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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; First Printing edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451217691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451217691
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Risa Green grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and graduated from both the University of Pennsylvania and The Georgetown University Law Center. She has worked as a corporate finance attorney and, more recently, as a college counselor at a private day school. She currently resides with her husband, their children, and their dog in Los Angeles.

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You would think that writing a bio would be an easy thing for a writer to do, but there's not much that's harder than trying to convey a sense of who you are in three lines or less. I've always admired those writers who are able to come up with hilarious little vignettes about their pets or their strange obsession with Cheetos, and yet, hard as I try, I just can't find a way to make myself sound that off-beat and quirky. Because I suppose when it comes down to it, I'm not. At the same time, though, I hate those "official" bios that just list where I grew up and where I went to school, and where I live now, because really, what does that tell anyone about me? Nothing. So because this is my author page, and I can do whatever I want with it, I'll just tell you my story, which, if you're interested in knowing anything about me at all, will probably fulfill your curiosity and then some.

I lived my entire life before college in the same house in a suburb of Philadelphia called Ambler. I loved to read, and whenever I found a book that really spoke to me I would read it over and over and over again, and somehow, I never got tired of it. Most of Judy Blume's books fell into this category for me (particularly Are You There God, It's Me Margaret), as did Bridge to Terabithia, a book called The Girl With the Silver Eyes, and my all-time favorite book, The Westing Game. I was a good student, though better at English and writing than I was at math, and although I like to think of myself as athletic, the truth is that I am not particularly coordinated or fast, and I don't have what my husband likes to call "heart" when it comes to sports. So after dabbling in field hockey and lacrosse in middle school (more because I thought the uniforms looked cool than because I was good at either of them, which I wasn't), I became a cheerleader. It was very 1980′s. I also was president of my class for three years, which I enjoyed at the time but I now kind of regret, because twenty years later, it turns out that I am the one responsible for planning our class reunions, which is something I distinctly do not recall being told when I was seventeen.

Until I was ten, I used to spend every summer "down the shore" with my family in Atlantic City (I am dating myself here, but I still remember when the first casino in AC had it's grand opening), and after that I went to sleep away camp, which, as anyone who knows me will tell you, were the best summers of my life. When I got older, I had part-time jobs during the school year at Baskin-Robbins and at a Hallmark store, and I spent a lot of time hanging around in the parking lot of McDonald's with my friends, because there wasn't a whole lot else to do in Ambler. I couldn't wait to get out of there, and I always imaged that I would go to college somewhere far away and experience a different part of the country, but I fell in love with the University of Pennsylvania, which was just forty minutes from my house.

At Penn, I double-majored in English with a concentration on 20th century literature, and American Civilization which is sort of like American History but from a social and cultural perspective. I always enjoyed writing and much preferred research papers to tests, but I never did take a creative writing course during college, probably because I never really imagined that I would ever become a writer. During my senior year at Penn, I met a guy from Los Angeles who eventually became my husband, and after I graduated I went to law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

I moved to Los Angeles and got married and practiced law for two years at a big firm, and I hated every second of it. Somehow, I just knew that if I didn't quit then, I would wake up one day and be forty years old and still hating my job, and I'd be really sorry that I'd wasted all those years being miserable. So I quit, and, much to the chagrin of my parents - who really enjoyed bragging to their friends about how I was a big-time lawyer in LA - I got a job as a college counselor at a private high school in the city. During my five years there, I really got to know teenagers in a way that I couldn't when I was in high school. Because I was a neutral observer and not part of one clique or another, I got to know all kinds of different kids, and because I was a confidant and they trusted me, I got to know them really well.

