Scary Mommy’s New Book and Sunday Reading in Bethesda


Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) is Scary Mommy Jill Smokler’s second book, the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood. Jill will be reading from and discussing the new book this Sunday at the Bethesda Literary Festival!

I adored, loved, devoured Confessions, and I have just downloaded Motherhood Comes Naturally to my Kindle. Like her famous, incredibly hilarious and truthful blog, this new book of essays breaks down all those cliches and “vicious lies” about motherhood and gives us the straight poop. Some of the lies she exposes in her forthright, witty voice include:

  • Mother’s Day is all about YOU
  • Going from two to three kids is a breeze
  • Having kids keeps you young
  • Being home with your kids is the most fulfilling job
  • You are your own harshest critic
  • …and more

This Sunday April 21 at the Bethesda Literary Festival, Scary Mommy will be leading a discussion and reading from the new book. The fun happens in Gallery B at 2:30pm. Leave the kids at home during nap time (supervised, of course) or bring them and let Dad take them to check out the family-friendly activities at the fair while you get “Scary.”

Bethesda Literary Festival Offerings for Kids and Teens

Friday April 19

7pm – Award-Winning Essays & Short Stories
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Adult and high school winners from the Bethesda Literary Festival’s Essay & Short Story Contest will read their work and receive awards.

Saturday April 20

10am – Children’s Story Time
Barnes & Noble
Meet local children’s author Ellen S. Cromwell and local illustrator Desiree J. Sterbini for a reading of their most recent book, Are You Listening Potbelly? Ages 3-7.

11am – Family Story Time
Bethesda Library
Join local children’s book author and illustrator Susan Stockdale as she demonstrates how she creates her award-winning picture books about animals. She will sign her new book, Stripes of All Types, and others following her program. Ages 3 & up.

1pm – Children’s Story Time
Bethesda Library
Scientists, illustrator and authors Margaret A. Weitekamp, David DeVorkin and Diane Kidd discuss their new children’s book, Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery. Ages 5 and up.

3pm – Teen Time
Bethesda Library
Meet author Valerie Patterson as she discusses her new book for teens, Operation Oleander.

Sunday April 21

3pm – The Art of Fables
Studio Neptune
Join artist and author Elyse Harrison for an exhibit and a reading of her first children’s book, Painted Fables.  Additional exhibit hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-3pm.  Ages 7-12.

3pm – “One Thing I Do Well”
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Join the winners of the Bethesda Literary Festival’s Youth Writing Contest, “One Thing I Do Well,” as they read their stories and receive prizes.

Other upcoming chances to see Scary Mommy in person and hear a reading (forward this to your bookclub buds!)

Thursday, May 16 • 7:00PM
Ladies Night Out, Temple Oheb Shalom
Baltimore, Maryland (see flyer below for the full scoop)

Saturday, May 18
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Presentation: 11:15 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. at the Gertrude Stein Pavilion
Signing: 12:15 P.M. – 1:05 P.M. at the Politics and Prose Signing Area


Disclosure: I adore Jill and am a personal friend. My views are totally biased and 100% true. I received a review copy of her first book. Amazon affiliate links are used.


  1. Oh, Jess. Thank you. XOXOXO

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