where the writers are
"Why My Garden" in Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined
$14.95
Paperback
See Book Details »

BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • Jun.25.2008
  • 9781580051583
  • Seal Press

Ericka gives an overview of the book:

Becoming a mother takes more than the physical act of giving birth or completing an adoption: it takes birthing oneself as a mother through psychological, intellectual, and spiritual work that continues throughout life. Yet most women’s stories of personal growth after motherhood tend to remain untold. As writers and mothers, Andrea Buchanan and Amy Hudock were frustrated by what they perceived as a lack of writing by mothers that captured the ambiguity, complexity, and humor of their experiences. So they decided to create the place they wanted to find, with the kind of writing they wanted to read. This unique collection features the best of the online magazine literarymama.com, a site devoted to mama-centric writing with fresh voices, superior craft, and vivid imagery. While the majority of literature on parenting is not literary or is not written by mothers, this...
Read full overview »

Becoming a mother takes more than the physical act of giving birth or completing an adoption: it takes birthing oneself as a mother through psychological, intellectual, and spiritual work that continues throughout life. Yet most women’s stories of personal growth after motherhood tend to remain untold. As writers and mothers, Andrea Buchanan and Amy Hudock were frustrated by what they perceived as a lack of writing by mothers that captured the ambiguity, complexity, and humor of their experiences. So they decided to create the place they wanted to find, with the kind of writing they wanted to read.

This unique collection features the best of the online magazine literarymama.com, a site devoted to mama-centric writing with fresh voices, superior craft, and vivid imagery. While the majority of literature on parenting is not literary or is not written by mothers, this book is both. Including creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, Literary Mama celebrates the voices of the maternally inclined, paves the way for other writer mamas, and honors the difficult and rewarding work women do as they move into motherhood.

Read an excerpt »

Auschwitz! The word is ashes, sirens and stomping boots, my baby ripped from me and trampled, vomit and diarrhea and starvation, choking for breath. It's fear. I shut the blind; I'm not ready to be here yet. This morning we'll continue on the train to Krakow. Tomorrow I'll come back alone, to Auschwitz. Tomorrow is why I, an unobservant American Jew, just before my fortieth birthday, am on this train. I am a Jew, and this is my destination.

ericka-lutz's picture

Note from the author coming soon...

About Ericka

Ericka Lutz writes fiction (short and long), non-fiction (creative and commercial), and performance pieces. She's the author of the novel, The Edge of Maybe (March 2012), many short stories, columns, personal essays, and advice books. With a...

Read full bio »

Published Reviews

May.01.2009

"One of the more interesting essays is by Ericka Lutz, a "fourth generation 'Red Diaper Baby,' born into a family-on my mother's side-of atheist, culturally Jewish, Marxist, Feminist, West Coast lefty union...

Mar.02.2012

The Edge of Maybe speaks to those spaces in-between, both geographically and spiritually, that we mostly don’t think exist in the certainty of youth. In particular, those in-between spaces that...