“Readable, relatable, and genuinely funny…like sharing a bottle of wine with a friend.”
–The San Francisco Chronicle
How I Survived—And Mostly Thrived—Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins
(St. Martin’s Press, 2012)
Becoming a mother is rarely what you expect.
Jane Roper never expected she’d have twins—or that they’d be such a spirited twosome. She didn’t expect that finding the right balance of work and home would be so tricky. And she certainly didn’t expect she’d grapple with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder during her daughters’ toddler years. But she also didn’t anticipate just how much joy, laughter and self-discovery motherhood would bring.
Full of warmth, honesty, occasional advice, and a generous helping of humor, Double Time is a smart and engaging account of the first three years with multiples and a refreshingly candid and vulnerable look at clinical depression. It’s a memoir that will resonate countless women—especially those parenting in double time.
“Raising twins is maddening and masochistic yet worth every crazy moment. Jane Roper captures them all in her revealing, heart wrenching, hilarious memoir. As a mother of twins myself, I cackled and related on every page as Jane revealed the unvarnished truth about dealing with twins, depression and trying to ‘have it all.’” —Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom
“With humor and frankness, the author opens a private door into her life as a new mother of fraternal girls . . . A straightforward, honest look at how raising a child is difficult, but raising twins can be exponentially more demanding.” —Kirkus
“In addition to learning how to nurse two babies and function without sleep, Roper a woman who had battled depression before, was clobbered with the who-gives-a-damn-scourge and then, as if that weren’t enough, additionally diagnosed with Bipolar ll. She shares the highs and lows of a mood disorder and gets an A+ for chutzpah and candid (ouch) self-reflection. By the end of Double Time you will be in love with Jane’s family of four. You might shed a tear along the way (I did) and you will definitely laugh. Go buy the book, one for yourself, a dozen to hand out to unsuspecting pregnant women, five for your gynocologist’s office and ten to wrap for Christmas in July.” —Huffington Post Parents
“There are two babies, two states of mood, two career paths, two themes. In less capable hands, all this doubleness could swerve into the precious, but Roper handles it deftly with humor and warmth.” ⎯Brain, Child Magazine
“Since 2007, Jane has been baring her soul for the world, and now she lets us into the nitty gritty details of raising twins with a fantastic new book that will speak to all mothers…No issue is off limits, and this is what makes it so endearing. It’s as if you are sharing a good laugh with an old friend–with a few of those old friend tears flowing in between.” –Cool Mom Picks