- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (April 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250023262
- ISBN-13: 978-1250023261
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Double Time: How I Survived---and Mostly Thrived---Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins Paperback – April 30, 2013
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“Raising twins is maddening and masochistic yet worth every crazy moment. Jane Roper captures them all in her revealing, heart wrenching, hilarious memoir. As a mother of twins myself, I cackled and related on every page as Jane revealed the unvarnished truth about dealing with twins, depression and trying to ‘have it all.'” ―Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom
“At once immeasurably funny and deeply comforting; if you are expecting or have young twins, this is a must-read.” ―Elizabeth Lyons, author of You Cannot Be Serious: and 32 Other Rules that Sustain a (Mostly) Balanced Mom and Ready or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins
“It's like sharing a bottle of wine with a friend.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“With humor and frankness, the author opens a private door into her life as a new mother of fraternal girls . . . A straightforward, honest look at how raising a child is difficult, but raising twins can be exponentially more demanding.” ―Kirkus
“Her honest and funny take on an often frantic life with twins make the slog of raising babies amusing and memorable. Roper ultimately succeeds in making the story of a new mom feel fresh and engaging.” ―Publisher's Weekly
“With candor to spare, Jane Roper shares her twin-parenting tale with commitment, compassion and a generous dose of comedy. Whether you are expecting twins, parenting twins, dealing with depression, or simply want a great read from a great writer, read Double Time!” ―Cheryl Lage, author of Twinspiration-Real Life Advice from Pregnancy through the First Year
About the Author
JANE ROPER writes the popular Baby Squared blog on Babble.com and is the author of Eden Lake, a novel. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Salon, Slate, and The Rumpus, among other publications, and she holds an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband, singer-songwriter Alastair Moock, and their twin daughters.
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What I got from reading Double Time was this and more. My twins are a two or three months younger than Jane's, and throughout this book I found myself nodding, laughing, and crying in agreement. She gets so many of the details about twin parenting spot on. Jane's voice is warm and engaging, honest, and never judgmental. She is able to convey what it's really like to be a mother of twins: the joys, frustrations, and the compromises you make as you parent "in double time." Jane also writes frankly about her need to work as well as be a mother (in her case, being a writer), and that piece also resonates strongly with me.
Where Jane's experience differs from mine is that, in addition to being a writer and a mother, Jane deals with clinical depression. And while the severity of her symptoms is certainly greater than any experience I have had, I feel that any mother of twins (and probably any parent at all) will recognize some of those peaks and troughs that Jane describes.
I think Jane's book is a unique and welcome addition to the genre of books about parenting twins, because of her ability to describe the experience so well. I think it's a book that will also resonate with any new parent, whether or not expecting twins. And I will certainly be giving it to any of my friends who join the twin club.
In addition to learning how to nurse two babies and function without sleep, Roper a woman who had battled depression before, was clobbered with the who-gives-a-damn-scourge and then, as if that weren't enough, additionally diagnosed with Bipolar ll. She shares the highs and lows of a mood disorder and gets an A+ for chutzpah and candid (ouch) self-reflection. By the end of Double Time you will be in love with Jane's family of four. You might shed a tear along the way (I did) and you will definitely laugh.
Go buy the book, one for yourself, a dozen to hand out to unsuspecting pregnant women, five for your gynocologist's office and ten to wrap for Christmas in July.
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