clairebidwell Sometimes I put my feet up on airplanes, too. Just landed in San Francisco and am headed to Kepler's Books in Menlo Park for a live audience interview with In Deep Radio. So excited for the whole week ahead! 50min

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clairebidwell Regram from @kellybergin. Why are my kids so weird? Is this what happens when your mom is a grief therapist? 16h

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clairebidwell When your shoes match your office decor. (And yes, sometimes I put my feet up between clients.) 17h
  •   sandrakodonnell Amazing shoes. So looking forward to the new book! 15h
  •   caro_vor Those heels are amazing 15h
  •   shewillshine This is good, girl. 15h
  •   sarahjio Those shoes!! I want them. 15h
  •   clairebidwell @sarahjio On clearance at DSW for $30! 15h
  •   rabota_w_internete01 ВСЕМ, КТО МЕЧТАЕТ ЗАРАБАТЫВАТЬ, НЕ ВЫХОДЯ ИЗ ДОМА! Paботa в интepнeтe! Всeго 2-3 чaсa в дeнь. Ниkakой бeготни и сyeты, ниkakого нaчaльниka. Бeз пpодaж! Бeз вложeний! Пoкyпoк/дeнeг для вхoда нe нyжнo. Возраст от 21 и старшe. Пишите адрес электронной почты в комментариях в профиле, вышлю подробную информацию 14h
  •   sreamum @clairebidwell is your book available in Australia yet? I want to read both. But have not been about to fine them. 7h

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clairebidwell Got a sneak peek of Jules in her preschool Mother's Day performance today, since I'll be traveling later this week. (Gotta love the photobomb in the background.) Never been so grateful as I am for motherhood. What a trip it is. 1d

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clairebidwell So excited for today's release of Jillian Lauren's new memoir: Everything You Ever Wanted about the adoption of her beautiful son Tariku. This isn't just an adoption story, but rather a ferociously brave, funny, and heartwarming look at parenthood. No other parenting book has ever made me feel so validated about the big, messy, beautiful picture of what it means to care for another human being. This book literally changed the way I look at my own experience of motherhood, and I am so proud of @jillianlauren and @ss711 and Tariku, and their incredible journey. Available in stores and online everywhere! 1d
  •   curlykale17 What a beautiful happy little boy 1d
  •   facingwest99 Mine came today! 1d
  •   digital_artifact Some Girls change the way I thought about memoir writing and my own life's journey significantly. It was so candid and so real. And so surreal and amazing also. I'm really looking forward to reading this! 24h
  •   jprieve4 Loving your new one now; can't wait to get to hers next! 24h
  •   hopeangowitzeynon Started After This today and just ordered Everything You Ever Wanted.... So excited to read both and to finally meet you and @adonnrowley in person at HH in a couple of weeks! 24h
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clairebidwell Vera has been fancying herself a fashion designer of late, and using Jules as her subject. Every morning Vera spends time creating the "perfect" outfit for Jules and then Jules hems and haws, and usually rejects the ensemble, resulting in a tearful Vera who begs me to explain why her sister is so mean to her. However, Jules accepted this morning's design, boding a good day for all. And while Vera hones her fashion styling craft, I'm now considering a new career in the anthropology of sisterhood. 2d
  •   ahain0013 Those faces are absolutely adorable! My younger sister and I would do the same...we went through our rough patches, being 5 years apart. However in adulthood I couldn't have a better friend, advocate and person in my life. 2d
  •   ctrebuchon This photo is too much!! They are adorable! 2d
  •   lisamb12 Loving the poses! Jules is going to be a natural, just like Veronica is! Such a cute photo! 2d
  •   facingwest99 They kill me. 2d
  •   shanmaybe Please include my 7 and 5 year old daughters as test subjects for your studies cuz I'm at a loss! 2d
  •   khattaway Oh girls!! Good job! 2d
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clairebidwell Celebrating Reynold's birthday today with an ice cream cake inspired by the ones @sarahjio's mom made yesterday. 3d
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  •   facingwest99 Awww, Reynold (you kinda freaked me out). Happy Bday! 3d
  •   amyseiber I really, really need that recipe. @clairebidwell 3d
  •   clairebidwell @amyseiber We just made it up! Graham cracker crust filled with chocolate ice cream, then whipped cream with drizzles of chocolate and caramel syrup and sprinkles! Easy and totally fun for the kids to help make! 3d
  •   amyseiber I think I can do that! Thank you. I love that you celebrate Reynold's birthday! I just ordered After This, I can't wait to read it. Congrats! @clairebidwell 3d
  •   jbanash So great! Speaking of great, I just finished After This in 2 days. What a read! ️ Am also thinking of seeing an astrologer here in LA, and am wondering if Sassoon is the right choice for a reading? Can you let me know your thoughts? 3d

