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The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the REAL Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally. Hardcover – January 7, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073821101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With style and wit, she tackles the taboo topics of the challenges, disappointments and adjustments of modern motherhood."--"Philadelphia Magazine"

About the Author

Vicki Glembocki is an editor at large at Philadelphia Magazine. She has written several articles on motherhood for magazines such as Women’s Health and Fit Pregnancy. She lives outside of Philadelphia.

More About the Author

Vicki Glembocki is an award-winning magazine writer and essayist, author of the memoir The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally, a writer-at-large for Philadelphia Magazine, columnist for Reader's Digest. Her articles have appeared in many publications including Playboy, Women's Health, More, Parents, Babble, Ladies Home Journal, Fit Pregnancy, and Philadelphia. She specializes in personal essay, profiles, and all things narrative.

Before she began freelancing full time out of her very orange basement office, she was articles editor at Philadelphia magazine and senior editor at The Penn Stater, (before that, she worked at Pitt Magazine and at Dartmouth College and, in places in between, waitressed and sold roses from bar to bar dressed in a tuxedo jacket and cowboy boots). She has a BA in English and an MFA in nonfiction writing, both from Penn State, and has been a guest on radio and TV shows (Oprah!), led seminars at conferences, lectured in college classes, given public readings, sung karaoke, and performed in more than 100 plays and musicals (including two where she danced on stage naked).

She lives just outside of Philadelphia with her very patient husband, Thad. She is obsessed with yard sales, showtunes, yoga, DIY home repair, her Honda minivan, fountain Diet Coke, and her daughters, Blair and Drew.

Customer Reviews

I didn't put this book down until I was finished!
Nancy
Glembocki has a real gift for being brutally honest - saying what so many people think but rarely utter - and doing so in a really hilarious and page-turning way.
Maggie Master
My son is 8 months, and I wish I had this book 8 months ago!
Melissa Baldauf

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Dunn on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED this book. After being successful at nearly EVERYTHING I ever did hearing things like "It changes your life but in a good way" made me confident that not only would I love being a mother I would excel. How dead wrong I was. No one prepared me for the challenges of motherhood- not even my own mother or my closest friends. My child did not have colic and I was not post pardom- believe me I know I was in therapy. Having a child is culture shock and I wish I had an honest account of what motherhood was like. Being blessed with a "healthy" baby that I got to sleep within 8 weeks was not enough for me to "love" being a mother. It was a struggle. I would have walked through fire to save my child but mostly wanted to escape to Mexico. This book is a heart felt admission to one women's struggles and I wish more women and mothers were honest about the joys and pitfalls of the newest and hardest job you will ever have in your life. And it does not make anyone a "bad" person or mother to admit!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By goonius on December 20, 2009
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Let me say first: I'm so glad that Vicki wrote this book. Like the others of this genre that I've read in the past couple of years since I had my first child, Inconsolable: How I Threw My Mental Health Out With the Diapers and A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother, it adds to a reassurance of sorts that I'm not utterly alone. And that's what I'm looking for really.

Before I had children, the closest thing I had to exposure of mothers and babies consisted of those things you witness in a store. And there's usually two kinds of mothers (with a small fraction falling in between, and thus being less-noticeable) - the ones that are flogging overtired screaming kids at a time when any reasonable mother would have their child in bed, and you're thinking "Oh, poor kid, I am SO not going to be *that* kind of mother." And then there are these placid-looking women, their hair is done, they wear make-up and pretty (clean) clothes, and everything their kids say, they respond to with a sentence that ends in a high lilt. I don't suppose I really thought I'd be that kind of mom, but since I've had children, I've wondered, are these women really as happy and engrossed as the lilt would have you believe, or is it just part of the social we're-in-public script?

I've wondered how many women enter parenthood, having all their lives been utterly prepared to be independent, feminist, autonomous beings, only to have no preparation at all for the realities of motherhood?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M Villegas on May 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My oldest child is now 10 years old. But reading this book brought back the brutal reality that I felt all those years ago.
Kudos to the author for exposing her deepest feelings of inadequacy and "bad mommy" moments. I myself was plagued with the same thoughts.
It does get easier as your child gets older. I myself did not bond with my firstborn until he was at least 5 months old. Take heart new moms, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Great book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Helm on February 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a great book! Vicki has written what most of us are afraid to say aloud-that becoming a mother isn't all peaches and cream! I think many new mothers will relate to this book. I highly recommend it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Master on January 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book and could not put it down until I'd finished it. Glembocki has a real gift for being brutally honest - saying what so many people think but rarely utter - and doing so in a really hilarious and page-turning way. Memoirs can often seem cheesy or self-aggrandizing and this was neither. Sometimes shocking, often funny, extremely well written, and very moving.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Yu on February 23, 2008
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Simply put, I loved this book. I have an almost 7 month old baby, and could relate to so many of the things the author had to say. Some of the chapters were pretty much snapshots of my own life with a baby. Glembocki wrote an amazingly honest book, and as a new mom, I really appreciate that. I recommend this book to all new moms who are wondering if the things that they're feeling are normal- don't worry, they are!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Cordano on April 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. At times it is funny and ironic. At other times it is scary and sad. I am not yet a mother, but I can imagine that the feelings generated from the book are those same feelings that motherhood creates. The book made me appreciate and respect all my young mom friends even more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Baldauf on January 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My son is 8 months, and I wish I had this book 8 months ago! It totally
cracked me up and also just made me feel like I wasn't the only woman
on the planet who was kind of freaking out about this whole new mom thing.
Worth every penny!
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