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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143917640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439176405
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a tender and touching story of two talented women falling in love and forming a beautifully unconventional family. Readers will be fascinated by their simultaneous pregnancies and dual journeys into motherhood. Times Two offers wonderful perspectives on the joys and challenges of contemporary lesbian life.
--Nanette Gartrell, MD, author of My Answer is NO…if that's okay with you: How Women Can Say No With Confidence
Principal Investigator, US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study

Kristen Henderson and Sarah Kate Ellis have written a book so disarmingly funny, touching and readable, that you almost forget it is about all the important issues of our time—women's rights, civil rights, and family rights. The journey of Kristen and her partner, Sarah, in their quest to have a child, seems like Nora Ephron's idea of a script—hilarious at times, frustrating, maddening and, finally, a Hollywood style happy ending. This book captures the political zeitgeist of all the modern families in the country, and shows that, whatever your beliefs and affiliations, the most important component in the make-up of a family is love.” --Cherie Currie, Lead singer of The Runaways and author of Neon Angel

"What was it Tolstoy said? Happy families are all alike? This book proves the great Russian writer was absolutely wrong. Happy families come in all varieties. This funny and touching book is Exhibit A." -- A.J. Jacobs, bestselling author of My Life as an Experiment and The Year of Living Biblically

“Kristen and Sarah somehow make a "slice of life" story of love, career and family into an entertaining page turner… This book helps to carry a movement, a shift in paradigm, that has been a long time coming. I hope Times Two reaches a wide and varied audience of readers so that this truth becomes our new norm: society needs healthy, loving, functioning families regardless of how they are made or how they look.” --Kathy Valentine, bass player and member of The Go-Go's

"A spirited portrait of an unconventional family." --Kirkus Reviews

"Henderson and Ellis present, without breaking a sweat, a compelling case that the kids are alright, and so are the moms. " --Library Journal

About the Author

Kristen Henderson is the founding member and guitarist of the all female rock band Antigone Rising. In 2005 the band was catapulted into the national spotlight when Starbucks and Atlantic Records partnered to release their debut CD, From the Ground Up, in 5000 stores across the country. She is the mother of two and divides her time between Manhattan and Sea Cliff, New York. She is not getting much sleep these days.

 
Sarah Ellis is the head of marketing for Real Simple magazine, and has been a publishing executive for more than a decade, most recently as Creative Services director at Vogue. She is also the mother of two and divides her time between Manhattan and Sea Cliff. She is finding it impossible to keep her house looking Real Simple tidy with two newborns. 

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You will laugh out loud, and a few lines down have tears in your eyes.
Just Me
You can relate to this story no matter what your lifestyle, but it is an eye-opener to learn about the extra struggles one must go through as a lesbian couple.
Cathy B
It has been a long time since I have read a book that I didn't want to put down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MARK IVY on April 5, 2011
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Times Two is a great read that brings you into the lives of two succesful women who look to make a happy family. The book has everything from laughter, sadness and hope in every page turn. I finished the book the same day I got it, just couldn't put it down. I recommend this to anyone to read. This is a great current story that will reach many lives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Kay Doyle on April 6, 2011
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This book should have some sort of warning sticker: Do Not Read in Public Unless You are Totally Okay with Laughing Out Loud or Sobbing In Front of Strangers. I stupidly read this wonderful book on a train filled with strangers and laughed out loud several times (not in a cute giggly way, but more in a horse-snort kind of way) and followed that performance up by unsuccessfully smothering tears in reaction to another portion of the book. This is a great read for anyone struggling with fertility, childbirth and the effects of both on a relationship. I loved it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Just Me on April 18, 2011
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As some other reviews have mentioned, I too have been a follower of Kristen's band for several years. So naturally I was anxiously awaiting the release of Times Two, and had it pre-ordered. Once I read it, I was happy to see that it was even more than I expected.

Kristen and Sarah tell their story with such a personal feel, you can easily imagine that you're hearing them tell it to you over coffee. You will laugh out loud, and a few lines down have tears in your eyes. Every page puts you right in the middle of what they experienced while trying to create the family they both dreamed of. There is something in here for everyone to relate to as Kristen and Sarah take us through their younger days of finding themselves, through their continuously evolving career choices, and finally meeting and building a life with each other.

I really enjoyed the opposing perspectives throughout the book, Kristen's ability to find synchronicity along the way combined with Sarah's relying more on medical facts. And at times, they each saw the other's perspective, if only for a little while. This is what a true partner/committed relationship/or marriage should be like, in my opinion. Kristen and Sarah beat all the odds, twice, and at the same time! If that's not book worthy, I don't know what is. So get a copy of Times Two and read about the amazing journey these two strong, empowering women have shared.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nivabef on April 7, 2011
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Full disclosure: I love Kristen Henderson's band, Antigone Rising. I also love memoirs and autobiographies of people I'm familiar with because I have a general strong curiosity about other people and their lives, what they do, and what makes them tick. I don't like gossip but I love to know what makes people who they are. For this reason, I have been looking forward to this book since the time Kristen was tweeting and blogging about writing it. However, I found that I was just as intrigued by Sarah's story as I was with Kristen's.

I don't have a lot of free time. I work a full time Monday-Friday job and take classes in the evenings. The last book I read took me about 12 weeks to finish. I started this one on a Monday evening and somehow found that I had finished it fewer than 48 hours later.

I was so engrossed in this story that I spent every free moment I could find reading it. Sitting on the floor in the hallway outside my classroom in the minutes before class started, I sat and read, trying as hard as I could to hold back tears. Lying in bed and reading too late into the night, I tried as hard as I could not to laugh too loud and wake up my girlfriend. This book is written in a way that makes you feel like you're sharing the moment, living the events along with them as they happened. I recommend it to all my fellow saps who love the story of a struggle and a happy ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy B on April 21, 2011
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What a testimony to a book, when you know the end of the story, but you still can't put it down and read it all in one night! Kristen and Sarah's journey that starts with finding out who they are, what they want, and through adulthood and eventually into motherhood is so frank, funny, heart-wrenching, but ultimately inspiring. These are two people who endured so much, and moved mountains to realize their dream of motherhood. As a single Mom of one, it made me feel so incredibly lucky to have my daughter, and also to have been adopted by two parents who wanted children as much as Sarah and Kristen did. You can relate to this story no matter what your lifestyle, but it is an eye-opener to learn about the extra struggles one must go through as a lesbian couple. Amazing read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Russell on April 24, 2011
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I read this book one evening and loved it so much I made my partner read it the next day. We are two mom's with two daughters and the story these two amazing women wrote were funny, sad, but most important they were real. We could relate to so much of the book, except being pregnant at the same time. We think they are crazy for growing through the pregnancy at the same time but we loved reading about the experience. We are going to buy several copies of the book to give to our friends to read. Thank you for sharing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Turner on April 6, 2011
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I pre-ordered this book for my kindle and waited anxiously for it to arrive, and I have not been disappointed! I followed Kristen's band, Antigone Rising, starting in the late 90's, through the early bar days up to their opening for the Stones and beyond, and was interested in the book as a fan and a gay mom. This account is heart wrenching at times and hilarious at others. Sarah and Kristen are open, honest, and so utterly human that it's impossible to not be swept away for hours reading this story. Hope they write a part two when Kate and Thomas are teenagers!
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