Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman {52 Books in a Year}

My goal is to read 52 books in 2012.  Good or bad, as I read, I will be reviewing the books here.  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me about your favorite books!

Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman
(Book overview found on

In the family of Jen Lancaster and Elizabeth Gilbert, Kyran Pittman is the laid-back middle sister: warm and witty and confiding, with an addictively smart and genuine voice-but married with three kids and living in the heartland. Relatable and real, she writes about family in a way that highlights all its humor, while at the same time honoring its depth.

A regular contributor to Good Housekeeping, Pittman is well loved because she is funny and honest and self-deprecating, because her own household is in chaos (“semi-domesticated”), and because she inspires readers in their own domestic lives. In these eighteen linked, chronological essays, Pittman covers the first twelve years of becoming a family, writing candidly and hilariously about things like learning to maintain a marriage over time; dealing with the challenges of sex after childbirth; saying good-bye to her younger self and embracing the still attractive, forty-year-old version; and trying to “recession- proof” her family (i.e., downsize to avoid foreclosure).

From a fresh new talent, celebrating the joys and trials of a new generation of parents, Planting Dandelions is an entertaining tribute to choosing the white-picket fence over the other options available, even if you don’t manage to live up to its ideals every day.

My Thoughts…


Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated LifePlanting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am one of the founding members of Arkansas Women Bloggers of which Kyran Pittman is a member. I first met Kyran in December of 2010 when she was the keynote speaker at one of our blogger meet-ups. I was first introduced to this book when she spoke omit during her time with us.

I had Planting Danelions on my wish list for just over a year before I finally got around to reading it..

From what I understand the book is made up of blog posts and magazine articles she wrote about motherhood and her family over the course of several years.

The book is very well written and funny. The book just didn’t relate to me at all. I have not been divorced, I haven’t had an affair, I don’t have kids. There was no part of the book where I thought I could relate to Mrs. Pittman.

I have read other similar books in this genre such as The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristen Kimball and Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl by Susan McCorkindale. I loved both of these books and found that the touched on the essence of a professional vs. domestic career, motherhood, marriage and relationships in a way that related to all readers.

My biggest regret about this book is that it’s reach was so narrow and specific.

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