When the international bestseller Go the F- to Sleep came out, I thought I was reading my own journal (that is, if I had had the energy to journal). At the time, my husband and I were in the middle of an 18-month stretch of sleep deprivation where I swore I was slowly losing my mind and Paul was convinced he was sleepwalking through the day. More than feeling foggyheaded 24/7, we were cranky -- aggravated with the snippets of rest that passed for a night's sleep and annoyed with a baby who we desperately wanted to get to sleep already.
So when I heard there was a sequel to the book (thanks, LA Times!), I was overjoyed. And the topic couldn't be any more appropriate: mealtime. You Have to F-ing Eat is for those of us who, when introducing solids, are met with our baby's upturned nose, sealed-shut mouth or, when it's really bad, tears. And don't get me started on the heated battle of wills that crop up when they discover the power of the word "no."
According to author Adam Mansbach, the sequel will have "the same kind of honesty, love and frustration as the first book." And based on this salty sample from the publisher, it's clear he feels our pain:
"The sunrise is golden and lovely,
The birds chirp and twitter and tweet,
You woke me and asked for some breakfast,
So why the (expletive) won't you eat?"
You Have to F-ing Eat will be released Nov. 12, though you can pre-order your copy on the publisher's website.
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Image of book cover courtesy of Akaschic Books