Rachel A. is a happily married homeschooling mom of three girls (ages 8, 6, and 3), two dogs, and a cat. This gaggle of girls lives in a house overlooking the beach on the coast of New England. She and her family share the philosophy that you can never have enough books (but frequently have too few shelves), and have often reached the library's maximum number of checked-out books. Rachel has tried to explain to her husband that their library's no-fines rule makes up for the difference in housing costs (he's from Texas), but he has yet to agree with her. Rachel lives with Fibromyalgia and arthritis, which limits her activity level, but not her reading. She and her children also have Celiac disease, so they spend a lot of time cooking. Rachel blogs about their life, the books they read, and her cooking.
Sherry Early is a 40-something homeschool teacher, foolish Christian, right-wing conspirator, bookreading fanatic, happily married, mother of eight. She would be plotting to take over the world, but she's too busy reading and blogging. Her children, who range in age from 21 down to 5, are also too busy to take over the world. She and her brood, along with Engineer Husband, all live in Major Suburbia, Texas.
Sarah Rachel Egelman is mom to Lilith and married to Dan. She was born in New York and recently returned to New Mexico where she spent most of her life, after five years in Seattle where she worked and taught in the Jewish community. Now, Sarah is a community college instructor of religious studies and a writer always hoping to find new opportunities. She is also a book reviewer for BookReporter.com and a book reviewer and journalist for the New Mexico Jewish Link. Sarah writes about her family, friends, and her interest in religious studies, culture, art and literature at www.CitizenBeta.com, a website her husband created so she could post pictures of their daughter and talk about random things she hopes people find amusing.
Anne Boles Levy is Mom to Seth, age 4, and daughter, Lael, a toddler. The idea for her blog about children's literature (Book Buds) was born at the bottom of the Los Angeles Times' slush pile, where picture books languished unread. Husband Brett began lugging them home so she could write about them. Her book reviews for grownups have appeared in the L.A. Times, and she's the co-founder and editor of the brand-new Cybils Awards at www.cybils.com, plus a contributing editor at The Edge of the Forest (www.theedgeoftheforest.com). Anne was a reporter in a past life, having written for the Palm Beach Post, the Tampa Tribune and as a stringer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, but long ago traded her notebook for apron strings and is an accomplished vegetarian cook. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, having changed addresses nearly as many times as hairstyles.
Kara Madden lives just outside of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, preschool-aged son, and toddler daughter. Her family enjoys adventuring outdoors, playing passionate games of SCRABBLE, and, of course, reading. She's taking a break from managing and writing for corporate Web sites to pursue the art of mothering and discover what comes next.
Twenty-five years ago, when Donna Mills was interviewing and partying with rock stars, she never envisioned ending up doing admin at an elementary school. She also never thought she'd be so happy as a San Fernando Valley housewife and mother. Well, almost happy. While she's still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up (What? She's almost 50?? That can't be!), one thing is not in doubt: being mom to 9-year-old Megan is the greatest adventure of her life. Donna writes about the adventure at socalmom.typepad.com
Julie Moos (founder and editor) is a mother (Colter), wife (Gary), daughter, writer, and editor. She also founded and edits DotMoms, a group weblog by mothers about life on the homefront. She writes about her own life and family at Mom in the Mirror. Julie works as an editor at The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen Schuette is "the new 40" (which means 50) and mother of two, a daughter, 19, starting her second year at design school in Georgia and a son, 23, who just graduated from the U. of London and hopes to teach English literature eventually (either here in the U.S. or in the UK). She's married (for three years) to her second husband, a wonderful guy who is a baseball fanatic and college business professor, and they live in North Carolina with his daughter, who starts high school this fall; his older daughter is a college student in Boston. Ellen is currently director of development and marketing for the city's children's museum and writes and reads voraciously in her spare time.