Guess what? No One's the Bitch! Who knew? I just became guiltless!
Actually, that's the name of my sister Austin WriterGrrl and good friend Jennifer Newcomb Marine's new book, which officially comes out in book stores and on Amazon.com today, Tuesday, May 5. The full title is No One's the Bitch: A Ten-Step Plan for Mothers and Stepmothers (Globe Pequot, 2009).
Today is a great day to buy this book!!
Jennifer co-wrote this book with Carol Marine, her ex-husband's wife and stepmom to Jennifer's two daughters. Carol, btw, is a fabulous fine artist. Jennifer and Carol's attempts together at trying to get along for the benefit of the kids culminated in a work that is a humorous and helpful take on navigating the minefield that so often exists between moms and stepmoms.
And here's why this book is so relevant:
Over a thousand new stepfamilies form every day! Imagine all those women out there, dealing with a stepmom or bio-mom and slogging through resentment, power struggles, miscommunication, a lack of shared purpose, and worst of all, boatloads of stress. We need a new model for partnership between the two women “stuck with each other” in this situation. When they work together, marriages are stronger, children are happier, and there’s less hair loss all around.Not only that but, seriously, you or someone you know can really use this book. The fighting, the nagging and ragging and sandbagging, the putting the ex/hubby in the middle. You know it's true, and isn't that hard to watch -- or live? Life for stepfamilies can be miserable for everyone, but it doesn't have to be. Say it with me now, "It doesn't have to be."
We have three ways to buy No One's the Bitch (Don't you love that title?):
- Online at Amazon (we're hoping to get the book to spike to Number One on Tuesday and hopefully we'll hit our target, since it's still bouncing around in Amazon's Top 10 Hot New Releases in Stepparenting and Divorce); or
- At the No One's the Bitch website starting Tuesday, May 5; or
- At a special reading at BookPeople in Austin this coming Friday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m., with Izzy Rose and host actress Laura Lane (The Nanny, Vagina Monologues).
And I'm still claiming to be guiltless!