WORD BK Presents: Hillary Frank and Emily Flake for WEIRD PARENTING WINS

02/10/2019 - 3:30pm


Join us at WORD Brooklyn for a conversation about the vagaries of parenting with Hillary Frank, creator of the podcast The Longest Short Time, and Emily Flake, New Yorker cartoonist and author of Mama Tried.


As the creator of the hit podcast The Longest Shortest Time, Hillary Frank discovers: The most effective parenting strategies often don’t come from gurus but from real parents getting creative in moments of desperation. In Hillary’s book, Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches, one mother threatens to sing in public anytime her daughters argue; another allows her daughter to play with tampons to get a few minutes on the toilet alone. For parents and caregivers with kids of all ages, the unconventional “wins” in this book have helped children to diversify their appetites, stop sibling rivalry, cultivate independence, develop manners, and open up—as well as parents themselves to find imaginative ways of salvaging time, money, intimacy, and their sanity.


Hillary Frank is the award-winning creator of The Longest Shortest Time, a podcast about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans. On the show, Hillary has covered topics ranging from birth injuries to transgender pregnancy to the sex lives of parents, as well as a critically acclaimed series on discrimination against working moms called "It's a Real Mother." Hillary's first radio story aired on This American Life in 1999, which she produced using a microcassette answering machine and a shiny red boombox. She is also the author and illustrator of three young adult novels. Her latest book is Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.


Emily Flake regularly cartoons for The New Yorker, and writes and draws a weekly strip called Lulu Eightball, which has been assembled into two collections. In 2007, she wrote and illustrated These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves. Her illustrations and cartoons appear in publications all over the world, including the New York Times, Newsweek, the Globe and Mail, The Onion, The New Statesman, and Forbes.

Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143132554
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Published: TarcherPerigee - January 15th, 2019

Unconventional--yet effective--parenting strategies, carefully curated by the creator of the popular podcast The Longest Shortest Time

Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455558230
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 6th, 2015

New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book.