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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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
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
on September 14, 2008
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
FYI, my thumb nail says this is by Stacy Morrision; she wrote the forward to the book. Rita Arens wrote the chapter introductions, several of the essays, and gathered the rest of the essays together.

I really enjoyed this book and showed several of the essays to friends and coworkers. I have recommended it to several people. The essays are posts from mommy-bloggers written over the last several years. The essays are very real and discuss the good, bad, and in between of motherhood. At turns it made me tear up, question my own mothering, feel I had a co-conspirator, made me go eehhk, and uhg, and ohhh, and snort out load in laughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
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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
on November 16, 2008
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As a mom I am always looking for books that are easy and somewhat mindless... since each story (or "blog") is only a few pages long it is a great book to pick up during naptime, before bed, while the kids are in the bath, etc and take a short break from reality and have a few laughs while you are at it. It is also always nice to hear about other moms who have the same fears, joys, and concerns as you do as a mother. This is a light & quick read and a nice gift idea for new moms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2008
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When it's 3 AM, your nursing for the 4th time since 9:00 PM for the 10th day in a row and you feel like pulling out your hair...read this book. It's the only thing that made me keep my sense of humor and realize that 1) this too shall pass, and 2) there are other mothers who are going through the same thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2009
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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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