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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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Mark Paul
Aug 29, 2016 Mark Paul rated it did not like it
Too wordy, not enough amazing pictures of outdated styles that have come back in vogue again. Also and more importantly, a huge LACK of diversity of the parents presented in this collection. Was it too hard for this editor to reach out to different kinds of families? Along these lines, the first mother is Paula Deen, who notoriously damaged her career using the n-word a few years back - not a good representation of all parents. I expect books about families and parents to represent the realities ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Sally rated it liked it
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.
Jul 15, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: essays
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
Phil Griffin
Oct 10, 2015 Phil Griffin rated it it was ok
Great title, nice sentiment. But, only about 4 or 5 of the stories were really good.
Jan 10, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
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
Aug 28, 2011 Teddie rated it liked it
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.
Jun 26, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 01, 2012 Nicolette rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Jul 25, 2011 Kim N rated it really liked it
I was electing a story, not a collection of stories. But this book was funny...
Kambri Crews
Apr 01, 2011 Kambri Crews rated it it was amazing
I have an essay in this, so yeah, it's AWESOME!
Dec 30, 2013 Limeminearia rated it it was ok
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