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Half Baked by Alexa Stevenson
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Sep 27, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

I discovered Alexa's blog when she was half-way through the pregnancy that she describes in this book; a pregnancy that with extreme understatement I can call unbelievably harrowing. This memoir fascinates with incident but succeeds because of authorial voice: she writes honestly and strikingly about anger, anxiety, sorrow, and profound depths of grief. It is also one of the most successful blog to book transitions I have read, probably because the experience of keeping the blog becomes one of the subjects of the memoir in an interesting way. She surely could have used another editorial pass on the manuscript; overwriting does rear its head occasionally. Yet overall it's a very welcome addition/antidote to the parenting bookshelf.

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