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Eat, pray, love? Try cook, clean, burn. This Manic Mama talks to Barbara Stewart about her book Campie, a true life account of what happens when a person is pushed to the edge - literally. When it all goes south, you can always go north.

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My son has a parakeet. He's a little blue and white one with black stripes over his back. Very cute. Also a bit of a sex fiend. He has a thing for one of his toys, and he coos to it, flirts with it, and mounts it, rubbing the base of his tail rhythmically and purposefully against it until some form of parakeet fulfillment is...

It's a Thursday night in mid-December and Lori McKenna is dressed in jeans and a baggy, black sweater. In these clothes, she could be driving the car pool, or taking her four kids to the grocery store, but instead she's standing on a stage before a rapt audience of nearly 200, glowing. Her set tonight is a short one. Just a...

Recent high school graduate Zoe Trope is the precocious author of a critically lauded memoir. Hip Mama asked one of our own expert teenage staff members to read the book and interview the writer.
 
Mina: I know this work started out as a zine, but how did it become a book?
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Healthy people live in a different country than people who face chronic illness. Sometimes when I'm around other mothers I forget I have peculiar health problems. After all, we talk about bizarre infections, uncertain test results and emergency surgeries all the time. When I mentioned that getting evaluations of my...

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