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Publisher's Summary

A much-needed voice of encouragement for every woman who had a baby and lost her mind

Sometimes, motherhood feels never-ending. A child is born, chaos ensues, and it seems like life will never return to normal.

In You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom, award-winning journalist and Instagram star Leslie Anne Bruce acknowledges that, yes, motherhood is a total mind f*ck - but then she offers the self-empowerment lessons new mothers need to get through the psychic upheaval and emerge stronger than ever. After childbirth, a woman's body, her relationships, and her very sense of self are tested like never before. Bruce encourages listeners to look past the sugarcoated truisms about the miracles of child-rearing in order to embrace the real joys of motherhood, spit-up stains and all.

Loaded with unfettered support from a mom who has been through it all, You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom offers a lifeline of encouragement, inspiration, and community for the new mama who got a baby, lost her mind, and desperately wants to find herself again.

©2019 Leslie Anne Bruce (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Leslie Anne Bruce is the mom friend I never knew I needed. With a rare combination of generous spirit and cutting humor, she strips away the clichés of motherhood and teaches us how to survive the raw, real thing." (Lydia Fitzpatrick, author of Lights All Night Long)

"Honesty - what a fabulous and rare thing that is today. You'll find it in abundance in Leslie Bruce's raw, real, laugh-out-loud account of what becoming a mother is really all about. This book is the stuff you don't see on Instagram. This is a must-read for any new mother." (Raegan Moya-Jones, author of What It Takes: How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds and founder of aden + anais)

"Leslie Bruce's central thesis is one that many women in today's 'have it all' world will feel like a punch to the gut. Fortunately, Bruce also happens to be f*cking hilarious, which makes her book not only an important read, but also a phenomenally fun one." (Jordan Reid, author of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People)

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Best Mom Advice!

An honest and amazing book with the deepest of truths about the experience of a mom. Loved every minute!

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YES! YES! YES! Are you a mom? This is for you.

This book/audiobook should be put in with the large bag of mama diapers they give you when you leave the hospital. It’s like the emotional handbook for mom. This is a must read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-22

Overwhelmed mom caused by absentee husband

This book was largely a beneficial self help book. The author tells very personal stories from her own life about the difficulties of pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and raising a baby, without holding back any punches. She destroys the gauzy fantasy of motherhood with humor and absolute truth. My one MAJOR big beef with the book is that it’s filled with doomsday predictions about your life (you will have no identity, your previous life will be flushed down the toilet, your body will be wrecked) but fails to mention until the 7th chapter that a large source of the author’s suffering was caused by the complete lack of any material help from her husband, who took a grand total of 10 days off work and then resumed his 9am-7pm work schedule, leaving her with ALL childcare and homecare duties. Anyone would go insane if their husband refused to change diapers at home (he would only do so at restaurants) and failed to pick up his own clothes or clean up his own dinner. While the author readily takes the blame for causing her own misery by harboring unrealistic expectations based on Instagram posts of celebrity motherhood, and the fact that modern women lack the support network of extended families (read: female family members around to help), she completely side steps the fact that her husband was allowed to simply keep loving his same exact life prebaby, take on about “20 percent” of the baby-related work, and contribute nothing else around the house. So take her doomsday predictions with a grain of salt. (And make sure you procreate with the right guy.)

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  • Cristina
  • 2020-09-02

Great book, llegó al centro de mi corazón

Que increíble manera de describir el nuevo mundo de una nueva mamá, la incertidumbre, los miedos y problemas que nos hacen sentir el peor y mejor ser del mundo. Ya no me siento tan sola e incomprendida o loca. La narración es agradable y el ritmo magnífico. Me facino

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  • Callie W.
  • 2020-01-25

Best Book for any mama

I have 2 kids currently. This book is everything that I wanted to say after my first but couldn't find the words. Even after number 2 I connect so much with what is written on what seems like every page.

Any soon to be mama, thinking about being a mama, or a mama that has kiddos that are older I feel can learn or connect with this book.

I hope it starts some conversation about postpartum care in America because Mama's are taking care of the future of our country but who is taking care of us.

Even made my husband listen to it so made be can understand what I have gone through. and he likes it too.

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  • Jamie Y.
  • 2021-01-20

Surface level opinion piece.

Purely opinions from a very privileged woman about motherhood. Completely surface view and experience that is unrelateable for the “average” woman with swear words to make it sound more “hip.” Very, very disappointing.

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  • Rachel McEwan
  • 2020-02-26

Fun Self Help Book for First Time Moms

Great book for first time Moms like myself. I found myself laughing and having eye opening moments right along with the author. Loved it.

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  • Miteya Nicholas
  • 2021-06-13

I needed this!!

I’m a first time mom and this book what just what the doctor ordered! Thank you for your transparency and candor and for helping me feel less alone in my crazy!

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  • amanda grack
  • 2021-06-01

Wow

This book spoke to my soul. Leslie talks about all the stuff no one wants to talk about. I couldn't have loved this book more. The STRUGGLE and LOVE is so real.

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  • Brittany
  • 2021-05-04

You need this book!

This book changed my life, my view of myself and my view of new motherhood. Buy it! You won't regret it.

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  • sarah
  • 2021-04-27

Open/honest/funny personal story + "mompower"

It's encouraging to hear another's struggle in her own voice, you can hear the love and emotion. I did find it repetitive and opinionated at times, and the author loses some credibility in my opinion. I did appreciate the professional consults that were included. It was basically an honest and open personal story with some "girl/mom power" encouraging moments scattered in. Would have loved to hear some stories from mothers of different backgrounds (maybe outside of the LA/OC area). There were some fucking awesome and relatable heartfelt and funny moments. I liked it.

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  • Bonnie Alayne Nilsson
  • 2021-04-07

READ THIS BOOK

This book probably saved my life, my sanity, and my spirit. Forever grateful for the insight and humor.