Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age by Kara Martinez Bauchman

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

This book is so timely for my life right now. I’ve heard many of the thoughts and ideas the author expressed in my own head. She is funny. Reading this book was therapeutic. The author looks at her life in an honest heartwarming way and shared some great stories from her life. My favorite was the story of when they bought a house from the real estate agent who actually prayed with them. I laughed because I know ladies like her. Martinez Bachman is the kind of lady I would like to have a beer with on a mno.

You’re going on a journey to a strange new country where you will look different, act different, even feel different. It’s like you’re becoming a whole new person, and that person is your mother. Your new homeland is middle age, and you need a native guide to teach you how to survive here, or least to show you where the good bars are.

Written for every woman who knows that turning 40 is no reason to become respectable, Kissing the Crisis is the field guide you need to blaze your own unconventional trail through the jungle of middle age. Humorist Kara Martinez Bachman reports from the front lines of the battle to stay awake after 9 p.m., and her adventures will make you scream with laughter, cringe with embarrassment, and vow to tackle your own midlife crisis with a can-do attitude and a tasty cocktail.

Whether she’s searching for a child-friendly bar for a parents’ drinking session, starting the world’s best ukelele/harp gothic rock band, coping with a baby cursing like a sailor in the grocery store, or conquering her fear of a terrifying death during Hurricane Katrina, Bachman shows that life doesn’t end at 40 … it just gets weirder.

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