I’ve written three books so far and I’m pretty sure I have more in my head. I just need to figure out how to get them out of my head (which is usually covered in a handmade knit flowered hat that I am digging a lot these days) and onto paper. I’m working on it. I promise.
My first book, Shopping for Love tells the story of the life lessons I learned while shopping with my mother as she battled cancer and the hope we found together along the way in so many ladies dressing rooms. It’s been described as “The Devil Meets Prada meets Tuesdays With Morrie” and I kind of get that. An editor and writer in New York said this about the book:
“In this delightful book, shopping becomes a metaphor for the journey through life during which generations of one family meet and celebrate life’s milestones and learn to face the inevitable grief of loss.”
I wrote a children’s book called My Name Is Rebecca Romm Named After My Mother’s Mom. The illustrations are beautiful. I had nothing to do with them. They were created by the very talented Sunny Lee. I got the idea for the book because of my daughter Rebecca who was named for my mom. My Rebecca loves her name, but Rebecca Romm the protagonist in the story does not. She gets annoyed when everyone compares her to her mother’s mom. All she wants is a name of her own. A book reviewer from the Midwest had this to say about Rebecca Romm:
“A charming story about a freckle-faced girl with a special name from her grandmother, whom she resembles….. written in gently lilting narrative verse, which helps deliver the core message of self-acceptance and love. Loving, detailed color illustrations add life, fun, and character to this charming tale of self-discovery and acceptance.
I also penned a book about working mothers’ struggle to find and hold on to the elusive perfect nanny. It’s called Who’s Going To Watch My Kids? and includes the stories of 15 working moms (including mine) and our humorous and heartfelt nanny tales. Each mother longs to employ the modern day Mary Poppins – that perfect nanny who we all eventually learn doesn’t exist. An editor from Small Books Press Watch said this about the book:
“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Who’s Going to Watch My Kids?: Working Mothers’ Humorous and Heartfelt Struggles to Find and Hold on to the Elusive Perfect Nanny” is as witty and entertaining as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking.”
I didn’t write this really awesome book but I was thrilled to have an essay of mine included in it. Full disclosure. I am “Sarah” on page 74. The book is a compilation of letters that the amazing Hope Edelman received over the years in response to her New York Times Best Selling Book. Hope has taught so many girls and women (myself included) so much. Her work shows the true power and potential of the written word. Needless to say I’m a fan.