Zibby Owens, host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books and a mother of four herself, created an online magazine in 2020 called We Found Time to help those struggling and stuck at home. Authors from all walks of life contributed to the themes of eating, reading, working out, breathing, and having sex, and the magazine eventually evolved into Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology.
But Zibby recognized that there are so many more things that moms don’t have time do, which are now included in Moms Don't Have Time to Have Kids: A Timeless Anthology. Zibby has curated five new categories of things moms don’t have time to do: sleep, get sick, write, lose weight, and see friends.
Essayists include: Aimee Agresti, Esther Amini, Chandler Baker, Adrienne Bankert, Andrea Buchanan, Terri Cheney, Jeanine Cummins, Stephanie Danler, KJ Dell'Antonia, Lydia Fenet, Michael Frank, Elyssa Friedland, Melissa Gould, Nicola Harrison, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Joanna Hershon, Angela Himsel, Richie Jackson, Shelli Johannes, Lily King, Jean Kwok, Heather Land, Brooke Adams Law, Caroline Leavitt, Jenny Lee, Shannon Lee, Elizabeth Lesser, Gigi Levangie, Emily Liebert, Lynda Loigman, Abby Maslin, Sarah McColl, Jeanne McCulloch, Malcolm Mitchell, Arden Myrin, Carla Naumburg, Rex Ogle, Zibby Owens, Camille Pagan, Elizabeth Passarella, Allison Pataki, Lindsay Powers, Susie Orman Schnall, Susan Shapiro, Melissa Shultz, Claire Bidwell Smith, Rev. Lydia Sohn, Laura Tremaine, and Cecily Von Ziegesar.
“Zibby Owens has done it again! Tender, funny, thought-provoking, and wry, this diverse collection of short, readable pieces about motherhood and its challenges will entertain and inspire parents at every age and stage. Reading it feels like hanging out with your smartest and most empathetic friends—the ones who tell you the truth in a way that feels like love.”
—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and The Exiles
”These essays are both timeless and made for this (our) time. Each one is a bite-sized gem, but at heart, this hilarious collection from an astonishing array of literary lights is about how we balance that high-wire act of being human. Each essay drew me in and elicited that comforting feeling of talking with my best friend and the astonishing joy at making a new friend.”
—Annabelle Gurwitch, New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort, You’re Leaving When, and co-host of the Tiny Victories podcast
“Zibby has brought literary luminaries together in this beautifully curated collection of essays. She has a way of bringing us all together to share in the camaraderie of humanity. I inhaled her book in a single sitting. With each essay I felt more connected and less alone—like a warm embrace at the end of an exhausting journey through this pandemic ravaged year. Zibby’s constant quest to connect to the stories that give our lives meaning is a beacon of hope. A must read for anyone seeking heartfelt, soul enriching connection to a community of fellow travelers on the road of life.”
—Stephanie Thornton Plymale, author of American Daughter: A Memoir, CEO of Heritage School of Interior Design, and host of the podcast, Overcoming
“These essays help cut through the intense loneliness and isolation of being a mother. Their succinct and often hilarious prose will remind us all that we are in this together. I’m blown away by the incredible women brought together in this single collection.”
—Jo Piazza, bestselling author of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win and the upcoming novel We Are Not Like Them; host of podcasts Under the Influence and Committed
“Dear Zibby, ‘Pick me, Pick me!’ to contribute to your next anthology! You have a gift for uniting the strongest, most inspiring voices all in one happy place. Moms Don’t Have Time To Have Kids made me say YAY!”
—Meaghan B. Murphy, author Your Fully Charged Life and Editor in Chief of Woman’s Day magazine
“Zibby Owens has done it again. If you’re a new mom, a tired mom, a working mom, or any old kind of mom (or dad, or daughter, or son, or basically any human!), you will love these essays.”
—Billie Lourd, actress
“Moms don’t have time NOT to read this wonderful anthology, curated by Zibby Owens, the patron saint of authors. Brimming with heartfelt and relatable essays, it will have you laughing, crying and shouting, ‘I am not alone!’ from the proverbial rooftops.”
—Jane L. Rosen, author of Eliza Starts a Rumor