Dear Daughter: The Best of the Dear Leta Letters

Dear Daughter: The Best of the Dear Leta Letters

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by Heather Armstrong
     
 

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From the author of It Sucked and Then I Cried, creator of Dooce.com, and “Queen of the Mommy Bloggers” (The New York Times)—a collection of disarmingly honest, irreverent, and heartwarming letters that Heather wrote to her daughter, Leta, every month for the first seven years of her life.With more than 100,000 daily visitors,…  See more details below

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From the author of It Sucked and Then I Cried, creator of Dooce.com, and “Queen of the Mommy Bloggers” (The New York Times)—a collection of disarmingly honest, irreverent, and heartwarming letters that Heather wrote to her daughter, Leta, every month for the first seven years of her life.With more than 100,000 daily visitors, Heather’s website Dooce.com is the most popular autobiographical blog on the web. Now, Heather has collected the best of her wildly popular “Dear Leta” letters—which she began writing to her daughter the day before she turned eight weeks old—chronicling the ups and downs of motherhood with an irresistible blend of overwhelming emotion and sleep-deprived insanity.

This morning, I had to wake you up after three whole hours of sleeping soundly on your stomach, and when I rolled you over you had the cutest case of Binky Face, all mushed and covered in binky-shaped indentations. I wish they made Binky Face bread tins so that I could bake a loaf of banana bread in the shape of your sleeping profile, and then instead of trying to eat your chubby cheeks I could just eat the banana bread. That would probably be better for both of us.

For the next seven years, Heather continued to write a letter to Leta each month, and she posted them on her blog. With honesty and humility, the letters reveal the everyday miracles as Leta grows and develops—from the first time she holds a rattle, to her first steps…to her first curse word. The result is a hilarious and universally relatable account of motherhood: the intense love and despair, joy and frustration, and everything in between.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451661415
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


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

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