One Family Embracing the Unexpected
I am thrilled to announce the release of my debut memoir, Loving You Big. This is the story of an ordinary family facing extraordinary circumstances. When my daughter Jordan was born with a rare syndrome called cri du chat, we were warned she may never walk, that she may never talk. Without understanding why, I hoped that I could love the disability out of my child and that my resourcefulness could discover the right experts to help her find her way in the world. But with the introduction of sign language, countless laps around the living room in a walker, and daily wig-clad dance parties, I learned there was nothing about Jordan that needed to be fixed. It was the world around her that needed to change.
As if sitting down with a friend after a long day, this is the book you want to read when you find yourself on the unexpected path of parenthood.
Proceeds from the book will support the incredible organization Shane’s Inspiration Inclusion Matters who create inclusive playground for children with disabilities all over the world.
Thank you for all your continued support.
Advance Praise for Loving You Big
“In her beautiful and inspiring memoir, Leah Moore, mother of a child with a rare chromosomal disorder, invites us into her journey as they beat the predictions with bravery, vulnerability, and above all, humor.” – Nicola Wheir #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny Diaries.
“The only universal truth about parenting is that none of us are getting out unscathed. There’s going to sobbing, but there will also be cake. Just focus on the cake. In her charming story of family and hope, Leah Moore appears to have figured that all out, choosing daily to meet her challenges with a hum rather than sob…and a robust collection of wigs. If there’s any secret to parenting, that would be it: Just keep humming.* *Wigs optional.” – Jeni Decker author of I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys With Autism
“An intimate portrait of boundless parental love and resilience told with humor, wit, and a deep understanding of our humanity. This extraordinary story will grab your heart and squeeze it. And you will be transformed by it.” – Diana Kupershmit, author of Emma’s Laugh
“With the perspective of an educator, the passion of an activist, and the fierce love of a mother, Moore shares her experiences raising a daughter with cri du chat alongside her other children with their own special needs. With heart and humor, insight and intelligence, Moore poignantly takes the reader along with her on a journey from Jordan’s diagnosis to overcoming challenges to reaching milestones and beyond. Moore also advances a much-needed conversation about our “ableist” society from both institutional and personal angles. By giving voice to the voiceless, Moore has provided a gift to readers who can relate to her experiences firsthand as well as those who can not. This book touched me deeply, and I didn’t want to put it down.”—Susie Orman Schnall, author of The Subway Girls and We Came Here to Shine
Upcoming events: The Virtual Erma Workshop
You came, you wrote and you inspired us! COVID may have wreaked havoc on our 2020 workshop, but many of you loved the virtual format. That’s why we decided to add something new to our offerings this year.
Coming this October, The Virtual Erma!* Join us for a half-day, fully online workshop focused on helping you write your own story. Featuring celebrated memoirists Jenny Lawson (“the Bloggess”) and Wade Rouse; two hands-on sessions on memoir writing; and access to attendees who share your writing goals. The new Virtual Erma will be a great way to brush up on your skills before joining us for the full, in-person Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop March 24-26, 2022.
Mark your calendar and register today for The Virtual Erma, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Oct. 23. Cost: $69, including unlimited access to the workshop offerings for six months.
11:00 – 11:45 AM — Keynoter Jenny Lawson
11:45 – Noon — Break
12:00 – 1:00 PM — Humor Writing as the Antidote to Adversity (Liz Alterman)
1:15 – 1:45 PM — Lunch/Brunch Break
1:45 – 2:45 PM — Writing to Remember (Leah Witman Moore)
2:45 – 3:00 PM — Break
3:00 – 3:45 PM — Keynoter Wade Rouse
3:45 – 4:00 PM — Wrap Up
All times are EST.
(To cover our administrative costs, there’s a 10 percent cancellation fee before Oct. 1. Registrations are 50 percent refundable after that, with no refunds given after Oct. 19. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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