What We’re Reading + Book Giveaway: Blacklisted from the PTA!

A whole year has passed since Lela Davidson and fans celebrated the launch of her book, Blacklisted from the PTA.

Since then, Blacklisted has won half a dozen literary awards and has entertained folks from all over the globe (especially, we’d venture, fellow mamas who can totally relate to Lela’s hard-won stories).

To celebrate this milestone, Lela asked some good bloggy friends to help her celebrate each day in July. A month-long virtual birthday party, if you will. Today’s our day to wish Lela and Blacklisted a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Congrats, friend, on a job well done and all of Blacklisted’s success.

Lela has been introducing her readers to some of her favorite chicks in the blogosphere throughout the party (because that’s what happens at parties, right? You meet new friends?) over at her blog, After the Bubbly. These blogging friends — including quite a few here in NWA — have written about everything from delicious snacks, to favorite shoes, to DIY crafts, to a woman’s many personalities, to signature drinks to how you can make real friends on the Internet.

While vacationing at the beach or hanging out poolside this summer, we recommend Blacklisted from the PTA for back-to-back laughs.

Since no party is complete without favors or goodie bags, we’re giving away a copy of Lela’s book! (If you can’t possibly wait to see if you won–  and want to jump over and just buy the book already — CLICK HERE to get it from Amazon.)

HOW TO WIN YOUR OWN COPY OF THE BOOK: To win a copy of Lela’s book, just click on the comment button below and tell us what story you might use if a book was written (or, like Lela, you wrote it yourself) about your life. Would you share the details of your mother-in-law’s passive-aggressive Christmas gifts, the time your dress was tucked into your tights at the theatre or about the day your little darling pitched a fit in Rick’s Bakery and broke 10 bottles of syrup with her kicky, tantruming feet (or was that just me?).

ABOUT THE BOOK: Blacklisted from the PTA is a collection of 62 essays written by local author Lela Davidson. She knows how to mine humor in some of the craziest places, especially motherhood. She shares her life from all angles — and they’re all very sharp.

“Blacklisted from the PTA Lela takes you to Mexican bars, the hockey rinks of St. Louis, ski slopes near Santa Fe, shopping in Dallas, and even introduces you to a few strippers—the novices on the playgrounds of New York City, and the pros in Vegas. Lela says what the rest of us are thinking. Her hilarious observations and subtle satire are always spot on. She’s not afraid to reveal her screw-ups, along with fleeting delusional moments when she honestly believes she is the best mom ever.”

Good luck in the giveaway! Happy Birthday, Blacklisted!




  1. I’d love to win this book!!
    If I had a story written about me it would almost have to include my 16th birthday celebration. I was so painfully shy that the thought of real friends from high school (instead of the same five kids I had grown up with from church) made me extremely excited… and nervous. Add that nervousness to having a sensitive stomach that rebelled at the thought of anything social and it’s a wonder my new friendships survived that particularly unpleasant smelling night.
    More than ten years later and we’re still friends… and they still won’t let me forget it.

  2. Paige, I’m still trying to wrap my head around you being shy 😉 Have I ever mentioned that I was super shy when I was a kid? That certainly changed!

    Kristy, you really could write a book 😉

  3. Great idea for comments!

    Mine would have to be when I was eight and climbed a neighbor’s tree… all the way to the tippy top that reached the height of their split level home! Needless to say, I fell. Knocked the air right out of me! After stumbling into the house, hair askew, in shock, leaves all over me.

    My mother’s caring first words?

    “Go take a shower, you’re dirty.”


    Happy birthday Lela!


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