Nancy is currently finalizing her midlife music crisis memoir, precipitated when a bouncer at a Vampire Weekend show asked her if she was just there to drop off her kids. Oh yes he did. Here she is reading a snippet from the memoir during Barely Published Author night at 2014 Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival.
Based on the sensational national performance movement, Listen to Your Mother is an anthology of personal stories about mothers—being one, having one, losing one, and everything in between. In the tradition of Bitch in the House, these essays celebrate and validate what it means to be a mother today. These contributors offer personal stories on topics that range from adoption, assimilation, emptying nests, first-time motherhood, never-motherhood, foster-parenting, infertility, loss, rock-and-roll parenting, single-parenting, LGBTQ parenting, special-needs parenting, step-mothering, surrogacy, mothering through illness, mothering through unsolicited advice—all with wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is honest and frank. Their stories go straight to the heart of motherhood. Named one of POPSUGAR’s Best Books of 2015!
The reviews are in: “Presents motherhood in all its multitudinous iterations…” —Elle
“Touching and humorous anthology.”—Family Circle
“Brimming with essays from quick-witted, unique writers—ranging from new voices to established ones like Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner—this book covers all parenting territory. Part of it is funny and a lot of it is tear-jerking… You may find yourself staying up way past your bedtime because this one is so hard to put down.” —Parents magazine
“Lively personal stories.”—Cosmopolitan
“Writers reflect on wisdom gleaned from the women who raised them, motherhood and more in this charming, often funny essay collection.”—Good Housekeeping
“This frank, funny, and touching anthology…discusses the complex and diverse array of parenting experiences, from step-motherhood to infertility, and everything in between.”—Real Simple
A team of Emmy winners, magazine editors, comedians, TV personalities, best-selling authors and social media superstars have collaborated to produce a laugh-out-loud book not about being a mom, but about having a mom. “You know how it’s not OK for someone else to make fun of your mom, but if you tell the joke yourself, it’s funny?” says Amy Vansant, who edited the collection. “That’s what we’re doing here. There’s a healthy respect and love for our mothers in this book, and also an acknowledgment that the ‘my mom is crazy’ sentiment is a universal experience.”
What readers say: “These essays are so good and so funny, it makes me mad that I don’t know a lot of these writers. Wait…that’s the kind of back handed compliment you’d get from an obnoxious mom. Curses!”
-Laraine Newman, original Saturday Night Live cast member
This is the highly anticipated follow up to Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection. From becoming a mother to dealing with religion, recovery from disease and addiction to starting a business, this new anthology of essays and art sheds light on all the times along our evolution when changes shake us up and make us who we are. The anthology features work from NY Times best-selling authors Kelly Corrigan and Gabrielle Bernstein, notable trailblazers like Belva Davis and Rita Henley Jensen, esteemed businesswomen like Janet Hanson and social entrepreneurs like Megan Calhoun eager to share how transitions in their lives brought them unexpected gifts, lessons, and growth.
What readers say: “It is women’s connections that build families, communities and culture. Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God is a testament to what is possible when we show up for our sisters.”
-Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, and activist
Oh Sandy! An Anthology of Humor for a Serious Purpose (2013) is a fundraiser for organizations involved in providing aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
What readers say: “The “Oh Sandy” anthology is a collection of entertaining essays by both established writers (many of them award winning) and inspired newcomers….The stories are engaging and entertaining, and the purchase goes to help those still in need. Such an easy way to do something good and get so much out out of it.”
Not Your Mother’s Book…on Travel (2013) From the jungles of Central America to the highlands of Africa, from the charms of Europe to the mysteries of North America, from the sacred sites of Asia to cruising on the Caribbean, the stories here are selected to delight and entertain. Armchair travelers and on-the-road adventurers alike will enjoy this vicarious journey around the world but should be warned: fasten your seat belt, because you’re guaranteed one hell of a trip!
What readers say: “What a trip! I went from France to Saigon, to a hair rising trek on a Yamaha, in Guatemala, and I never left the comfort of my easy chair. By trains, planes, and automobiles, not to mention cruise ships, I traveled the globe. What a delightful humorous read.”
Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex, and Work in our 40’s (2009) is an anthology whose profits go to support Breast Cancer Action.
What readers say: “I love this book! Such great insight on life in your 40’s and it certainly applies to those of us still in our 30’s. Each chapter is well-written by a different author, about their life experiences. This is a must read!” “With holiday gift giving quickly approaching, and my budget being tight, I’ve decided that giving this book as my gift of choice to my gal pals, both young and old, is the gift that will definitely keep on giving into the new year.”
The Family Mix: Essays on Family Life from MidlifeMixtape.com (2013)is a collection of best loved essays on family life that originally appeared on Midlife Mixtape: parenting, school days, home life, pet ownership, plus the occasional ’80s music reference.
What readers say: “Davis Kho is both refreshingly down-to-earth and the coolest kid on the block; a voice of honesty and introspection, and above all, humor.” … “She has a way of bringing to life those moments and events in my ordinary day that seem funny to me but I can’t quite put my finger on why.” … “Thank you, Nancy, for not being overly precious, not too much of a hipster, and very, very funny.”