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"Caitlin Shetterly's Made for You and Me is a beautiful, moving, haunting, and funny memoir about what really counts. It moves deftly and lightly between the west coast and the east coast, and frustration and hope, with pointed, buoyant lines that make you smile as they pierce your heart. Made for You and Me is a memoir about great people (with great dogs, too; funny how that works out) and their great new son going through a rough patch with grace and wisdom. Caitlin and her family will realize many dreams. And in the meantime, rather than despair, they have given us a sublime gift of a book."

--Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, is the author of Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other

"A redemptive story of how Caitlin Shetterly and her passionately devoted husband fought life to a draw in their coast-to-coast-to-coast odyssey. Kerouac would be proud. In fact he might be envious."

--Peter Davis, Academy Award–winning director of Hearts and Minds

Newlywed Caitlin Shetterly and her husband, Dan Davis, two hardworking freelancers, began their lives together in 2008 by pursuing a lifelong, shared dream of leaving Maine and going West. At first, California was the land of plenty. Quickly, though, the recession landed, and a surprise pregnancy that was also surprisingly rough made Caitlin too sick to work. By December, every job Dan had lined up had been canceled, and though he pounded the pavement, from shop to shop and from bar to bar, he could not find any work at all. By March 2009, every cent of the couple's savings had been spent.

So, a year after they'd set out with big plans, Caitlin and Dan packed up again, this time with a baby on board, to make their way home to move in with Caitlin's mother. As they drove, Caitlin blogged about their situation and created audio diaries for NPR's Weekend Edition--and received an astounding response. From all across the country, listeners offered help, opening their hearts and their homes. And when the young family arrived back in rural Maine and squeezed into Caitlin's mother's small saltbox house, Caitlin learned that the bonds of family run deeper than any tug to roam, and that, with love, she and Dan could hold their dreams in sight, wherever they were.

Made for You and Me captures the irrepressible spirit and quiet perseverance of one small family--and offers to share that strength with any reader willing to make the journey.

"There's a story of this country that doesn't get told a lot. Or told well. Of what it's like to not make it. Of having to say to yourself, and to your spouse and your child ‘Listen, this isn't it. We need to try something else. We need to start over...from the very beginning.' Caitlin Shetterly's Made for You and Me is that story. Resonant and richly detailed, it takes you deep into the personal heart of the beginning of the financial crisis and the recession that followed. Then, somehow, via Venice, California, backwoods Maine and 3000 miles in between brings you out the other end."

--Kai Ryssdal, host of NPR's Marketplace

Review:

"Shetterly, who chronicled her cross-country trip from L.A. to Maine for NPR's Weekend Edition, offers this deeper look into her emotional and geographic journey. The recession hit Maine hard in late 2007. Shetterly and her husband, caught off guard, struggled to make a living. Friends in California beckoned the pair, with tales of a sunnier, more prosperous, and stable life. The optimistic young couple, together with their dog and cat, set out for Los Angeles in 2008. A year later, depressed and broke, toting a new baby and minus one pet, they drove back home to Maine, settling in with Shetterly's mother. 'My anger had fueled me to the point of outrage — how could America let me down this way? How could America do this to families? Wasn't it just yesterday we were watching Sex and the City and buying fabulous ‘lifestyles' on maxed out credit cards? What had changed overnight?' In this compelling narrative, Shetterly reveals all the messy, mundane details of lives coming undone. However, as she acknowledges sadly, it's her observations on the reduced American lifestyle that give her commentary an edge. Readers would be wise to heed her commentary on the loss of our small towns, homelessness, joblessness and the increasing economic divisions between Americans. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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bumblebee, March 12, 2011 (view all comments by bumblebee)
When I read this book, my heart pounded and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. In this economy, you never know what is going to happen next and Shetterly perfectly captured that breathless, helpless sense of waiting for the other shoe to drop. She and her husband, Dan, who is painted with amazing tenderness, receive blow after blow. From arriving in LA to find the apartment they rented unlivable to the worst morning sickness (more like all-day sickness) in history to losing job after job. And together they have to keep going, they have to find reasons to keep getting up in the morning�"their newborn son, the beauty of nature, their love for each other and their belief that things have to get better, right?�"and that journey and the wisdom they gathered along the way kept me glued to the page.
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Maggie Hand-Miller, March 8, 2011 (view all comments by Maggie Hand-Miller)
Made For You And Me, by Caitlin Shetterly, tells the universal story of transition from youth and its freedoms to the responsibilities and struggles that accompany the move into marriage, parenting and settling in. What makes her tale compelling is the way in which she tells it. Beautifully constructed and delivered, it does not read like a laundry list of woes; rather a tale told with imagination, pathos and humor. All very skillfully and stylishly delivered making it a page turner.
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Rigg Swanson, March 5, 2011 (view all comments by Rigg Swanson)
Caitlin Shetterly writes with such passion, humor and honesty. I could not but this book down!

This memoir looks at everything that really matters; family, friends, and a mothers bond with her child. It also restores your faith in mankind.

A wonderful book that is "Made for You and Me."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401341466
Author:
Shetterly, Caitlin
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Self-employed -- United States.
Subject:
Married people -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 n 13.36 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Shetterly, who chronicled her cross-country trip from L.A. to Maine for NPR's Weekend Edition, offers this deeper look into her emotional and geographic journey. The recession hit Maine hard in late 2007. Shetterly and her husband, caught off guard, struggled to make a living. Friends in California beckoned the pair, with tales of a sunnier, more prosperous, and stable life. The optimistic young couple, together with their dog and cat, set out for Los Angeles in 2008. A year later, depressed and broke, toting a new baby and minus one pet, they drove back home to Maine, settling in with Shetterly's mother. 'My anger had fueled me to the point of outrage — how could America let me down this way? How could America do this to families? Wasn't it just yesterday we were watching Sex and the City and buying fabulous ‘lifestyles' on maxed out credit cards? What had changed overnight?' In this compelling narrative, Shetterly reveals all the messy, mundane details of lives coming undone. However, as she acknowledges sadly, it's her observations on the reduced American lifestyle that give her commentary an edge. Readers would be wise to heed her commentary on the loss of our small towns, homelessness, joblessness and the increasing economic divisions between Americans. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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