Authors explore the dark side of motherhood |

Authors explore the dark side of motherhood

Authors Linda Cohen and Joan Bechtel will be presenting their book, “Motherhood Confidential: The Strange Disappearance of My Best Friend” Saturday at The Book Seller.

Combining their comedic talents with backgrounds in counseling and early childhood education, they created a provocative book about the dark side of motherhood. The ultimate anti-advice book, this unusual comemoir chronicles a friendship through the trials of pregnancy and parenting and offers an unflinching look at a subject often over-simplified and romanticized. This is not parenting gospel, but an offbeat, hilarious and unflinching exposure “… the dark realm of expectation a woman enters when she first utters the fateful words: ‘I’m pregnant.'”

The charm and power of “Motherhood Confidential” lies in its unique format. Neither classic memoir nor a series of essays, it follows a 10-year chronological journey of the authors as first-time moms. Both Cohen and Bechtel have worked in theater and film – Bechtel as an actress, award-winning stand-up comedienne and filmmaker; and Cohen as the founder of the Women’s Artists’ Group and professional film and television actress.

The talk begins at 3:30 p.m., will conclude with a book-signing, and refreshments will be served. The address is 107 Mill St., Grass Valley. Call 272-2131 for more information.

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