Double Time by Jane Roper


8 Critic Reviews

...Roper ultimately succeeds in making the story of a new mom feel fresh and engaging.
-Publishers Weekly


Becoming a mother is rarely what you expect.

Jane Roper never expected she'd have twins—or that they'd be such a spirited twosome. She didn't expect that finding the right balance of work and home would be so tricky. And she certainly didn't expect she'd grapple with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder during her daughters' toddler years. But she also didn't anticipate just how much joy, laughter and self-discovery motherhood would bring.

Full of warmth, honesty, occasional advice, and a generous helping of humor, Double Time is a smart and engaging account of the first three years with multiples and a refreshingly candid and vulnerable look at clinical depression. It's a memoir that will resonate countless women—especially those parenting in double time.


About Jane Roper

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JANE ROPER writes the popular Baby Squared blog on and is the author of Eden Lake, a novel. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Salon, Slate, and The Rumpus, among other publications, and she holds an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband, singer-songwriter Alastair Moock, and their twin daughters. Visit Jane at
Published May 8, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1


Mar 15 2012

A straightforward, honest look at how raising a child is difficult, but raising twins can be exponentially more demanding.

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Publishers Weekly

May 28 2012

...Roper ultimately succeeds in making the story of a new mom feel fresh and engaging.

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Huffington Post

Reviewed by Miriam Novogrodsky on Apr 02 2012

You might shed a tear along the way (I did) and you will definitely laugh.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Reviewed by Ashley Sayeau on May 20 2012

It's a story I've heard many times in my child-friendly circles, and it's nice to finally see it on a bookshelf.

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City Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Axie Barclay on Aug 09 2012

While entertaining reading, mothers of twins-to-be might find this more unnerving than informative.

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Reviewed by Eva Glettner on May 19 2012

No issue is off limits, and this is what makes it so endearing.

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Jul 06 2012

This is the book I wish I'd been able to read when my wife and I first discovered we were having twins...

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Reviewed by Tracy on May 07 2012

Jane Roper's Double Time takes a very poignant and often hysterical look at parenting twins.

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