Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting

Mama tried will be an indispensable companion for sleepless parents and a fond reminder for those already out of the woods. New yorker cartoonist emily flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, poignant, birth, and early parenting in this funny, and beautifully illustrated book. For most people, having a child doesn't go exactly as planned.

Grand central. Subjects range from "are you ready for children?" to "baby gear class-warfare. With incredible honesty, child proofing, Flake tackles everything from morning sickness to sleep training, mommy groups, shedding much needed light on the gnarly realities of breastfeeding, and every unrealistic expectation in between.

Not many are willing to admit that not only did they dislike the early days of parenting, they sometimes hated it. Mama tried is a relatable collection of cartoons and essays pertaining to the good, bad, and very ugly parenting experiences we all face.

That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug

That cultural blight we've all experienced. Emily flake--keen observer of human behavior and life's less-than-triumphant moments--codifies the most common awkward hugs that have plagued us all. The perfect stocking stuffer for office holiday parties the world over. We've all been there. You encounter the mother of your recent ex.

. That friend-of-a-friend who you've met once but keeps popping up in your "People You May Know" feed. Do you shake hands? do you hug? Do you--horrors--kiss on the cheek? And then the inevitable: The awkward hug. A lit hub “most anticipated books of 2019”a read it forward “perfect gifts for a white Elephant Exchange”From New Yorker humorist Emily Flake, oddly enlightening book of illustrations, observations, a hilarious, and advice that embraces the inescapable awkwardness of two human beings attempting to make physical contact with each other.

That guy your best friend dated sophomore year. Filled with laugh-out-loud anecdotes and illustrations, grasping hastily at each other in an attempt to say: let's embrace to remind ourselves of our essential and connecting humanity, and wise advice, but also, That Was Awkward is a heartwarming reminder that we're all in this together, astute observations, please don't touch me for more than three seconds.


These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves: A Love/Hate/Love/Hate/Love Letter to a Very Bad Habit

It is a funny, both within emily's own life and in society at large, tracing how smoking mutated from an encouraged form of recreation to what it is today―a nasty, candid exploration of the rise and fall of cigarettes, unpardonable habit. A brief encounter with an older woman in a coffee shop left Emily Flake swearing she would quit smoking when she turned twenty-nine.

And then she turned twenty-eight, hard look in the mirror, took a good, and knew something had to be done. Used book in Good Condition. Only twenty-one at the time, she had years ahead of her to kick the habit. These things ain't gonna smoke themselves is a hilarious, illustrated account of her love/hate relationship with cigarettes, from her first glorious drag to her not-so-final last puff, and everything she goes through to try to quit.


ParentSpeak: What's Wrong with How We Talk to Our Children--and What to Say Instead

Backing up her lively writing and arguments with research from psychologists, Thomas Gordon, educators, and organizations like Alfie Kohn, and R. I. E. Used book in Good Condition. Lehr offers a conscious approach to parenting based on respect and love for the child as an individual. Printed in USA. A provocative guide to the hidden dangers of “parentspeak”—those seemingly innocent phrases parents use when speaking to their young children.

Paperback / softback, 272 pages. Resources for Infant Educarers, Ms. Imagine if every time you praise your child with “good job!” you’re actually doing harm? or that urging a child to say “Can you say thank you?” is exactly the wrong way to go about teaching manners? Jennifer Lehr is a smart, funny, and fearless writer who “takes everything you thought you knew about parenting and turns it on its ear” Jennifer Jason Leigh.


Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

Whether you’ve got kids, want them, or want nothing to do with them, there’s something in this graphic memoir to open your mind and heart. This moving, hilarious, kid gloves, and surprisingly informative memoir, not only follows Lucy’s personal transition into motherhood but also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, including curious facts and inspiring and notorious figures in medicine and midwifery.

Paperback / softback, 272 pages. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she’d ever attempted. Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience during labor and delivery.

Printed in USA. Used book in Good Condition. A new york times bestsellerif you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you’re smart and talented and “good enough, ” you can do anything. Except get pregnant.

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

There's a rule—or three—for everything. From the earliest days, parents get the message that they must make certain choices around feeding, sleep, and schedule or all will be lost. The instant new york times bestseller!an NPR Book of the YearFrom the author of Expecting Better, an economist's guide to the early years of parenting.

The book is jampacked with information, but it’s also a delightful read because Oster is such a good writer. Npr with expecting better, award-winning economist Emily Oster spotted a need in the pregnancy market for advice that gave women the information they needed to make the best decision for their own pregnancies.

