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Rockabye: From Wild to Child Paperback – April 15, 2008
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In Rebecca Woolf's new book Rockabye: From Wild to Child, she offers a truly unique perspective on motherhood, after finding herself single and unexpectedly pregnant at age 23. Her rebellious story attacks those old stereotypes about maternal instincts as she admits that motherhood is masochism at its finest. Leader of a new generation of Do-It-Yourself moms, Woolf advocates living by your own rules (and eschewing the advice of parenting manuals) in order to raise fiercely independent children. Her simple tale of getting knocked up will knock your socks off. -- Z!nk Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
Whether or not you're interested in parenting (after all, she wasn't when the journey started) this is just a propulsive read about life, love, and what it's like to be young and faced with something unexpected. Cliched but true: you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll think. Heartfelt but subversive, this book is like sitting down with a great friend whose world has been turned upside down, dropping your guard, and letting it all hang out. Tuck it in your duck-print diaper bag or your Prada clutch. You'll be so glad you did...
The writing is mediocre and full of its self. Not funny. Not original. It's sentimental drivel for the stroller brigade. A point that is driven home when you realize that 99% of the reviews are from fellow bloggers, or parenting websites.
She laughs at herself when she finds herself wearing a pashmina while at a concert ("I might as well have tattooed MOM on my forehead"), and struggles to find herself, and her place in her family, both the one she's created and the one she grew up in, as well as in her friendship circles. Her relationship with her own mother changes, and in one of her most moving chapters, where she veers from calling her mother a "----ing b--ch!" to having a heart-to-heart with her and coming to understand her better.
She writes that "Maybe Archer will be the glue that holds us together, because sometimes love isn't enough," detailing her uncertainty about the permanence of her marriage but her faith that this young family she has created will survive. I'm not a mom (yet), so I can't speak to the accuracy or not of the motherhood experiences Woolf describes, but I can say that whether you've read her blog or not, you will find here an unflinching, sometimes funny, sometimes dark, always searching look at Woolf's life as it transforms and grows along with her child.Read more ›
I think that there are many of us who have followed along through emotional last few years of her life feeling a bit voyeuristic. Other times I have felt like a passenger, a welcome one, as the dialogue she opens in her blog becomes so much about the reader, not the author.
Blogging about your life is so intimate for both the writer and the reader. It is impossible to not grow attached in this one way relationship. It is very similar for a memoir to feel this way.
I loved this book. So many moments of tears and laughter. Rebecca has an easy voice that is so welcoming. It reads very similarly to her blogs. Those blogs that have kept me checking in on regular day to day basis.
Some friends and I, who are loyal to Woolf's blogs, were worried that it would be too familiar; or worse, just verbatim from the blogosphere. I was relieved to say that isn't so.
For example, coming across the chapter "Things that are relative," It was from a completely different vantage point than when I first read about that time in her life. After reading the chapter, not in tears, but with a wide smile. I was taken back to the night when I sat alone in my office and read about Rebecca's Uncle Pete for the first time. It was dark. Everyone had gone home for the day. I sat there with tears streaming down my face and the blue light from my screen glistening on my face. It gradually grew to full on sobbing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed it. It was a great postpartum/long hours of breastfeeding read. I think Woolf really portrays the challenges of motherhood well. Read morePublished on September 20, 2014 by Rachel E.
There was nothing about this book I didn't love...it is honest, fresh, real. The cover art is fabulous as well.Published on April 12, 2014 by Karin B.
I love love LOVE her point of view on raising her child (now, children!) and totally feel the same way about how I want to raise my daughter. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Marina Bridenbaugh
I enjoyed this book and will definitely purchase a sequel if she writes one (and I hope she does!). The author dishes on her unexpected pregnancy which happens while starting a new... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Paint Job
Woolf's style of writing isn't bad, but this book lacked any real depth or warmth. The tone is whiny, conceited, and selfish, but she seems to feel that she deserves some kind of... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Juniper
The book was very good just not long enough for me but I read alot. If your looking for a short easy book to read this would be it.Published on August 7, 2012 by J J.
Rebecca's style of writing works for her blog, but not a book. There is no depth to this book. I kept waiting for that chapter that would suck me in and it never happened. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Kayla
After following Rebecca Woolf's blog for years, I liked reading her book about getting pregnant with her first child. Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Patty H.
I started reading her blog sometime over this summer and I became immediately obsessed! She has such a free spirited positive look on life and I look forward to every new post. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Kaybmitch