August 04, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Mommies Who Drink

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Brett Paesel
publisher
Warner Books
genre
Essays, Nonfiction
We gave it a C+

HBO has already optioned this wobbly collection of autobiographical vignettes about a groovy middle-aged actress adjusting to maternity. In bite-sized episodes, Brett Paesel (a vet of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Six Feet Under) confronts a familiar raft of scenarios — crunchy prenatal yoga classes, brain-congealing playgroups, marital malaise — then joins three hipster gal pals in a bar to discuss. No, the ladies never order cosmos, but yes, the author has clearly watched Sex and the City. There are some endearingly personal anecdotes in Mommies Who Drink, but Paesel’s material is as weary as a new mom after a few Manhattans.

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