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Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom Hardcover – April 1, 2010
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"God bless you, Kristin van Ogtrop. Just Let Me Lie Down is a lexicon for legions of working moms. van Ogtrop nails with a generous, wisecracking charm what we couldn't--even with sleep--articulate." (Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair)
"This handy survival-primer will offer a laugh, some respite or both. There's something for every mom here." (Linda M. Castellitto, Bookpage )
"A witty lexicon of marriage and motherhood." (Vogue)
"van Ogtrop has created an entire lexicon for modern parenting to make the life of a working mother that much easier, not to mention funnier." (The Daily Beast)
"Full of hard-won wisdom and kick-ass wit, Just Let Me Lie Down perfectly captures the joys and frustrations of an entire exhausted demographic. I would like to add one more thing to van Ogtrop's mile-long To-Do list: Run for President." (Mary Roach, author of Bonk, Spook, and Stiff)
"Just Let Me Lie Down is the very definition of a smart, funny, and useful book about parenting and work. If you can add one more item to your towering to-do list, it should be to read this book." (AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All)
"Wise, warm, and well-adjusted, Kristin van Ogtrop untangles life's alphabet of chaos one letter at a time." (Ben Schott, author of Schott's Miscellany)
"A wise and witty thesaurus of marriage and parenthood. The ideal girlfriend gift." (Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean)
"Wise, moving and hilarious--and refreshingly (ok, staggeringly) honest--Just Let Me Lie Down captures the choas, ambivalence, and dagger-through-my-heart love felt by just about every working mother." (Cathi Hanauer, editor of The Bitch in the House and author of Sweet Ruin)
"A smart and hilarious primer for all those terminally over-committed moms who not only could use a laugh, but need one." (Steve Almond, author of Candy Freak and (Not That You Asked))
"A hysterical and touching handbook for frantic working moms." (Self magazine)
"Frank and funny." (Entertainment Weekly)
"van Ogtrop offers insightful advice with humor and warmth." (Marigne Dupuy, the Times-Picayune)
"Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but pretty much dead on." (Tara Trower, "Mama Drama" columnist for The Austin American Statesman)
About the Author
Kristin van Ogtrop is the editor of Real Simple magazine and has held positions at Glamour, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, and Premiere. She lives outside New York City with her family.
Top customer reviews
The book is not a novel. It's snippets of life from the perspective of a mother who strives to have a great career and raise a wonderful family. I know some of the reviewers disliked the format, but I actually think it fits so perfectly for the lives of busy working moms who don't have time to read many novels. You can read the book in bits and pieces while you have time, and I even marked some of the terms I wanted to remember and come back to later.
Incidentally, I've now given this book as a gift to my mom friends shortly after they return to work after taking some time off to care for children, and all of them have told me how much they enjoyed the book.