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Lynn Brunelle's new book helps each of us find our inner science nerd


Lynn Brunelle’s Mama Gone Geek: Calling on My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Parenthood is equal parts parenting-the-way-it-really-happens memoir and part science-the-way-I-wish-I-had-learned-it book.

Mama Gone Geek takes readers on a parenting journey from brand-new mom to the pitty smells of puberty and everything in between. Bainbridge Island serves as the ever-present, familiar backdrop to the escapades of Brunelle and her husband raising their two boys, trying to find the sanity and science in their daily lives. Woven beautifully throughout the story are poignant moments, hilarious moments and even some itchy moments while exploring the risks of trying to parent toward perfection.

Mama Gone Geek offers a refuge for parents who find that other parenting books offer little besides overwhelming feelings of inadequacy. Despite the wonderful ideas on how to engage kids around science, this is not a book full of how-tos, but rather, me-toos, a welcome sentiment for any parent.

And her science experiments for kids? There’s a recipe for homemade washable body paint, directions on how to make your very own petri dish, detailed instructions on how to master an armpit fart and a recipe to grow your own snowflakes, just to name a few. Brunelle’s humor and honesty is likely to strike a chord with kids of all ages who find the science behind armpit farts the most compelling science of all. But really, isn’t that all of us?

Meet Lynn Brunelle on Thursday, Nov. 6, at her book launch and reception at Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island. More info at eagleharborbooks.com.

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