Book review of SUBURBAN HAIKU: Poetic Dispatches from Behind the Picket Fence

It's Friday, it's the second day of Spring, and I just read a book. Off to a good start I'd say. Now if I could get the laundry done, and the dishes put away before dinner time that would be some accomplishment. 

The book I read this morning is titled SUBURBAN HAIKU: Poetic Dispatches from Behind the Picket Fence. Do you know what a haiku is? It's a 17-syllable, three line poem. I took a creative writing class in high school and we wrote haiku poems, not that I was good at it, but those three lines of a poem had to hold very meaningful words. It was one topic of the class I actually enjoyed, so when I saw the title of this book I knew I wanted to read it. 

The book is written by Petyon Price, a mom living in a suburban neighborhood. Can you relate? I can. We moved into our neighborhood while it was still being built so I think the families all had a common bond, new house, new neighbors, new ways to see how each other decorated, what kind of cars we drove, and who had the biggest house.  Reading the book I knew what the author was writing about right away, and it was so true, funny, but so true. 

Poetic dispatches from behind the picket fence is spot on. Being a SAHM has it's ups and downs, as I am sure working moms do also-I did work out of the home for a few year-so I've been both kinds of moms, but mostly a mom at home. I laughed the whole way through the book. It's like I'm reading about my own life! 

In her book, Peyton writes haiku poems about the daily life of a SAHM, the cooking, cleaning, errands, car pools, PTA, sporting events. She also writes about the not cooking (looking at pinterst), not cleaning-(the cat is taking a nap on her so she can't get up) car pools-she is it since she is the mom at home in the neighborhood. 

The book is in three parts, she writes about the daily life of being a stay at home mom, being bored, lazy, too busy, procrastinating chores, her neighbors, houses for sale, the neighborhood by laws, kids of all ages and their food issues, their need for an iphone, sproting events, all those water bottles she bought and the kids lost anyway. 

Read about school issues, bake sales, SUV;s, who's lawn is the greenest, parties, and everyday life in suburbia. And yes, it's familar topics, and yes she is writing about me, or you, but it's her life she writes about and it's a great book.

If you've just moved into Suburbia or have been living in Suburbia way past the - we should have moved long ago, have a new neighbor, or want to have a laugh with your girlfriends, you'll most likely enjoy reading this book. I sure did. 

SUBURBAN HAIKU: Poetic Dispatches from Behind the Picket Fence is a nice gift for anytime of the year, any stay at home mom, or mom in general. Pick a few copies up and give them to moms you know for Mother's day this year. 

Peyton Price is living the American dream in suburbia, along with her devoted husband, two above-average children, bonehead dog, uppity cat, and six-year-old hermit crab. Nosy neighbors can spy on her at

Disclosure: I received a copy of suburban Haiku from the publisher for this review. The comments and views are my own. 


  1. Thank you for reviewing! I'm so happy it gave you a laugh.

  2. glad to have read it-and I'm keeping in off the book shelf so I can read it often!



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