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Kara Martinez Bachman, Author

Hey, y'all. I was born and raised in New Orleans and when you hear me speak, you can kinda tell (yep ... I'm a yat).

My essays have appeared in The Writer, Funny Times, and I've been heard on NPR’s State of the Re:Union, where they inserted blues music behind my voice in a feeble attempt to make me seem cool. I'm former staff and a current freelancer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com, where I primarily cover entertainment stories.

My essays, poetry and nonfiction reporting have been included in several anthologies, numerous parenting magazines, and a variety of regional, national and foreign publications, websites and literary journals.
I'm a married mom to two kids. I love donuts, dogs, kahlua, laughing, complaining, sloth, nostalgia, most words, and that feeling you get the second before you sneeze. I curse more than I should and am usually antisocial. People make fun of how I drive.


Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age 


You’re going on a journey to a strange new country where you will look different, act different, even feel different. It’s like you’re becoming a whole new person, and that person is your mother. Your new homeland is middle age, and you need a native guide to teach you how to survive here, or least to show you where the good bars are.

Written for every woman who knows that turning 40 is no reason to become respectable, Kissing the Crisis is the field guide you need to blaze your own unconventional trail through the jungle of middle age. Humorist Kara Martinez Bachman reports from the front lines of the battle to stay awake after 9 p.m., and her adventures will make you scream with laughter, cringe with embarrassment, and vow to tackle your own midlife crisis with a can-do attitude and a tasty cocktail.

Whether she’s searching for a child-friendly bar for a parents’ drinking session, starting the world’s best ukelele/harp gothic rock band, coping with a baby cursing like a sailor in the grocery store, or conquering her fear of a terrifying death during Hurricane Katrina, Bachman shows that life doesn’t end at 40 ... it just gets weirder.

 Preorder Today! Paperback – February 1, 2017   


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