Kyran's writing, while relatable and easy to devour, still makes you feel smart. She doesn't talk down to her readers, and she's not afraid to use her brain or big words or make erudite references. And I like that -- it's quite rare in this genre. But what I love most about Planting Dandelions is how it makes me -- and I'm sure others -- feel. It made me feel like my story is worth telling. That my banal life of packing lunch boxes and paying bills and not changing light bulbs is worth remembering, worth preserving. I don't mean that I need to go out and write a memoir.
I just mean that, since reading this book, I find myself taking a little more time to find the joy in the carpool line, to honor the importance of listening to my husband, and to reflect on the tradition and history involved in raising my children. While Kyran's story could give me an excuse -- "Hey, nobody's perfect, what am I so hard on myself for?
In a way, it's given me a new sense of purpose. For that, I can truly say that Planting Dandelions is one of the few books that has changed my life. I hope you'll read it and give it a chance to change yours, too. Apr 11, Waven rated it really liked it Shelves: humor , non-fiction , first-reads. The cover says "a memoir" but that's not quite true. This is a collection of 18 short essays on life and love, risk and romance, mistakes and motherhood But its episodic nature - each essay like a chapter - makes it very approachable and easy to read.
Pittman also has a good sense of humor, which she often puts to work.
The result is a fun, interesting read with surprising dept The cover says "a memoir" but that's not quite true. The result is a fun, interesting read with surprising depth. Living as a professional businesswoman with her husband in Toronto, Pittman found her world tipping further and further off-axis, spinning her into a life she never expected. These essays cover the fifteen years that followed, as Pittman finds her way from minidresses to nursing bras, from the tavern to the white picket fence. Along the way she shares some of the most important lessons she learned, with great effect.
And then came Southern Man , which is hands-down one of the finer pieces I've read about Arkansas and the modern South. Together with Me, the People , Pittman provides a look at America that is both frank and touching. While most of the book serves up lighter fare, its humor, feeling, and insight make it a very enjoyable read. Four stars and two thumbs up. Feb 21, Sarabeth Jones rated it it was amazing. I loved this book!
It felt like sitting down with a friend and hearing all her favorite stories, the ones that have defined her. Kyran's writing is funny and endearing and wonderful; no matter the particulars of the story, I always felt I had something in common with her. She manages to find the threads that tie us all together. I wish I had a book of stories like this for everyone I know. Read this book!
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You will laugh, you might cry, you will certainly recognize your family, your friends, yours I loved this book! You will laugh, you might cry, you will certainly recognize your family, your friends, yourself. Jun 25, Ciara rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , autobio-memoir. Mar 28, Danielle rated it liked it Shelves: chicklit , for-review , books-i-own. From party girl to stay at home mom, Kyran Pittman is living a life that is becoming more and more popular by the minute.
Her life revolves around her three boys, her husband and when she can find time…her part-time work writing. Not only does she feel fulfilled by a life of domesticity, but she revels in it. When I initially was offered the opportunity to review Planting Dand From party girl to stay at home mom, Kyran Pittman is living a life that is becoming more and more popular by the minute. When I initially was offered the opportunity to review Planting Dandelions I jumped at the chance, having seen it on Goodreads first, I fell in love with the cover. After I read the synopsis I remember thinking that this was exactly the type of book I could relate to.
Basically, Kyran Pittman and myself were near mirror images in many ways, not all, but many. What I was truly eager to read were her positive messages about being a stay at home mom as opposed to the opposite it mentions in the synopsis, Eat Pray Love. It was absolutely that! In the first thirty to fifty pages or so she shares how it was that she came to meet and marry her husband. Surprisingly she was married at the time, but the circumstances surrounding that marriage are shocking to say the least.
It was refreshing to hear how someone could thoroughly enjoy giving of themselves so much and love raising their own children by truly caring for them. What I had hoped for though was more connection. My rating on the book has more to do with this than anything else. Self-sacrifice and love are what she chooses and her stories take readers to places they see in their everyday lives. I have no doubt that Chick Lit fans who may also happen to be moms want to be, have been, will be, etc.
Originally reviewed and copyrighted at Chick Lit Reviews. Nov 04, Mel rated it really liked it. Dandelions — the pesky weed that proliferates most yards that all master gardeners spend countless hours and noxious chemicals trying to eliminate. Much like the metaphor of making lemonade out of lemons, Kyran is taking her marital and maternal dandelions and manifesting them into bouquets. Two years later, it was a homemade chocolate layer cake, frosted with butter cream, for my middle child. Three years after that, I ran by the warehouse club and picked up a slab of corn syrup and hydrogenated oil, spray-painted blue, for the baby.
Our hope is that through all of our effort and mistakes our children turn out descent and normal, without any memorable material to write a book about us later. She also reminisces about a particular dress — one that I imagine would have been worn by Goldie Hawn on Laugh In — that reminds her of her youth and whether that woman still exists. It is a beautiful reflection on a rich life that continues to evolve. The only portion of the book where I winced and read with one eye closed was the section where she talks about exploring postpartum sex life with her husband.
When you see a fellow PTA mom walking down the street, some visuals are better left unimagined. Planting Dandelions is a candid portrayal of what life is like in the maternal trenches behind the white picket fence and a welcome addition to the stay-at-home-mommy genre. View 2 comments. Jul 12, Lark rated it it was ok. I was given to understand this was hilariously funny. I would say - this is what happens when a mentally unstable, narcissist eventually takes baby steps towards adulthood. The author starts her book 'in the middle' and gives tidbits of bare background throughout. Seems very focused on shallow things- the section on not getting lust-looks from men aging was tedious at best.
