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Jeni Decker is five-foot nothing and one hundred and [redacted] pounds a self described roly-poly, forty-something, Reubenesque bon-bon of a gal, often called cute but never sexy. She has two sons with autism on opposite ends of the spectrum (Jake and Jaxson), a husband who prefers hunting to household chores, an Australian Shepherd named Sugar, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. This is her story a brash, personal, and some-times shocking memoir of one woman’s determination to raise two healthy kids with autism and keep her sanity in the process. It’s not always easy. Between poop” incidents, temper tantrums, and the helpful” advice about parenting from her fellow citizens in the grocery store, Jeni often finds herself wanting to throw something. With chapters like: Tickling the Weiner,” Why I Hate Pokemon,” Santa: Give it a Friggin’ Rest, Already,” and Oprah’s the Reason My Kid Thinks I Want to Drown Him in the Tub,” I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames also includes mini-chapters written by her eldest son, Jake.
Readers looking for laughter and inspiration will find it here aplenty, along with tons of surreal anecdotes that will have you either shaking your head in disbelief (for those unacquainted with the world of autism) or nodding with recognition (for those who are). As Jeni says, I developed a new normal.’”
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Chelsea Handler meets Kathy Griffin in this down and dirty story of one autism mom's journey--from Sex-Ed to Santa Claus.About the Author:
Jeni Decker lives on a farm in rural Michigan with her husband, two autistic sons, an Australian shepherd, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. In between kid-wrangling and writing, she is also an independent filmmaker. You can find her at her website: closetspacemusings.blogspot.com or on Twitter @Jeni_Decker.
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