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Dear Daughter: The Best of the Dear Leta Letters [Hardcover]

Heather Armstrong

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Book Description

April 3 2012
 A mother’s love is unconditional: There are quiet snuggles, off-key sing-alongs, un-controllable belly laughs, and daily miracles that only a parent can understand. Heather Armstrong first wrote to her daughter when Leta was just eight weeks old. For the next five years, Heather wrote a letter every month, capturing the ups and downs of motherhood and chronicling the milestones and surprises of their lives together. These are letters that we wish we had written for our own children: disarmingly honest, self-deprecating, heartwarming, and irreverently funny.

From the first time Leta holds a rattle; to her first steps; to her first curse word; to her excitement over becoming a big sister, Dear Daughter is a heart-felt and hilarious ode to the wonders of parent-hood that will have mothers everywhere nodding, laughing, and wiping away tears.


 Dear Leta,

You have changed so much since that first morning you spent with us, a morning that altered my life so drastically that sometimes it still feels like I’m catching my breath. I imagine that I won’t ever stop feeling this way, won’t ever stop having a portion of my brain dedicated to the thought of where you are and what you’re doing, won’t ever be able to escape the constant, nagging hope that you are happy and fulfilled. My pulse is forever close to the surface because of you, because of my responsibility toward you, and I can’t thank you enough for the dimension that this has added to what it means to be alive.

Love, Mama

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145166141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451661415
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #697,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Heather Armstrong is a blogger who resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She and her husband Jon have two daughters and two dogs: Former Congressman Henry “Buck” Chucklesworth, called Chuck, and Dame Eleanor Ritzford-Fitzsimons Puffs, a.k.a Coco.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Sweet Oct. 31 2012
By B. Berry - Published on
If you haven't read dooce dot com you are surely living under a rock. Heather is the funniest writer I have ever read. She has a talent of taking the most mundane moments of motherhood and making you laugh till you pee your pants. Each month from 8 weeks old to 5 years she writes a letter to her daughter marking major milestones from walking, first words, throwing food across the room, a parents weekend away. Her letters have a way of helping you laugh through the pain (in my case as my 6 month old twins are still not sleeping through the nights). Each moment is made to be treasured whether it be a sweet happy moment or the frustrating yet loveable moments in the middle of the night.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed! April 13 2014
By Melissa Matthiesen - Published on
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Enjoyed this book thoroughly. Took me back through the stages of raising my babies. I would recommend for anyone looking to travel back through the joys, challenges, love of motherhood.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful read. May 3 2012
By S. Goff - Published on
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I bought this book for a friend who is marrying a man with two children, one of whom is an eight year old daughter. The letters are an intimate look into the growing miracle that is the love between a parent and a child. Heather Armstrong could have penned these letters and put them in a box for her daughter. One day when the time was right she could have handed them to Leta as a gift, but I am glad she didn't. I am so happy she shared them because this book ends up being what so many of us wanted to say but didn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching book May 18 2012
By Carol - Published on
What a sweet book!When I have a child, i would definitely want to write a letter per day explaining hw my day was with him/her; besides a blog of course :)
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet read April 21 2012
By ClaireFrancoise - Published on
This is a love-filled, honest memoir of Leta's first years. Even if you have never read or if you are a faithful follower, this will be great read. I flew through the months with a huge smile on my face. Through the tough beginning years of motherhood, This is as much Heather's coming of age story as it is a priceless chronicle of Leta's early years. Well worth reading.

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