Dear Daughter: The Best of the Dear Leta Letters

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A mother’s love is unconditional: There are quiet snuggles, off-key sing-alongs, un-controllable belly laughs, and daily miracles that only a parent can understand. Heather Armstrong first wrote to her daughter when Leta was just eight weeks old. For the next five years, Heather wrote a letter every month, capturing the ups and downs of motherhood and chronicling the milestones and surprises of their lives together. These are letters that we wish we had written for our own children: disarmingly honest, ...

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Overview

A mother’s love is unconditional: There are quiet snuggles, off-key sing-alongs, un-controllable belly laughs, and daily miracles that only a parent can understand. Heather Armstrong first wrote to her daughter when Leta was just eight weeks old. For the next five years, Heather wrote a letter every month, capturing the ups and downs of motherhood and chronicling the milestones and surprises of their lives together. These are letters that we wish we had written for our own children: disarmingly honest, self-deprecating, heartwarming, and irreverently funny.

From the first time Leta holds a rattle; to her first steps; to her first curse word; to her excitement over becoming a big sister, Dear Daughter is a heart-felt and hilarious ode to the wonders of parent-hood that will have mothers everywhere nodding, laughing, and wiping away tears.

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Dear Leta,

You have changed so much since that first morning you spent with us, a morning that altered my life so drastically that sometimes it still feels like I’m catching my breath. I imagine that I won’t ever stop feeling this way, won’t ever stop having a portion of my brain dedicated to the thought of where you are and what you’re doing, won’t ever be able to escape the constant, nagging hope that you are happy and fulfilled. My pulse is forever close to the surface because of you, because of my responsibility toward you, and I can’t thank you enough for the dimension that this has added to what it means to be alive.

Love, Mama

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Some people call Heather Armstrong (It Sucked & Then I Cried) "a blopper" or "a blooger," but however you describe her, she is one popular gal. With 100,000 daily visitors, her award-winning Dooce.com has been tagged as the most popular autobiographical blog on the web. Over the past seven years, readers of her blog have eagerly awaited each of her "Leta Letters," her frequent missives to her daughter Leta Elise Armstrong. This hardcover and NOOK Book original collects the best of those vibrant, affectionate letters. Loving letters about the joys, challenges, and triumphs of motherhood.

Alisa Schnaars

Library Journal
Autobiographical blogs have always felt creepy to me, but Armstrong has over 100,000 daily visits to her blog, dooce.com, and since Forbes dubbed her an "influential woman in media," one must consider Leta worthy of a review. Armstrong began writing a letter a month to her daughter, Leta, when the child was a mere eight weeks old. The letters continued for seven years, chronicling every milestone, giggle, food preference, and dip in the pool. Compiled here are "the best" of those missives from years one through five. Interspersed with some humorous lines are more typical entries in which Armstrong bestows her love on her daughter in effusive and mawkish prose ("…I kiss you and then you stretch your arms out and hug me. Leta, you will never know how many years of my life you have healed with this one gesture.") VERDICT Yep. Autobiographical blogs still feel creepy to me. This is for Leta herself; libraries can pass on it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451661415
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 980,730
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Armstrong

Heather Armstrong is a blogger who resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She and her husband Jon have two daughters and two dogs: Former Congressman Henry “Buck” Chucklesworth, called Chuck, and Dame Eleanor Ritzford-Fitzsimons Puffs, a.k.a Coco.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Easy read

    I enjoyed reading this book as it helped me with ideas on what to include in a journal to my daughter. It was a cute and quick read. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Cute

    Really funny

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