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clairebidwell Jules yesterday at a birthday party. I'm wondering if my encouragement of small creature love has reached a tipping point. We're now hand-feeding two squirrels on our patio, but tarantulas are a whole different ballgame. I'm going to blame my mom. She would have been just as delighted by this guy as Jules was. 3d
  •   aimeemaureens Love!! 3d
  •   erikarobuck Ahhhhhhhh! 😯 3d
  •   char1952 Jules is a brave little soul,love her painted face3d
  •   mylachance Better than a snake in my book!! And my kids love snakes. Which irritates the hell outta me. 😯 3d
  •   4jcallahan Wow, is all I can say, but I'm guessing my 2 year old niece Maisie would take to a tarantula just like Jules. @emcallahan 3d
  •   chardy1 Nooooo!!! 2d
  •   shelbea03 I adore Jules face here!! 2d
  •   lindsaybennun It's official. Your kids are both cooler and more courageous than I'll ever be. 2d

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clairebidwell Sunday morning. 3d
  •   sealver Sweet! I am 50 pages into your new book and I am blown away!! It is a MUST read!! 3d
  •   clairebidwell @sealver Thank you!! 3d
  •   yagmurecemv You have sweet daughters, you are lucky, beautiful mom 2d

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clairebidwell I love this part. Signed books last night for old friends, new friends, strangers, and even met a few Instagram followers!

San Francisco I'm headed your way next week! I'll be at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Book Passage in the Ferry Building on Thursday, and doing an event called Drinks With Writers on Saturday. Hope to see some of you there!
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  •   ahain0013 Oh my gosh! Dream come true, I live in Athens! You'll have to keep me posted as to which bookstore you'll be. How exciting to meet you! 4d
  •   clairebidwell @gwalton The Sat one is with other writers. Thurs just me! 4d
  •   clairebidwell @ahain0013 Avid on 6/23! 4d
  •   chardy1 When in Seattle? Cannot wait!! 4d
  •   ahain0013 Awesome!! I will see you then! 4d
  •   erin_m_fox Oh hey that's me! Thanks for letting me nerd out @clairebidwell - have a blast a Kepler's. That's my childhood bookstore and it has amazing energy! (And get yourself a frosted mocha next door at Cafe Borrone!) 4d
  •   shewillshine I need mine signed. Better hop a plane. 15h
  •   juliafierro Wish I could've been there. See you in NYC! 9h

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clairebidwell Had such a blast at @booksoup last night talking about the afterlife with @mediumfleur. We laughed and cried and the whole thing was just magic. Thank you to everyone who came out to pack the house! 4d

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clairebidwell Vera today in her kindergarten Cinco De Mayo performance. 5d

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clairebidwell This is me almost exactly three years ago, giving my first ever reading and signing. I was at Book Soup, a place where I had gone to see so many authors I've loved, and my first book had just come out. I was hugely pregnant with Jules and utterly terrified to be standing in front of this podium. In fact, I was so nervous that my voice actually gave out during the reading. In the last three years I've gone on to give so many talks and readings, but I'll never forget this first one. Tonight I'll be back at @booksoup for the launch of my new book and I feel impossibly grateful for every single moment of this whole crazy ride. One of my best friends in the world died last summer. She was at that first reading three years ago, and I will carry her with me into that room again tonight because my love for her and my continued quest to help people feel connected to the people they lose, is the very reason I wrote this book. 5d
  •   iflyatnight_ This gives me such hope. 🏻 5d
  •   rn_mchnc Aw I saw you pregnant with Jules at your BN reading in NY. Doesn't seem like long ago! 5d
  •   facingwest99 Your quest has already been successful and will continue to help so many others. Love you! Wish I could zip back to Cali and over to Book Soup tonight. 5d
  •   clairebidwell @rn_mchnc Aw, love that! She'll be in person with me at my next B&N reading in NYC on 5/21! 5d
  •   maraholly See you tonight 5d
  •   bigtallted See you there! 5d
  •   mksan22 I love the book, @clairebidwell !! Can't wait to see you in SF!! 5d

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clairebidwell Why, yes. Jules IS wearing a halter top and open-toe pink jellies with Ariel socks. 6d

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clairebidwell If they're happy, I'm happy. 6d

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clairebidwell I literally spent my last dollars on these shovels at Walgreens today. And then got mad at myself for buying dumb, random stuff for my kids all the time. Like, this is why I'm always broke, I think. And then they were like the hit of the afternoon and I was like, whatever. Who needs money. 6d

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clairebidwell Cali kids 6d

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clairebidwell Thursday afternoon. 6d

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clairebidwell Last night before bed the girls were asking me to tell them about the moment when they first met. I brought up this old photo, taken almost exactly three years ago on the morning that Vera came to the hospital to meet her sister for the first time. I asked her if she's ever loved anyone this much upon first meeting them. "Just Jules," she replied gleefully. For their birthdays in June I'm going to make them photo books that tell each of their birth stories. 6d

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