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Let's Panic: The Book!

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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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For The Weak

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Let's Panic

The site that inspired the book!

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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May I Gently Suggest: "Is It Fall Already?" Edition

No one wants a blog post about why a blogger hasn't blogged. So boring. Let’s not do that!

Before we begin with these gentle suggestions: many of you have been asking when I'm going to do another writing workshop. Unfortunately I don't have an answer yet. I want to generate material for a new workshop, and I just haven't had the time. More on that soon-ish.


A Tale for the Time Being


A writer in the Pacific Northwest finds, washed up on the shore, the diary of a Japanese schoolgirl considering suicide. This book is magical and funny and heartbreaking. I read it, then I read it again, and now I think about it more than is healthy.

Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence


Science! I was skeptical about this one, but I really liked it. With most how-to novel-writing books, their advice seems to be “write a bunch of words, and make them all good.” Which is correct, but lacking a certain something. I found this one extremely helpful in pinning down what “good” is and how to keep a reader from tossing your book into the trash. Or the recycling, if she’s eco-conscious.

Minimalist Parenting



Last but not least, my friends Asha and Christine are the authors of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less.  I am a fan of minimalism, and of this book. If you’re struggling to find ways to ease the pressures of modern parenting, this is a great choice.

Even better: between October 1-31, they’re donating 100% of royalties for books purchased via this link (and the one above) to WOMEN AT RISK, an Ethiopian organization that helps women lift themselves out of prostitution. So if you're interested, make sure to use that link, and buy before Halloween!

Say, you! What are you reading right now?


Reader Comments (24)

Hi, Alice! How's that no-sugar eating thing going for you? Just kidding. Glad to see you are still out there and I wait patiently for your book and appreciate a blog post here and there.

Just read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. It is well-written and thought-provoking. Sitting next to me on the desk is Super Sad True Love Story by an author I've never heard of. It was in the Books2Go section of the library and has a crazy amount of praise and good reviews, so I grabbed it. We'll see.

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I read Dan Kennedy's American Spirit, and it made me laugh out loud in a heart breaking way. I love Matthew's story. Anyway, that's the last one but the Science Writing thing up there you point me to? You know I"m as much a dork as you are about analyzing what and why. Gonna jump on that one next. xo (i miss you)

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra

I'm reading the new Elzibeth Gilbert's fiction "The Signature of all Things" and really enjoying it. Well written...

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

I'm currently reading a fluffy little palate cleanser that doesn't bear mentioning, but the last two books I read and loved were David Perlmutter's Grain Brain (fascinating and scary and preaching to the choir if you're already paleo, but still, there's stuff in here I didn't know) and Joe Hill's Horns (a heartbreaking whiplash of weirdness, and I mean that in the best possible way).

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy S.

I just finished The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (?). Often when I read a novel, I whip through it in days, and then can't remember what I read. This one took me weeks to get through--not because it was particularly long, or dense, but because I found I really needed to just read it in small chunks to absorb it. I'm finding I can't get it out of my head. But beware, it's about North Korea, and it's brutal at times. But amazing.

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErika

I just finished "Orange is the New Black." It was amazing! Now I am working through the follow up book to "Eat, Pray, Love", the title of which I have forgotten for the moment.

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

You know what? I'm reading a collection of five Agatha Christie mysteries. Hercule Poirot. A lovely way to ease my brain toward sleep at bedtime. During my daytime reading, I recently finished a book titled, "Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies" by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. Lots to think about there.

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen


Now I have to go check out that book.

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralice

Ruth Ozeki! I read her My Year of Meats many, many years ago and got rather obsessed myself. Good to hear she's still got the stuff - A Tale for the Time Being is going on my wish list.

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I recently read "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared", and it was delightful. At the moment, for daytime short-time-period reading I'm in the middle of "Alone In The Kitchen With An Eggplant: Confessions Of Cooking For One And Dining Alone" (which is not schlocky like the title makes it sound, I promise), and also a backlog of New Yorkers. And I just picked up "Wild" from the library, so I will be starting that over the weekend, if I can keep myself from continuously re-reading a bunch of Murakami which is kind of all I've wanted to spend time doing lately...

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiss B

Lynn: My Year of Meats was great but Tale for the Time Being is at a whole other level. It's amazing. I hope you enjoy it!

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralice

(*I* want a blog post about why a blogger doesn't blog.)

Halfway through Wally Lamb's We Are Water, Dr. Mark Epstein's The Trauma of Everyday Life, and on Kindle, Katha Pollitt's Learning to Drive.

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdianne

Just finished Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things. It was a deep, rich, satisfying read. Great food for the imagination.

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan B

I just finished Where Men Win Glory, Krakauer's book on Pat Tillman. It was...infuriating and not just in the ways I expected. Now I'm reading some Neil Gaiman short stories, Smoke & Mirrors.

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKizz

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt! (jury is still out, opinion-wise.)

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

I bought and read all of your recommendations to date and I will probably do the same now. (Did you make me buy and read John Greene's The Fault in Our Stars? Because I wept like a fool - in fact, I haven't really stopped crying ever since. Don't say you didn't MAKE me buy it and read it because a recommendation on your blog is practically a directive for me. You're just that good of a writer.)
Btw, thanks.

November 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfantasypieces

OH! The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake! For the first half the book it seems to run right down the middle-of-the-road, then BAM, right in the smacker, it becomes something special indeed. Nice tip!

I've just loved Matt Bell's In The House Upon The Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, eerie and atmospheric and perfectly autumn bleak.

What are the pressures of modern parenting? Maybe I'm doing it, I don't know, postmodernistically? Or anciently? I'm honestly curious-- maybe it's because I live in the middle of the woods, maybe this inures me from the very idea?

November 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteriris

I just read Jumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth (not her new novel, her book of short stories from a little while ago). Incredibly well observed, quiet stories that knock
a subtle punch. Oddly suspenseful--not because of PLOT but because of CHARACTER and EMOTION. Just beautiful.
I miss you, Alice! I check your blog frequently and am always unrewarded!

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNew York Bird

Love your blogs! I don't want to say you need to write more........ but you need to write more! For my pleasure anyways........

I also wrote you a message on your contact us page. If you could take a look at it and respond as soon as possible that would be great!

Thank you kindly,


November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElle

I read, reread and loved Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and you would love Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Hey! I reviewed Wired for Story, because I thought the concept was entirely useful as well. Review is here:

I've been speed reading YA contemporary novels lately. These were particularly excellent: Fangirl, Two Boys Kissing, What Happens Next, My Life Next Door. I could go on...

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Pinneo

This post front-burnered A Tale for the Time Being ... sweet Jesus.

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdianne

I've seen that book on minimalistic living quite a few times lately. I'm not so sure it's a lifestyle for me, but I'm glad to see a backlash not against just consumerism, but against wasting money and wastefullness in general.

January 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Sheehan

I read A Tale for the Time Being based on your recommendation here. Wow, just wow. Thanks so much for highlighting it here--I think I am going to read it again too, it's just that great.

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterflybigd

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