Totlandia by Josie Brown Totlandia, the new multi-series story by bestselling author Josie Brown (The Baby Planner, The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives) takes us into the lives of the ladies of San Francisco’s most elite mommies group, where image is everything and flawlessness is the norm.

Through secrets and scandals, betrayals and bonding (and even a little bondage), Josie’s series takes a light-hearted, entertaining look at motherhood. As a San Francisco mom, I laughed out loud at the playground shenanigans. But the series also made me pause on a more serious level–core to the book’s biting humor are the all-too-real judgments that mothers inflict on one another. Which made me ask: why do we moms do that to each other?

In a world of ostensibly superhuman moms like Marissa Mayer and Michelle Obama, mothers often complain about the pressure of doing it all and the improbability of having it all. Yet it’s we who scowl at the mom who brings store-bought muffins instead of homemade ones to the school bake sale, who scorn the full-time mom and the stay-at-home mom equally as if neither can hack it in the other’s world, and who set expectations beyond reason upon ourselves and those around us (only handcrafted original halloween costumes please). All this only leads to disappointment and sets up a vicious cycle of frustration.

Totlandia is a great reminder to put your over-complicated, busy lives into perspective.
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