Amy-book I attended a mom blogger conference last spring and met Amy Wilson, an actress and mother of three who, in addition to her one-woman show (Mother Load), wrote a book about motherhood called When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, The Worrier, The Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget Buyer & Other Mothers I Swore I I’d Never Be. Amy offered me a copy of her book, which was recently out in paperback. I accepted it politely, but to be honest, wasn’t sure I’d want to read it.

There are a lot of books about motherhood out there, and while they might be funny and original, I don’t always find them that compelling. First, there’s that whole non-fiction thing. But more, I think it’s just that I have often lived through what the book is about – pregnancy, infancy, cranky toddlerhood, etc., and I just don’t find it that enjoyable to read about someone else’s experience with the same stages.

Until Amy Wilson’s book.

From page 1, I just sailed through When Did I Get Like This?. She’s funny, she’s self-deprecating, and she has a way of making you nod along with her, reliving the ups and downs of motherhood while making you feel better about the whole thing. She isn’t always a perfect mom (because who is?), and it’s just fun to hear her relay the challenges that so many of us have been through.

Plus she’s a very good writer and she’s insightful.

Here is a passage about choosing a Facebook profile pic. With kids? Without kids?

The ideal of the woman who ‘has it all’ is predicated on that woman keeping her worlds totally separate. She doesn’t begin meetings talking about how the baby can sing ‘Old MacDonald’. She doesn’t close the deal with an raucous breast pump anecdote. We mothers can continue to participate in grown-up society only if we don’t let our mothering lives leak into our professional lives. We are of interest to the real world only to the extent that we don’t remind anyone of our real world. We mothers, like our children, are supposed to know our place.

I am recommending When Did I Get Like This? even to those who have shied away from these types of books before.

And – good news! I have a copy of When Did I Get Like This? to give away to an EDIWTB reader. Just leave me a comment with your email here before Friday July 15, when I will let random.org pick a winner.

Good luck!


  • July 8, 2011 - 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a good read!

  • July 8, 2011 - 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I generally do enjoy this type of book, so I’d probably love this one! kathy(at)bermudaonion.net

  • July 8, 2011 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m with you … I generally avoid these sorts of books because even THINKING about those early days of old with my young twins makes me want to make an emergency appointment with my therapist. But if you like this one, then I am much more inclined to give it a chance. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway!

  • Tiffany D.
    July 9, 2011 - 12:11 am | Permalink

    I have had this book on my wish list for a while now. It looks hilarious. I’m glad you enjoyed it, I’d love to give it a go 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway!

  • July 9, 2011 - 12:42 am | Permalink

    Even though my kids are teenagers, I still think this book would be relevant for me (and entertaining). Would love to check it out!

  • July 9, 2011 - 2:51 am | Permalink

    Ha. I’m betting you looked at the cover. I spy shoes.

  • Linda Kish
    July 9, 2011 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win a copy of this book.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • Lindsay
    July 11, 2011 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Sounds good – I would love to be entered to win! Thanks! lspectordc@gmail.com

  • July 11, 2011 - 11:31 pm | Permalink

    This summer, I am really delving into the world of nonfiction — and loving it. I would love the opportunity to read this book, it sounds like something I would really like.
    Please enter me in your giveaway: lesnick.jennifer@gmail.com

  • Larissa
    July 12, 2011 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    Too bad I just bought this book – but I will be happy if I get a free one too – I can gift it!
    I find myself enjoying reading books about motherhood even though I’m not a mom yet. I can relate on some level from being around kids a lot and having a lot of friends with young children. I’m sure that when I re-read once I have kids, I’ll relate even more.

  • Melissa
    July 12, 2011 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Sounds right up my alley. Would love to read it!

  • Robin
    July 13, 2011 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Sounds…wonderfully funny.

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