BOOK REVIEW: Lost in Suburbia June 17, 2016
Lost in Suburbia: a Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs
Lost in Suburbia, by Tracy Beckerman bills itself as a “Momoir.” That’s not only a great pun, it’s a good one word summary as well.
Beckerman was a cool NYC chick, with a cool television job, living in a cool neighborhood, with a cool husband. Then she got pregnant, quit her job, and moved to the suburbs. The radical shift in her reality threw her for a loop. It took her some time to make friends. She made enemies along the way – including the crazy peanut lady. Then, when she found a Mom groove, she found herself missing her “Tracy” groove. So she set about finding it.
This isn’t a story heavy book – there are no great tragedies, and every single problem Tracy experiences fits squarely in the first world. Still, her experience is common, and her storytelling ability is uncommonly good. Many working and formerly-working mothers will find her story imminently relatable. (Though seriously? The number she cites as her ‘fat’ weight is my goal weight. And I didn’t feel cool before I had kids, I’m not even trying to feel cool afterwards.) You will want to be her friend.
I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Tracy Beckerman at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop I went to this spring. I can tell you that in person she is just as kind (and as cool) as you’d expect her to be by reading the book.
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BOOK REVIEW: Lost in Suburbia