Mommywood by Tori Spelling (with Hilary Liftin)
Mommywood is Tori Spelling’s second foray into autobiography. I read sTORI Telling when it first came out and really enjoyed it – she writes with a lot of candor – and so I was very excited when I came across a copy of Mommywood at the library the other day.
Mommywood is all about Tori Spelling’s quest to give her children a normal childhood, which is challenging because (a) she never had one herself, and (b) she lives her life under the watchful lens of the paparazzi. It’s a fun, easy read that gives you insight into the world of celebrity parenting, as well as some of the more universal challenges that she faced as a new parent. (My favourite stories are the ones involving her son pooping in the pool.)
I think it takes a special kind of bravery to open yourself up like this, especially after living with media scrutiny for one’s whole life. As with sTORI Telling, Tori Spelling comes off as an accessible, regular person. She has her neuroses but who doesn’t? She touches on a variety of things that most people worry about – body image, making nice in a new neighbourhood, adjusting to parenthood – and does so with humour and honesty.
Amazon tells me that there’s a third Tori Spelling book out this year, called Uncharted TerritTORI, so it looks I’ll be getting my next Tori fix fairly soon.
Other books by Tori Spelling (click on the title to purchase through the Book Depository)