I'm taking a break from my usual stories of exploding appliances, puppy housebreaking woes, and husbands with man colds to share some exciting news.
I'm having a baby.
I know, it's a little surprising considering my advanced age of 40-something and the fact that I barely show. However, after several failed attempts I finally "caught," and now I'm giving birth this week ...
To a book.
In many ways, it was a lot like an actual pregnancy. It took me five months to write it and four months to revise it. My husband held my hand throughout and consoled me when I cried that I didn't think I would make it to the end. Just like a real pregnancy, there were times when I was really nauseous and other times when I felt like it was the best experience of my life. I gained a fair amount of weight while I was gestating, although most of it was in my butt rather than my belly, which sadly, was not unlike my first two pregnancies. I worried that when the book was "born," people wouldn't like it or think it was cute enough. But mostly I worried about being a good mother to my new book. Would I have time to devote to it with all the other responsibilities in my life?
Fortunately, just like with my real kids, I have had a great support system for my new baby. There were bunches of people who talked me down and lifted me up and assured me that it would not be an ugly book baby or get lost in a sea of other book babies.
Although my husband helped me name our other two kids, when it came to naming the book baby, it was really all up to me. In the Jewish religion, we name our babies for the most recently departed relative in the family. However, I didn't think a book called "Gertrude" was going to attract a lot of readers, plus it didn't really explain what the book was about. So instead I went with "Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs." It's a little long for a baby name and the other kids might make fun of it, but I think it's kind of cute and fits the personality of the book.
So what is the personality of the book? It's sassy, and funny, and irreverent ... it's warm, and friendly, and relatable. It's just like my column, but deeper and a lot more personal. It's the story of my journey, from cool city chick to uncool suburban mom, and the path I took back to coolness.
Page 2 of 2 - By the way, if you're considering a gift for the new mom, I'm registered at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and all other online booksellers and real life bookstores.
I really hope you'll check out my new baby.
It was truly a labor of love!
Tracy's new book, "Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs" is now available. To get yours, go to Amazon or any bookseller.