Buy a Fake Purse and Other Real World Advice for Working Moms

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New book gives working moms irreverent but real world advice. Despite the title, The White Trash Mom Handbook, is anything BUT trashy.

If you like your kid's peanut butter sandwich fried and then dunked in Fluff or made from specially picked organic peanuts crushed individually by fully unionized workers, you'll love The White Trash Mom Handbook by Michelle Lamar. I aspire to the life lessons here, especially how to fake it for the bake sale.

Want to leave the office early to pick up the kids? Parenting author Michelle Lamar advises the "Fake Purse Escape". One of Lamar's tips for working moms is to buy an extra purse to keep at the office for days when family duty calls before 5pm. She advises leaving the fake purse on the desk and keeping your desk light on so the office tattle tales will think you are still at the office.

"Buying a fake purse is completely twisted," says Lamar. " But what is really sad is that there are no good child care options for families. Since the modern work place pretends that children don't matter, mothers have to get creative."

Lamar's book The White Trash Mom Handbook is not your average parenting guide.    Far from "trashy", early reviews hail the book as 'The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy for the School Years" and has been praised as a "veritable encyclopedia of common sense wisdom...a modern-day 95 Theses nailed to the pre-school door."

Not usually the kind of kudos associated with the words "white trash". But the author of White Trash Mom Handbook is not your average mom. Michelle Lamar is a marketing guru turned fashion designer who created the persona of "White Trash Mom" to help other moms. Lamar has ranted for years against the myth of the perfect mother and the pressures of modern motherhood. According to the sassy author:

"My book gives moms some irreverent but real advice. Having a fake purse is a twisted solution but if the working world is going to pretend I don't have kids, I say we have to find ways to work around it. It's not the best solution but desperate times call for desperate measures."

The White Trash Mom Handbook is published by St. Martin's Press and will be in stores on August 5th, 2008. Early reviews from some very non-trashy people praise the book:

"If you like your kid's peanut butter sandwich fried and then dunked in Fluff or made from specially picked organic peanuts crushed individually by fully unionized workers, you'll love The White Trash Mom Handbook by Michelle Lamar. I aspire to the life lessons here, especially how to fake it for the bake sale."
-Kara Swisher - Co-Executive Editor of All Things D

"Take it from a Yellow Trash Dad that The White Trash Mom Handbook is a book that you should read. Actually, you don't have to read it. Just buy it. Michelle will be just as happy either way--as would I be."
Guy Kawasaki-Founder of Alltop, Co-Founder Garage Technology Ventures and Author

"Buy it for your sister-in-law who gives you the stink-eye every time you give your kid an unthawed eggo. Buy it for the woman in your mommy-and-me group who makes you feel like crap for not making your 3 year old go to Violin/French/Juggling lessons and send another copy to the bitchy chick down the street. The White Trash Mom Handbook is not about money or status or education. It's about giving yourself the freedom to be yourself, and that is a good thing indeed." Jenny Lawson-Houston Chronicle

"Michelle Lamar's irreverent handbook is a must read for all mothers. It's a reminder that no mom is perfect and offers tips and tricks even the trashiest Mom can use to help navigate the mess of love that is parenthood."-Erin Koteki Vest -Huffington Post

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