From Christie Mellor, the best-selling author of "The Three-Martini Playdate," comes this hilarious (and helpful) guide to recovering from getting those little angels into college and out of the house. Filled with unapologetically funny yet entirely sympathetic advice, Mellor answers important questions (Is $200 an hour too much to spend for exam tutoring? Is moving to an apartment near campus ever an option?) and offers wise counsel on saying good-bye, getting kids to stay in touch (without begging), and coping when they come home to roost (which they will for holidays, summer break, and possibly for years after graduation). Best of all, she inspires empty nesters to embrace their newfound freedom and enjoy their lives to the full.

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The world, apparently, thinks women need a makeover. If their teeth are less than white from the love of a strong cup of tea, they must be bleached to a blinding brightness. Waists should be whittled, nether regions made smooth and hairless or adorned with hearts or landing strips. Thighs must be sculpted, noses straightened, arms toned. Our homes, must be spotless, well-designed showplaces, our dress size, zero. Now that the 40s are the new 30s, there is no excuse to be anything less than stunning.

Not quite, says Christie Mellor. Full of real style and beauty tips, and more information about lipstick than a woman has a right to know, You Look Fine, Really will help any female over the big 4–0 become her truly fabulous self, without injecting unnecessary fillers into her forehead. In short, kicky chapters like “Foundation: Your Own Personal Vinyl Siding,” “Your Mid-Life Fashion Crisis: Now What?” and “Survival Skills for the Mature Woman,” Mellor inspires women to claim their own personal style and uncover their inner fun-goddess.

The bestselling author of The Three-Martini Playdate delivers a droll, get-real guide to embracing and enjoying the adventure of mid-life, complete with grooming shortcuts, tips on being your own personal trainer, perfect party recipes, and advice on how to add a sense of play and celebration to the everyday.

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Clues to the Mysteries of Adulthood

Back in the "good old days," young people were let loose upon a grateful world with a modicum of social skill and the basic know-how to run a household. But such fundamental competence at the tasks of life seems to be rarer every day.

How did we get here? Should Mom not have done all Junior’s science projects for him? Should Dad have made Tiffany take that summer job in college instead of paying her way through Europe? Perhaps. But what we really want to know is, what can we do about it?

In RAISED BY WOLVES, Christie Mellor lovingly offers a handbook full of advice and gentle verbal spankings that will send them off into the real world. She explains how to RSVP, clean a bathroom, behave in a restaurant, be a good party guest, and much, much more – the things every adult needs to know in order to get through life without alienating every person they meet.
Mellor’s trademark arch, witty style makes even the most pointed advice palatable. If only we’d all had a book like this when we were young!

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A Field Guide to Intrepid Parenting

Chill the glasses! The author of the wildly successful Three-Martini Playdate is back with more irreverent and useful advice about life with children. Wickedly funny essays offer helpful advice on harnessing the energy of toddlers-gone-wild: on vacation, out to dinner, even just when grandmother stops by for a visit. Parents will relearn the art of traveling, socializing, and eating out like adults . . . sometimes with well-behaved children in tow. In dozens of short, kicky chapters like Cocktail Parties: Actually for Grown-ups! and The Theme Park Vacation: A Last Resort, Christie Mellor gently reminds parents that family vacations can truly be fun.

A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting

Parents were here first! How did the kids suddenly take control? Sure the world has changed from the days when children were supposed to be seen and not heard—but things have gotten a little out of hand. What about some quality time for the grownups? Author Christie Mellor's hilarious, personal, refreshing, and actually quite useful advice delightfully rights the balance between parent and child. In dozens of short, wickedly funny chapters, she skewers today's parental absurdities and reminds us how to make child-rearing a kick. With recipes, helpful hints, and illustrations, this high-spirited book is the only book parents will really need—and enjoy.

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