We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor
Cheryl Dumesnil (Editor) Katherine Shonk (Editor)
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DescriptionIn the United States, more than 15 million women are parenting children on their own, either by circumstance or by choice. Too often these moms who do it all have been misrepresented and maligned. Not anymore. In We Got This, seventy-five solo mom writers tell the truth about their lives--their hopes and fears, their resilience and setbacks, their embarrassments and triumphs. Some of these writers' names will sound familiar, like Amy Poehler, Anne Lamott, and Elizabeth Alexander, while others are about to become unforgettable. Bound together by their strength, pride, and--most of all-- their dedication to their children, they broadcast a universal and empowering message: You are not alone, solo moms--and your tenacity, courage, and fierce love are worthy of celebration.
She Writes Press
September 10, 2019
5.5 X 1.0 X 8.4 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author
Cheryl Dumesnil's books include two collection of poems, Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes and In Praise of Falling (winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and the Golden Crown Literary Society Prize for Poetry); a memoir, Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood; and the anthology Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos, coedited with Kim Addonizio. Her stint as a solo mom ended in 2017 when she married her soul mate, Sarah, a.k.a. the Best Stepparent in the World.
Katherine Shonk is the author of Happy Now? a novel set in Chicago, and The Red Passport, a short-story collection set in Russia. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Tin House, StoryQuarterly, the Georgia Review, the Moscow Times, the Chicago Tribune, Cicada, and elsewhere. Shonk lives in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, and works as a freelance writer and editor.
Domenica Ruta is the author of the New York Times bestseller With or Without You, a memoir about growing up with a heroin-addicted solo mom. Her forthcoming book, The Last Day, a novel, was written in a postpartum fugue state as a new solo mom to her son. She lives in New York City.
Dr. Marika Lindholm founded ESME.com to ignite a social movement of solo moms. A trained sociologist, Lindholm taught courses on inequality, diversity, and gender at Northwestern University for over a decade. In addition to publishing numerous scholarly articles, she has been a regular contributor to Psychology Today, Working Mother, Mind Body Green, and Talk Space. She has published essays and fiction in the Daily News, Elephant Journal, The Hill, Ms., Silent Voices, and the Southern Indiana Review.
2019 Kirkus Reviews' Best Indie Book Awards--Best Indie Nonfiction 2019 Best Book Awards Winner in Women's Issues 2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Multicultural Non-Fiction 2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Anthologies (Non-Fiction) "Readers will be able to revisit these essays for laughs, inspiration, or a cathartic cry. An engaging tribute to the heart, soul, and ingenuity of solo moms." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review " . . . a unique, remarkable, entertaining, insightful, informative, and ultimately inspiring collection of real life stories by real life single mothers. An inherently fascinating read, We Got This is unreservedly recommended for community library collections." --Midwest Book Review "Remember when adults asked your younger self, 'Who's your hero?' and you named your favorite president or pop star? After reading We Got This, I dare you not to revisit that question. The 75 diverse single mothers in this extraordinary collection have married their fierce love for their children with their fierce skills as writers. Their voices whisper and bellow, protest and rejoice, hum and sing. Collectively, they announce: single moms are our unsung heroes." --Alma Gottlieb, coauthor of A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies "We Got This is fierce love meets fear meets wonder. I savored these poems and essays, which are full of humor and heartbreak, wisdom and humanity. These pieces will help any mother--single or not--to feel inspired and supported, seen and understood, as she navigates this tremendous thing called motherhood." --Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers "The voices in We Got This are touching, vulnerable, hilarious, insightful, bold, strong, resilient, and brilliant. Whether you are facing single motherhood, you are a single mom, or you love one, this book is a mirror to the special life experience of solo mothering--and solo thriving." --Emma Johnson, Founder, Wealthysinglemommy.com, author of The Kickass Single Mom "We Got This is a reunion of survivors. No 'how-to' here, just a loving village of women who have been there, who are still there, and who reach out a hand to you, single mom, to help you get your bearings. Within these pages, you will find encouraging strength and the promise of finding your own joy." --M. M. De Voe, Founder, Director, Pen Parentis, Ltd "Isolated, scared, sad, and hopeless are some of the emotions I felt when I was going through my divorce eleven years ago. I had two small children and no family living near me, and I had never felt so alone. I wish I could have read We Got This back then. Reading this book made me feel like I had friends, women who understand me, who care about me, and who are here for me, and like no matter what, everything is going to be OK!" --Jackie Pilossoph, Creator, Divorced Girl Smiling, "Love Essentially" Columnist for Chicago Tribune Media Group "The collection of stories in We Got This is a beautifully crafted testament to the universe of solo motherhood that connects women who feel like strangers, in the most intimate of ways." --Deborah Gruenfeld, Professor and Co-Director, Executive Program in Women's Leadership, Stanford University "We Got This is a terrific collection of voices of solo moms--and their kids. The laments and triumphs of these mothers filled me with awe and laughter, and made me proud to belong to the human race." --Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass "We Got This brings hope, light, joy and humor to the seemingly dark road of being a solo mom--a job that we often don't choose and that we can't quit. The stories shared in this collection brought me great joy because they are heartfelt depictions of the solo mom reality. Go get yourself a copy. You will be glad you did." --Noelle Federico, Business Consultant and Founder, Theworkingsinglemom.com "Contributors include Amy Poehler, Ana Castillo, Dorianne Laux, Audre Lorde, Anne Lamott, Elizabeth Alexander, and asha bandele. Their pieces reside next to lesser-known writers, whose stories are equally important and powerful. The overall composite yields a book of surprising hope, women united in purpose, focused on the well-being of their children." --Janet Rodriguez, The Rumpus "We Got Thisis an inspiring and life-affirming collection that everybody should read, because after all, even if you aren't a mother yourself, we all come from mothers, and we should be grateful every day for the sacrifices that they have made to bring us into the world." --BookTrib "Inspired and inspiring, We Got This is an extraordinary compendium of exceptionally deftly crafted, well organized, and accessibly presented stories. An inherently fascinating read from first page to last." --Midwest Book Review "Brilliantly written by numerous talented mom writers, this book comes together with one powerhouse voice that everyone--not just single mothers--should read. We could not possibly recommend this book stronger! Buy this book--buy multiple copies and gift them today!" --TopShelf Reviews