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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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I'm In...

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At LET'S PANIC ABOUT BABIES, Eden Kennedy and I share our hard-won wisdom and tell you exactly what to think and feel and do, whether you're about to have a baby or already did and don't know what to do with it. → 

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A winner, and a book

First of all: we have a winner for the Windows Phone 7 giveaway! Erin McDaniel, congratulations on winning, and I hope the phone brings you much enjoyment and, uh, connectivity.

In other news, look at what I received last week. Go ahead, look. Don't turn away from me. Look--not there--over here. Helloooo? Are you--? Good. Stay there.


Advance uncorrected proofs!

It's a book! A book that Eden and I actually wrote, using our hands and brains. Also mouths, for when we spoke to one another. And ears for listening. I should probably stop listing which body parts we used in the creation of this thing.

(Parts of soul, for ripping out.)

These are the "advance uncorrected proofs," with a heavy emphasis on the uncorrected, oh my word. The editor sent us these in un-bound form the week before, and we spent an entire weekend doing nothing but going page by page through the book, correcting typos, images in the wrong places, weird captions that were funny when we thought them up but then seemed clunky on the page, etc. We removed entire sidebars, added over thirty new images, improved image captions--we rearranged entire chapters, here and there. So although I was excited to see this book in actual book form, it also felt weirdly frustrating that the actual book form (for now) is the unchanged version. I'm keenly aware of everything excellent we did to the finished product, and the reviewers are going to get this one. With the typos.

Chapter 1: It Seems That Someone Didn't Spell "Pregnant" Correctly

(We did not do that. We do know how to spell "pregnant.")

Our editor has assured us that reviewers are used to typo-ridden advance copies, and so we must forge bravely onward. And look: we wrote a book. A BOOK! With funny illustrations in it!

One of my favorite chapter illustrations

Eden and I made a book together! We're really proud of our baby. We can't wait to share it with all of you.

Speaking of which, did you know that you could pre-order? If you pre-order, then you might forget that you did, and on March 1st, your doorbell will ring, and it'll be like you got a gift! A gift from yourself in the past! You could order from Amazon. Or Barnes and Noble. Or then there's Powells! And, of course, you could go to Indiebound to buy it from an independent bookstore.

I'm just saying.

Reader Comments (26)

Go with Powell's! Portland will love you.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternelking


My husband is also a (much-published) author and you should know that every set of uncorrected galleys contains unspeakable horrors. Every time a book comes out we spend hours alternately laughing and gasping at the weird crap that makes its way into there.

The reviewers know this if they're not total idiots. Here's to hoping you get only the partially idiotic highly intelligent kind.

Can't wait to read the book!

(Go ahead and kvell a little at your new baby - the paper kind.)

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVarda (SquashedMom)

Oh, Alice, how exciting for you and Eden!

Also, it is a shame that we can't do with babies that which we can do with books. You know, send the uncorrected version back for some "fixing up". Maybe then, I could have gotten a copy that would take a damned nap properly.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercagey

Congratulations! I need a book about being pregnent. There are so few out there for illiterates like I?

Also, I can't stop laughing at the "How to Take Care of It" chapter right after the "Pregnant" one.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarinka

So, so thrilled for you Alice! Congrats!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBoston Mamas

"You are gloriously full with child..."



December 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternic @mybottlesup


December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRita Arens

I saw the picture on Eden's blog of her son reading the book and I got all goosebumpy with excitement for the two of you. You guys are awesome! I have two pregnant friends right now and at least one of them is getting this book. The other one is not in a place where she will see the humor in it yet. I'll wait until after her deliver to give her a copy.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

It's one thing to be funny. It is entirely another to be funny while using the phrase "online civil engineering course." (

Comedic legends in the making? I think so.

I can't wait to throw a little support your way by buying the book. Thanks for making me smile and laugh.

All the best to you and Mrs. Kennedy.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Congratulations! I am going to knit your baby a cozy! It's soooo nippy in March. Seriously can't wait to read this book. So excited for you guys!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlana

Powell's! Powell's! It's close to me, I'll come to your reading and bring a gaggle of friends!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjuliejulie

Congratulations!!! It looks great (and exactly what I looked like a couple weeks after bringing my baby home from the hospital)!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy @ Bitchin' Wives Club

Congratulations! I'm thinking of having one of those scary laser-eyed things in the next year or so, and I'm glad you'll be there to guide me through the various stages of AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Exciiitiiing!!! Woohoo!!!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCakeStory

I just pre-ordered the shit out of this book.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBertha

Powell's, just in case people are not aware, is an independent bookstore. They may be big, but they are still an indie, always and forever.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFW

Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you. I'm going to tell everyone that I knew you when... well, when you were pretty much done with the book and the first time I met you I heard you were writing it and I thought to myself, "you better cozy up to that one!"

Maybe I'll just tell people I know you now.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Britt

My name is Eden .... and every time you say: "Eden and I wrote a book!" ... I'm all, OMG I wrote a book with Alice! Because Eden is not a common name.

Alas, I am not Eden Kennedy, I am a redhaired Eden in Australia. Bummer.

Your book (that I didn't write) looks and sounds fantastic, am contemplating setting up an Amazon account to buy it. Well done!

-eden (The other one)

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteredenland

You rock and stuff. Can't wait to buy ten hundred copies because my family will not stop having the babies. Good Lord they have a lot of sex. Gross.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sugarpants

This is my first Christmas present to me.

And, when I get my drooling over'sited mouth and hands on it, and eat it up in one all nighter reading, I shall write a review.

And then buy 50 more to give out on my blog.

Because, Alice Bradley, YOU rock my world.

I will love this, what I read using my 8 yr old son's magnifying glass, cracked my ass up.

It's better ,, now it's as good, as I knew it would be.

You have NO idea how funny you are. NONE. (Ok, some, since you knew you could write a book)

You make me go write in caps every once in a while, when I comment here.

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra

Alice, seriously: as soon as I get the book, I am going to use it as a giveaway on my blog.

I will let you know when.

I am so excited, proud, elated...because, as funny as you tell the truth.

Having a baby isn't all funny, it's scary, can be depressing, overwhelming, and almost make you go insane.

I know...a book like this would have made me feel less alone in the world of perfect moms.

Thank you for the kindness and love and sincere honesty with which you wrote isn't just funny, it's for the rest of us, who struggle with what happens to our lives.

I love you.

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra

Gosh, Alice. This *almost* makes me want to be pregnent again. But woo-hoo, what an accomplishment! Congrats! And stuff! I promise to buy this book for all newly knocked up friends, as I know hearing your voice and wisdom will make it all easier.

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterminor catastrophes

Congratulations! There's no better feeling than seeing your book actually bound, with page numbers and an ISDN number (and no worse feeling than knowing reviewers will see the uncorrected version). Only thing comparable I can think of is seeing your actual baby for the first time.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Szuchman

Congratulations on the book! I just found you via Reverb 10, and I've been sitting here laughing and crying with you for the past hour! By the way, I think you have my son. Except his name is Benjamin. Henry was going to be the name of our third son if we ever had one. Which we didn't.

Thanks for the inspiration!

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

As a longtime reader, I'd like to thank you so much for including independent bookstores, via Indiebound, in your list of places to get your book. I'll be making sure that my local independent (where I work as a bookseller) carries this--I'm looking forward to it!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereta

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