BlogHer's first book and book tour! "Sleep is for the Weak," edited by Rita Arens and starring 23 bloggers

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In 2006, Rita Arens of Surrender Dorothy approached me with a huge idea, an exquisitely organized binder and an adult beverage.

The result? Sleep is for the Weak, an anthology of superb blogging by parents edited by Rita Arens and starring the 23 parenting bloggers listed below. The first piece is a very personal foreword by Stacy Morrison, editor-in-chief of Redbook.

Let it be said that without Rita's perseverence, cajoling, bartending skills and chutzpah, BlogHer's first book would not exist (and a parenting is just the beginning of Rita's grand plans for BlogHer anthologies!)

Now we contributors are kicking off a signing tour for Sleep is for the Weak, beginning on July 19 at BlogHer Conference '08 in San Francisco. Immediately afterward, we begin scheduled August, September and October visits to the 13 cities listed in this widget. We hope you'll join us! Amazon's already taking orders. Like my mom's.

Editrix Rita selected these blog posts to help moms and dads find solace in other parents' naked narration of Life After Children. That's how Sleep grew to embrace a wide range of viewpoints and issues not often discussed in mainstream magazines and parenting books — from dealing with rage to negotiating sleeping arrangements to experiencing the frustrations and joys of parenting a special-needs child. Not to mention pooping, puking, feeding and The Talk.

I can't speak for the other contributors, but I'll tell you I am so proud to be part of it. This first BlogHer book is snort-Diet-Coke-out-the-nose funny at times, poignant and bittersweet at others. But don't take our word for it -- take theirs:

Editorial reviews

  • "A lively compilation of honest, funny, real-life writing. Parents will find reassurance, heart, and a lot of humor in this collection. A very entertaining read!" —Christie Mellor, author, The Three-Martini Playdate
  • "From the foreword to the final essay, this is a collection of some of the best writing out there on the topic of modern motherhood." —Amy Keroes, founder & CEO,

We hope you join us -- on our book tour, on this site and on our contributors' blogs. Here's how:

  • Order from Amazon
  • Download our book tour widget at the top of this page

  • Go read these terrific contributors:
  • AmalahAmalah

    Amy Corbett Storch is a freelance writer and semiprofessional blogger in Washington, D.C., who also writes for MamaPop and Alpha Mom.


    Amy Jo Jones lives with her family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee with a degree in English and a minor in women's studies.

    Birdie JaworskiBirdie Jaworski

    Birdie Jaworkski writes a weekly human interest column for the Las Vegas Times, and her writing has appeared in many online and print journals.


    Stefania Pomponi Butler—founder of CityMama, KimchiMamas and MOMocrats—is a Palo Alto, California-based writer and blog editor/producer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Good Housekeeping, KoreAm Journal and on NPR.


    Alice Bradley has been featured in the New York Times and on Good Morning, America! and writes for Alpha Mom.

    Friday PlaydateFriday Playdate

    Susan Wagner writes Friday Playdate, which was featured in the magazines Nichols Hills News, Norman Living, and NW Style.


    Eden Marriott Kennedy has been featured in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Newark Star-Ledger.


    Izzy Dean writes IzzyMom and contributes to Cool Mom Picks, Mamapop, Blogger Chicks, and 9 Rules, and her work has been published on the Huffington Post.

    Laid-off DadLaid-off Dad

    Doug French of Laid-Off Dad has been featured in Parents magazine, and Laid-Off Dad was chosen as the Best Daddy Blog in the 2005 Best of Blogs awards. (Editor's Note: He's also our token male, because he's that cool.)

    The Modernity WardThe Modernity Ward

    Joanna Polyn was featured in the book Blogosphere: The Best of Blogs (Peter Kuhns and Adrienne Crew).


    Liz Gumbinner has garnered attention from the New York Times and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and is the editor of the shopping review site Cool MomPicks.

    Mommy Needs CoffeeMommy Needs Coffee

    Jennifer Satterwhite has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning and in a nationally syndicated television news segment on mommyblogging.

    Motherhood UncensoredMotherhood Uncensored

    Kristen Chase is the author of Motherhood Uncensored, co-founder of Parent Bloggers Network, the other half of Cool Mom Picks and a sex columnist for parents (as the "Mominatrix").

    Not Calm (dot com)Not Calm (dot com)

    Jenifer Scharpen began writing Not Calm (dotcom) in July of 2002 and is part of the force behind the BlogHer Ad Network.

    Paper NapkinPaper Napkin

    Sheryl Patten is the author of Paper Napkin, which was among Technorati's top five parenting blogs in 2006.

    Rancid RavesRancid Raves

    Kelli Oliver George retired upon the birth of her son in 2005 from various positions in the workplace, including CPA, auditor, business systems analyst, and data security analyst.

    State of GraceState of Grace

    Grace has been featured in the New York Times, spoken on panels at the South by Southwest Interactive Media Festival and was on the keynote panel at the 2006 BlogHer conference.


    Lisa Stone, BlogHer co-founder, has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Oakland Tribune, and launched Web programming for BlogHer, E! Online, HBO's Sex and The City, Bloomberg and Hearst and Rodale magazines.

    Surrender, DorothySurrender, Dorothy

    (Editor) Rita Arens has been published in the Kansas City Star, Austin American Statesmen online, Businessweek online, Silicon Valley Moms Blog, Mommybloggers, and Guy Kawasaki's list of ultimate mommybloggers.


    Tracey Gaughran-Perez was a speaker at the 2006 BlogHer conference and at the 2007 South by Southwest Interactive and co-authors MamaPop and We Covet.


    Karen authored The Naked Ovary until she adopted her first child in 2006; she reappeared online in late 2007 with Cheek.

    Three Kid CircusThree Kid Circus

    Jenny Lauck is the co-founder of and spoke at BlogHer 2005.

    Woulda Coulda ShouldaWoulda Coulda Shoulda

    Miriam Kamin has been featured as a Yahoo! Pick of the Day and a Feedster Feed of the day, as well as being highlighted in Blogosphere: Best of Blogs (Que, 2006), the Today show and the April 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

    Risa Green

    Risa Green is a critically acclaimed author who has written two novels, Notes from the Underbelly and Tales from the Crib.

    Hope to hear what you think!

    Lisa Stone, BlogHer Co-founder


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