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Mary Mary Quite: On Raising Children (And Other Mind-Altering Substances)

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Mary and her hubby, old Hunk, raised five kids, assorted grandkids, three dogs, two cats, various reptiles, rodents galore, a boatload of fish, and a Mexican tarantula named Mad Max. It was crazy. But their drug of choice has always been laughter. A former AP English teacher and freelance writer, Mary earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA in 2004, then worked in develo Mary and her hubby, old Hunk, raised five kids, assorted grandkids, three dogs, two cats, various reptiles, rodents galore, a boatload of fish, and a Mexican tarantula named Mad Max. It was crazy. But their drug of choice has always been laughter. A former AP English teacher and freelance writer, Mary earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA in 2004, then worked in development for a small production company with projects at Sony, Disney, Lifetime, and Hallmark Hall of Fame. Next, Mary turned her talents toward funny stories about family life - aka "domestic humor." Thus, the MARY MARY QUITE series was born. Mary met artist David J Condry in 2011 and their collaboration led to 22 full-page illustrations and David's cover design, all of which are works of art, in their own right. Currently a Denver resident, David is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. A husband, a father, a lover of people, and an artist. David's favorite subjects have always been human beings - as evidenced in his delightful illustrations of the characters in this family-friendly book. Design: Nathan Fisher


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Mary and her hubby, old Hunk, raised five kids, assorted grandkids, three dogs, two cats, various reptiles, rodents galore, a boatload of fish, and a Mexican tarantula named Mad Max. It was crazy. But their drug of choice has always been laughter. A former AP English teacher and freelance writer, Mary earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA in 2004, then worked in develo Mary and her hubby, old Hunk, raised five kids, assorted grandkids, three dogs, two cats, various reptiles, rodents galore, a boatload of fish, and a Mexican tarantula named Mad Max. It was crazy. But their drug of choice has always been laughter. A former AP English teacher and freelance writer, Mary earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA in 2004, then worked in development for a small production company with projects at Sony, Disney, Lifetime, and Hallmark Hall of Fame. Next, Mary turned her talents toward funny stories about family life - aka "domestic humor." Thus, the MARY MARY QUITE series was born. Mary met artist David J Condry in 2011 and their collaboration led to 22 full-page illustrations and David's cover design, all of which are works of art, in their own right. Currently a Denver resident, David is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. A husband, a father, a lover of people, and an artist. David's favorite subjects have always been human beings - as evidenced in his delightful illustrations of the characters in this family-friendly book. Design: Nathan Fisher

30 review for Mary Mary Quite: On Raising Children (And Other Mind-Altering Substances)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk This was a book about the author’s thoughts and experiences when it came to raising her kids, and being married. Some of these stories were amusing, but others were a little less entertaining. I found it quite rude that an old lady in the street would be mean to her about having her child on a harness! Some kids are so quick, and you need to have them reined in to keep them safe! I bet that old lady would have been calling her more names if her child had run Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk This was a book about the author’s thoughts and experiences when it came to raising her kids, and being married. Some of these stories were amusing, but others were a little less entertaining. I found it quite rude that an old lady in the street would be mean to her about having her child on a harness! Some kids are so quick, and you need to have them reined in to keep them safe! I bet that old lady would have been calling her more names if her child had run into the road and been knocked down by a car! I liked the story about the ‘wife store’! I agree that when you send men shopping they always turn up with things you don’t need, things you would never buy in a hundred years, and things that are way over-priced! What is it about men that makes them decide that they’ve always wanted to try duck eggs/ kangaroo burgers/ mint favoured coffee, when if you had purchased it they would have thought you nuts? The ‘Mom always wins’ saying sounds like a good one! It would really not go down well in our house though. And I can’t say that I ever considered have a sleep-over for a 2-year-old. Overall; some interesting stories about kids and married life, 6 out of 10

