NEVER underestimate a woman with a three-ring binder.
The result? Sleep is for the Weak, an anthology of superb blogging by parents edited by Rita Arens and starring 22 hot hot parenting bloggers plus me, the great mommylurker:
www.amalah.com, amywojo.typepad.com, www.birdiejaworski.com, citymama.com, www.finslippy.com, fridayplaydate.com, www.fussy.org, izzymom.com, laidoffdad.typepad.com (to whom I owe a drink after shamelessley sponging off him in NY), mom-101.blogspot.com, www.mommyneedscoffee.com, motherhooduncensored.typepad.com, notcalmdotcom.typepad.com, papernapkin.typepad.com, rancidraves.blogspot.com, gracedavis.typepad.com, www.surrenderdorothyblog.com, www.sweetney.com, http://thenakedovary.typepad.com/cheek/, surfette.typepad.com, www.threekidcircus.com, wouldashoulda.com, mommytrackd.com/features/risagreen
Let it be said that without Rita's perseverence, cajoling, bartending skills and chutzpah, BlogHer's first book would not exist (and a parenting is just the beginning of Rita's grand plans for BlogHer anthologies!)
Now we contributors are kicking off a signing tour for Sleep is for the Weak, beginning on July 19 at BlogHer Conference '08 in San Francisco. Immediately afterward, we begin scheduled August, September and October visits to the 13 cities listed in this widget. We hope you'll join us! Amazon's already taking orders. Like my mom's.
Editrix Rita selected these blog posts to help moms and dads find solace in other parents' naked narration of Life After Children. That's how Sleep grew to embrace a wide range of viewpoints and issues not often discussed in mainstream magazines and parenting books — from dealing with rage to negotiating sleeping arrangements to experiencing the frustrations and joys of parenting a special-needs child. Not to mention pooping, puking, feeding and The Talk.
I can't speak for the other contributors, but I'll tell you I am so proud to be part of it. This first BlogHer book is snort-Diet-Coke-out-the-nose funny at times, poignant and bittersweet at others. But don't take our word for it -- take theirs:
- "A lively compilation of honest, funny, real-life writing. Parents will find reassurance, heart, and a lot of humor in this collection. A very entertaining read!" —Christie Mellor, author, The Three-Martini Playdate
- "From the foreword to the final essay, this is a collection of some of the best writing out there on the topic of modern motherhood." —Amy Keroes, founder & CEO, mommytrackd.com
We hope you join us -- on our book tour, on this site and on our contributors' blogs. So check out our blog-bling for a signing near you (see the upper-right hand corner of this blog). Hope to hear what you think!
Cross-posted from BlogHer.