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We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In 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 triumph ...more
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Published September 10th 2019 by She Writes Press
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Crystal Zavala
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this collection! This collection of essays and poems is written by 75 women from different ethnicities, beliefs, sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds. Some of the stories made me laugh and some made me cry. I flagged numerous essays and even a couple of poems that I could look back on later. Some because I could relate, others because I learned something.

One of my favorites was a letter from a boy to his teacher about his two moms and the fact that they are no longer together. H
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book for women everywhere! Even though this book is about solo mothers, I think women in general will love it! I was a single parent at one point in my life and even though it was very difficult and super stressful at times, I grew as a person and as a parent, and I became a much stronger-willed women because of the obstacles I had to overcome. We women are pretty fierce. I know so many women who are single parents and they are total rockstars when it comes to parenting on their ...more
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a captivating book told through stories and poems by single mothers. Some of these moms are single moms by choice but most are not. I am not a single mom but I found this book very engaging. The stories told are poignant, funny, sad, and encouraging. This is a book you can pick up and put down as the stories are short. It is a tough job being a parent and it is insightful to read these stories by single moms. If you know a single mom I think this would be a perfect gift for her!
Moms rock. I know that, you know that, your mom probably knows that, but it doesn’t hurt to let her know every now and then. Seriously, next time you call up your mom—whether that happens daily, once a week or once a month—tell her that she rocks.

We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor (She Writes Press) is a new collection of writing by single moms who rock twice as hard by virtue of raising children all by themselves.

There are an astonishing seventy-five total essays, poems, co
Janilyn Kocher
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We Got This is an Interesting compilation of short stories and poems composed by single moms. Each has a unique perspective on her situation and offers readers a varied selection.
I think the stories are valuable because being a parent is very difficult and doing it solo makes it even more challenging.
Thanks to NetGalley for the early read.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In "We Got This," editors Marika Lindholm, Cheryl Dumesnil, Domenica Ruta, and Katherine Shonk share the quotes, poems, and short stories of more than 75 individuals impacted by solo parenting. Like most anthologies, the result is both hit and miss. That said, there’s quite a bit of hit.

The book is packed with relatable moments and contains some truly evocative prose. “His presence was like an imaginary door that he swung open and closed,” writes Terri Linton. Along similar lines, Melissa Stephe
Lorraine Wilke
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ancient, iconic commonality of "motherhood" has always provided an enormous canvas from which to draw memory or share perspective, whether over centuries, ethnicities, eras, or individual experiences. The stories that fill this wonderful book come from a panoply of mothers whose unique point of view is their "solo-hood," their process of raising children as a single parent, and while that lends each essay a particular flavor, all readers -- whether parents or childless, single, married, or d ...more
Gavin Reese
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having grown up with a single mom, this heartwarming, inspirational, and candid collection of personal accounts brought me through most every human emotion as these brave women from all sectors of society shared a piece of their struggles, triumphs, and intimately human experiences. I can't recommend this book strongly enough, and I'm grateful to know that we weren't alone, despite how often it felt that way. ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for single moms everywhere!
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

It’s a great read, and very inspiring, the stories are funny and informative. A book perfect for busy moms
abdulia ortiz-perez
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for honest Review.

This is the first time reading anything from this author and let me say that I loved it so much.
I like this was my life in this book.
You now that feeling when you want something so badly but it hard cuz you have kids. Well I felt like that!
For example I have 5 kids now but one time I didn't. When I only had 4 I so badly want to go back to High School and finish and also go to college. One day I made up mine and decided to do it. I wasn't going to let not
Angie Scarminach
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming and real. Definitely a good read for those of us in transition. Would read again. Would love a sequel.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish we had this book when I was younger and a single Mom because even though there are so many single Mom's, I always felt alone and people just didn't understand. As I was reading this I was telling single Mom's this is a must-have book when it is published. I just think it is informative, and when I was a single Mom, there never seemed to be anywhere to turn to when I was struggling and discouraged but this book changes that. It is nice to see women banding together and I hope this book enr ...more
Judith Teitelman
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming, Heart wrenching, Heartfelt

While neither single nor a mother, I was completely immersed in this beautiful collection capturing very human experiences. The wide ranging essays, poems, and quotes are warm, funny, heartfelt, compassionate, and so much more. The intention of "We Got This" is to support and inspire single moms, however I would also highly recommend this book for anyone interested in strong writing and compelling tales.
Kimberly Robeson
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though this collection is “solo mom stories,” I think anyone can enjoy this book because it’s full of heart and intellect. I’m not a mom, but I very much enjoyed reading the poetry and prose in this collection by a group of diverse women. One of my favorite stories was by Marika Lindholm (one of the editors). It’s a graceful tale of a parakeet that is symbolic for so much more. The parakeet is lost and (not exactly) found. It tells a compelling story of a woman and her children and the guil ...more
Literary Mama
Even though I am not parenting solo, I was intrigued when the collection We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor (edited by Marika Lindholm, Cheryl Dumesnil, Domenica Rura and Katherine Shonk) came to my attention. The essays, poems, and quotations included in this anthology represent a broad range of experiences, family situations, and perspectives. One story, "I Was the Different One," is told from the viewpoint of a young woman who was raised by her mother while her father was ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This incredible collection of poems, essays, and short stories chronicling the heartaches and triumphs of single moms is exceptional. Seventy-five diverse voices eloquently share their experiences and their strength in persevering through motherhood without a partner. Though the women stem from different backgrounds, races, and religious, they are united in their love for their children reassuring single mothers that they are not alone.

The writing is powerful, poignant, thought provoking, and ev
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

This is a wonderful story of 75 single moms and their struggles and triumphs to simply raise their children solo.

even if you are not a single mother, I think all women in general will love this book.

It hits you in the feels.
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Marika Lindholm founded the social platform Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere (ESME.com) to ignite a social movement of solo moms. A trained sociologist, she taught courses on inequality, diversity, and gender at Northwestern University for over a decade. After a divorce left her parenting two children on her own, she built ESME out of academic and personal experience. Marika has published scholarly ...more

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