We Got This

Readers will be able to revisit these essays for laughs, inspiration, or a cathartic cry. An engaging tribute to the heart, soul, and ingenuity of solo moms.

~Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Featuring stories from Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Alexander, Anne Lamott, Adrienne Rich, Mary Karr, Audre Lorde, and many more!

In the United States, more than 15 million women are parenting children on their own, either by circumstance or by choice. Too often these moms who do it all have been misrepresented and maligned. Not anymore. In We Got This, seventy-five solo mom writers tell the truth about their lives—their hopes and fears, their resilience and setbacks, their embarrassments and triumphs. Some of these writers’ names will sound familiar, like Amy Poehler, Anne Lamott, and Elizabeth Alexander, while others are about to become unforgettable. Bound together by their strength, pride, and—most of all—their dedication to their children, they broadcast a universal and empowering message: You are not alone, solo moms—and your tenacity, courage, and fierce love are worthy of celebration.

“Remember when adults asked your younger self, ‘Who’s your hero?’ and you named your favorite president or pop star? After reading We Got This, I dare you not to revisit that question. The 75 diverse single mothers in this extraordinary collection have married their fierce love for their children with their fierce skills as writers. Their voices whisper and bellow, protest and rejoice, hum and sing. Collectively, they announce: single moms are our unsung heroes.”

—Alma Gottlieb, coauthor of A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies


We Got This is fierce love meets fear meets wonder. I savored these poems and essays, which are full of humor and heartbreak, wisdom and humanity. These pieces will help any mother—single or not—to feel inspired and supported, seen and understood, as she navigates this tremendous thing called motherhood.”

—Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers


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