REVIEWED BY BETH PERRY
A frazzled stay-at-home mom in Cambridge, Mass., Lanie Coates spends her days catering to a crayon-eating baby and two troublesome toddlers, one of whom can't stop biting his peers. "I suddenly wanted to be my old self again so badly," she realizes one night, "[that] my pillow got wet with tears." A mother's struggle to find the person she was before children is nothing new, yet perhaps that's part of this endearing book's charm. Everyone isn't a knockout, but it's unpretentious, silly and honest—which, Center reminds us, can be beautiful things too.