Readers will fall head over heels for this nostalgic and irreverent collection. Twenty-six bestselling authors return to the teenage bedrooms, school hallways, and college dorms of their youth to share passionate essays of love lost and found and lessons learned along the way. Whether heartbreaking or hilarious, their soul-baring honesty reminds us to keep reaching for true love wherever we can find it and for as long as it takes. Their intimate reflections will fascinate and move any reader who remembers her first love.

"It's full of hope, pain, ugly truth, and great beauty, sometimes all at once. Twenty six wonderful writers bring all they are to the proceedings, and by the end, you'll be wishing for Volume 2."
--Adriana Trigiani,  author of the Big Stone Gap series and Brava, Valentine

"This collection is as exhilarating and heartbreaking and unforgettable as first love, itself. I have a major crush on Crush—what a complex dreamboat of a book."
--Gayle Brandeis,  author of My Life with the Lincolns and Delta Girls

"No reader should resist this chance to look into the secret, stirring heart of these great writers. Like a lover reading a long-awaited mash note, you'll feel electricity screaming through your body as you consume every impassioned word."
--Lily Burana,  author of I Love a Man in Uniform, Try, and Strip City


In this surprisingly vulnerable collection, twenty-eight talented fathers explore the complex, enigmatic bond they have with their daughters. These endearing, often funny and sometimes heartbreaking stories have in common an overpowering sense of responsibility and a depth of affection that is unflinchingly tender. Through their shared experiences, they examine relationships fraught with challenges and struggles, but always filled with love. The strength they bring to this important role in their daughters’ lives will speak to families for generations to come.

“In this exquisite collection about what fathers would tell their daughters, daddies lay bare their great hearts. So buy it for every father and grandfather you know...if there are any left after I have.”

--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author The Deep End of the Ocean and No Time to Wave Goodbye

“Humor, tenderness, joy and sadness: all are in great abundance in this marvelous collection. What I Would Tell Her is a book all fathers and daughters should read.”

--Ron Rash, author of Serena

“The heart-whomping tenderness in these twenty-eight essays is startling enough to be called news…. This book brought me to my knees.”

--Karen Karbo, author of The Stuff of Life: A Daughter's Memoir


This profound and poignant collection highlights some of the best literary writers of our time in an era when the roles of mothers and daughters are constantly being questioned and redefined. Because I Love Her explores the deepest bonds and truths of motherhood by sharing stories and secrets of becoming a mother and grandmother. Ranging from established and bestselling authors to exciting new voices, these women reveal what their mothers taught them, what they in turn hope to impart to their daughters and, finally, what they’ve learned as a bridge between the two.

“This collection about one of the most complex relationships we have is so rich and varied that you’ll want to read the whole thing from start to finish and then dip into it again and again.  The book is suffused with hope and punctuated by a fierce, fierce love.”

--Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Love Walked In and Belong To Me


“ This candid exploration of 'our daughters, ourselves' captures the unique frustrations and delights facing mothers and daughters today.”

--Leslie Morgan Steiner, Mommy Wars editor and author of Crazy Love


“Intelligent, provocative, and deeply personal, this book will inspire you to call your mother, hug your daughter, and perhaps even reach a deeper understanding of the most important relationships in your life.”

--Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog and No One You Know

This fascinating collection of 27 essays takes a candid look at being in your thirties with essays by Jennifer Weiner, Julianna Baggott, Meghan Daum, Jennifer Baumgardner, Ayun Halliday, Heather Juergensen, and Tanya Donelly, among other talented writers. Rejecting the notion of "having it all" and society's unrealistic and often conflicting demands about what women should be, these writers - some of whom are also artists, actors, musicians, and playwrights - speak frankly about love, sex, career, feminism, motherhood, living a creative life, and much more. Their personal stories are evidence that the thirties can be a time of self-discovery, of learning from and making peace with the past, and realizing dreams in often surprising ways. As they unveil their triumphs and even their failures, it's easy to see that the old rules that once so narrowly defined us no longer apply.
Each of the contributors to this volume reveals their secret thoughts, desires, and fears. It is this nuanced vulnerability, this ability to bare their souls that offers a refreshingly honest and insightful perspective. For any woman who has yet to turn thirty or any woman who has already entered the decade, The May Queen offers vivid dispatches from the territory ahead.

"There are books that nimbly widen our perspective and well-being. This is one of them. Read it in the bathtub and praise God for the solace of good writing."
--Suzanne Finnamore, author of Split

"I started The May Queen and couldn't stop. This book is wonderful-deeply felt, sometimes hilarious, unflinchingly true."
--Patricia Volk, author of Stuffed