by Kristin van Ogtrop. van Ogtrop is the editor of Real Simple magazine and the book reflects her experiences as a working mother of three.
van Ogtrop takes an alphabetical, definitive approach to terminologies and experiences for which other working mothers may feel a kindred spirit. From “Caller-ID malfunction” (where you start making a call, can’t remember who you are calling and are unsure whether or not to hang up) to “Juggler’s lament” (where you complain to anyone who will listen about how all the balls in the air are going to drop at any time) to “Technological bipolarism” (where you start the day not knowing how you’d live without your Blackberry, but want to destroy it by the end of the day), many of the definitions are both hilarious and very easy to relate to!
I enjoyed the fact that van Ogtrop is very candid about her experiences as a working mother and also includes many anecdotes about her family, friends and work colleagues. I think her honesty about using stories about your children to ward off a childless person who is annoying you (filed under “Child Abuse (Harmless)”) and her humorous story about how her dog ate the note that say “Don’t Feed the Dog” (filed under “Self-Cleaning Kitchen”) make this book so fun to read! I also appreciate the fact that the format of this book, with no definition being longer than a few pages, makes it easy for working mothers to actually read the book because you can pick it up, read a bit and then put it down until you have time to read it again.
Overall, I’d recommend this book to women in their twenties, thirties and forties, who are attempting to balance working and family life. I’d also recommend to all working women because even if you haven’t experienced the “working mother” phenomena, you will see friends and colleagues in the definitions developed in Let Me Lie Down! It is a very humorous look at the lives of working moms!
*I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a free copy of the book to read and provide an honest review of its contents. The opinions are entirely my own and may not reflect your own opinion upon reading the book.*