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Ain’t That A Mother

By Adiba Nelson & Jesse Bickford
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Publisher Description

From pasties to postpartum and everything in between

No one said motherhood would be easy. For Adiba Nelson, the journey to parenthood started with a big bang and continues with a breakdown (or two) and several “why?” questions for God.

Witty and bold, Afro-Latina Adiba grew up in survival mode. Her sometimes complicated relationship with her strong-willed, vibrant, religious mother marked her views of mothering and love. When a chance encounter with a tall-ish, brown-skinned brotha at Ruby Tuesday’s right before closing time collided with a Jill Scott song and the right time of the month, Adiba found herself unexpectedly pregnant. She also found herself unexpectedly falling into the same relationship patterns of the matriarchs before her—the ones she swore she’d never end up in.

Mom to a new baby with high medical needs and with a slew of hardships that just won’t quit, she set out on a reckoning that was just as generational as it was personal. Along the way, Adiba never loses her heart or her humor. This is a true love story, but the kind about a woman loving herself enough to change the course of her life for herself, her child, and the women after her as well as before. From pasties to postpartum depression, Ain’t That A Mother is not your average motherhood memoir—and Adiba is not your average mother.

The in-between moments and the self-revelations are where this bold and brilliant story of love, family secrets, and lots of “what the…?” really shines. Just like parenting, the story is messy, but the reward is incredibly satisfying.

5 Reviews

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“Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book early! Do I agree with everything Adiba did in her life and all the choices she made? No. But neither does she. This book is told with transparency, vulnerability, humor, heartbreak and humility. Adiba Nelson is an author who has tried to break generational trends in order to make a better life for her daughter. She is a MAMA who fights for her baby and I love that so much. Her daughter has Cerebral Palsy and I learned so much about the disability from this book and yet thats not even the point. Hearing Adiba read her own story was very powerful. There are times where she is really choked up and that brought me to have lump in my throat in a way I probably wouldn't have otherwise. I also loved her sense of humor and her humility. This book was thoroughly entertaining and her pursuit of constant growth and betterment is inspiring.”

About Adiba Nelson

Adiba Nelson writes about inclusion and her life as a Black mother, woman, and daughter. She wrote her 2013 children’s book, Meet ClaraBelle Blue, after searching fruitlessly for a children’s book that adequately and appropriately represented her Afro-Latinx daughter with special needs. The subject of the Emmy Award–winning documentary The Full Nelson, Adiba is a highly acclaimed speaker and in 2017 delivered a TEDx talk to a sold-out house on what to do when life throws you a curveball. As the curveballs keep coming, Nelson continues to write.

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