City Mouse: Your Summer Reading Guilty Pleasure

City_Mouse_Book_300We typically feature books for kids on our site, but today, it’s all about a book for mom.  I simply couldn’t put it down and read through this book in a matter of days, which is a record for me.  This book will have your shaking your head, laughing and thinking far beyond the time you put it down.  CITY MOUSE is about a young wife and mother grappling with her identity—and her zip code—as she’s priced out of her Manhattan apartment and struggles to find her place. Think The Stepford Wives meets Bad Moms…

City Mouse is a sharp and sophisticated novel of suburban life with a narrative voice that is equal parts witty, observant, and vulnerable. A wonderful debut!

SUSAN ISAACS, New York Times best-selling author

 “For every city mom who fears death by suburbia—and for every suburban mom who wonders if it’s just her—this insightful, funny trip into the secrets behind those picket fences is required reading.”

MAUREEN SHERRY, author of Opening Belle

A timely, provocative, and fiercely funny portrait of a young wife and mother grappling with her identity—and her zip code—CITY MOUSE is a guilty pleasure read with depth and heart that reveals unspoken truths about marriage, motherhood, friendship, and the thorny pursuit to have it all. Think Bad Moms meets The Stepford Wives.

Priced out of their Manhattan neighborhood, Jessica and Aaron move with their young daughters to the one place Jessica swore she’d never go: the suburbs. But to Jessica’s surprise, life in the commuter belt makes a great first impression. She quickly falls in with a clique of helpful mom friends who welcome her with pitchers of margaritas, neighborhood secrets, and a pair of hot jeans that actually fit.

Still, it’s hard to keep up in a crowd where everyone competes for the most perfectly manicured life. And what’s worse, as the only working mom in her circle, Jessica sometimes feels disconnected and alone. So she’s thrilled when she’s invited to a moms-only weekend at the beach, which she assumes will mean new opportunities for real talk and bonding. Instead, the trip turns into a series of eye-opening lessons, and Jessica must decide if she’s strong enough to be honest with herself about the sort of life she really wants.

About the Author

StaceyLender-1STACEY LENDER grew up in the suburbs of New York City with a god-awful perm and later graduated from Cornell University. She started her career as a roadie and rose through the ranks from luggage schlepper to marketing executive for entertainment brands including Radio City Music Hall, USA Network, Madison Square Garden, Sesame Street Live, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and One World Observatory at the top of One World Trade Center. Today she lives in Manhattan and CT with her husband and two daughters. To learn more, visit