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In this memoir of her 40 weeks and five days in hell, Andrea Askowitz takes an unflinching look at her pregnant life from struggling with hormones to poor body image to a self imposed exile from family to take us on a ride through the turbulence of single lesbian motherhood. Along the way we meet her liberal parents as they struggle with their daughter's choices, the lover she longs to reconnect with who goes M.I.A. before the pregnancy, the friends who turn out to be no help at all and strangers who offer up some unlikely kindness. Andrea presents herself real, raw, impossibly cranky yet deeply touching with her self-deprecating dark sense of humor that will make you wince or better yet send you into uncontrollable fits of laughter.
About the Author
Andrea Askowitz is a full time mom, writer and founder of Bike Out, a non-profit created to introduce gay and lesbian inner city kids to the outdoors. She does stand-up featuring scenes from her life and book and produces the program Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud at Books & Books in Coral Gables Florida.
"Andrea Askowitz brilliant debut memoir is the exact kind of thing I'm always looking for at the bookstore--something that reads like an intimate yet super funny, painfully true letter from my very best friend. Andrea is like a girl version of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs, mining perfect comedic moments from the very worst of life's offerings. You don't have to be miserable, lonely or a lesbian to completely relate to the hilarious journey that is Andrea's life." --Jill Soloway, author of Tiny Women In Shiny Pants and writer on Six Feet Under
"Funny, sad, unblinkingly honest--I would give this one to any pregnant friend and a few who aren't." -Joyce Maynard, author of At Home in the World, The Usual Rules, and To Die For
"Andrea is the lesbian Annie Lamott. Her book makes me want not to donate sperm." -Taylor Negron, actor -- More Praise for Andrea Askowitz
"Hilarious and all too true. After my own miserable lesbian pregnancy, Andrea Askowitz's confessions cheered me up immeasurably." -Ariel Gore, author of The Hip Mama Survival Guide
"Andrea Askowitz, is warm, funny and filthy" --Slate.com -- Praise for Andrea Askowitz