Is that the shirt you're wearing?Is That The Shirt You’re Wearing?

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Told over two summers three years apart, Is That The Shirt You’re Wearing? is a collection of Kristen Hansen Brakeman’s funny and poignant essays about her life and family. From a laugh-out-loud debate with her potty-mouthed first grader to the hazards of shopping in an overly perfumed clothing store with her tween, to helping her husband cope with his diagnosis of prostate cancer, Brakeman tackles it all with wit and humor.

While trying to be both wonder-mom to her three kids and dutiful daughter to her aging and ailing mother, she realizes that time with her family is indeed precious. Then, with the sudden passing of her in-laws and the inheritance of their stinky, one-eyed dog, she is propelled to savor every second as her eldest daughter leaves for college.

Throughout it all, Brakeman makes us laugh and provides insight into the ups and downs of modern family life.

Advanced press:

“Apparently, Brakeman lives in the cushions of our couch, for how else does she latch onto the universal truths of our lives like this? The secret: Her life is our life. Only funnier. This new book belongs on the shelf between Bombeck and Barry.” 

– Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times

 “Brakeman has combined her favorite essays, a slew of new material and a series of journal entries written over two summers which take the reader on a roller coaster ride every mother in America can relate to. It’s great having the kids home for summer. It’s a nightmare having the kids home for summer. We all know that feeling, and Brakeman’s humor reminds us we’re normal, not evil.” 

– Liesl Testwuide, Huffington Post

“I love Kristen’s essays – she never fails to make me laugh!” 

– Kit Hoover, Co-host of Access Hollywood Live

“Kristen makes me laugh, but more importantly, has me feeling I’m not alone. Is That The Shirt You’re Wearing? helps me cope with the daily drama of being a mother of three.” 

– Michelle Tuzee, Co-anchor, ABC 7, Los Angeles

“Kristen Brakeman’s writing makes me laugh, makes me cry and makes me think. For me, and lots of women who read and relate to Brakeman, that’s a perfect trifecta. She taps into women’s lives with a sharp eye and a sharp wit. Her slice-of-life essays deliver on all counts.” 

– Lian Dolan, Co-host/Creator of Satellite Sisters and LA Times bestselling author


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Huffington Post Review

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