The Antelope in the Living Room by Big Mama Melanie Shankle #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

All month long we’ve been focusing on marriage and family, with a series of posts inspired and sponsored by Big Mama Melanie Shankle‘s new memoir. Read my thoughts about Making Time for Mom and Dad and Anna’s ideas for family fun night and ways to show your spouse you love him.

Jennifer Donovan, 5M4M contributor and 5 Minutes for Books Managing Editor, has read the book and is here to share her thoughts on The Antelope in the Living Room. She received a copy for review purposes.

 Antelope Review & Giveaway

If you’re like the thousands of people who visit the Big Mama blog, you know you can count on Melanie to be funny and practical and honest. I enjoyed her first memoir, but I can honestly say that this one is even better.

I laughed out loud several times. I also teared up as she shared honestly about her shortcomings, unreasonable expectations and her heart full of love for Perry and for God.

Getting married teaches a person a whole lot about themselves and about getting along with others. There are also everyday matters that get more complicated when you are sharing time, space and a checkbook with another person. Melanie muses on this list of things and so much more:

  • forgiveness
  • ugliness
  • shopping
  • sickness
  • in-laws and out-laws
  • gift-giving
  • decorating

Melanie has been married 16 years. She shares stories about hers and Perry’s courtship, wedding, and marriage. I’ve been married 21 years, so I loved reliving those early married years through her eyes, as well as recalling some of my own challenges as I read about hers.

Many books by bloggers read like a republishing of their best posts. That’s okay, but if you are a regular reader, you want something new. I may not have read the blog as carefully lately, but many of these seem like stories she hasn’t shared, or perhaps they are just put together in a new way. I appreciated that.

This is the kind of book that someone who’s been married for many years will appreciate, but I think it would make a great gift for a newly engaged friend or relative as well.

I love this book trailer. It truly represents the sweet and honest nature of this book:

Win it

 

 

About the Book:Antelope in the Living Room

New York Times bestselling author Melanie Shankle comes through again with her hilarious memoir of married life. Read The Antelope in the Living Room!

 

Melanie reminds you of the joy that comes when couples learn to laugh together. Welcome to the real story of two people sharing one life.

Order a copy of Melainie’s book today.

 

 

 

 

 



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 The Gang's Momma February 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I would love to win because it’s been a looooong time since I read a good memoir, and I especially love ones written about faith and family. It’s been a long time since I read Big Mama’s blog too, so the refresher would be fun!
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2 anne February 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

This would be enjoyable and very memorable.

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3 Adrienne February 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I would like to win because I’ve heard great things about this book from friends!

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4 Alice February 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I want to win because i need a good laugh and I heard this book is hilar!

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5 danielle February 25, 2014 at 8:43 pm

I’m always looking for a good book and this sounds hilarious

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6 Barb G February 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Would LOVE to win
Thanks!

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7 Barb G February 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Would LOVE to win
Thanks

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8 Stephanie February 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Melanie’s blog was one of the first blogs I ever read starting about 6 years ago. I’ve been following ever since. I love her heart!

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9 Stephanie February 25, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Melanie’s blog was one of the first blogs I ever read starting about 6 years ago. I’ve been following ever since. Love her heart!

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10 Kate February 26, 2014 at 8:48 am

Love Melanie’s blog and thoroughly enjoyed her first book so I know I will enjoy this one as well!

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11 Cathy Holman February 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

This book and blog look wonderful, I haven’t heard of either before, thanks for introducing me to it!
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12 Wendy Rozema February 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

I’d like to win b/c it sounds like a great book!

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13 deborah February 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I want to win because I love Melanie’s sense of humor and I want this book really, really much!
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14 Leigh February 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Don’t need to win since I’ve read and re-read my copies (on the Kindle and a signed hard copy) already. Just want to highly recommend this book. It is, as Jennifer said, laugh out loud funny, while at the same time being one of the best books about realistic marriage I’ve ever read. Worth buying for those who don’t win the giveaway.

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15 Branalyn February 27, 2014 at 12:12 am

I’d love to win! Big Mama is a favorite of mine!

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16 Hannah February 27, 2014 at 5:23 am

Just had my second baby and need a good book to read while nursing! Loved Melanie’s first book and have been wanting to read this one

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17 Kay Gee February 27, 2014 at 6:39 am

I loved her first book cant wait to read this one.

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18 Holly F February 27, 2014 at 6:48 am

I’ve been reading Melanie’s blog for 7 years now. Absolutely LOVE her sense of humor and can’t wait to read this book.

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19 Megan February 27, 2014 at 6:53 am

I would love to win because I have been reading The Big Mama Blog for years and would love to support her writing. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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20 Christine B February 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

I can’t wait to read this! I love Melanie’s blog!

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21 judith February 27, 2014 at 8:11 am

melanie makes me laugh out loud and i need that in my 40-something sleep-deprived with a newborn state

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22 sally February 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

I really enjoyed Melanie’s first book. Can’t wait to read this one!

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23 Sarah February 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

I would love to win because it is a wonderful book

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24 Kim February 27, 2014 at 8:44 am

This book sounds like it would be a good read. I’ve been married for 18 years and it’s always fun to hear about someone elses story because it really does give you a chance to sit and relive yours.
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25 Miranda February 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

I love Mel and am getting married this August, would love some “insight” as to what I am signing up for! :)

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26 Beth Taylor February 27, 2014 at 9:56 am

Well, basically because I never win anything. And I want this book.

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27 Jill February 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

I want to win because what mom doesn’t need a laugh.

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28 Sarah D. February 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

I want to win because I love Melanie’s writing!

