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INTO THE CHILD
“40 Weeks in the Gestational Wilderness”
Debut author Colleary chronicles 40 weeks of pregnancy in this irreverent account.
Sometimes sweet, sometimes sassy, screenwriter and blogger Colleary tells all with witty sarcasm and edgy, laugh-out-loud humor. She begins with conception and the results of a home pregnancy test before careening through laments of sleepless nights, mood swings, weight gain and nausea with snappy but snide remarks most pregnant women think but few express. Colleary’s book is a fun, literary romp for any woman who has experienced “The First Trimester Through Hell” and lived to read the tale. The former homecoming queen and INXS backup dancer, now the pregnant mommy of one, alternates between admitted snobbery (“I saw stay-at-home moms as the kind of women who sat in the fifth pew of fill-in-the-blank church, smiling with bland acquiescence, who thought Danielle Steele novels were literature”) and a self-deprecating appraisal of her blossoming physique (“Some days even my earlobes feel fat”). Each chapter notes the gestation time in weeks and days, recounted in diary style, and draws readers into one delicious admission after another. Colleary professes a jealousy for the skinny, over-achieving Gwyneth Paltrow and a tendency toward fantasies involving George Clooney. She regales with funny tales of an overbearing lactation nurse screeching about the importance of Colostrum and a would-be caregiver whose secret life, the author fears, will eventually be revealed on a daytime talk show. Colleary’s humor and warmth flow seamlessly from conception to birth in this well-written, snappy read.
A hysterical account of pregnancy that will resonate with readers who’ve been through it before.
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“I saw my own parenting experiences in this book and it both horrified and comforted me.”
– Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess, author of Let’s Pretend It Never Happened
“Shannon Colleary is not just a witty, insightful and engaging writer – she has her twitchy finger on the pulse of an engorged vein that many bloggers don’t dare mine: the truth.”
– Mike Werb – screenwriter of The Mask, Face-Off, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Firehouse Dog and Unnatural History.
“I’m not sure that writing can be said to be too honest, too sharp, too insightful, too funny, too close to the emotional quick so that you are laughing through the pain of child birth. But if it is possible Shannon Colleary has done it with this series of essays. She demystifies the romance of motherhood in a way that does what great comedy does; It make you embrace her version of it more sweetly.”
– Hal Ackerman – author of Write Screenplays That Sell: The Ackerman Way and Stein, Stoned