"Deborah Copaken Kogan writes with verve, warmth, and passion about the complexities of parenting, her love for her children, and all the comedies and melodramas that the complexities and the love together make us perform."
"The next time you see a modern American mom walking down the street and think you know what's going on in her life, Hell Is Other Parents will remind you that you don't know the half of it. Like Larry David, Deborah Kogan isn't obsessed with putting her best foot forward. Rather, she unloads what's truly on her mind. She's not afraid to show her anxieties, her vanities, her deepest desires. The results aren't always pretty, but it's a thrilling, hilarious, nerve-wracking ride--a mother's high-wire balancing act--that I wouldn't have dared miss."
"Brave, funny, and charged with equal measures of regret and joy, Kogan's parenting misadventures spring from the page. Though her battles with smothering or totally deranged moms take place in nanny-ridden Manhattan (a world she and her husband can't afford), her stories will resonate with anyone who ever changed a diaper or comforted a weeping child."
"This is the stuff of life. Okay, maybe not the stuff of your life, but luckily for us, though maybe not always for Deborah Copaken Kogan, it is the stuff of her life, and she has made it delightful stuff to read about."
Apart from Joshua, as most of you might not know that one, he was also young Spock in the latest Star Trek film. I didn't see this move in theatres, but if you did, you know who I mean. As such, an interesting chapter to read was "The Adolescent Spock" which is about Jacob's time on the set of Star Trek but also how Kogan's daughter, Sasha, is more like Spock in real life. You get a unique look on the making of the film, including the hotness of Chris Pine and how sweet J.J. Abrams was to Jacob and everyone else on the set (he even allowed Jacob and his grandpa see an advanced screening as the latter had only months to live and wouldn't see it in theatres).