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29 Anita Yancey February 27, 2014 at 10:50 am

I would like to win this book because I think it would make me laugh. Thanks for the chance.

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30 Stephanie C February 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

I loved Sparkly Green Earrings – this one looks even better.

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31 Anna R. February 27, 2014 at 11:33 am

I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and would love to read this one too!!

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32 Kari F. February 27, 2014 at 11:39 am

I LOVED Green Sparkly Earrings and want to read The Antelope in the Livingroom SO BAD, but am watching our pennies right now with hubs off work due to an auto accident.

Thanks!

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33 Lauren February 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

Melanie is a mom at my school and I just think she is so funny! As a new mom and relatively newly-wed, I love to hear how “normal” my life really is, even when it seems so crazy!

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34 Melissa February 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I love Melanie so much – I love laughing til I cry so I can’t wait to read her new book.

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35 Juli Jones February 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I’d love to win because I have yet to purchase the book and loved loved loved the first one! plus who couldn’t use a few tips/suggestions on marriage :)

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36 LisaJQ February 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I loved her first book and can’t wait to read this one

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37 JEN February 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Ooh! I’d love to read her book. Her blog makes me laugh almost every day!

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38 Kara Messner February 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I would love to win! Melanie’s first book was hilarious and I know this second one will be just as witty and side-splitting, yet also insightful. Fingers crossed!

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39 Stephanie H February 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I’d love to win because it sounds like a great book to read!

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40 Rebecca February 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I would love to read this because I’m a mom of 6 and sometimes you just need a good laugh. Reading her blog keeps me entertained and I’m sure this book will light up my day as well. :)

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41 Theress February 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I love to read and have already read Melanie’s first book Sparkly Green Earrings and it was great!

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42 KimberlyC February 27, 2014 at 11:38 pm

I would love to win this book because I need some laugh-out-loud moments!

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43 Kathryn February 28, 2014 at 12:21 am

I have the first book… I need to have this one to make a pair of Melanie’s fab reads!

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44 Krista February 28, 2014 at 1:10 am

I used to read Melanie’s blog… when I had time to read blogs for fun! It would be so nice to have a book to take with me and read (no smartphone here)
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45 Miscellaneous From Missy February 28, 2014 at 1:32 am

I’d love to win this book because I desperately need the perspective and the laughs right now.
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46 holly February 28, 2014 at 11:28 am

i read the Big Momma Blog and would love to read her book as well!

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47 vickie couturier February 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

id like to win because I love to read an this sounds like something I would enjoy

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48 Gail February 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I enjoyed the first one, this one looks good too!

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49 riTa February 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I am writing our love story as part of a memoir and hope to learn by reading other authors.
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50 SueEllen Williams February 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Melanie’s blog is so funny, I’m sure her book will be too!

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51 Marie February 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I LOVED her first book and I am so excited to read this one!

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52 nicole March 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

it sounds like a hilarious read!

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53 Katy March 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I would love to win the book. Melanie writes as if she is can read my thoughts!

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54 Katie March 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Melanie Shankle is real, and really funny. Her first book was so encouraging to me as a mom, as well as fun to read. I would love to continue the encouragement and hilarity by reading her new one! Thank you.

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55 Xty Cruz March 2, 2014 at 9:40 pm

This sounds like a good read

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56 Kristie March 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

It sounds like a great book to read!
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57 Meredith March 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

I would love love love to win a copy of this book! I have read her first book and laughed and cried and was encouraged all the way through! :-)

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58 Thomas lockhart March 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I want the book

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59 Jenny Q. March 3, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I would love to read it- I am always looking for a good book!

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60 Michelle C March 5, 2014 at 3:17 am

Getting married Nov 15. Looks like good reading.

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61 Susan Smith March 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Sounds like a great book

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62 Nannypanpan March 5, 2014 at 7:46 pm

My niece is engaged, would like it for her

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63 Holly Kennedy March 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I love when a book can exude a range of emotions. That is why I read.

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64 rickel bart March 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

i’d love to give this to my wife to review

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65 Mihaela Day March 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm

I want to win because i need a good laugh :)

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66 Belinda Shaw March 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Since I’ve been married for 40 years, I would really like to read this great book.

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67 Annmarie W. March 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

I’d love to win because I’m finding lately that I need to look at some situations with a bit more humor.

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68 Karen Drake March 10, 2014 at 9:31 am

I would love to win because I could use and uplifting book right now.

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69 Danielle hall March 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

i love memoir..i love learning new things

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70 Brenda Elsner March 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I want to win because I can always use a new good book. This one sounds like it will be great and very hilarious!!

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71 Charlene March 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I’d love to win this because I’m an avid reader & I’m always looking for a good read :)

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72 Daniel M March 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

because it sounds like a fun one!

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73 shawna March 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Sounds like a good read!

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74 Shea Balentine March 11, 2014 at 1:47 am

It looks like it would be a good read!

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75 Allison March 11, 2014 at 5:15 am

I love a new read!

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76 Sand March 11, 2014 at 6:43 am

I would love to win because it sounds like a good one.

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77 heather c March 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

I saw this on Pioneer Woman and was intrigued! Looks like a good read!

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78 Joy Q March 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

The book sounds like something I would like to read.

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79 Buddy Garrett March 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

I would like to win because it sounds very interesting. I love reading about other people’s experiences because there are things I can relate to.

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80 susan smoaks March 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

I would love to win this for our daughter, she would love it.

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81 DanV March 11, 2014 at 11:40 am

I’d like this because I think it could be really useful for me

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