Noticed a tendency to believe in herself - no matter what her beliefs are and if they've changed radically from yesterday. Noticed a tendency to believe in herself - no matter what her beliefs are and if they've changed radically from yesterday Her absolute certainty that she was a good Mother was interesting, since it seems unlike most Moms that I've met.
Most of the Mom conversations I hear are filled with worry for their children and self-doubt. One thing I liked a lot was her refusal to blame others for her own poor behavior and bad choices. She was very kind about the ex-husband. Pittman is very different from myself and I doubt I will read anything by her ever again. However, this book was interesting in that it gave me some insight to into her thought processes - and since she is so very different, it has given me something to think about. Always a good thing. Still waiting on the funny, though Apr 14, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads.
I won this book through Good Reads First-Reads program. This book was hard for me to relate to - I guess I am just not at that point in my life - and after reading this book, I'm not sure that I ever want to be. The author shared things in a manner which has convinced me she would be the type of person I would dread being stuck next to at a party - the classic over-sharing in a crass manner person.
You know, the one that you and your husband have to have some sort of non-verbal cue for "get me o I won this book through Good Reads First-Reads program. You know, the one that you and your husband have to have some sort of non-verbal cue for "get me out of here". I'm happy for her that she has made peace with her life and has embraced what has been given to her, but I struggle with seeing how her story is one that is begging to be told. We are given incomplete information about specifics of her past, and yet she almost gives us enough gory detail to draw a map of her vagina from memory.
But I still read the whole thing. It was a book I could see you reading while at the doctor's office. Or you could pass it around your mom group. The author is a woman that seems to always follow her own heart, and that is something that we all should do - I only hope that we also dare to dream even bigger than what we are handed. Jul 07, Jennifer Cunningham-Lozano rated it really liked it Recommends it for: chantel.
Shelves: favorites. I couldn't put the book down. Started it as a beach read and then of course - little man needed more attention jumping the wave, making mud pies and that ulitmate beach nap in degrees on my shoulder. As I snuck in some pages I knew I couldnt put it down but I had to nap was over and the end of day was on the way. So I picked up the book for the train ride to the City a little over an hour on the great LIRR and I couldnt stop turing the pages, chapters were flowing by and my heart fluttered w I couldn't put the book down.
So I picked up the book for the train ride to the City a little over an hour on the great LIRR and I couldnt stop turing the pages, chapters were flowing by and my heart fluttered with the love of being young to having children to that almost kick you out of the door, that almost nervous breakdown, feeling of loss, the unknown to the knowing it is ALL good and with my mantra - Hope floats and keep it real - Kyran Pittman puts it simply ending the book simply stating live life "..
Dec 18, Lori rated it really liked it. Very interesting, insightful perspective on going through the normal stages of life. Very real and hysterical at times. Her father was a poet and at times you can tell through her writing as it has a poetry feel Highly recommend to any of my friends. Nov 04, Angella rated it really liked it. I've known Kyran online for years now and this book is further proof that we only do catch a snippet of people's lives through their blogs.
An interesting read, for sure, and a great memoir. Feb 27, Claire rated it really liked it Shelves: first-person-narrator-all-ages , grownup-books. Kyran Pittman lays it all out with revealing essays about life, love the complexities of fidelity and laundry. Feb 05, Jess rated it really liked it. I loved this book. The writing is honest, clever, wise and hilarious. Jan 10, Lisa marked it as to-read Shelves: giveaway. I just received notification from Reading Group Guides that I was selected to receive a copy of this book.
I can't wait for it to arrive! Jun 13, Karen rated it it was amazing. Exquisitely, persistently intelligent and indelible parts are even edible those dandelions in Kyran's bouquet. Feb 19, Guy Choate rated it it was amazing Shelves: essays , argenta-reading-series. This is a book I should revisit over and over again as I reach each new stage of parenthood because I think the parts I will most appreciate will evolve as my child ages. They made me feel ill-prepared for what I had gotten myself into. Alternatively, Pittman is easy to relate to. Her language is intelligent and playful, her wit is sharp, and she seems willing to follow her pen This is a book I should revisit over and over again as I reach each new stage of parenthood because I think the parts I will most appreciate will evolve as my child ages.
Her language is intelligent and playful, her wit is sharp, and she seems willing to follow her pen toward the most vulnerable of topics. The Complete Buddhism for Mothers. The Miracle Of Mindfulness. Mindfulness in Plain English.
Planting Dandelions, by Kyran Pittman
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As way too many people use toxic chemicals to rid their lawns of these plants, a beloved story about a dandelion seed is long overdue. Dandelions are actually beneficial plants. The Dandelion Seed is a story about a seed that is scared to let go, but the wind blows it away.
It sees a lot of different things in the world and eventually lands, turns into a dandelion flower, and then casts its own seeds. It was pretty cool to see all of the places that one seed can go when it blows away! That seed went to the city, the beach, and all kinds of places! My favorite part was when the dandelion let the deer eat his leaves. I liked the pictures in the book. He especially could relate to the main premise of The Dandelion Seed as he and his brother blow dandelion seeds all of the time.
I think that he will come up with some creative stories that next time he blows one, chronicling all of the places that it will travel! This book is intended for the age range of , but even an adult will find it warmly written and easy to embrace as the story unfolds, a bit at a time, page by page….
This story walks the reader through the life of a dandelion seed. This book has won numerous awards and after reading it, I can see how and why. It is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written. A true treasure for every child and family to enjoy. A joyous, beautiful story.
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