Saturday, April 10, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Just Let Me Lie Down

Just Let Me Lie Down by Kristin van Ogtrop

What the book says: Kristin van Ogtrop knows she's lucky--fulfilling career, great husband, three healthy kids, and, depending on the hamster count, an impressive roster of pets. She also knows she is tired. Always. Using stories and insights from her own life, she provides a lexicon for the half-insane working mom. Anyone who has left a meeting to race to the Halloween parade immediately understands van Ogtrop's definition of "Kill the messenger" as "The action you must take in order to forget about the office for a time--that is, to remove your Blackberry/Treo/iPhone/whatever from your person and store it as far away as your neurotic self will allow.

About the Author:
Kristin van Ogtrop is the editor of Real Simple magazine and has held positions at Glamour, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, and Premiere. She lives outside New York City with her family.

Here's what I think:

What a treat, to have a fellow mom celebrate the trials of motherhood. van Ogtrop has found a way to make working mom relish their lives. Her witty repartee makes light of the unpleasant aspects of motherhood without diminishing them. This is a book you will want to keep close at hand for those much needed little pick-me-up moments. She makes it okay to not succeed at everything we attempt. I really identify with her style of motherhood and thoroughly enjoyed the book! I think any mother with a sense of humor will truly enjoy this read.

BUY IT! You can buy your own copy of Just Let Me Lie Down by Krisitn van Ogtrop from Amazon.

WIN IT! - Anna at HBG has agreed to send 2 lucky readers their own copy of Just Let Me Lie Down!

So here is how you can win:

Mandatory Entry: (open to US residents only, must provide mailing address - no PO Boxes - if you win)(you must do this one first or I will be forced to remove all of your entries)

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I wish you the best of luck! All entries but be received by 11:59pm PST on April 20th, 2010 to be counted.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive a free copy of this book for review (Thanks, HBG), I was in no other way compensated to post this review. These are my real and honest opinions.

If you are an author or publisher and you would like for me to review your book, please contact me directly: polsen11[at]comcast[dot]net

Leave a Comment with your email address (feel free to use the antiSPAM version - yourname[at]yourserver[dot]com) telling me your "Just Let Me Lie Down" moment!


  1. I love the title of this book! I can relate! I would love to win.

  2. I really want to read this one!

    teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

  3. I am a follower

    teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

  4. This book sounds great!

    My mailing address:
    Julie Ann Perez
    2713 NE 89th Circle
    Vancouver, WA 98665

  5. I created a post on my blog and left a comment about your great online book club. It sounds awesome--what a wonderful idea!

  6. I think I always "just want to lie down" but I guess mostly it's when my kids aren't being good. Thankfully they are good most of the time..

  7. I'm a followers of Busy moms who love to read

  8. I tweeted? about it but I don't know if I did it right....not very good with this computer thing lol

  9. I'm a cookbook review follower

  10. I entered for the 100 Finger Foods...aaahhh food!

  11. ohh id REALLY love to read this

  12. Sometimes I really feel like this, I think I could relate to this book.

  13. Sounds good! Would love to be entered and hopefully win!!

    schaefer7382 (at) aol (com)

  14. sounds like a great giveaway, thanks for the chance!!


    Usually around mid-week when we're all tired, homework is due, overbooked schedules are colliding, dinner needs making. Sigh!


    following you @kissesforusall


    entered finger foods

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  19. THis book looks delightful!

    angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

  20. The title is great, make me want to read the book that much more!

  21. Count me in please.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  22. What a neat a mom with three preschoolers ages 2,3 and 4 who LOVES to read, I can relate.

    Mandatory Entry: I will provide my address but is there a way to do it privately and still count as an entry?

  23. I am a new blog follower.
    Thank you,

  24. I entered the "What's it like Living Green" giveaway.


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