Famous Baby [NOOK Book]

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“Famous Baby is inventive, hysterical, and touching. Karen Rizzo wraps a timeless drama about the love between mothers and daughters in a fresh, snappy package for the ...
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Famous Baby

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Overview

Los Angeles Times Summer Books Preview selection
Zoe Report Best Summer Beach Read
Hello Giggles Summer Guide to Truly Spectacular Reading

“Famous Baby is inventive, hysterical, and touching. Karen Rizzo wraps a timeless drama about the love between mothers and daughters in a fresh, snappy package for the social media age.” —CHRISTINA SCHWARZ, author of The Edge of the Earth and Drowning Ruth, an Oprah’s Book Club Selection

Before there were Real Housewives and Tiger Moms, the was Ruth Sternberg, the hugely popular First Mother of Mommy Blogging—or, as Ruth’s daughter, Abbie prefers to call her, the First Lady of Cyber Exploitation.

Eighteen year-old Abbie has finally found her way out of the limelight, by moving a solid five hundred miles away from Ruth and her “maternal instincts.” But when she hears that her ailing, beloved grandmother is moving in with Ruth, she suspects that her mother has found a new blog subject to exploit. Abbie kidnaps Grandma to save her from the same fate, and thus begins an uproarious battle of wills. Famous Baby wisely and hilariously explores mother love, identity, and the hazards of parental over-sharing in the social media age.

Karen Rizzo, who lives with her actor husband and two children in Los Angeles, California, is the author of Things to Bring, S#!T to Do… and Other Inventories of Anxiety, a memoir centered around her penchant for lists. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Living Fit, and women’s humor anthologies, and her plays have been staged at several theatres. Famous Baby is her first novel.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/31/2014
This deft first novel from Rizzo, author of the memoir Things to Bring, S#!t to Do... and Other Inventories of Anxiety, uses a driven professional blogger and her resentful daughter as a springboard for a satirical exploration of the modern American family. After publishing one celebrated novel, L.A. writer Ruth Steinberg fails to deliver a follow-up, instead turning to nonfiction and the popular “Full Nest Blog,” mining her own life, and that of her husband, Justin, and daughter, Abbie, for material. Now 18, Abbie is estranged from her mother, whom she has dubbed “the First Lady of Cyber Exploitation” for chronicling Abbie’s entire life online. Ruth’s newest scheme is to broadcast her dying mother Esther’s final days over webcam, but Abbie catches on and spirits her grandmother away to Tucson, Ariz. Ruth, along with Harold Klein, her agent and onetime lover, launches an attempt to find them before word of their escape gets out. Meanwhile, Eric Smith, an earnest young filmmaker, is trying to persuade a skeptical Abbie to cooperate with a documentary about her life as a “famous baby” of the Internet age. Rizzo’s wicked takedown of “mom bloggers” concludes on an unexpectedly but convincingly sweet note, making this a very pleasing debut. Agent: Joy Tutela, David Black Agency. (July)
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“Will take your summertime escapades to the next level.” —Zoe Report: Rachel Zoe’s Daily Dose of Glamour

Famous Baby wisely (and funnily) explores motherhood, identity, and the hazards of parental over-sharing in the social media age.” —HelloGiggles

“Believable and well-conceived. . . . Rizzo’s use of mommy blogging as a source of conflict wrests a wry smile of recognition out of the reader.” —PopMatters

“A refreshingly new twist on one of the oldest stories in the book: the mother-daughter love hate relationship. . . . Funny, touching . . . Famous Baby would be a great choice for a book club.” —Bookconscious

“A recommended read for all daughters out there.” —Chickens in the Road

“Rizzo did a great job creating characters who are not what you would expect them to be. . . . This novel will make you think about possible over-sharing digitally, but more than that it will make you think about your relationships and both death and life. Though not a ‘light’ story, with serious issues, complex characters, and emotion, Rizzo’s humor is both needed and enjoyed.” —Book Sp(l)ot Reviews

“This deft first novel [is] a satirical exploration of the modern American family . . . a very pleasing debut.” —Publishers Weekly

“In her funny and touching new novel, Karen Rizzo deftly unpacks the fraught world of mothers and daughters, skewers the vast narcissism of the blogosphere, and reveals the emotional wages of unbridled ambition. An enjoyable and surprising ride to some places I didn’t expect to go.” —SETH GREENLAND, author of The Angry Buddhist

“Hilarious, moving, and wildly original, Famous Baby is a laugh-out-loud funny and poignant look at the modern family in these TMI times.” —WENDY LAWLESS, actress and author of Chanel Bonfire

“Karen Rizzo’s writing is so good I want to read it out loud and pretend it’s me who is so cunning, sublime, and full of light. Famous Baby is a sturdy tale of exceeding relevance that dwells squarely in that nearly impossible landscape of everything so darkly funny and so achingly true.” —MARC PARENT, author of Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk and the Runner’s World “Newbie Chronicles” column

Famous Baby is inventive, hysterical, and touching. Karen Rizzo wraps a timeless drama about the love between mothers and daughters in a fresh, snappy package for the social media age.” —CHRISTINA SCHWARZ, author of The Edge of the Earth and Drowning Ruth, an Oprah’s Book Club Selection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938849312
  • Publisher: Prospect Park Books
  • Publication date: 6/16/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 562,464
  • File size: 355 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Rizzo, who lives with her actor husband and two children in Los Angeles, California, is the author of the Book Sense/IndieBound selection Things to Bring, S#!T to Do, a memoir built around her penchant for lists. The recipient of a MAGGIE Award for Best Essay in a West Coast Consumer Magazine, her stories and essays have appeared on NPR and in the Los Angeles Times, Living Fit, Salon, Beatrice, Fresh Yarn, and VIVmag as well as the anthology Life’s A Stitch: The Best of Contemporary Women’s Humor. Her plays and performance pieces have been seen at ARCADE (Los Angeles), Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and Samuel Beckett Theatre (New York), and Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York and Los Angeles), where she is a longtime member. Famous Baby is her first novel.
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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    A funny, insightful and totally captivating novel-- a great beac

    A funny, insightful and totally captivating novel-- a great beach read, but smarter than just a beach read, because it deals with real mother-daughter issues, parenting, and the issues of parents exploiting their kids for their own fame.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Oh dear I have no idea what made me get this one :(

    This turned me off on the first page, tried to go more but to no avail :( Don't know why I thought it might be interesting, maybe it is I just couldn't make it far enough for it to be anything but "well that was a waste"

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Unusual

    This is one unusual book. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    The put off word here is blogger or whatever silly site

    Where strangers make conversation with strangers who are no doubt very strange and could be sending from the state prison for sexual crimes. i just finished a dull mystery where there was a similar plot and pages of blogger this is addictive in real life and makes a boring book

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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