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Don't Wait Up: Confessions of a Stay-at-Work Mom Hardcover – July 30 2019

4.6 out of 5 stars 37 ratings

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"Liz Astrof is wickedly funny, which is an overused term, but I feel should be solely reserved for Liz. She lets you into her life and doesn't try to sugarcoat it. It's unflinchingly honest and so effortlessly hilarious. I can't tell if Liz is insane or not, which, I swear, is a compliment."  -- Justin Halpern, New York Times bestselling author of Sh*t My Dad Says

"No one makes me laugh harder than Liz Astrof. This book is the best combination of her biting humor, self-deprecating wit, and so so so much heart. It had me in tears from page one. This is a must-read memoir for anyone who has a mother or is a mother or knows a mother. Even if you can spell ‘mother.’" -- Emmy Award-nominated actress and comedian Molly Shannon

“Refreshingly honest and hilarious! Astrof says out loud what so many parents are afraid to admit." -- Karen Alpert, New York Times bestselling author of I Heart My Little A-Holes

"I found this book utterly disturbing.  Not because of Liz's unique take on motherhood, a self-proclaimed Stay-at-Work Mom, but because in a million years I will never write anything this funny.  And that is unacceptable."  -- Emmy Award-winning actor Jack Burditt

"Astrof is like the hilarious, did-she-really-just-say-that friend you would kill to have at school pickup—the one that makes you explode in gleeful, scandalized laughter. She goes there—and the parenting genre is never going to be the same." -- Jancee Dunn, author of How Not to Hate Your Husband After Having Kids

So funny, so relatable, just... genius.”

  -- Emmy Award-winning actress and television host Sara Gilbert

“Raw, bold, heartbreaking, ridiculously funny, and wildly inappropriate—I would expect nothing less from Liz Astrof. As someone who's seen the inside of her diaper bag—I can tell you, the stories are all true.” -- Actress Whitney Cummings

“A hilarious and heartfelt essay collection… sidesplitting. Though Astrof’s collection is often trenchant in its look at her own difficult childhood, it is also permeated with a sense of love for her kids, and is sure to resonate deeply.” ― Publishers Weekly

“The author delivers one punchline after another… Droll wit and profundity swirl together in a revealing memoir from a successful comedy writer.” ― Kirkus Reviews

“Successful comedy writer and television producer Astrof has put together a forthright, laugh-out-loud collection of essays that lets you in on a little of what makes her shows like 2 Broke Girls or The King of Queens so much fun. . . Hilarious and, of course, as well written as any good sitcom episode, Don't Wait Up is a great read for all the moms who also aren't quite sure what to make of motherhood, and for anyone else who likes a laugh.”

  ― Booklist

"Don’t Wait Up is a funny, fascinating memoir of mothering that will definitely keep readers up way past their bedtime, laughing and sometimes crying page after page.” ― BookPage

"An exceptionally funny and charismatic voice... Her [Liz Astrof's] candid essays in Don't Wait Up address life's ordeals with acerbic wit, but never reduce her experiences to a laugh track... Written with a sharp pen and an open heart, Astrof's work is heartbreakingly poignant and funny as hell." ― Shelf Awareness

“[Astrof’s] love for her family shines through as she offers a brutally honest look at motherhood, marriage and work, rarely losing her sense of humor even while totally exasperated. . . [She] is gorgeously shameless, honest and funny, and manages to be insightful and poignant at the same time.”  ― The New York Post

About the Author

Liz Astrof is an award-winning executive producer and one of the most successful sitcom writers in television today. She has worked on many shows, including The King of Queens, Raising Hope, 2 Broke Girls, Whitney, and Becker. She lives in California with her family.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery Books (July 30 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982106956
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982106959
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 476 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
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Liz Astrof is an award-winning executive producer and one of the most successful sitcom writers in television today. She has worked on The King of Queens, Raising Hope,2 Broke Girls, Whitney, Becker, Trial &amp; Error and many more. While she can rarely be seen at her kids' school, Liz is often seen driving by. She lives in California with her family, two dogs, a gecko and at least three turtles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, poignant & raw
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5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest of all books! Couldn't put it down.
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