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Sleep Is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers Including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and More! (Blogher Book) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: Blogher Book
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556527721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556527722
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, The Three-Martini Family Vacation, and Were You Raised by Wolves? Clues to the Mysteries of Adulthood



"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


"Don't spend another night awake without these intelligent and funny-as-hell moms by your side."  —Devra Renner and Aviva Pflock, authors, Mommy Guilt



"This treasure . . . is a real page turner, delighting readers with honest re-tellings of motherhood's most joyous (and sometimes terrifying) moments."  —peekaboopicks.com


"A perfect read for the mom with little time and a great sense of humor."  —Pregnancy & Newborn



"This compilation of essays . . . run the gamut from hilarity to heartbreak, woe to wonderment, and will have you laughing and crying as if they were stories of you."  —Mamaspeaks.com


"There are endless examples of the quick wit and empathy of the writers in this anthology. It's a fast and entertaining read . . . But it's also the much-loved, well-worn book that many moms will come back to over and over for the support and cameraderie offered inside."  —Mamalit.com


"A clever, funny, touching and humbling book."  —parentbloggers.com

About the Author

Rita Arens is the author of the blog Surrender, Dorothy (www.surrenderdorothyblog.com) and a contributing editor to BlogHer (www.blogher.org). She has written for the Austin American Statesman, BurstBlog, Circle Magazine, and the Kansas City Star. Stacy Morrison is the editor in chief of Redbook magazine. She is the former executive editor at Marie Claire and editor in chief of Modern Bride. She was part of the launches of Mirabella, Condé Nast Sports for Women, and Time Out New York.

More About the Author

Rita Arens lives in Kansas City with her husband and daughter. She is BlogHer's (www.blogher.com) deputy editor and the author of the popular blog Surrender, Dorothy (www.surrenderdorothyblog.com).

Arens is the author of the contemporary realistic young adult novel, The Obvious Game (InkSpell Publishing, 2013); a co-editor of ROOTS: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us (Open Road, 2013); and the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep Is for the Weak (Chicago Review Press, 2008).

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Defiantly a book that any mom should read.
J. Emerick
As a fan of the blog, Surrender, Dorothy and so many of the other blogs that contributed to this book, I found it to be a wonderful collection of essays.
Jennifer R. Kirschling
If you are struggling with parenthood...in any way...and just want to feel like someone relates....get this book!!
Cory's mom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. O'Dea on July 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book over the weekend, and was lucky enough to have it signed by several of the phenomenal women who contributed essays.

Wow. Instead of spending time with my husband (whom I haven't seen for three days), I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning laughing and crying. These women GET IT. It is so refreshing to read REAL stories from REAL moms---the good, bad, dirty, and hysterically funny.

Rita did a fantastic job of picking the best of the best, and I look forward to many more volumes.

This is a superb gift for any woman, anywhere. I am terribly pleased to have Christmas completely taken care of!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joy Samuel on September 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Sleep is for the Weak is a great read for any mom. You will identify with so many of the situations. And the ones you don't identify with will give you more perspective on your own experiences.

I rarely laugh out loud when reading a book, but I certainly did when I read the first chapter. Hilarious! And because the book is a collection of stories, it is easy to read a few, put the book down, and then pick up again later -- which is so essential with the inevitable distractions a mommy reader will have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer R. Kirschling on August 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a fan of the blog, Surrender, Dorothy and so many of the other blogs that contributed to this book, I found it to be a wonderful collection of essays.

That being said, you don't need to read any of these blogs to enjoy this book. I wish I had read it prior to having my kids. Helps you realize you are not alone in this struggle called parenthood and that there are ways to see the funny side to almost any parenting situation.

Super read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bandora Fox on March 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a new mom experiencing the same things that the writers of these essays are talking about I found myself laughing until I cried at most of the essays because I could really identify. I admit that it partially helped with the baby blues because I didn't feel so alone.

I feel like there were still topics that were not explored and a book like this could be a series of different volumes since this edition is several years old and the mommy blogging community is still producing excellent content daily.

I don't think that I would have appreciated this book before baby was born though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa F on March 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Where our parents had Dr. Spock, this generation of new parents has a host of parenting bloggers -- experts only in the sense that they are walking the walking and writing about it. But just as a friend sometimes knows you better (and knows what you need!) than the scientists, many parents are turning towards fellow bloggers to see if their instincts are similar to others, whether they're the only ones feeling something, or ideas on how to tackle parenting issues.

Enter Sleep is for the Weak.

What the editor has done is bring together all of these points-of-view to give readers a 360-view on parenting. It serves as an introduction to the blogs covered in the book and it makes this advice portable and easy-to-access during those moments when the baby is finally asleep in your arms. It makes a great gift for not only new parents, but for veteran parents who will nod through many of the essays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cory's mom on June 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I laughted so hard I almost cried! It was just what I needed. I even wanted to share some of the stories with my husband but he just won't listen, lol. If you are struggling with parenthood...in any way...and just want to feel like someone relates....get this book!! I donated it to my public library!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. V. Richards on February 8, 2009
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I LOVED this book. I laughed, I cried, I shared it with friends. I had heard about it for awhile and finally bought it for my SIL for Christmas. She immediately bought it for me as she was loving it so much. Now I plan to buy it for all my girlfriends with kids. It is so good as you appreciate you are not alone, others are struggling too, and we're all in this crazy, funny, tough ride together.
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