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It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita [Hardcover]

Heather B. Armstrong
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  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; First Edition First Printing edition (24 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416936017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416936015
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 15 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching 16 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback
As a fellow sufferer of PND, many moments in this memoir rang painfully true and I shed more than the odd tear at the situations and memories they triggered.

There were also frequent laugh out loud moments when Armstrong was bluntly honest about the indignities of having a baby and unexpected moments you inevitably experience with a newborn in tow.

However, had I not been a parent myself, I'm not sure I'd have engaged particularly well with it as a whole. My enjoyment heavily relied on the feeling of shared experience.

Worth a read but not a full five stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Fan 8 May 2009
By D. Kettmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Dooce but I couldn't finish this book. Between the CONSTANT RANDOM CAPITAL LETTERS and the fact that it was basically her blog, just updated to be in past tense, this book was overall a disappointment. I was really hoping for something more from Dooce. I know she does the capital letters thing on her blog but I had hoped she could do her humour and keep her voice without resorting to typical blog format.

Basically, if you're a newcomer to Dooce and missed all the drama surrounding Leta's birth, this book might interest you. But if you don't want to pay for it, just go peek through Dooce's archives - it's all right there.
84 of 95 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars *shrugs shoulders* 28 Mar 2009
By Jana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Heather Armstrong, proprietor of Dooce.com is a funny and fantastic writer, but this fell really flat for me and left me truly, truly disappointed (even though she loves Morrissey). And although I knew many of her blog entries would be included in the book (duh, they would have to), she doesn't really delve into anything particular to give a NEW reader true insight; almost like she skimmed over cruicial elements of depression, PPD, her real past with said depression. I think she rushed to have it published.

If you don't read her blog, this would still be a funny, sweet book, but I really wanted to learn more about her-not just a reiteration of the blog.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little uneven... 30 Mar 2009
By B. Eckel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I must preface this by saying that I am a huge Dooce fan. I have been following Heather for years, and feel like I know her family personally. The book is well written, however feels very uneven. In one breath she's talking about lack of sleep leading to generally melting down, and in the next she's out shopping, visiting family, and writing Leta her monthly "I love you" letters. (Which btw - I also do for my daughter...) I find Heather an amazing writer - quirky, smart, caustic... But this was either poorly organized, or badly edited. I guess I expected more.

In my opinion, the best part of the book was when she talked about Jon and how he helped her through her depressions. They obviously have a strong marriage - and that was the one part of the book that didn't feel even slightly embellished. Honest, raw, and loving.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thought I'd enjoy it more. 25 Mar 2009
By booklover33 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I gotta say, if you've ever read her blog, which I have, this is more like a compilation book. I guess I was hoping for some newer material or else something a bit more inspiring than "creatively rearranged" blog entries. Darn.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 Aug 2009
By Victoria M. Pond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of [...], and was especially fascinated by her blog's account of postpartum depression (even though I've never had a baby), but the book bored me and left me bereft of compassion for her suffering. I kept thinking, "Good lord, woman, your baby's missing sock is neither interesting nor urgent. Get a sense of perspective and an editor."
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