By Karen Rizzo


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ISBN 978-1-938849-30-5
ISBN 978-1-938849-31-2

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The Most Painful Book Tour Ever?

Read Karen Rizzo’s piece in Publishers Weekly about her book tour/summer vacation from hell.


Ruth Sternberg was the first and most famous mommy blogger, and now, 18 years later, daughter and blog subject Abbie is considerably bitter about her public exploitation. Abbie kidnaps her beloved grandmother to save her from the same fate. Famous Baby wisely and hilariously explores mother love, identity, and the hazards of parental over-sharing in the Facebook age.

Karen Rizzo is the author of Things to Bring, S#!t to Do…and Other Inventories of Anxiety, a memoir centered around her penchant for lists. Rizzo’s stories and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Fit Pregnancy, and women’s humor anthologies, and her plays have been staged at several theatres. Famous Baby is her first novel. Today, Rizzo lives with her actor husband and two children in Los Angeles. Learn more about Karen here. And follow the Famous Baby Trailer Tour of California here.

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A Los Angeles Times Summer Books pick

A Los Angeles magazine Best of L.A. pick

W Magazine loves Famous Baby!

HelloGiggles loves Famous Baby!

One of mega-fashionista Rachel Zoe’s favorite beach reads this summer!

“This deft first novel [is] a satirical exploration of the modern American family. . . . Rizzo’s wicked takedown of ‘mom bloggers’ concludes on an unexpectedly but convincingly sweet note, making this a very pleasing debut.” — Publishers Weekly

“Karen Rizzo’s debut puts a refreshingly new twist on one of the oldest stories in the book: the mother-daughter love hate relationship….Famous Baby would be a great choice for a book club.” —

Read an interview with Karen on Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

Karen Rizzo on Late Night Library

“Famous Baby is inventive, hysterical, and touching. Karen Rizzo wraps a timeless drama about the love between mothers and daughters in a fresh, snappy package for the social media age.”
— Christina Schwarz, author of Drowning Ruth, an Oprah’s Book Club pick

“Karen Rizzo’s writing is so good I want to read it out loud and pretend it’s me who is so cunning, sublime, and full of light. Famous Baby is a sturdy tale of exceeding relevance that dwells squarely in that nearly impossible landscape of everything so darkly funny and so achingly true.”
— Marc Parent, author of Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk and the writer of the popular, long-running Runner’s World column “The Newbie Chronicles”

“Hilarious, moving, and wildly original, Famous Baby is a laugh-out-loud funny and poignant look at the modern family in these TMI times.”
— Wendy Lawless, actress and author of Chanel Bonfire

“In her funny and touching new novel, Karen Rizzo deftly unpacks the fraught world of mothers and daughters, skewers the vast narcissism of the blogosphere, and reveals the emotional wages of unbridled ambition. An enjoyable and surprising ride to some places I didn’t expect to go.”
— Seth Greenland, author of The Angry Buddhist and The Bones