My daughter was born in 2002, and it was while I was on maternity leave that I started writing what eventually became my first novel, Notes From the Underbelly. I didn't intend for it to be a novel. I was just bored being at home all day and I had some pretty funny stories about being pregnant and having a newborn, and I wanted to write them all down for posterity. When I was finished, I gave it to a friend of mine to read, and she (who is someone who knows about these kinds of things) insisted that I had to try to publish it. So she gave it to someone who knew someone who worked in the lit department at a talent agency, and that guy gave it to some lit agents he knew in New York, and the next thing I knew, I had an agent and I was working as a counselor during the day, taking care of a newborn baby at night, and then staying up until two am to work on turning my essays about pregnancy into a novel. The book sold in 2004, while I was pregnant with my son, and then I quit my job as a college counselor to write full time. I wrote a sequel to Notes called Tales from the Crib, and then I wrote another adult book called The Carpenter Girls, which sold in Europe. It was after that I decided to try my hand at a YA novel.

I love writing YA, I think, for the same reason that I loved being a college counselor; teenagers are fun, being around them and writing about them makes me feel young, and there is really no other experience like high school, where you're thrown into this place every day with some people you love and some people you can't stand, where anything can happen and you never know what to expect on a daily basis, and all the while you're growing up and becoming an adult and figuring out who you are and where you fit in. If that isn't a gold mine of material for a writer, then I just don't know what is.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By booklover on July 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend Notes From the Underbelly and Tales from the Crib for anyone looking for a truly enjoyable "beach-read". Risa Green is outstanding at portraying the anxieties and pleasures of pregnancy and motherhood and I found myself laughing out loud when I read these books. Don't miss these- just because they aren't heavily promoted by the publisher doesn't mean they don't deserve the recognition of other (not as well written) books by popular authors! Can't wait for her next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie M. on May 18, 2006
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At first I thought "not another chick-lit waste of paper" but this book was a pleasant beach read. It is silly and harmless fluff.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brette Sember on May 21, 2006
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Risa Green is true to form and gives us the down and dirty truth about new motherhood with her signature wit. Lara Stone brings home her baby Parker and struggles with extra baby weight, nursing, explosive diapers, bonding, mommy & me class, sex, sleep deprivation, guilt, and everything else every new mom has faced. You'll laugh out loud as you recognize yourself in her account. As with Notes from the Underbelly, Green provides a plot to keep us reading and I thought this plot was more compelling than in the last book, so points for Green there. Green has been there, done that when it comes to being a new mom and she's isolated just about every single thing that is ridiculously funny (as long as you're not living through it at the moment). I recommend this for all new and expectant moms.
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Slow read.
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By Luz on May 18, 2008
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I really enjoyed this book, I am a new mommy and I could relate to this book so well! I would recommend reading the first book, "Notes from the Underbelly" and then this one. But I do have to say, this one was way better!!!
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By JG on August 15, 2007
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This is great book for anyone who understands that being a new mom is not all it is cracked up to be. I never felt that I fit in with the mommy groups, resented not having some time to myself again, and had an explosive poop situation too! She is honest that not all new moms love the experience as much as they love their babies. Read the "Notes Form the Underbelly" first to really understand Lara.
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By AK on April 26, 2006
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Lara Stone is embarking on a new segment of her life, motherhood. Unfortunately, she's less than thrilled. None of her clothes fit, she's not in love with her new daughter, Parker, she hates breast feeding, and she has no time for herself. Moreover, Andrew, her husband, seems to be flirting with a Barbie clone from agility class- dog agility class, that is, and the nanny she hires out of desperations might be trying to steal Parker and Andrew's affections and hex Lara. She feels substandard at the momunists meeting, and her ex-father just showed up wanting to be her dad again. Oh, and he's engaged to a retired Madam. Perhaps we can understand why Lara's feeling a bit like a witch with a capital B, she has good reasons, but somehow, she needs to find a way to make her life work despite the mitigating circumstances. Help comes from the most unexpected Mary Poppins ever.

*** Even if you do not have a baby, a lot of what Lara says makes perfect sense. Reading this will NOT give you any desire to become a mother, and in fact may discourage you from it. However, it is a fun book, peppered with cultural references that make Lara seem like someone you might know. ***

Amanda Killgore
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