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    this is a must read for anyone who has raised a child. You'll find yourself re-reading it over and over again. This book will grab you from page one and hang on to you until the end. There are stories about raising children according to Mary Mary Quite and her husband Hunk. After reading each story you will realize that although there are some truths in the stories they are subtle. The book is fun and you'll find yourself laughing out loud along the way. I definitely enjoyed it immensely. I recei this is a must read for anyone who has raised a child. You'll find yourself re-reading it over and over again. This book will grab you from page one and hang on to you until the end. There are stories about raising children according to Mary Mary Quite and her husband Hunk. After reading each story you will realize that although there are some truths in the stories they are subtle. The book is fun and you'll find yourself laughing out loud along the way. I definitely enjoyed it immensely. I received a free copy in exchange for me honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindis

    Meh

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Brinius

    This is a great book to read when I want to escape from adulting! I always liked Erma Brombeck, and this author has that sort of feel to this book. This is a fun read! I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    The writing of Mary Mary Quite is not contrary to your having a good time. (I just had to say that.) This book is very amusing, especially if you have been a parent, a profession that no one can prepare for because everyone has a different experience. There are episodes of cleaning the messy room, cleaning up the garage, cleaning a house co-inhabited by people that tend to be very messy, attempting to prepare a home-cooked meal, battling an invasion of ants and examples of the inherent conflict The writing of Mary Mary Quite is not contrary to your having a good time. (I just had to say that.) This book is very amusing, especially if you have been a parent, a profession that no one can prepare for because everyone has a different experience. There are episodes of cleaning the messy room, cleaning up the garage, cleaning a house co-inhabited by people that tend to be very messy, attempting to prepare a home-cooked meal, battling an invasion of ants and examples of the inherent conflict between parents and their children. The author includes the father and husband, a. k. a. “Old Hunk” in her descriptions of the challenging adventures in her life. One of my favorites is “MMQ: On Springtime,” a rendition of the first season of t-ball. I coached many youth sports as my daughter was growing up, t-ball, basketball, soccer and softball. There is nothing more entertaining than seeing a collection of children playing a sport for the first time and the adjustments coaches have to make based on the skill levels. In t-ball we instructed the infielders to roll the ball to first base rather than throw it because the players could not catch the ball. We also ended up stationing a coach behind each of the lines when the players were warming up by playing catch. Since they rarely caught the ball the coach was there to pick it up so that they could get more throws in before the game. The author captures these magic moments, the organized chaos that is a t-ball game. Everyone that has been through the parenting experience to roughly the age of the child turning 21 will have experienced the delightful “trauma” of the life of Mary Mary. She made some compromises, discovering that putting a child on a leash is not as ridiculous as she had thought earlier. Particularly when the child is faster than you are and can get a running start, the more imaginative child can find danger when no reasonable person could. Amusing throughout, this book relies on a few stereotypes regarding gender roles, such as the wife store versus the Scratch and Dent Warehouse and boys being smashers while girls are dainty. Her conclusive evidence is the boys’ use of doll carriages with occupants to enact violent collisions. Mary Mary’s wit reminded me of Erma Bombeck in that the stories are probably only funny when you survive to write about them some time after they happened. This book was made available for free for review purposes and this review was first posted on Amazon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Mann

    Mary Mary Quite by Mary Huckstep is a humorous book about raising children. It is told through a collection of various stories which seem quite real, though the names have been changed for privacy, of course. I'm sure that the author used their own life experiences to write the book, but I'm sure that some details were embellished to make it more palatable. I enjoyed several of the stories which were told. Mary Huckstep has a knack for telling funny stories. I related to almost everything here, Mary Mary Quite by Mary Huckstep is a humorous book about raising children. It is told through a collection of various stories which seem quite real, though the names have been changed for privacy, of course. I'm sure that the author used their own life experiences to write the book, but I'm sure that some details were embellished to make it more palatable. I enjoyed several of the stories which were told. Mary Huckstep has a knack for telling funny stories. I related to almost everything here, and had a great time reading this book. There were a couple chapters which were told from her husband's perspective, and those were equally hilarious. I wish the book had been longer. It's a great collection of stories, and I bet Mary Huckstep has more to tell. I found the order of things quite confusing. The order was not integral to the telling,but the chapters were just all over the place. Though I found a lot of the book funny, I found myself merely smiling most of the time, and not laughing out loud, or even suppressing chuckles. There were some notions which were a bit dated. I'm not sure how old the author is, but some details just don't pertain in a post-internet world. Though I did enjoy the book, I probably won't be seeking any other books the author has written. It was worth my time reading this, but I wasn't as impressed as I could have been. The book is a good, clean, fun read, and that is what it set out to be. I'd recommend this to people who were born prior to 1975 and are parents. Others may enjoy it, but would likely miss a lot of the humor here.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    Given To Me For An Honest Review Mary Mary Quite On Raising Children (And Other Mind-Altering Substances) by Mary Huckstep is such a must read, you'll find yourself re-reading it over and over again. This book will grab you from page one and hang on to you until the end. There are stories about raising children according to Mary Mary Quite and her husband Hunk. After reading each story you will realize that although there are some truths in the stories they are subtle. The book is hilarious and f Given To Me For An Honest Review Mary Mary Quite On Raising Children (And Other Mind-Altering Substances) by Mary Huckstep is such a must read, you'll find yourself re-reading it over and over again. This book will grab you from page one and hang on to you until the end. There are stories about raising children according to Mary Mary Quite and her husband Hunk. After reading each story you will realize that although there are some truths in the stories they are subtle. The book is hilarious and fun. It is really a unique book to read. I loved it. One of my favorites was On Getting Organized. I gave this book 5 stars but it clearly deserves many more. I highly recommend this book to everyone especially if you need some laughter around you. I look forward to more from Mary Huckstep.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Aziz

