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Mark your calendar to hear LM contributor Lisa Harper read from her new memoir, A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood.

Harper writes, "I wrote my award-winning memoir, A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood, when I was pregnant with my first child because none of the books I read captured the totality of my transformation. Physically, emotionally, psychologically-I felt myself becoming a new person. And more than that? I found it interesting. People told me it would be hard, that I would get sick, that my life would never be the same. But no one told me that my politics would change, that my water might not break, that I would be sick for 3 months straight, that how I experienced time would morph like a science fiction plot, that I would have an out-of-body spiritual experience, that I would become crippled and so tired my bones would hurt, and that I would be transported by joy and heartache, sometimes at the same time.

And no one-not even my mother-told me that it would be interesting. I found that by combining my personal story with a serious investigation of the biology of pregnancy, I could begin to get to the heart of what this transformation was all about, and why motherhood is so hard and so joyous. My book is about all the ways that motherhood turns women inside out. I hope it will resonate with readers who are parents, who are in the process of becoming parents, who think they might want to be parents, or who just don't get what this breeding business is all about in the first place."

Check back this spring for Kate Hopper's review of the book, and in the meantime come to a reading:

Sunday, March 6
Oakland, CA
Diesel Books
5433 College Avenue
3 PM

Thursday, March 10
San Carlos, CA
The Reading Bug
785 Laurel Street
7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 15
San Francisco, CA
Books, Inc., The Marina
2251 Chestnut Street
7:00 PM

and in Los Angeles:

Monday, March 21
Los Angeles, CA
Book Soup
8818 West Sunset Boulevard
7:00 PM

Caroline M. Grant served on the editorial board of Literary Mama for over ten years, including five as Editor-in-Chief. She is currently Associate Director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, which provides grants to writers and artists with children.

She is the co-editor of two anthologies: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat (Roost Books, 2013) and Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life (Rutgers University Press, 2008). Her column, Mama at the Movies, ran on Literary Mama for six years; she has published essays in a number of other journals and anthologies.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons; she writes about food and family on her blog and at Learning to Eat. Visit her website for more information, including clips from her radio and television events.

Caroline is former editor-in-chief for Literary Mama.

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