The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

My Book

I have three superpowers:

1.) My sense of smell. Apparently I’m part Blood Hound, and not just in the looks department. I have a nose for news, and by news, of course I mean poop.

2.) My ability to nap anywhere, anytime, with (ahem) almost anyone…

a quiet night "in" for Leslie and family

3.) Editing other people’s work. Seriously—my eye for detail is freaky. When I was a kid my mom’s boyfriend called me “Hawkeye,” and that was before my carousing-with-Army-field-nurses phase.

Luckily for me, I have a job where I can apply 2/3 of these superpowers on the daily: I’m the Editor-in-Chief of the popular women’s online community, In The Powder Room.

In addition to managing the site, supervising the staff, and curating and editing all the online content, my team and I have also produced a top-rated and best-selling humor anthology for In The Powder Room“You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.” (No – that’s the title. I can’t actually *see* you.)

I am the editor of "You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth."

It is truly the fourth finest thing I’ve ever created.

“You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth” is a hilarious and poignant collection of 39 (mostly) true tales by women, for women, about being women—bodily changes, relationships, careers, motherhood, aging, illness, and more—written with the humor and grit that proudly sets In The Powder Room apart.

I’m one of the co-authors as well as the editor of the book, and my essay is—without a doubt—the best piece I’ve ever written. If I loved it any more, I’d have to claim it as a dependent.

But the thing I’m proudest of regarding this book is that it truly celebrates all phases of womanhood and female friendship. The authors have held holding nothing back. We’ve revealed our funniest deep dark secrets—because it’s through our most vulnerable and honest moments that we forge the strongest connections and discover we aren’t so alone after all.

I personally hand-picked all the contributing authors and they are the bombdiggity, yo. I mean, these bitches can write. They will make you laugh and cry and wish they were your IRL best friends (I hope… or maybe that’s just me, needing to have my meds adjusted.)

So buy one. Please. Actually, buy a few because it makes a great gift for any woman in your life who loves to laugh.

Oh, and did I mention? You can get it ON ALL THE THINGS*:

USA: Kindle or paperback

UK: Kindle or paperback

Canada: Kindle or paperback


iTunes: Click HERE

Nook: Click HERE

Kobo: Click HERE

Diesel: Click HERE

Sony Reader: Click HERE

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  1. A friend of mine from work hipped me to your blog- and may I say, I am a BIG fan. I bought and LOVED your book, and agree that your essay is definitely one of your best. I laughed really loudly on an airplane reading it, but luckily, the plane’s engines were really loud, too, so nobody heard me. It was powerfully refreshing to read so many bold, funny women’s voices all in one place. Thanks for everything you do!

  2. Read your DIY on the Black man who’s going to help me with my Sas-Crotch. I loved it! I have to go now because tomorrow is Friday and I’m headed to the drug store which is located next to the book store so I can take care of bidness.

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