Reviews

Like all the best books, The Slippery Year reminds us that we are not alone–not alone in our fears about our kids, not alone in our struggle to  make meaning of our lives, and most definitely not alone in our volcanic rages about the car pool line.  Melanie Gideon is a wonderful companion–smart, rueful and painfully funny.  Truly, the one thing wrong with this book is that it had to end.—Allison Pearson, Author of I Don’t  Know How She Does it

Within hours of finishing The Slippery Year, I was raving to friends about its perfect balance of gorgeous writing, quirky wit, and lovable impertinences.  I laughed and cried and saw myself in Melanie Gideon’s chronicle of maternal neuroses and wifely doubts. What a pleasure to find such a dear and funny book.
—Elinor Lipman, author of The Family Man and Then She Found Me

In this marvelous memoir Ms. Gideon appears to be channeling everything I’ve ever felt, thought, feared, hoped about motherhood.
—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace

Funny, wrenching and spot-on. Get ready to weep and laugh. Gideon weaves a kind of magic here, polishing the days until they gleam like gold.
—Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land

Ever wonder what’s running through your wife’s mind? Read The Slippery Year. Gideon has an utterly charming way of turning the constant compromises of married life into riotous poetic insight.
—Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock

With courage, poignancy, and abundant hilarity, Melanie Gideon explores the ambivalence that inevitably surfaces when we choose to stick it out with the loves of our lives. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud and nodding with recognition as they slide through The Slippery Year.
—Giulia Melucci, author of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

Melanie Gideon has reinvented the coming-of-age memoir, and done so with self-deprecation, intelligence, and wit. Gideon’s writing reminded me of the best of Nick Hornby, at turns sweet, then dark, then almost desperate for connection. Despite all obstacles she finds it, within her family, and surely now with scads of readers. The Slippery Year is a terrific book.
—Tom Barbash, author of The Last Good Chance

Melanie Gideon’s “The Slippery Year” tackles the tough topic of ‘feeling empty’ in the midst of a seemingly comfortable and contented California life.  Gideon explores her pain, doubt, regret and confusion as a mother and wife with great poise and insight, and ultimately, a gentle aura of home. Elle

. . . A hilariously probing account of personal growth and stasis.  Epiphanies abound in Gideon’s account, and the author takes those small lessons and effectively analyzes them in ways useful to a large readership.  Women in particular will appreciate her musings on motherhood . . . and the healthy dose of self-loathing that informs the author’s sarcasm and warm sense of irony as she reckons with her burgeoning eccentricities. . . refreshing and sassy, with more than a dash of tenderness thrown in. Kirkus Reviews

You know the feeling. Everything is fine yet muted.  Gideon . . .  reaches 44 and finds herself on a slippery slope heading into indifference, even gloom.  She doesn’t want to buy a Halloween costume for her nine-year-old-son or sleep in the humongous camper her husband bought on the Internet.  She hates to cooks and seems to be invisible.  What to do?  Take stock.  As Gideon discerns the ludicrous and the miraculous within the precincts of the sweetly ordinary, she unleashes a refreshingly piquant literary wit.  She contemplates her bloodlines–her mother is from Armenia; her father from India–while having her hair straightened.  She watches her husband surf, says farewell to a much-loved old dog, and can’t believe she let her son go away to camp.  There is nothing contrived, trite, or holier-than-thou in this crisply hilarious, candid, and affecting contemplation.  Instead, Gideon’s self deprecating and wry insights into the mysteries of marriage, parenthood and the evolution of the self are astute, pragmatic, and generous, providing the perfect antidote to the everyday blues.”—Booklist

“The Slippery Year” is not a long whining road but a sinuous journey – complete with skids and scraped knees – toward greater engagement with life. It’s an excursion that readers will happily share.”—Christian Science Monitor

“Melanie Gideon . . . has written a love song to her family and to life. What a lovely song it is.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“It’s hard not to appreciate this sparkling new elixir for ennui.” —NPR (chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009)

“By the end of the book I felt like I had just spent several hours knocking back drinks with an especially funny friend. Which is some of my highest praise.” —the New Yorker’s Book Bench

“After a few chapters of one gorgeous and self-ridiculing sentence after another, you realize that Gideon doesn’t need to detonate her life to shake things up. There’s a perfect storm raging in side her head, and its hilarity is drama enough for anyone.” —San Francisco Magazine

“A self-deprecating, wickedly funny and mildly philosophical reflection on marriage, mothering, middle age and the march towards life’s meaning.” —Bookpage