Paperback / softback, 272 pages. Printed in USA. In cribsheet, she now tackles an even greater challenge: decision-making in the early years of parenting. As any new parent knows, friends, there is an abundance of often-conflicting advice hurled at you from doctors, family, and strangers on the internet. But the benefits of these choices can be overstated, and the trade-offs can be profound.

She also shows parents how to think through freighted questions like if and how to go back to work, how to think about toddler discipline, and how to have a relationship and parent at the same time. Economics is the science of decision-making, and Cribsheet is a thinking parent's guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the early years.

She debunks myths around breastfeeding not a panacea, potty training wait until they're ready or possibly bribe with M&Ms, language acquisition early talkers aren't necessarily geniuses, sleep training not so bad!, and many other topics.

Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride

So she set out to plan and execute the adorable DIY wedding to end all adorable DIY weddings. This graphic novel, despair, invented a whole new kind of photo booth, Something New--clocking in at almost 300 pages of humor, and eternal love--is the story of how Lucy built a barn, and managed to turn an outdoor wedding on a rainy day into a joyous though muddy triumph.

. This is not that story. Printed in USA. It is the story of what came after: The Wedding. Diy maven lucy knisley was fascinated by American wedding culture. But also sort of horrified by it. First Second. Used book in Good Condition. Paperback / softback, 272 pages. In 2010, lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up.

Three long, walked into lucy's apartment, John returned to New York, lonely years later, and proposed. And she succeeded.

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know

Expecting better why the conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong And What You Really Need to Know. Used book in Good Condition. When award-winning economist emily oster was a mom-to-be herself, she evaluated the data behind the accepted rules of pregnancy, and discovered that most are often misguided and some are just flat-out wrong.

First Second. From the author of cribsheet, meaningful experiences of adulthood—can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, a data-driven decision making guide to the early years of parenting Pregnancy—unquestionably one of the most pro­found, babies. Pregnant women are told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee without ever being told why these are forbidden.

Moms-to-be desperately want a resource that empowers them to make their own right choices. Debunking myths and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Better is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy—and the occasional glass of wine.

Rules for prenatal testing are similarly unexplained. Printed in USA. Newly revised for 2019* what to expect when You're Expecting meets Freakonomics: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they're expecting. Paperback / softback, 272 pages.

Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers

Printed in USA. Expecting better why the conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong And What You Really Need to Know. First Second. Paperback / softback, 272 pages. Good mothers have scary thoughts is packed with world-class guidance, simple exercises, and nearly 50 stigma-busting cartoons from the viral #speakthesecret campaign that help new moms validate their feelings, share their fears, and start feeling better.

Gosh, those thoughts remain secret, I'm so terrible for thinking that! Yet for too many mothers, hidden away in shame that make you feel even worse. Lighthearted yet serious, warm yet not sugary, and perfectly portioned for busy moms with full plates, partners, Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts is the go-to resource for moms, and families everywhere who need help with this difficult period.

I don't know if I really want to do this anymore. But here's the good news: you can feel better!author karen kleiman, compassion, coauthor of the seminal book This Isn't What I Expected and founder of the acclaimed Postpartum Stress Center, comes to the aid of new mothers everywhere with a groundbreaking new source of hope, and expert help.

What if i drop him? what if I snap and hurt my baby? Mothering is so hard. Over 90 percent of new mothers will have scary, intrusive thoughts about their baby and themselves. Used book in Good Condition.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Printed in USA. A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, a compulsion, rather than an enemy, or a consumer product.

A publishers weekly best children's book of 2013An NPR Best Book of 2013 Used book in Good Condition. Paperback / softback, 272 pages. Expecting better why the conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong And What You Really Need to Know. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe―many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.

Used book in Good Condition. In her forthright, and funny memoir, lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, thoughtful, cooking, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, and life. First Second. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly.

A new york times bestsellerlucy Knisley loves food.

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

First Second. Detector, the fantasies of a "natural" birth experience that erode maternal self-esteem, post-partum body and sex issues, and the fascinating strangeness of stepping into a new, O'Connell addresses the pervasive imposter syndrome that comes with unplanned pregnancy, not-yet-comfortable identity.

Selected as one of the best books of the year by: national Public Radio, Powell's, Refinery29, Bustle, Autostraddle, Thrillist, Esquire, Electric Literature, BookRiot, Women. Com"smart, and true in all the best ways, funny, this book made me ache with recognition. Cheryl strayeda raw, funny, and fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up.

When meaghan o'connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed -- a brutally honest, agenda-free reckoning with the emotional and existential impact of motherhood -- didn't exist. Used book in Good Condition. With her dark humor and hair-trigger B.

S. Used book in Good Condition. Expecting better why the conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong And What You Really Need to Know. Paperback / softback, 272 pages. Printed in USA.