10 Hilarious Books on Motherhood to Read Now

Cooped up inside with stir-crazy kids who are driving you insane? These funny-but-true books by fellow moms will make you feel better. Or at least not alone in your despair.

1. Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick
“Amber Dusick has transformed the truest, grittiest, and most cringe-inducing trials of parenting into something incredibly hysterical, poignant and meaningful.” —Mayim Bialik, author of Beyond the Sling, actress “Big Bang Theory”

2. I Just Want to Pee Alone by Some Kick Ass Mom Bloggers
“Motherhood is the toughest—and funniest—job you’ll ever love. Raising kids is hard work. The pay sucks, your boss is a tyrant, and the working conditions are pitiful – you can’t even take a bathroom break without being interrupted with another outrageous demand. Hasn’t every mother said it before? ‘I just want to pee alone!'” —publisher description

3. Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind by Nicole Knepper
“Based on her hugely popular Facebook page, Moms Who Drink and Swear, this book reveals why family dinners are like herpes, how to avoid smashing toys that are being fought over, and the joy of hearing that your son has murdered his imaginary friend. As Nicole rants and raves about caring for children (without crushing their souls), family togetherness (without too many tears), the saving grace of girlfriends (and wine), and love and marriage (and all the baggage that goes with them), she gets to the heart of what every exasperated mom is thinking, just much funnier.” —publisher description

4. Confessions of a Scary Mommy by Jill Smokler
“Jill has blown the lid off of what should and should not be said when discussing the experience of motherhood, using her sense of humor and the occasional ‘F-bomb’—and in doing so, Scary Mommy has actually made motherhood a little bit less frightening… [Confessions of a Scary Mommy] dares to say the things most mothers have thought, but few have had the courage to admit.” —ABCnews.com

5. Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies) by Jill Smokler
“Smokler returns with all-new essays debunking more than 20 pervasive myths about motherhood. She’s here to give you what few others will dare: The truth.” —publisher description

6. Sh*t My Kids Ruined: An A-Z Celebration of Kid Destruction by Julie Haas Brophy
“Quite possibly the best birth control on the market, Sh*t My Kids Ruined is a pictorial tribute to the filthy, distasteful, gross, and painful moments of parenthood, and the children who make it all possible.” —publisher description

7. Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O’Bryant
“A book about motherhood that will make you nod with recognition, while simultaneously reminding you to schedule a hysterectomy.” — Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess and author of the New York Times bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

8. Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
“Motherhood—it’s not for wimps. Once the zigzagging hormones and endless, bleary-eyed exhaustion of the first year have worn off, you’re left with the startling realization that your tiny, immobile bundle has become a rampaging toddler, complete with his or her very own, very forceful personality.” —publisher description

9. I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile
“Fresh from the front lines of modern motherhood comes a book that uncovers the guilty secrets of moms today … in their own words. I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids diagnoses the craziness and offers real solutions, so that mothers can step out of the madness and learn to love motherhood as much as they love their kids.” —publisher description

10. The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting by Christie Mellor
“Mellor, mother of ‘two darling little angels,’ tells parents it’s time take back their lives—and their right to have a few cocktails at a child’s midday birthday party. With chapters such as “Bedtime: Is Five-Thirty Too Early?” and “Screaming: Is It Necessary?,” the author lays out a plan for parents to enjoy themselves and not be slaves to their children while still offering their kids a warm, nurturing environment. Mellor’s advice has a retro twang, and is always wry and often quite funny, standing in sharp contrast to the guidance normally found in books of its kind.” —Publishers Weekly

Ellen Sturm Niz is an editor and writer living, parenting, and working in Jackson Heights, Queens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+.