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Mama Gone Geek by Lynn Brunelle

Mama Gone Geek

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Mama Gone Geek by Lynn Brunelle
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Oct 28, 2014 | ISBN 9781611801514

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Praise

“The book takes readers on an exuberant journey that combines maternal highs and lows with the joys of being a born science “nerd.” Brunelle recreates the magic of everyday family life with a scientist’s keen eye for detail and a parent’s faultless ear for mother-son dialogue.”—Publishers Weekly

“Lynn loves being a mom, and she loves science. She relays tale after tale of how she engages her kids in wonder after wonder of the world around them—and around all of us. Her science enriches their lives and saves her sanity. Mama Gone Geek will do the same for you.”—Bill Nye, the Science Guy

“A wonderfully hilarious romp through Lynn Brunelle’s world, complete with directions on how to turn the most awkward and smelly aspects of parenting into teaching moments.  Mama Gone Geek is a memoir and a how-to book on its surface, but it is also–and more importantly so–a testament to the undying love, joy, faith, and protectiveness a mother feels for her family. Brunelle’s ability to see her world anew, even as she knows precisely how to describe it to her children, is refreshing, touching, and, ultimately, very gratifying. Brava!”—Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Lynn Brunelle is the love child of Erma Bombeck and Mr. Wizard!”—Susan Wiggs, author of The Apple Orchard and The Beekeeper’s Ball

Mama Gone Geek is my favorite book of the year. Funny and touching. Every parent can relate to her stories. I’m buying it for all my friends.”—Suzanne Selfors, author of The Imaginary Veterinary series

Author Q&A

1. Your new book chronicles how you, a self-proclaimed geek mom, get through the challenges of parenting by turning to the logic of science. What do you hope parents take away from your stories?
 
That we’re all doing our best and things come up. Parenting is a great challenge. Laugh if you can and let it change you. Let it tweak the lens a little bit. But look into the hard stuff–the stuff that makes you squirm and look deep. There are goodies in the muck!
 
 
2. The subjects of science and parenting seem really far apart. Do they really mix?
 
To me they are enthusiastically yoked together. It’s such a lovely perspective to glance through and stare through. Parenting is all about science. Because honestly, science is about observing, asking questions, solving problems, making mistakes and trying again and again. How is that NOT being a parent?
 
 
3. You describe a lot of ways you bring science into family traditions, from making quicksand for Halloween play to creating paper snowflakes every Christmas. Do you have a favorite science tradition?
 
The game is always changing and one thing I learn over and over is be open and roll with it. So traditions meld over time. I do love the 6-sided paper snowflakes storm that my husband and I make every year for the boys on Christmas Eve so they’ll have snow when they wake up. My kids love the fire-and-ice play at camp-outs where they can melt the dickens out of a marshmallow and then turn around and make ice cream in a baggie. New traditions pop up-recently they’ve been loving exploding water balloons. The trick is to always be open to new ideas!
 
 
4. You obviously LOVE science. What do you say to adults who don’t share your zeal? What do you say to kids?
 
People who don’t like science probably don’t like how they were taught science when they were little. The world is such an amazing place and everything around us is dazzling if you really look at it. How a cut heals is magical! Optical illusions are amazing. When you add heat, why does chocolate melt and eggs harden? For anyone who has ever wondered “Why? and “How?” there is science zeal to be discovered!
 
 
5. Has being a parent changed your relationship to science?
 
Being a parent has changed everything! Anything that gets you out of your own head and your own perspective solely is life changing. Has it changed how I see science? Yes. I have leaned on science like you do an old friend who never lets you down. It astounds me and makes me wonder more and more.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Most Persistent Camper
BIOLOGY
Chapter 1: Making Sense of Santa
Chapter 2: Your Chlorophyll Is Showing–It’s Not Easy Being Green
Chapter 3: Wait a Minute, I’m Eating What?
Chapter 4: Lizard Brain–Sibling Stuff
Chapter 5: How Was School Today?
Chapter 6: Mother of the Year
Chapter 7: I’ll Show You Mine
Chapter 8: Baby Talk
Chapter 9: Lice Mama
Chapter 10: On the Brink
CHEMISTRY
Chapter 11: I Want to Hold Your Hand
Chapter 12: A Knight in Shining Cardboard
Chapter 14: Memory Architect
Chapter 15: ADHD
Chapter 16: Pennies in the Lemons
PHYSICS AND EARTH SCIENCE
Chapter 17: I Hate to Tell You, but You’re a Little Bit Fat
Chapter 18: Moments of Magnetism
Chapter 19: What if You Screw Up?
Chapter 20: Newton at the Plate
Chapter 21: OK, Play with the Fire
Chapter 22: Nose Flute and Armpit Fart
Chapter 23: Sucking the Bounce
Chapter 24: The Spark Inside Refraction and Reflection
Epilogue

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