When most people want to share their deepest, darkest thoughts, they log on to Twitter or Facebook. However one Arkansan has jotted down her feelings into a book that is getting rave reviews.
"Honest, intimate, and thoroughly smart." That's just one review of Kyran Pittman's new memoir Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life which hit shelves April 28.
The book details the first twelve years in the life of Pittman and her family, which includes her husband and three boys. Though she is a native of Newfoundland, Canada, Pittman now calls Little Rock home.
Before she was a published author, Pittman took up blogging as a way of journaling about her "semi-domestic" life. She expanded to a national print audience when her online musings were discovered by Good Housekeeping magazine.
"The idea [for the book] envolved from the blog where I was recording observations of our daily life from my perspective which is that life inside the picket fence is rather exotic," says Pittman. "As I got into the process of writing, I found that it was very rich with story, this so-called ordinary life."
In eighteen chronological essays, Planting Dandelions is what Pittman describes as a "natural history of an American family," a set of field notes on everything from sex to motherhood.
Pittman will be signing copies of her book at the Barnes & Noble on Financial Center Parkway in Little Rock on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.