COMING MAY 5, 2017!

My debut essay collection is coming soon and available for pre-order now at Tidal Press

Is That The Shirt You’re Wearing?

About the book:

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 laughs and provides insight into the ups and downs of modern family life.


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  1. Very impressive resume!

    Cheers to your success,
    Courtney Hosny

  2. Loving your posts! Good stuff and I’ll be back to read MORE. In fact … let’s just click that little “Follow” button right this minute …

  3. Love your work Kristen. Can totally relate to the “Finished with Facebook” article too. Looking forward to reading more…

  4. NS

    Towards the end of your article I was compelled to press my deactivate button on facebook. But then I noticed some pictures a friend had posted and well, you know how it goes from there,..sigh.

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