Mommywood By Tori Spelling
Located on the corner of Motherhood and Hollywood, Tori Spelling's Mommywood is a tour of her house and life with husband Dean McDermott, son Liam, and daughter Stella. Complimenting the Oxygen network's reality series Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, this new memoir explores both the blessing and the curse of celebrity parenthood.
Non-celebrity moms will be able to relate to much of the more mundane material: pregnancy tests, weight gain, nosy neighbors, diaper disasters, and temper tantrums. However, the girl-next-door quality is lost whenever that door opens up into the Twilight Zone. When Tori's pug Mimi La Rue dies, a "pet psychic" reassures her that Mimi will return in another form. If Tori sees a Monarch butterfly now, she wonders if it's Mimi, "telling me it's all going to be alright."
Who's watching the children in Mommywood? Everyone. To Liam, the cameramen are friends and he is more unnerved by their absence than their presence. He often sees mom in the weekly magazines, and prefers them to baby books. "There's something that Britney and Angelina deliver that Barbar and Horton don't." A birthday party thrown for Liam includes an organ-grinding monkey, a chimpanzee, a giant monkey-shaped cake, a train and tracks circling the yard, and a moon bounce. The moon bounce begs the question: what planet is this family from? Planet of the Apes, perhaps.
Tori has had a "difficult" and "intense and destructive" relationship with her mother Candy, and they haven't been on speaking terms since publication of her first memoir, sTORI Telling. Though still holding her ground, Tori offers something of a truce in inviting her mother to contact her. Tori also holds her own against Chelsea Handler of Chelsea Lately, who criticized her for posing pregnant in a bikini for Life & Style magazine.
"Who is Tori Spelling?" is a question Tori has struggled to answer. One person in a good position to know is Hilary Liftin, who is credited as the co-writer, and graciously but discreetly thanked in the Acknowledgements: "Once again you captured my voice to a tee. You made my book me." When a memoir has two authors, it's no surprise one of them has an identity crisis.
Tori Spelling's public and private personas may always be blurred: with a reality show, jewelry line, kids clothing line, and production company, she doesn't have much time for sitting still. "The fact that my life is less normal doesn't make it less real." And the reality is that Tori wants to be a good mom, like all moms do, whatever the zip code.
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