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Rockabye: A Young Mom's Journey from Wild to Child

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Rockabye is the lively memoir of a spontaneous young city-girl who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. That city-girl is Rebecca Woolf, who at 23, after the "holy shit, I'm pregnant" realization, decides to keep the baby, marry the boyfriend (in Vegas no less), and figure out how to wed her rock n' roll lifestyle and impending motherhood.

With humor, honesty, and renegade insight, Rebecca makes the transition from life as an odd-job doing commitment-phobic, chain-smoking, ...

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Overview

Rockabye is the lively memoir of a spontaneous young city-girl who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. That city-girl is Rebecca Woolf, who at 23, after the "holy shit, I'm pregnant" realization, decides to keep the baby, marry the boyfriend (in Vegas no less), and figure out how to wed her rock n' roll lifestyle and impending motherhood.

With humor, honesty, and renegade insight, Rebecca makes the transition from life as an odd-job doing commitment-phobic, chain-smoking, irresponsible party-girl to life as a work-at-home mother with a different kind of social life. Throughout, Rebecca doesn't relinquish the token qualities of her free-spirited, pre-baby self; rebelling against both the "soccer mom," and "young mother" stereotypes, challenging herself to grow up without outgrowing her dreams, and most importantly embracing motherhood without a map.

Rockabye explores the coming together of mother and son and their mutual coming of age. How does Rebecca adapt to motherhood? By acting on instinct and maintaining a strong sense of self, breaking rules (sometimes her own) in the process and building her own adventures out of legos and alphabet blocks.

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Publishers Weekly
In this awkwardly puerile memoir of pregnancy and early motherhood, Woolf is stunned by the news of her pregnancy at age 23. The author, a freelance writer and native of the San Diego suburbs, was unmarried at the time, living with two dogs and a roommate and fond of drinking and smoking all night with her friends. The pregnancy takes her and Hal, the man she's been dating for four months, by surprise: are they having this baby and should they move in with each other? Living in Los Angeles, they eventually moved in together and braced themselves for the baby. They ended up marrying in Las Vegas and growing closer despite frequent fights. Archer was born, and upon realizing he was slow to crawl and to speak, Woolf grudgingly took him to specialists (not wanting to acknowledge he was less than perfect), and speech therapy was prescribed. Yet Woolf missed her freedom, and while she demonstrates her unconditional love for her boy, even publishing intimate letters she wrote him on the anniversary of his birth, she sheds humor on her experience ("I have agreed to put Archer in speech therapy... he should probably know some English if he plans on doing anything extraordinary for America").

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Kirkus Reviews
I'm young, I'm cool, I'm having a kid and I'm gonna get blog-ish about it. In 2005, 23-year-old semi-party-girl Woolf-best known at the time for her contributions to the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series-found herself pregnant with the child of her boyfriend of four months, Hal. A truly good guy, he supported her decision to keep the baby; the couple moved in together and soon after tied the knot in Las Vegas. The remainder of her pregnancy had the same ups and downs as any other pregnancy, the only difference being that in Woolf's mind she was a renegade hipster free spirit. Her healthy baby was a boy named Archer, she and Hal fell in love with him and suddenly Woolf's priorities shifted from living in the moment to building a family. At least for the time being, all was good with the world. Mining the same territory as Neil Pollack's much ballyhooed, equally uneven Alternadad (2007), Woolf isn't above using raunch to illustrate a given situation: preparing for the birth, she notes, "My pussy is about to become a vagina. My tits are about to become breasts." The shock value wears thin, as does her overly detailed account of the minutiae of childrearing. Like the output of many good bloggers turned not-as-good book authors, the narrative is fragmented and sloppily structured. Young mothers who weren't prepared to have a baby may find comfort in this memoir, which demonstrates that other folks have not only survived but thrived in the face of an unexpected child. Those seeking a lasting piece of literature will be disappointed by this cobbled-together and smoothed-out version of Woolf's popular blog, girlsgonechild. Periodically charming but mostly pedestrian. Agent: LauraRennert/Andrea Brown Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580052320
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,338,904
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Honest and poetic

    When I bought Rebecca Woolf's 'Rockabye: From Wild to Child', I was sold a misleading bill of goods. Like Neal Pollack's 'Alternadad', Woolf's memoir was marketed as the story of a party-all-nighter's quest to transition to parenthood without losing her innate coolness. And like Pollack's memoir, 'Rockabye' turned out to be so much more. It's a heartfelt exploration of a new parent's discovery of her heart and soul, awakened by the birth of her child, and how, in finding her own way to be that son's very best parent, she finds her true self. Woolf writes with unblinking honesty and a stunning gift for language. I've never been so happy to find that a book I'm reading is not the book I thought it was going to be.

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