Kate Baer

What Kind of Woman

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Whether this is your first book of poetry or you’ve lost count, Kate Baer’s debut collection will pick you up and take you on a fast but memorable ninety-page journey through womanhood.

This instant number one New York Times bestseller is screenshot gold. Fire up the text chain to discuss your twenties, first loves, banning the phrase “getting her body back,” misguided advice dispensed at bridal showers, surprising things children say, not having it all, and why it’s time to buy a hat.

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A poem from What Kind of Woman

Things My Girlfriends Teach Me

When in doubt, try it on. Keep it simple.
Don’t waste time worrying if they will see
you from behind. No one on this entire
earth cares more about your life than you.

Eat a breakfast. Find a God. Make a casserole
to freeze. If you’re walking on a deserted road,
send me your location. Remember you don’t
need a straw.

Drink more water. Fold your sweaters. This
is the time to buy a hat. When life throws
you a bag of sorrow, hold out your hands.

Little by little, mountains are climbed.

Excerpted from What Kind of Woman. Copyright © 2020 by Kate Baer. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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