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My Parents Were Awesome: Before Fanny Packs and Minivans, They Were People Too

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NEWSFLASH: Your mom and dad weren’t always parents. They used to be people—and they were awesome

They bathed you. They fed you. They raised you to become the person you are today. Your parents are an integral part of your story. But guess what? They have a story too—one that started long before you entered the picture. Before embarrassing fanny packs and Lite FM, there wa
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Villard (first published January 1st 2011)
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If I could take my favorite essays from this collection and put only them in a book, I would give it a five star rating. However, as it is with most collections of essays, I had to sludge through a few duds and oddities to read the real gems. Those gems were pretty great - I loved peaking into the lives of the authors' parents and seeing who they were before they were parents and how they fell in love. It's truly amazing how people change over the years.
I really loved some of these essays and really didn't like others (which is pretty standard for any collection of short stories or essays, I suppose). Some made me laugh out loud and/or brought tears to my eyes, while others just fell flat to me--to be honest, I thought some of these people's parents were not actually very awesome at all! That said, I enjoyed this collection as a whole. It made me think about my own parents and all the ways that they were/are awesome, and it reminded me that my ...more
This one is a fast read, because each "chapter" (about a different set of parents) is just a few pages long. It's simply a compilation of writers' submissions about their parents, and what made those parents "awesome". Some of the contributions are sad, while others are hysterically funny. But all of them force you to think about your own family. I'm a person who knows her parents are awesome. They'd fit quite nicely into this book.

If you're looking for a fun read, riddled with nostalgia and min
I like this book. Some over the stories are very funny, some are emotional & a few just don't cut the mustard. And another thing one story was about an uncle (?). Most of the stories are from the 60's & 70's which reminded me of my childhood. It was just a nice enjoyable read.
Heartwarming stories about parents. As sons and daughters we tend to forget that our parents were youthful, fun, and adventurous once upon a time. This book is a reminder of that. It made me appreciate my folks even more.
Loved this book! I like the fact that at the end of the book you can add your own parents story into the book!!!!
Kim N
I was electing a story, not a collection of stories. But this book was funny...
Kambri Crews
I have an essay in this, so yeah, it's AWESOME!
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