If you are looking for an entertaining and hilarious look at marriage, pregnancy, birth and raising children, pick up MPL’s copy of Don’t LIck the Minivan and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say by Leanne Shirtliffe. The author and her husband are teaching in Thailand when she becomes pregnant with twins. From describing her pregnancy in a hot, humid climate to trying to squeeze twins into snowsuits in frigid Canada, Shirtliffe conveys her life with warmth, love and LOTS of humor. She relates anecdotes about raising children, from a birthday party where the guests come down with skin rashes from facepaint, her twins peeing in each others’ bike helmets, her son turning on a hose just before a trip resulting in a thousand-dollar water bill or to the funeral for “Stripper Barbie”. The love for her family shines through each story as she struggles to be at least a “normal” parent. For all of us striving to be “normal” parents, this is a refreshing and funny look at parenting–filled with laugh-out-loud stories that we can relate to!