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Gummy Bears Should Not Be Organic (and other opinions I can’t back up with facts) by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.

Gummy Bears Should Not Be Organic (and other opinions I can’t back up with facts) by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.

Gummy Bears BookI came upon this book while roving through the new adult non-fiction on the second floor and picked it up because of the giant gummy teddy on the front (it was almost break time and I was looking forward to a sugar fix and this seemed to at least temporarily appease my cravings). I immediately looked up the author’s website, read one of the chapters that appear in her book, “Diary of a Trip to the Zoo,” and could not stop laughing out loud at an anecdote hilariously narrated that hit very close to home.

Raising kids in the information age is hard, man! If I sit them in front of the TV for more than 14 hours a week (the number pediatricians suggest you should not exceed,) will their brains turn to mush, rendering them unable to graduate elementary school? Is spreading their cream cheese on the bagels turning them into hapless, helpless nincompoops?

Wilder-Taylor is an author who highlights and helps modern parents navigate some of the pitfalls and grey areas of parenting. Her writing has subtle hints of Sedaris, Poehler and Fey. Perhaps despite your kid not having that locally sourced, locally grown, non-GMO organic strawberry, they might still turn out, well OK. Then again, who wants a kid who is merely OK?  The phenomenon of gifted children and how we all want one is also covered. It must be remembered though, as the title blatantly discloses, that these opinions can’t be backed up with facts.  So take all of the information with a pinch of salt – preferably salt that is glazing the rim of your margarita!

Other titles by Stephanie Wilder-Taylor include It’s Not Me, It’s You : subjective recollections from a terminally optimistic, chronically sarcastic, and occasionally inebriated woman and I’m Kind of a Big Deal : and other delusions of adequacy.  All of her books are available through the Metro Library Network.

~a post from Victoria

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