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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Metro Reco: Rockabye

I am so happy to see talented bloggers getting book deals. Case in point: Rebecca Woolf. I’ve been reading Rebecca’s blog, Girl’s Gone Child, since I started blogging. Her son Archer is almost the exact same age as Cakes. She went through hell worrying about delayed speech, as I did. As I do, she has a wild past, which we learn a little more about in her rockin’ memoir, Rockabye: From Wild to Child, on sale now.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca last year in Chicago. I didn’t get to talk to her much (the girl was in demand!) but she is as hip and sexy and real life as she appears on her blog. We invited Rebecca and Dana for beers in the middle of the day, and true to form, they quickly accepted. I wished I’d had a whole day to sit in a dark bar with those two. It would have been wildly entertaining, I’m sure.

Anyway, about the book. What I love most about Rebecca’s book (and her blog) is her fearlessness, and her frankness: the messiness of the urine-soaked counter as she disbelievingly lines up a half-dozen positive pregnancy tests; her rage at being knocked up at 23; her doubt surrounding the sustainability of her relationship with new-ish lover Hal; her determination to throw away the books and parent by instinct.

Deftly written, Rockabye captures the humour and strength its larger-than-life author. It is entertaining and unreserved. But above all, it is a testament to her magnificent love for her family, Archer and Hal.

As much as I loved reading Rebecca’s memoirs, I’m more excited to read her first novel. She is a wonderful writer: this is just the beginning--she has a brilliant career ahead, I’m sure.

You can check out Rebecca’s website here. Thanks to Parent Bloggers Network for a review copy of Rockabye.

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5 Comments:

Blogger kgirl said...

What I like about Rebecca is that she is cool AND accessible. This is already on my list, but it's amazing how long my list is getting with barely any time to read!

9:40 AM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Like Kgirl, the books that I want to read are piling up with limited time, but I'm going to have to check this one out...

11:53 AM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

Thank you so much for this MM. We can drink non-alcoholic water together at Blogher this summer, YES?

5:14 PM  
Blogger Denguy said...

Sounds like the type of book I could get for my SIL, she's an avid reader.

10:32 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

I just got this - as soon as I chew through some of the backlog of books from your publisher (!) and get those reviews up, this is my next stop. (Seriously, I am way behind, having taken a little break and falling asleep early every night!) Can't wait to read it.

6:03 PM  

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