Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review: Exploiting My Baby

Friday, January 28, 2011

Book Review: Exploiting My Baby

About the Book
EXPLOITING MY BABY, the honest, hysterical, and touching new mom-oir form television and radio personality Teresa Strasser just hit stores, and I want to make sure you and your audience are aware of this fresh look at motherhood.

LA Weekly recently raved about the book, writing that “Teresa Strasser cuts right through the mucus plug with Exploiting My Baby*: *Because It's Exploiting Me. With such titles as ‘Sitting Stretch Mark Shiva’ and ‘I'll Miss You, Toxins,’ Strasser's funnier than your funniest friend and her neuroses are more acute than Joan Rivers' Having a Baby Can Be a Scream. From the initial wondering, ‘Would both my ass and my mind wear mom jeans?’ to her post-birth home that ‘looks like Chuck E. Cheese after an earthquake,’ Strasser's hilariously forthcoming about every step of the process. And as for exploiting her little bundle of joy, she states: ‘Kid, I just made you a spleen and some eyebrows. The least you can do is get Mommy a book deal’.” And check out Teresa’s fantastic interview about the book and motherhood with THE TALK (CBS-TV):

Teresa Strasser, an award-winning journalist, thought to herself, “If Tori Spelling and Kate Gosselin can milk their children for all they’re worth, why can‘t I?” So she has given birth to EXPLOITING MY BABY, BECAUSE IT’S EXPLOITING ME: A Memoir of Pregnancy and Childbirth, the unflinchingly honest, always hysterical, and surprisingly heartwarming collection of essays about being a mom for the first time at 38. Strasser’s unique and candid take on motherhood is certain to open up a more honest dialogue between moms everywhere, and is a refreshing entry into the mom-oir world.

Experience Teresa in action, both on television and over the radio, on her website ( ), and her blog, (

Whether discussing her significant “mommy” issues with her own mother and “stepmonster,” the physical toll that comes from carrying around a growing human being for nine months, or her nagging doubts about her ability to be a good mother, in EXPLOITING MY BABY Strasser provides an uninhibited and edgy look into the life of a new mother. With Strasser’s honesty about her flaws and fears along with a candid look at the highs (having doors opened and seats offered) and lows (leaking breasts and uncontrollable gas) of pregnancy, EXPLOITING MY BABY takes on many of the things that annoy real moms, including:
  •  Advertisements for pregnancy products featuring models with glowing skin and zero weight gain
  • The formula versus breast milk debate
  • A list of bad mothers (like Marilu Henner, whose own parenting book, “I Refuse to Raise a Brat,” features her two young sons on the cover.


Teresa Strasser is an Emmy-winning writer (Comedy Central’s “Win Ben Stein’s Money”) and Emmy-nominated television host (TLC’s “While You Were Out”). Radio audiences know her as a frequent guest on Adam Carolla’s podcast, the most popular podcast in iTunes history. As a journalist, Strasser is a contributor to the Los Angeles Times and a columnist for The Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Her first-person essays have garnered three Los Angeles Press Club Awards, including Columnist of the Year. Other television credits include serving as a field correspondent for WNYW-TV’s “Good Day New York,” and for Fox shows “Good Day Live” and “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” TV writing credits include  “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” and “The Chair,” both for ABC. Strasser co-hosted the weekly pop-culture round-up “TV Watercooler,” which airs on the TV Guide Network, and currently co-hosts KABC’s morning radio news show in Los Angeles. Strasser has appeared on numerous countdown shows on basic cable, mainly for the E! Network, including “50 Cutest Child Stars” and “101 Celebrity Oops” and has written for the popular magazine features Stars Make Us Laugh (In Touch Weekly) and Fashion Police (Us Weekly). She has also commented on celebrity culture for CNN’s “Headline News” as well as covered the red carpet for The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards and The Emmy Awards. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Visit her website at

My Take on the Book
I did not know a lot about Teresa before reading this book, and if she is as funny in person as she comes across in her writing, I can tell why people would enjoy knowing her. This book is witty, clever and humorous and for anyone that has been pregnant or has gone through pregnancy, she captures (and makes light of) many of the fun moments during this time.

While I have never been pregnant, my wife has and I shared the book with her and she also thought that the sections that she read through were funny and engaging. This book is an easy read, and because of the humor, it makes you want to continue reading to get through it and see what else the author has to say (what's her last word going to be?). 

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