Sleep Is for the Weak

Sleep Is for the Weak
Sleep Is for the Weak

Sleep Is for the Weak

The Best of the Mommybloggers Including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and More!
Edited by Rita Arens, Foreword by Stacy Morrison


224 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $11.95 (CA $12.95) (US $11.95)

ISBN 9781556527722

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2008)


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Seeking advice and a sense of camaraderie, more than half a million readers per month turn to the "mommyblogs" featured in this collection, which brings together their best and brightest essays, ranging in style from snort-Diet-Coke-out-the-nose funny to poignant and bittersweet. Written to be read during the mind-bogglingly short breaks parents get during their busy days, these pieces will help moms find solace through 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.


"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, The Three-Martini Family Vacation, and Were You Raised by Wolves? Clues to the Mysteries of Adulthood

"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,

"Don't spend another night awake without these intelligent and funny-as-hell moms by your side."  —Devra Renner and Aviva Pflock, authors, Mommy Guilt

"This treasure . . . is a real page turner, delighting readers with honest re-tellings of motherhood's most joyous (and sometimes terrifying) moments."  —

"A perfect read for the mom with little time and a great sense of humor."  —Pregnancy & Newborn

"This compilation of essays . . . run the gamut from hilarity to heartbreak, woe to wonderment, and will have you laughing and crying as if they were stories of you."  —

"There are endless examples of the quick wit and empathy of the writers in this anthology. It's a fast and entertaining read . . . But it's also the much-loved, well-worn book that many moms will come back to over and over for the support and cameraderie offered inside."  —

"A clever, funny, touching and humbling book."  —

Author Biography

Rita Arens is the author of the blog Surrender, Dorothy ( and a contributing editor to BlogHer ( She has written for the Austin American Statesman, BurstBlog, Circle Magazine, and the Kansas City Star. She lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Stacy Morrison is the editor in chief of Redbook magazine. She is the former executive editor at Marie Claire and editor in chief of Modern Bride. She was part of the launches of Mirabella, Condé Nast Sports for Women, and Time Out New York. She lives near New York City.