    I did not like this book. I don't think the pictures showed raw human emotion. I particularly don't appreciate how inconvenient this book would be to carry to work. I feel like the writing itself is maybe better suited for a blog and if you're going to try to have a sassy mommy book like Jenny Mccarthy, a [much] smaller book is probably better and I'd personally go with sketches if the paintings don't translate well (that's the only reason I could come up with as to why this book is so inconveni I did not like this book. I don't think the pictures showed raw human emotion. I particularly don't appreciate how inconvenient this book would be to carry to work. I feel like the writing itself is maybe better suited for a blog and if you're going to try to have a sassy mommy book like Jenny Mccarthy, a [much] smaller book is probably better and I'd personally go with sketches if the paintings don't translate well (that's the only reason I could come up with as to why this book is so inconveniently wide.) That said, at the time of writing this review the kindle version is .99, and that's about what it's worth so go for it. I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eva Ruff

    This is a book of essays along the style of Erma Bombeck. Unfortunately, Huckstep doesn't quite have the skill. The tales just seem a bit long and filled with inside jokes that just don't really translate to an outside reader. Perhaps some of stories would be better as a spoken tale but reading them just got tiresome to the point I had to stop myself from just skimming the pages. This is a book of essays along the style of Erma Bombeck. Unfortunately, Huckstep doesn't quite have the skill. The tales just seem a bit long and filled with inside jokes that just don't really translate to an outside reader. Perhaps some of stories would be better as a spoken tale but reading them just got tiresome to the point I had to stop myself from just skimming the pages.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donald L McGill

    YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK If you have raised one or more children..It's right on. Every child should be required to read it, or better yet Have mom or dad read it to them..That way you can Relive the years you tried to not remember.. Read it, you will enjoy it more in book form than real Life. YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK If you have raised one or more children..It's right on. Every child should be required to read it, or better yet Have mom or dad read it to them..That way you can Relive the years you tried to not remember.. Read it, you will enjoy it more in book form than real Life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bobbi Boes

    If you're looking for a fun read about the twists and turns about the lighter side of child raising - this is your book. The illustrations take the whole thing over the top! Great book for Christmas book giving. If you're looking for a fun read about the twists and turns about the lighter side of child raising - this is your book. The illustrations take the whole thing over the top! Great book for Christmas book giving.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Lomazow

    Fun fun read Mary her husband Hunk their kids.Anyone who has or is raising kids will roar with laughter.A true delight of a book,

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Not my kind of humor. Even though I got for free didn't feel it was worth my time to keep reading. Not my kind of humor. Even though I got for free didn't feel it was worth my time to keep reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

  15. 4 out of 5

    Candi Hart

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daiva

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Inklebarger

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nessa Kanter-Church

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan Castillo

  20. 5 out of 5

    KQ

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kim Sibille

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dale

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann Bozzetti

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Huckstep

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mickey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Scaggs

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kareem

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda Potter

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