We’re launching February with a laugh. We’ve got several copies of Why is My Mother Getting a Tattoo and Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask by Jancee Dunn to giveaway to Manic Mommies.

In her early forties, Jancee Dunn began to wonder why she still felt like a 13-year-old around her family. Talking to her friends, she found the same was true for them—despite successful jobs, marriages, and families of their own. Do we ever really grow up, she wonders? Why is the slow, sticky process of prying ourselves free from our parents and childhoods so difficult? In Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?, Dunn examines the phenomenon, with scenes ranging from a “haunted Savannah” tour gone wrong to a visit to a tattoo parlor with her sixty-ish mother, who is dying to get a raven inked on her wrist. Finally, Dunn and her sisters arrange a visit to the house where they grew up, a bittersweet but comic experience that answers her questions and puts her at peace with her parents—until the next tattoo parlor visit, at least. —From the author’s Web site.

About the author: Jancee Dunn grew up in Chatham, New Jersey. She has been a writer for ‘Rolling Stone’ since 1989. She has written twenty cover stories for the magazine, including profiles of Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Ben Affleck and Madonna. She has written for many different publications, among them “GQ,” “New York” magazine, “O, The Oprah Magazine,” “Vogue,” “In Style” and the “New York Times.”

Read our book club hostess Mari’s interview with Jancee here. Our telephone chat with the author is scheduled for March 17. Green beer is optional.

To enter the giveaway, please send an e-mail with your name and shipping address to Mari[DOT]Partyka[AT]gmail.com . Winners will be drawn at random on Friday, February 5.


7 Responses to Manic Mommies Book Club Giveaway: Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?

  1. Mari says:

    I didn’t realize it was St Patty’s day – we might want to look to reschedule for the following week.

    I have finished this book and it’s filled with funny stories – a nice change of pace for us. We were laughing on last months calling talking about it.

  2. Lisab says:

    Funny, my mother got a tattoo at 60!

  3. Melanie Scott says:

    Please count me in!

  4. Mari says:

    The winners have been contacted.

    Congratulations: Deanna K, Marisa H, Wendi M, Carissa H, Laura L, S Neely, Chastity W, Jileen H, Jennifer T, Jessica H, Randy Teri, Melanie M, J Helmer, Kim E, Sarah C, Sharon J, Lisa L, Melinda A, Laura A, Tanya K, Sarah G, Rose S, Theresa V, and Stephanie T.

  5. Theresa Vance says:


    Is that me? Did I win another book? I was going to go buy it to take to the beach with me (going to escape to Hawaii for a week in March). If I have won, I won’t have to buy it! :)


  6. S Neely says:

    Thanks for the book! I just got it and plan to curl up this evening after kids are in bed and get to reading.

  7. Wendi says:

    Yay! I got my book today too! Can’t wait to start reading it.