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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  • Donald
    Donald on

    The only thing that Tori Spelling has, is her last name. She certainly does not have the looks. Sorry, but she looks like she’s been bee-stung by dozens of hornets all at once.

    Something that alot of people dont know, is that Tori’s father is the famous director/producer. I believe it was estimated at the time of his death, that he was worth close to, if not over a billion dollars.

    Whats more that most of the general public does not know, is the fact that the elder Spelling, did not leave hardly any money for his heirs. Why you may ask? Because he felt, since he was able to make it on his own, his heirs should be able to make it on their own as well.

    Therefore is the reason why Tori is doing whatever she can to stick with the lifestyle she was use to. Its been tough with her.

    She is unable to become a model. This face of her, speaks for itself. With the good generosity, others are coming to her rescue. Someone in the jewelry business has an idea that with Tori Spelling’s name, they can sell alot of jewelry. Someone in the clothing business has an idea that with Tori Spellings name, they can sell alot of clothes.

    Its a sad day to know that the only thing working for this girl, is only her last name. Even when she appeared on 90201, thanks to her dad, even with her bad acting, she was kept on the set by her dad.

  • Sammy
    Sammy on

    Do you notice where the eyes are, with this little one? Strictly concentrating on the toy in front of him. Not the toy his mother would like for him to play with, above his head.
    I’d snub my nose at that myself. Too bad this little tyke doesnt have a pretty mom. Othewise, he would be looking upwards toward heaven.

  • MALCOM
    MALCOM on

    I BELIEVE I SEE SOMEONE WITH A CAMERA LOOKING IN AT TORI FROM THE GLASS DOOR. COULD IT BE SOMEONE FROM THAT GREAT MAGAZINE, CALLED HOMES AND BARNS.

    SUPPOSE THAT CAMERAMAN HAS NEVER SEEN A DONKEY A DAY IN HIS LIFE. WELL, HES FINALLY FOUND A REAL LIVE JACKASS.

    I AGREE WITH THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO COMMENTED ON TORI’S LOOKS.

  • Tiffany
    Tiffany on

    When is this madness going to stop? What madness, you ask?

    All these television shows that are only showing our children that sex with numerous partners is, not only ok but is highly encouraged.

    Just look at the television programs that MTV and VH1 are putting out. Has anyone out there seen FLAVOR OF LOVE, where this hideous looking black male, who wears these bull horns on his head, as well as a enormous clock on a chain around his neck, gets to put a harem of girls through a set of rigid tests, eliminating one by one, until he choses the right girl of his dreams.

    Not only does this black male, who goes by the name, FLAVOR FLAV or FLAVOR OF LOVE, look rediculous, as well as outrageously hideous to the average girl, most if not all the girls that he has to chose from, are equallly rediculous looking and somewhat hideous themselves.

    I suppose this is only fitting that a hideous looking black male has all these hideous looking girls to chose from, black and white, all trying their best to get FLAVOR FLAV to chose them. So much in trying, that they are willing to show almost everything they have hidden, to convince him they are the one to chose.

    Then we have NEW York. No this was not meant to mean the New England state. This is a supposed celebrity girl, who is almost as hideous looking as FLAVOR FLAV and equally hideous looking as the women that FLAVOR FLAV has to chose from. Although she has a harem of very eager guys, black and white, to chose from in the same fashion as FLAVOR FLAV.

    Both shows are utterly rediculous, but i suppose this is what sells on television nowadays.

    What is this world coming to? No wonder so many boys and girls out there are going out of their way to have as much sex with numerous partners as they possibly can.

    No wonder why so many boys and girls are doing drugs and dressing so sloppy today?

    Whats the name of those two towns in biblical days that were destroyed by GOD, because they were corupt and indecent beyond redemption? Sodom and Gamorrah (I believe). I believe its about time that God punishes the entire world for what we are allowing, not only on television, but in our own homes and personally I dont blame him.

    Dont get me wrong? Im neither a liberal nor a conservative. You may say that I am a moderate, leaning a little toward being a conservative.

    Democrats are becoming too liberal nowadays and Republicans are becoming too much to the right, allowing those that preach the bible, to speak for the party. Even though that alot of those supposed religous fanatics are more sinful than some liberals.

    Every one of them should be uncovered and exposed for exactly how they really behave behind the scenes.

    There is absolutely no decency out there today. Sure some of us try to lead a good moral life, but all these others are trying their best to force their life styles down our throats.

    I pray that God is watching everyone and soon make a judgement on how to fix the problem.

  • Daffy Duck
    Daffy Duck on

    What all of you are leaving out, is this nonsense of the unwarranted sensation of Miley Ray Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers.

    Where are all the better talent in the world? Has Disney chased everyone in a dark corner somewhere and dared them to come out?

    Miley Ray and the Jonas Brothers in my book, do not have any talent worth putting on the air.

    I would love to see them auditioning in front of those American Idol judges. They would be boo’d off by all three judges, especially Miley Ray.

    I can picture Simon right now. Honey, you look sweet and all and believe me, Im not allowing my opinion about your has-been, never-had-it father get in the way of my better judgement, but basically honey, you’ve dont even have a rat’s turd chance anywhere, not even in the privacy of your own shower at home.

    Simon continues on to say, exactly who was it that gave you the idea that you could sing? Your dad or some sex pervert that has had his eyes on you and told you that you knew how to sing, just to get on your better side.

    Honey, you sing through your nose. Theres absolutely no call for anyone out there that can sing through their nose.

    The Chipmunks probably. They are much better than you. So please give it a rest. Try your luck posing nude somewhere. Go with what your father tried to get you to do in the first place. Dont really believe he lied to you and told you, you could sing good. But since he has already encouraged you to show as much as you can in seductive pictures, this may be the only hope for you.

    Give it up young lady. Oh yeah, where is your mother. Surely you know who she is? Unless Billy Ray was the one that gave birth to you. Which, in a way, makes sense.

  • Melody
    Melody on

    This unwarranted singing sensation of Miley Ray Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers, is all due to the fact that theres a temporary void out there, where there are no one else coming forward. Therefore, the general public is accepting anyone out there that has little or no talent at all. All they need is a company such as Disney to foot the advertisement and thats all thats needed.

    Once another group that does have talent comes along, these young stars that are not really stars, will become has-beens as fast as the other group makes one appearance.

    Miley Ray will become a has-been like her talentless father Billy Ray.

    Lets face it, they all rose to stardom, only because theres a void out there.

    Thats about the same as the winner of a beauty contest. If theres only one contestant, then thats not really saying too much.

    If Miley Ray was to enter a one-contestant beauty contest, I would put all my money behind the judge getting the crown.

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