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One Mother to Another: This Is Just Between Us Paperback – May 24, 2016
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"In a saturated world of parenting books, Melissa's writing is a breath of fresh air. She brings humor and humility into her storytelling, and you will find yourself nodding in solidarity with her experiences and exclaiming, "Me too!"
—Alison Lee, co-editor of Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice From Parents of Twins, Triplets and More
“Melissa Mowry’s One Mother to Another reminds me of conversations I have with my candid, funny, vulnerable mom friends—the stories that save me from the sometimes overwhelming stress of parenting.”
—Ann Imig, founder of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER
“Melissa Mowry writes, ‘Time has a way of spackling over the hard parts. . . . " And she's right. As mothers over time, we reminisce about our children with a different lens. The beauty here is that Mowry shines light on all of motherhood, the good, the hard, and the blowout diaper. A lovely, honest, real look at motherhood from a down-to-earth mom, and a talented writer. Read this book for the straight scoop on motherhood—not to scare you, but to see its full beauty. Motherhood is hard, it's scary, it's overwhelming, but it's the best thing you'll ever do, and so worth it. Just ask Mowry: she’ll tell you, from one mother to another.”
—Jenny Kanevsky, author of Chosen Quarry
"You can't help but love Melissa Mowry. She is us, we are her, and we're all screwed."
—Jessica Ziegler, award-winning author of Science of Parenthood
“Melissa has a fresh and honest voice that makes her stories feel so grounded and real. While reading her essays, it was easy for me to imagine that her experiences are mine, because in many ways they are. Relatable, funny and insightful, this is the book every mother should have on her nightstand.”
—Sarah Cottrell, Bangor Daily News
“Melissa Mowry writes the truth about motherhood like she's talking to a friend. A friend who can handle the sweet moments, the quiet moments, and the dirtiest moments. (No, this isn't mommy p*rn, I'm talking about dirty diapers,people! Sheesh.) If you need a friend to tell you the truth, then One Mother to Another is the book for you.” —Jen Mann, New York Times bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges
"Every mother should have a best friend to give her the real lowdown on what motherhood is like. Melissa Mowry is that friend, and this book is that lowdown." —Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and founder of ScaryMommy.com
“One Mother to Another reads less like a book and more like every conversation you've ever had with a best friend—the ones where you say what you mean without any fear of "bad mom" judgment, the ones you know your husband and mother-in-law will never hear about—her raw honesty as fresh and unassuming as it is endearing. Melissa’s stories will draw you in, but her witty voice and lovely prose will keep you engaged to the end. "One Mother to Another: This is Just Between Us" is the book I wish someone had given me while I was in the trenches, desperate for a voice of camaraderie, and it will be the book I give to any new moms in my tribe in the future.” —Tori Grenz, editor, Mamalode
About the Author
Rhode Island-based writer Melissa Mowry is the voice behind the popular blog, One Mother to Another, where she chronicles modern day challenges in parenthood with wit and heart. Her work has been featured on many popular websites including The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy, and she’s been named one of the Funniest Parents on Facebook by TODAY Parents. Melissa resides in the Ocean State with her husband and their two boys. For more information, visit her website www.one-mother-to-another.com.
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As the mother of a 10 month old, I have been inundated with information about parenting and babies and ALL of the things I am doing wrong (according to the Google oracle). It is overwhelming to be the mama of a baby in the age of information overload. I am daily attacked by 'mom guilt' and 'hacks' and 'fixes' and sometimes I feel not only like I am totally alone but that I am also failing on an epic scale.
This book is an excellent antidote to mom guilt and the loneliness of new motherhood. As the author states in the Preface: this book is not about more information on HOW to raise babies 'correctly' but a 'fill in the gaps' book about those parts of motherhood that aren't often covered.
It delivers so much more than just filling in the gaps. I cried big ridiculous teardrops onto the pages because someone else understands the difficulty. I laughed so hard I woke the baby who had finally gone down for a nap (damn) because I could relate to some of the insane and often hilarious excitement of parenting. I felt like Melissa (see? I like the author so much I decided we are on a first name basis) was telling me with her wit, humor and conversational writing style that she has been there too, and that we're all doing a GREAT job of being mothers, thank you very much...even if we might be wearing another person's excrement or half chewed breakfast as an accessory today.
I totally believe that hospitals should hand this book out to new moms before they take their little snowflakes home. It really is that good.
What's amazing is that she pours it out there and allows you to see every part of her,warts and all. From her struggle with an eating disorder to learning to love herself with all of her perfect imperfections. Reading this made me feel as if I'm not alone in not always liking myself and feeling alone in a crowded house with a way too busy schedule.
Birth mom,step mom,mom via adoption or foster mommy,we are all doing the same job,not always the same way but with the same outcome...get these kids grown alive and hope they are the change we wish to see in the world. Melissa makes you feel as if you are not alone,that we all have a tribe,you just have to find it.