by velocibadgergirl

Monday, September 13, 2010

BBAW: First Treasure

Today is the kickoff of Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010. I hope to have a new post up each day (and some will include giveaways) to celebrate. The official theme for Monday is First Treasure, but instead of writing about the first book blog I discovered, I'm going to write about a blogger's first book.

I began reading Alexa Stevenson's blog Flotsam in late 2007, just before her son Ames died and the tense wait for her daughter Simone's early birth began. Even though I've been following the story of Alexa and Simone -- now a healthy two year old -- since then, Alexa's memoir is so much more than a rehashing of things she'd already written. Half Baked:  the story of my nerves, my newborn, and how we both learned to breathe is an enveloping page-turner of a book, the kind that actually merits the statement "I couldn't put it down." Even though I knew the beginning and the end of the story, I found myself wrapped tightly in the weaving of the tale.

After several miscarriages and a struggle with infertility, Alexa and her husband conceived twins via IVF. She found herself uniquely qualified for the heightened worry of pregnancy after a lifetime of anxiety and an adulthood spent developing the ability to over-research anything. But as the back-cover writeup admits, Alexa had spent most of her life preparing for the wrong disasters. At 22 weeks and 2 days, after having been told the sexes of her babies and that they looked "ideal," Alexa received the devastating news that Ames had died. For three more weeks, the goal is to keep Simone inside and healthy as long as possible. Then Simone is born, and Alexa is plunged into a motherhood she never expected.

She finds that the personality quirks that once left her nervous and paralyzed have left her uniquely equipped for the numbers and stats that dominate NICU life. The ups and downs of Simone's long hospital stay are relayed with stark honesty and surprising humor. One doesn't usually expect to laugh out loud while reading a story of a very early baby, but Alexa has written that kind of book. The good and the bad, the transcendent and the mundane, the heartbreaking and the unexpectedly funny, Alexa lays it all out and turns it into a fantastic and immensely enjoyable read.

Because she's awesome, Alexa is going to send one commenter a signed copy of Half Baked. For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post before midnight CST on Sunday, September 19 Thursday, September 30. In the spirit of BBAW, please include a link to one of your favorite blogs so I can discover some new great sites! Residents of the US & Canada only, please.

Congrats to Amy S. at Atypical Musings!

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Blogger E.J. Stevens said...

Happy BBAW! :)

From the Shadows

9:07 AM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I'd love a chance to read this book.

One of my favourite blogs (especially when I need a laugh) is

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

9:35 AM  
Blogger Atypical Girl said...

As self-promoting as it sounds, I'm rather fond of my blog:: I hope that's OK.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy S.
artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds great! One of my favorite blogs is

10:45 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Wow! What a struggle for Alexa and you to be following all this time through those ups and downs of life. Wondeful thoughtful words!!

wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

11:11 AM  
Blogger Inspired Kathy said...

bkhabel AT gmail DOT com

I love

11:29 AM  
Blogger tanya904 said...

Happy BRBW Thanks so much for the giveaway
One of my fave book blogs is

tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Word Lily said...

Well, the blog I raved about today is The Lost Entwife

WordLily AT gmail DOT com

5:01 PM  
Blogger Alyce said...

I'd like to be entered!

One of my favorite blogs is Find Your Next Book Here

akreese(at)hotmail (dot) com

5:18 PM  
Blogger Aths said...

I'd love to enter this! One of my favorite book blogs is

readingonarainyday AT gmail DOT com

6:47 PM  
Blogger Nancye said...

This sounds like an incredible book! Please count me in.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

2:19 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Just discovered Boswell & Books - I've always loved the store, and Charlie Boswell is a guru in the industry.

9:59 AM  
Blogger hendy said...

Thanks for the giveaway. One of my favorite blogs and the blog that got me started on blog hoping is Stephanie Barko's blog

12:31 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I would love to read this book!

I have to promote my friend's blog:


Thanks for the contest!

6:59 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Sounds like a moving story, and I'm interested to see the humor here, too!

One of my favorite blogs? I'll pimp Emily's blog, Emily And Her Little Pink Notes. We have really similar reading tastes and she's a very interesting person!

Thanks for the chance :)

writing.meg [at]

8:07 AM  
Blogger Misusedinnocence said...

What an incredible story. I would love to read it.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Tribute Books said...

Thanks! for the give-a-way.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Even by the title Half Baked you can see that she approaches it with humor! I would love to read this one. If you like paranormal - I can always find something at

kherbrand at comcast dot net

5:00 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I'd love a chance! Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

11:37 AM  
Blogger Elise said...

Enter me, Thanks.

Love this blog
The story siren:

caliblue7 at gmail dot com
Elise, USA

6:48 PM  
Blogger Linda Kish said...

Please include me.
Thanks for the chance to win.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

9:38 PM  
Blogger pippirose said...

Thanks for the chance to enter.
One of my favourite book blogs is:

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

1:49 PM  

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