Little Kids, Big City: Tales from a Real House in New York City (With Lessons on Life and Love for Your Own Concrete Jungle) by Alex McCord, Simon van Kempen


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  • Pub. Date: April 2010
  • 256pp
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    • Pub. Date: April 2010
    • Publisher:Sterling & Ross Publishers
    • Format: Paperback, 256pp


    Stars of Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of New York City, Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen, have a hit show and a great book, Little Kids, Big City, a lighthearted and critically acclaimed he-said, she-said rant, about their experiences raising their two young children in the Big Apple.

    More of a Momoir (and Dadoir) covering the last 10 years of their lives, Alex & Simon write with a unique and humorous insight into the challenges facing parents today. They use their own hard-won experience as a springboard to discuss life before children and their determination not to have any, followed by their journey and eventual change of heart and the rollercoaster ride of having two children in two years in a seemingly non-child-friendly environment. Rather than a preachy, how-to guide, Simon & Alex take the reader on a romp through the indignities and surprises that befell them.

    Their informative and often hair-raising stories of life in the concrete jungle make Little Kids, Big City a must-read for anyone who has ever had children, hated children or thought they might want to have them someday, as well as for any fan of their hit show.

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    The married couple of Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen are first and foremost the proud parents of two wonderful and endlessly energetic and creative children, Johan and François. They also happen to star in the hit Bravo television show The Real Housewives of New York City, where they all enjoy (or suffer at the hands of) a modicum of celebrity. Simon runs the upscale boutique Hotel Chandler in Manhattan while Alex writes freelance for parenting outlets and select blogs, including Mom Logic and The Huffington Post.

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    Intelligent and normalby TimmyTT

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    June 13, 2010: Alex sounds intelligent and articulate, and I find that engaging. I don't get to read much for pleasure as a graduate student nor do I watch TV, unless I can't sleep due to research that is due. I happened to stumble upon the RHONY and since I am majoring in Psychotherapy I enjoyed analyzing these women. I hope that Kelly has a therapist on call.

    Alex seems genuine, intelligent and normal. Others should be happy to have her as their friend. The other two, the Jewish one and the one with the fake European dialect are delusional. You live in America, social class is determined by education; education transcends everything, even royalty, clearly the two of you didn't go beyond twelfth grade and it shows, even in the short time I watched.

    Alex I hope you do something bigger and better, you have potential; write or something academic.

    Tried to write at Amazon, but it did not work.

    Waste of Anonymous

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    June 05, 2010: Every parent has funny stories regarding their children yet most of us dont feel self-rightous enough to write a "parenting" book. The fact that this couple finds time to work full time each in their own career (which from what I can gather has nothing to do with education, child psych, or related field) participate in a tv show, and apparently socialize extensively as documented from their need to keep their own identity (as they spoke of in the book)I find it amazing that these two were able to make any memories or stories with their children. Many of us know that parenting isnt a compartment that you can put your kids in and it feels as though this couple tries to do just that. There are other great books from parents who have actually made their kids a priority. This book feels contrived and self absorbed on the behalf of the parents. I dont watch their show although it seems like the other reviewers here do which may have clouded their judgement. Some of the other books below are much better choices. Save your money.

    I Also Recommend: Raising Happiness, Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?, Children of the Self-Absorbed, Parenting with Love and Logic.

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