Rockabye by Rebecca Woolf
From Wild to Child

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Rockabye is the lively memoir of a spontaneous young city-girl who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. That city-girl is Rebecca Woolf, who at 23, after the "holy shit, I'm pregnant" realization, decides to keep the baby, marry the boyfriend (in Vegas no less), and figure out how to wed her rock n' roll lifestyle and impending motherhood.

With humor, honesty, and renegade insight, Rebecca makes the transition from life as an odd-job doing commitment-phobic, chain-smoking, irresponsible party-girl to life as a work-at-home mother with a different kind of social life. Throughout, Rebecca doesn't relinquish the token qualities of her free-spirited, pre-baby self; rebelling against both the "soccer mom," and "young mother" stereotypes, challenging herself to grow up without outgrowing her dreams, and most importantly embracing motherhood without a map.

Rockabye explores the coming together of mother and son and their mutual coming of age. How does Rebecca adapt to motherhood? By acting on instinct and maintaining a strong sense of self, breaking rules (sometimes her own) in the process and building her own adventures out of legos and alphabet blocks.
 

About Rebecca Woolf

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Freelance writer, essayist, novelist, photojournalist, and full-time blogger, twenty-five-year-old Rebecca Woolf has worked as a professional writer since age sixteen. Her contributions to the Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul series introduced more than five million readers to her fiction, non-fiction, and poems, as well as brought her national attention as a popular guest on television, and with educational events (FOX, FOX Family, CBS, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Missouri Children’s Literature Festival). Her journalism has taken her around the world with eye specifically on music, travel, and sex. Rebecca has written articles for 19 UK, Transworld Stance, FW, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Ladies and Gentlemen Magazine, Babycenter.com, nerve.com and MSNBC. Her photography has been published internationally in web and print, including www.looklook.com and Black Book Magazine. Rebecca has also spent time as marketing and sales manager for the Los Angeles-based Entertainment Marketing Group, strategizing marketing concepts for clients that include Random House, HarperCollins, and LucasArts. Most recently Rebecca has attracted international attention for her parenting blog, www.girlsgonechild.blogspot.com. She contributes to nerve.com’s parenting website, www.babble.com. Her column is “Straight from the Bottle with Rebecca Woolf.” EPregnancy recently contacted her and asked if she would write for them. They'll be publishing issues of Rebecca's personal blog, Girl Gone Child, as well as commissioning her for more. Rebecca currently resides in Los Angeles where she works as a freelance writer and as well as online chat host/copywriter for the Starlight Starbright Children’s foundation. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and eighteen-month old son, Archer Sage.
 
Published April 15, 2008 by Seal Press. 298 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Her healthy baby was a boy named Archer, she and Hal fell in love with him and suddenly Woolf’s priorities shifted from living in the moment to building a family.

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Yet Woolf missed her freedom, and while she demonstrates her unconditional love for her boy, even publishing intimate letters she wrote him on the anniversary of his birth, she sheds humor on her experience (“I have agreed to put Archer in speech therapy...

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That city-girl is Rebecca Woolf, who at 23, after the "holy shit, I'm pregnant" realization, decides to keep the baby, marry the boyfriend (in Vegas no less), and figure out how to wed her rock n' roll lifestyle and impending motherhood.

With humor, honesty, and renegade insight, Rebecca m...

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